1 And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom,
and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified him
2 Then Solomon spake unto all Israel, to the captains of
thousands and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every
governor in all Israel, the chief of the fathers.
3 So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the
high place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of
the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD had
made in the wilderness.
4 But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjathjearim to
the place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a
tent for it at Jerusalem.
5 Moreover the brasen altar, that Bezaleel the son of Uri, the
son of Hur, had made, he put before the tabernacle of the LORD:
and Solomon and the congregation sought unto it.
6 And Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar before the
LORD, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and
offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it.
7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him,
Ask what I shall give thee.
8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto
David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.
9 Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be
established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the
dust of the earth in multitude.
10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come
in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that
is so great?
11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and
thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of
thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked
wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my
people, over whom I have made thee king:
12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give
thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings
have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any
after thee have the like.
13 Then Solomon came from his journey to the high place that was
at Gibeon to Jerusalem, from before the tabernacle of the
congregation, and reigned over Israel.
14 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had a
thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand
horsemen, which he placed in the chariot cities, and with the
king at Jerusalem.
15 And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous
as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that
are in the vale for abundance.
16 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn:
the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
17 And they fetched up, and brought forth out of Egypt a chariot
for six hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred
and fifty: and so brought they out horses for all the kings of
the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, by their means.
1 And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the
LORD, and an house for his kingdom.
2 And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear
burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and
three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.
3 And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou
didst deal with David my father, and didst send him cedars to
build him an house to dwell therein, even so deal with me.
4 Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to
dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and
for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning
and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the
solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever
5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God
above all gods.
6 But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and
heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I
should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before
7 Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in
silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson,
and blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning men that
are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did
8 Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees, out of
Lebanon: for I know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in
Lebanon; and, behold, my servants shall be with thy servants,
9 Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I
am about to build shall be wonderful great.
10 And, behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut
timber, twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty
thousand measures of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine,
and twenty thousand baths of oil.
11 Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he
sent to Solomon, Because the LORD hath loved his people, he hath
made thee king over them.
12 Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that
made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise
son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an
house for the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.
13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding,
of Huram my father's,
14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father
was a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in
brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and
in fine linen, and in crimson; also to grave any manner of
graving, and to find out every device which shall be put to him,
with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my lord David
15 Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the
wine, which my lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his
16 And we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt
need: and we will bring it to thee in floats by sea to Joppa;
and thou shalt carry it up to Jerusalem.
17 And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land
of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had
numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand
and three thousand and six hundred.
18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers
of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain,
and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people a
1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem
in mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto David his father,
in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of
Ornan the Jebusite.
2 And he began to build in the second day of the second month,
in the fourth year of his reign.
3 Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for
the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the
first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty
4 And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length
of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits,
and the height was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it
within with pure gold.
5 And the greater house he cieled with fir tree, which he
overlaid with fine gold, and set thereon palm trees and chains.
6 And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty:
and the gold was gold of Parvaim.
7 He overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the
walls thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved
cherubims on the walls.
8 And he made the most holy house, the length whereof was
according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the
breadth thereof twenty cubits: and he overlaid it with fine
gold, amounting to six hundred talents.
9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he
overlaid the upper chambers with gold.
10 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image
work, and overlaid them with gold.
11 And the wings of the cherubims were twenty cubits long: one
wing of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of
the house: and the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching
to the wing of the other cherub.
12 And one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to
the wall of the house: and the other wing was five cubits also,
joining to the wing of the other cherub.
13 The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty
cubits: and they stood on their feet, and their faces were
14 And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and
fine linen, and wrought cherubims thereon.
15 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five
cubits high, and the chapiter that was on the top of each of
them was five cubits.
16 And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the
heads of the pillars; and made an hundred pomegranates, and put
them on the chains.
17 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the
right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of
that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left
1 Moreover he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the length
thereof, and twenty cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits
the height thereof.
2 Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim,
round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line
of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
3 And under it was the similitude of oxen, which did compass it
round about: ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about. Two
rows of oxen were cast, when it was cast.
4 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and
three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the
south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set
above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.
5 And the thickness of it was an handbreadth, and the brim of it
like the work of the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies; and
it received and held three thousand baths.
6 He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and
five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered
for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the sea was for
the priests to wash in.
7 And he made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form,
and set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and five on
8 He made also ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five
on the right side, and five on the left. And he made an hundred
basons of gold.
9 Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great
court, and doors for the court, and overlaid the doors of them
10 And he set the sea on the right side of the east end, over
against the south.
11 And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basons. And
Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for
the house of God;
12 To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters
which were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to
cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were on the top of
13 And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of
pomegranates on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the
chapiters which were upon the pillars.
14 He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases;
15 One sea, and twelve oxen under it.
16 The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all
their instruments, did Huram his father make to king Solomon for
the house of the LORD of bright brass.
17 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay
ground between Succoth and Zeredathah.
18 Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for
the weight of the brass could not be found out.
19 And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of
God, the golden altar also, and the tables whereon the shewbread
20 Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should
burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold;
21 And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of
gold, and that perfect gold;
22 And the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the
censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner
doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of the
house of the temple, were of gold.
1 Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the LORD
was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David
his father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all
the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God.
2 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads
of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of
Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of
the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
3 Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the
king in the feast which was in the seventh month.
4 And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the
5 And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the
congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the
tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up.
6 Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that
were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and
oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.
7 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD
unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy
place, even under the wings of the cherubims:
8 For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of
the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves
9 And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the
staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were
not seen without. And there it is unto this day.
10 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses
put therein at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the
children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.
11 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the
holy place: (for all the priests that were present were
sanctified, and did not then wait by course:
12 Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph,
of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being
arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps,
stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and
twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)
13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as
one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the
LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and
cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying,
For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the
house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;
14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of
the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of
1 Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in
the thick darkness.
2 But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place
for thy dwelling for ever.
3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole
congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel
4 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with
his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my
father David, saying,
5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land
of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build
an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any
man to be a ruler over my people Israel:
6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and
have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house
for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
8 But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in
thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in
that it was in thine heart:
9 Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son
which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the
house for my name.
10 The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath
spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am
set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have
built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the
LORD, that he made with the children of Israel.
12 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of
all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:
13 For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold of five cubits long,
and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in
the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down
upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread
forth his hands toward heaven.
14 And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in
the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and
shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all
15 Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that
which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and
hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
16 Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant
David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There
shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of
Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk
in my law, as thou hast walked before me.
17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified,
which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.
18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth?
behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee;
how much less this house which I have built!
19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to
his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the
prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee:
20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night,
upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy
name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth
toward this place.
21 Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and
of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place:
hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when
thou hearest, forgive.
22 If a man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon
him to make him swear, and the oath come before thine altar in
23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants,
by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own
head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according
to his righteousness.
24 And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the
enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return
and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee
in this house;
25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy
people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou
gavest to them and to their fathers.
26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because
they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this
place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou
dost afflict them;
27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy
servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them
the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy
land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.
28 If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if
there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers; if their
enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever
sore or whatsoever sickness there be:
29 Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of
any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know
his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands
in this house:
30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive,
and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose
heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the
children of men:)
31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they
live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
32 Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people
Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name's
sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they
come and pray in this house;
33 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling
place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee
for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear
thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house
which I have built is called by thy name.
34 If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way
that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this
city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built
for thy name;
35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their
supplication, and maintain their cause.
36 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth
not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before
their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far
off or near;
37 Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are
carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of
their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and
have dealt wickedly;
38 If they return to thee with all their heart and with all
their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have
carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou
gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast
chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:
39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling
place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their
cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.
40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let
thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place,
thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God,
be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in
42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed:
remember the mercies of David thy servant.
1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came
down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the
sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house.
2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD,
because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD's house.
3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came
down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed
themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and
worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for
his mercy endureth for ever.
4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the
5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two
thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the
king and all the people dedicated the house of God.
6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with
instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made
to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when
David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded
trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.
7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was
before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt
offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the
brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the
burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat.
8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and
all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the
entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt.
9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they
kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven
10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he
sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart
for the goodness that the LORD had shewed unto David, and to
Solomon, and to Israel his people.
11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king's
house: and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the
house of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously
12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him,
I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself
for an house of sacrifice.
13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command
the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive
their sin, and will heal their land.
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the
prayer that is made in this place.
16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name
may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be
17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy
father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded
thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments;
18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as
I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not
fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.
19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my
commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and
serve other gods, and worship them;
20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I
have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my
name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a
proverb and a byword among all nations.
21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to
every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the
LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house?
22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God
of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of
Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and
served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.
1 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein
Solomon had built the house of the LORD, and his own house,
2 That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon
built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there.
3 And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against it.
4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store
cities, which he built in Hamath.
5 Also he built Bethhoron the upper, and Bethhoron the nether,
fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars;
6 And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and
all the chariot cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all
that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and
throughout all the land of his dominion.
7 As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the
Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites,
which were not of Israel,
8 But of their children, who were left after them in the land,
whom the children of Israel consumed not, them did Solomon make
to pay tribute until this day.
9 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for
his work; but they were men of war, and chief of his captains,
and captains of his chariots and horsemen.
10 And these were the chief of king Solomon's officers, even two
hundred and fifty, that bare rule over the people.
11 And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the
city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he
said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of
Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the
LORD hath come.
12 Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the
altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch,
13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to
the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons,
and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the
feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the
feast of tabernacles.
14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father,
the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to
their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the
duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at
every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded.
15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto
the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the
16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the
foundation of the house of the LORD, and until it was finished.
So the house of the LORD was perfected.
17 Then went Solomon to Eziongeber, and to Eloth, at the sea
side in the land of Edom.
18 And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and
servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with the
servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and
fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon.
1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she
came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a
very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in
abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to
Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.
2 And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing
hid from Solomon which he told her not.
3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon,
and the house that he had built,
4 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants,
and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his
cupbearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which he
went up into the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in
5 And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard
in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom:
6 Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine
eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of
thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I
7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which
stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.
8 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set
thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God: because thy
God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he
thee king over them, to do judgment and justice.
9 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold,
and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was
there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon.
10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon,
which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious
11 And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of
the LORD, and to the king's palace, and harps and psalteries for
singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of
12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire,
whatsoever she asked, beside that which she had brought unto the
king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her
13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was
six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold;
14 Beside that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the
kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and
silver to Solomon.
15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six
hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target.
16 And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three
hundred shekels of gold went to one shield. And the king put
them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.
17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid
it with pure gold.
18 And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of
gold, which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side
of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the stays:
19 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other
upon the six steps. There was not the like made in any kingdom.
20 And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold,
and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were
of pure gold: none were of silver; it was not any thing
accounted of in the days of Solomon.
21 For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of
Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish
bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches
23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of
Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.
24 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver,
and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses,
and mules, a rate year by year.
25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots,
and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot
cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.
26 And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto
the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt.
27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar
trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the low plains
28 And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of
29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they
not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the
prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the
seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat?
30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the
city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his
1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel
come to make him king.
2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was
in Egypt, whither he fled from the presence of Solomon the king,
heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came
and spake to Rehoboam, saying,
4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou
somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy
yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.
5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days.
And the people departed.
6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood
before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What
counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?
7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this
people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will
be thy servants for ever.
8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and
took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him,
that stood before him.
9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return
answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease
somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?
10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto
him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto
thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it
somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My
little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put
more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I
will chastise you with scorpions.
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third
day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third
13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook
the counsel of the old men,
14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying,
My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my
father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with
15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was
of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by
the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto
them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we
in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse:
every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine
own house. So all Israel went to their tents.
17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of
Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute;
and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died.
But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to
flee to Jerusalem.
19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
1 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the
house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand
chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that
he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.
2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God,
3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to
all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against
your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is
done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned
from going against Jeroboam.
5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence
6 He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
7 And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam,
8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,
10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in
Benjamin fenced cities.
11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them,
and store of victual, and of oil and wine.
12 And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made
them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.
13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel
resorted to him out of all their coasts.
14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and
came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast
them off from executing the priest's office unto the LORD:
15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the
devils, and for the calves which he had made.
16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set
their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem,
to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers.
17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam
the son of Solomon strong, three years: for three years they
walked in the way of David and Solomon.
18 And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the
son of David to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son
19 Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham.
20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which
bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all
his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and
threescore concubines; and begat twenty and eight sons, and
22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be
ruler among his brethren: for he thought to make him king.
23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children
throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every
fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he
desired many wives.
1 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the
kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the
LORD, and all Israel with him.
2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam
Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they
had transgressed against the LORD,
3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand
horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him
out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.
4 And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and
came to Jerusalem.
5 Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes
of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of
Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Ye have
forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of
6 Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled
themselves; and they said, The LORD is righteous.
7 And when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word
of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled
themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant
them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon
Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.
8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my
service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.
9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took
away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures
of the king's house; he took all: he carried away also the
shields of gold which Solomon had made.
10 Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and
committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept
the entrance of the king's house.
11 And when the king entered into the house of the LORD, the
guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the
12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned
from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: and also in
Judah things went well.
13 So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and
reigned: for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began
to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city
which the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to
put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an
14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek
15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not
written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the
seer concerning genealogies? And there were wars between
Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.
16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the
city of David: and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.
1 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to
reign over Judah.
2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also
was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war
between Abijah and Jeroboam.
3 And Abijah set the battle in array with an army of valiant men
of war, even four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set
the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand
chosen men, being mighty men of valour.
4 And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount
Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel;
5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the
kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his
sons by a covenant of salt?
6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son
of David, is risen up, and hath rebelled against his lord.
7 And there are gathered unto him vain men, the children of
Belial, and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the
son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted, and
could not withstand them.
8 And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the
hand of the sons of David; and ye be a great multitude, and
there are with your golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for
9 Have ye not cast out the priests of the LORD, the sons of
Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you priests after the
manner of the nations of other lands? so that whosoever cometh
to consecrate himself with a young bullock and seven rams, the
same may be a priest of them that are no gods.
10 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken
him; and the priests, which minister unto the LORD, are the sons
of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business:
11 And they burn unto the LORD every morning and every evening
burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the shewbread also set they
in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with
the lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we keep the charge
of the LORD our God; but ye have forsaken him.
12 And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his
priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O
children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God of your
fathers; for ye shall not prosper.
13 But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them:
so they were before Judah, and the ambushment was behind them.
14 And when Judah looked back, behold, the battle was before and
behind: and they cried unto the LORD, and the priests sounded
with the trumpets.
15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah
shouted, it came to pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel
before Abijah and Judah.
16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah: and God
delivered them into their hand.
17 And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter:
so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen
18 Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time,
and the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon
the LORD God of their fathers.
19 And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took cities from him,
Bethel with the towns thereof, and Jeshanah with the towns
thereof, and Ephraim with the towns thereof.
20 Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of
Abijah: and the LORD struck him, and he died.
21 But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and
begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.
22 And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his
sayings, are written in the story of the prophet Iddo.
1 So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the
city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days
the land was quiet ten years.
2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the
LORD his God:
3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high
places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves:
4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and
to do the law and the commandment.
5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high
places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.
6 And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest,
and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him
7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and
make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the
land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God,
we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So
they built and prospered.
8 And Asa had an army of men that bare targets and spears, out
of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare
shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all
these were mighty men of valour.
9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an
host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and
came unto Mareshah.
10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in
array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is
nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that
have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and
in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our
God; let no man prevail against thee.
12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before
Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.
13 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto
Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not
recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and
before his host; and they carried away very much spoil.
14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear
of the LORD came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities; for
there was exceeding much spoil in them.
15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep
and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.
1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:
2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me,
Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye
be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if
ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God,
and without a teaching priest, and without law.
4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of
Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.
5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out,
nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the
inhabitants of the countries.
6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God
did vex them with all adversity.
7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for
your work shall be rewarded.
8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the
prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out
of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities
which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of
the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD.
9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with
them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they
fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the
LORD his God was with him.
10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the
third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.
11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil
which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand
12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of
their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;
13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should
be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with
shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.
15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with
all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he
was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.
16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he
removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a
grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it
at the brook Kidron.
17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel:
nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his
father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver,
and gold, and vessels.
19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of
the reign of Asa.
1 In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king
of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent
that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of
the house of the LORD and of the king's house, and sent to
Benhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,
3 There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my
father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold;
go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may
depart from me.
4 And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of
his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon,
and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali.
5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off
building of Ramah, and let his work cease.
6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the
stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was
building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.
7 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah,
and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of
Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host
of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.
8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very
many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the
LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.
9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole
earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart
is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly:
therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison
house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And
Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.
11 And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are
written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was
diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet
in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.
13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and
fortieth year of his reign.
14 And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made
for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which
was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared
by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great burning for
1 And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened
himself against Israel.
2 And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and
set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of
Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken.
3 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the
first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;
4 But sought to the Lord God of his father, and walked in his
commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.
5 Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all
Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and
honour in abundance.
6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover
he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.
7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes,
even to Benhail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to
Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah.
8 And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah,
and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and
Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, Levites; and with them
Elishama and Jehoram, priests.
9 And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the
LORD with them, and went about throughout all the cities of
Judah, and taught the people.
10 And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the
lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war
11 Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents,
and tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven
thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven
hundred he goats.
12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in
Judah castles, and cities of store.
13 And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men
of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.
14 And these are the numbers of them according to the house of
their fathers: Of Judah, the captains of thousands; Adnah the
chief, and with him mighty men of valour three hundred thousand.
15 And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two
hundred and fourscore thousand.
16 And next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly
offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand
mighty men of valour.
17 And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him
armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.
18 And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and
fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.
19 These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in
the fenced cities throughout all Judah.
1 Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined
affinity with Ahab.
2 And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And
Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the
people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him
3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah,
Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am
as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with
thee in the war.
4 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray
thee, at the word of the LORD to day.
5 Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets
four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to
Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go
up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand.
6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD
besides, that we might enquire of him?
7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one
man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he
never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is
Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king
8 And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and
said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.
9 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat
either of them on his throne, clothed in their robes, and they
sat in a void place at the entering in of the gate of Samaria;
and all the prophets prophesied before them.
10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made him horns of iron,
and said, Thus saith the LORD, With these thou shalt push Syria
until they be consumed.
11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to
Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into
the hand of the king.
12 And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him,
saying, Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the
king with one assent; let thy word therefore, I pray thee, be
like one of their's, and speak thou good.
13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith,
that will I speak.
14 And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him,
Micaiah, shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I
forbear? And he said, Go ye up, and prosper, and they shall be
delivered into your hand.
15 And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee
that thou say nothing but the truth to me in the name of the
16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the
mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the LORD said,
These have no master; let them return therefore every man to his
house in peace.
17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell
thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil?
18 Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the
LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven
standing on his right hand and on his left.
19 And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that
he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying
after this manner, and another saying after that manner.
20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and
said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith?
21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the
mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice
him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.
22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in
the mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil
23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote
Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of
the LORD from me to speak unto thee?
24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when
thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
25 Then the king of Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, and carry him
back to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's
26 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison,
and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of
affliction, until I return in peace.
27 And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then
hath not the LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye
28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went
up to Ramothgilead.
29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise
myself, and I will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes.
So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the
30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the
chariots that were with him, saying, Fight ye not with small or
great, save only with the king of Israel.
31 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw
Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore
they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out,
and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him.
32 For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots
perceived that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back
again from pursuing him.
33 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king
of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said
to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me
out of the host; for I am wounded.
34 And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel
stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the
even: and about the time of the sun going down he died.
1 And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in
peace to Jerusalem.
2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and
said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and
love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from
before the LORD.
3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou
hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared
thine heart to seek God.
4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again
through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought
them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.
5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities
of Judah, city by city,
6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not
for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.
7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed
and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor
respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and
of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for
the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they
returned to Jerusalem.
9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of
the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
10 And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that
dwell in your cities, between blood and blood, between law and
commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them
that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come upon
you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.
11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all
matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler
of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters: also the
Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously, and the
LORD shall be with the good.
1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab,
and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the
Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There
cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on
this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and
proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the
LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and
Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in
heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the
heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that
none is able to withstand thee?
7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of
this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of
Abraham thy friend for ever?
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary
therein for thy name, saying,
9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or
pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy
presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in
our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount
Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came
out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and
destroyed them not;
11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of
thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might
against this great company that cometh against us; neither know
we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones,
their wives, and their children.
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah,
the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of
Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the
15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of
Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto
you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great
multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by
the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the
brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves,
stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O
Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out
against them: for the LORD will be with you.
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground:
and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the
LORD, worshipping the LORD.
19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of
the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of
Israel with a loud voice on high.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the
wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood
and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem;
Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established;
believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed
singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of
holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise
the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set
ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir,
which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the
inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and
when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one
helped to destroy another.
24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness,
they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead
bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the
spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches
with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped
off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they
were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley
of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name
of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and
Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem
with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their
28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and
trumpets unto the house of the LORD.
29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those
countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the
enemies of Israel.
30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him
rest round about.
31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five
years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five
years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the
daughter of Shilhi.
32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not
from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD.
33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the
people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last,
behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani,
who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself
with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to
Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber.
37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied
against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself
with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were
broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
1 Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with
his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in
2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and
Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah:
all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.
3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold,
and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the
kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.
4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he
strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword,
and divers also of the princes of Israel.
5 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did
the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and
he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD.
7 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because
of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised
to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.
8 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of
Judah, and made themselves a king.
9 Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots
with him: and he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites which
compassed him in, and the captains of the chariots.
10 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto
this day. The same time also did Libnah revolt from under his
hand; because he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers.
11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah and
caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and
compelled Judah thereto.
12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet,
saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because
thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor
in the ways of Asa king of Judah,
13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast
made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring,
like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain
thy brethren of thy father's house, which were better than
14 Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people,
and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:
15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels,
until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.
16 Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of
the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the
17 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried
away all the substance that was found in the king's house, and
his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son left
him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.
18 And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an
19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end
of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so
he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for
him, like the burning of his fathers.
20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and
he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being
desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not
in the sepulchres of the kings.
1 And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son
king in his stead: for the band of men that came with the
Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the
son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.
2 Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign,
and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was
Athaliah the daughter of Omri.
3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his
mother was his counsellor to do wickedly.
4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house
of Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his
father to his destruction.
5 He walked also after their counsel, and went with Jehoram the
son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria
at Ramothgilead: and the Syrians smote Joram.
6 And he returned to be healed in Jezreel because of the wounds
which were given him at Ramah, when he fought with Hazael king
of Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down
to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, because he was sick.
7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram:
for when he was come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the
son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to cut off the house
8 And it came to pass, that, when Jehu was executing judgment
upon the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah, and the
sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered to Ahaziah, he
9 And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught him, (for he was hid in
Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu: and when they had slain him,
they buried him: Because, said they, he is the son of
Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD with all his heart. So the
house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still the kingdom.
10 But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was
dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of
11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the
son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons that
were slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. So
Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada
the priest, (for she was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid him from
Athaliah, so that she slew him not.
12 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and
Athaliah reigned over the land.
1 And in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and
took the captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and
Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, and
Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri,
into covenant with him.
2 And they went about in Judah, and gathered the Levites out of
all the cities of Judah, and the chief of the fathers of Israel,
and they came to Jerusalem.
3 And all the congregation made a covenant with the king in the
house of God. And he said unto them, Behold, the king's son
shall reign, as the LORD hath said of the sons of David.
4 This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you
entering on the sabbath, of the priests and of the Levites,
shall be porters of the doors;
5 And a third part shall be at the king's house; and a third
part at the gate of the foundation: and all the people shall be
in the courts of the house of the LORD.
6 But let none come into the house of the LORD, save the
priests, and they that minister of the Levites; they shall go
in, for they are holy: but all the people shall keep the watch
of the LORD.
7 And the Levites shall compass the king round about, every man
with his weapons in his hand; and whosoever else cometh into the
house, he shall be put to death: but be ye with the king when he
cometh in, and when he goeth out.
8 So the Levites and all Judah did according to all things that
Jehoiada the priest had commanded, and took every man his men
that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that were to go
out on the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest dismissed not the
9 Moreover Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of
hundreds spears, and bucklers, and shields, that had been king
David's, which were in the house of God.
10 And he set all the people, every man having his weapon in his
hand, from the right side of the temple to the left side of the
temple, along by the altar and the temple, by the king round
11 Then they brought out the king's son, and put upon him the
crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him king. And
Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the king.
12 Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and
praising the king, she came to the people into the house of the
13 And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at
the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king:
and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with
trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and such
as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and
said, Treason, Treason.
14 Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds
that were set over the host, and said unto them, Have her forth
of the ranges: and whoso followeth her, let him be slain with
the sword. For the priest said, Slay her not in the house of the
15 So they laid hands on her; and when she was come to the
entering of the horse gate by the king's house, they slew her
16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the
people, and between the king, that they should be the LORD's
17 Then all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it
down, and brake his altars and his images in pieces, and slew
Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
18 Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the LORD
by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had
distributed in the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt
offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses,
with rejoicing and with singing, as it was ordained by David.
19 And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD,
that none which was unclean in any thing should enter in.
20 And he took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and the
governors of the people, and all the people of the land, and
brought down the king from the house of the LORD: and they came
through the high gate into the king's house, and set the king
upon the throne of the kingdom.
21 And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was
quiet, after that they had slain Athaliah with the sword.
1 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was
Zibiah of Beersheba.
2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD
all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and
4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to
repair the house of the LORD.
5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said
to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all
Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year,
and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened
6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him,
Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of
Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the
commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the
congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?
7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the
house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of
the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.
8 And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it
without at the gate of the house of the LORD.
9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to
bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of
God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought
in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.
11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought
unto the king's office by the hand of the Levites, and when they
saw that there was much money, the king's scribe and the high
priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and
carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and
gathered money in abundance.
12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of
the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and
carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as
wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD.
13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them,
and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.
14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the
money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels
for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to
offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And
they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD
continually all the days of Jehoiada.
15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an
hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.
16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings,
because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward
17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah,
and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto
18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and
served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem
for this their trespass.
19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the
LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give
20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada
the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them,
Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD,
that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he
hath also forsaken you.
21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at
the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the
22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which
Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when
he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it.
23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of
Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem,
and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the
people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of
24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men,
and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand,
because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they
executed judgment against Joash.
25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in
great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the
blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his
bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but
they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.
26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son
of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a
27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens
laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold,
they are written in the story of the book of the kings. And
Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.
1 Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his
mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but
not with a perfect heart.
3 Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him,
that he slew his servants that had killed the king his father.
4 But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in
the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying,
The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the
children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his
5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them
captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according
to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and
Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above,
and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able to go
forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.
6 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of
Israel for an hundred talents of silver.
7 But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not
the army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD is not with
Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim.
8 But if thou wilt go, do it; be strong for the battle: God
shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to
help, and to cast down.
9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for
the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel?
And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much
more than this.
10 Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come
to him out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger
was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in
11 And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people,
and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of
Seir ten thousand.
12 And other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah
carry away captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock,
and cast them down from the top of the rock, that they all were
broken in pieces.
13 But the soldiers of the army which Amaziah sent back, that
they should not go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of
Judah, from Samaria even unto Bethhoron, and smote three
thousand of them, and took much spoil.
14 Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the
slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the
children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down
himself before them, and burned incense unto them.
15 Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah,
and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast
thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not
deliver their own people out of thine hand?
16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king
said unto him, Art thou made of the king's counsel? forbear; why
shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, I
know that God hath determined to destroy thee, because thou hast
done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.
17 Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash,
the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying,
Come, let us see one another in the face.
18 And Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah,
saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that
was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and
there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down
19 Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine
heart lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home; why shouldest
thou meddle to thine hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou,
and Judah with thee?
20 But Amaziah would not hear; for it came of God, that he might
deliver them into the hand of their enemies, because they sought
after the gods of Edom.
21 So Joash the king of Israel went up; and they saw one another
in the face, both he and Amaziah king of Judah, at Bethshemesh,
which belongeth to Judah.
22 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled
every man to his tent.
23 And Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the
son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought
him to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the
gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits.
24 And he took all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels
that were found in the house of God with Obededom, and the
treasures of the king's house, the hostages also, and returned
25 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the
death of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold,
are they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and
27 Now after the time that Amaziah did turn away from following
the LORD they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he
fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him, and slew
28 And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his
fathers in the city of Judah.
1 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen
years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.
2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king
slept with his fathers.
3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he
reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also
was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
4 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that his father Amaziah did.
5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had
understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought
the LORD, God made him to prosper.
6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and
brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the
wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the
7 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the
Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.
8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread
abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened
9 Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate,
and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and
10 Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells:
for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the
plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and
in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.
11 Moreover Uzziah had an host of fighting men, that went out to
war by bands, according to the number of their account by the
hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand
of Hananiah, one of the king's captains.
12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty
men of valour were two thousand and six hundred.
13 And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and
seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty
power, to help the king against the enemy.
14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields,
and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to
15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to
be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and
great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was
marvellously helped, till he was strong.
16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his
destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and
went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar
17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him
fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:
18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It
appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the
LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated
to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast
trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD
19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn
incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy
even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of
the LORD, from beside the incense altar.
20 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked
upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they
thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out,
because the LORD had smitten him.
21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death,
and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off
from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the
king's house, judging the people of the land.
22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did
Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.
23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with
his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the
kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned
in his stead.
1 Jotham was twenty and five years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother's name
also was Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered
not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet
3 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the
wall of Ophel he built much.
4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the
forests he built castles and towers.
5 He fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed
against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year
an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of
wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of
Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and the third.
6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before
the LORD his God.
7 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars, and his
ways, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel
8 He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and
reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem.
9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the
city of David: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.
1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which
was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:
2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made
also molten images for Baalim.
3 Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom,
and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of
the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of
4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and
on the hills, and under every green tree.
5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the
king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great
multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he
was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who
smote him with a great slaughter.
6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and
twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because
they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.
7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king's
son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that was
next to the king.
8 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their
brethren two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and
took also away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to
9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and
he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto
them, Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers was wroth
with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have
slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven.
10 And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and
Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but are there not
with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your God?
11 Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives again, which
ye have taken captive of your brethren: for the fierce wrath of
the LORD is upon you.
12 Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah
the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and
Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood
up against them that came from the war,
13 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives
hither: for whereas we have offended against the LORD already,
ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our
trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.
14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the
princes and all the congregation.
15 And the men which were expressed by name rose up, and took
the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked
among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to
eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble
of them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of
palm trees, to their brethren: then they returned to Samaria.
16 At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to
17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and
carried away captives.
18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low
country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken Bethshemesh,
and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages thereof,
and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also and the
villages thereof: and they dwelt there.
19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of
Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against
20 And Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and
distressed him, but strengthened him not.
21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD,
and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave
it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.
22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more
against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz.
23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him:
and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them,
therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But
they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.
24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God,
and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up
the doors of the house of the LORD, and he made him altars in
every corner of Jerusalem.
25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to
burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God
of his fathers.
26 Now the rest of his acts and of all his ways, first and last,
behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and
27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the
city, even in Jerusalem: but they brought him not into the
sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son reigned
in his stead.
1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old,
and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his
mother's name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,
according to all that David his father had done.
3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened
the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.
4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered
them together into the east street,
5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now
yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your
fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.
6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil
in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have
turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and
turned their backs.
7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the
lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings
in the holy place unto the God of Israel.
8 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem,
and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to
hissing, as ye see with your eyes.
9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons
and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.
10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God
of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.
11 My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you
to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister
unto him, and burn incense.
12 Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel
the son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites: and of the
sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of
Jehalelel: and of the Gershonites; Joah the son of Zimmah, and
Eden the son of Joah:
13 And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri, and Jeiel: and of the
sons of Asaph; Zechariah, and Mattaniah:
14 And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shimei: and of the sons
of Jeduthun; Shemaiah, and Uzziel.
15 And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves,
and came, according to the commandment of the king, by the words
of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD.
16 And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the
LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that
they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house
of the LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad
into the brook Kidron.
17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to
sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they to the
porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the LORD in
eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they
made an end.
18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said, We have
cleansed all the house of the LORD, and the altar of burnt
offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread table,
with all the vessels thereof.
19 Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did
cast away in his transgression, have we prepared and sanctified,
and, behold, they are before the altar of the LORD.
20 Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of
the city, and went up to the house of the LORD.
21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven
lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom,
and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the
priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the
22 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the
blood, and sprinkled it on the altar: likewise, when they had
killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar: they
killed also the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon the
23 And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering
before the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands
24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation
with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all
Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the
sin offering should be made for all Israel.
25 And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals,
with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of
David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the prophet: for
so was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets.
26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the
priests with the trumpets.
27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the
altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD
began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained
by David king of Israel.
28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang,
and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the
burnt offering was finished.
29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all
that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.
30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the
Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words of David,
and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and
they bowed their heads and worshipped.
31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have consecrated
yourselves unto the LORD, come near and bring sacrifices and
thank offerings into the house of the LORD. And the congregation
brought in sacrifices and thank offerings; and as many as were
of a free heart burnt offerings.
32 And the number of the burnt offerings, which the congregation
brought, was threescore and ten bullocks, an hundred rams, and
two hundred lambs: all these were for a burnt offering to the
33 And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three
34 But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all
the burnt offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did
help them, till the work was ended, and until the other priests
had sanctified themselves: for the Levites were more upright in
heart to sanctify themselves than the priests.
35 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat
of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt
offering. So the service of the house of the LORD was set in
36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had
prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.
1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters
also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house
of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORD God
2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the
congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second
3 For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests
had not sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had the
people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem.
4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation.
5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout
all Israel, from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to
keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel at Jerusalem: for
they had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was
6 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his
princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the
commandment of the king, saying, Ye children of Israel, turn
again unto the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he
will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the
hand of the kings of Assyria.
7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which
trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, who therefore
gave them up to desolation, as ye see.
8 Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield
yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he
hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the
fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.
9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your
children shall find compassion before them that lead them
captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the
LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away
his face from you, if ye return unto him.
10 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of
Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to
scorn, and mocked them.
11 Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun
humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.
12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to
do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word
of the LORD.
13 And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the
feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great
14 And they arose and took away the altars that were in
Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away, and
cast them into the brook Kidron.
15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the
second month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and
sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings into
the house of the LORD.
16 And they stood in their place after their manner, according
to the law of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the
blood, which they received of the hand of the Levites.
17 For there were many in the congregation that were not
sanctified: therefore the Levites had the charge of the killing
of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to sanctify
them unto the LORD.
18 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and
Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves,
yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written. But
Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every one
19 That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his
fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification
of the sanctuary.
20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.
21 And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem
kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great
gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day
by day, singing with loud instruments unto the LORD.
22 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that
taught the good knowledge of the LORD: and they did eat
throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and
making confession to the LORD God of their fathers.
23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days:
and they kept other seven days with gladness.
24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the congregation a
thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and the princes gave
to the congregation a thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep:
and a great number of priests sanctified themselves.
25 And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the
Levites, and all the congregation that came out of Israel, and
the strangers that came out of the land of Israel, and that
dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.
26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since the time of
Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was not the like
27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people:
and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy
dwelling place, even unto heaven.
1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present
went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces,
and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the
altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and
Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all
the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession,
into their own cities.
2 And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the
Levites after their courses, every man according to his service,
the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and for peace
offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the
gates of the tents of the LORD.
3 He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the
burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt
offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the
new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law
of the LORD.
4 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to
give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might
be encouraged in the law of the LORD.
5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of
Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and
oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the
tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.
6 And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in
the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and
sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated unto
the LORD their God, and laid them by heaps.
7 In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the
heaps, and finished them in the seventh month.
8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they
blessed the LORD, and his people Israel.
9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites
concerning the heaps.
10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered
him, and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings
into the house of the LORD, we have had enough to eat, and have
left plenty: for the LORD hath blessed his people; and that
which is left is this great store.
11 Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of
the LORD; and they prepared them,
12 And brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated
things faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite was ruler, and
Shimei his brother was the next.
13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and
Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and
Benaiah, were overseers under the hand of Cononiah and Shimei
his brother, at the commandment of Hezekiah the king, and
Azariah the ruler of the house of God.
14 And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter toward the
east, was over the freewill offerings of God, to distribute the
oblations of the LORD, and the most holy things.
15 And next him were Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and
Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of the priests,
in their set office, to give to their brethren by courses, as
well to the great as to the small:
16 Beside their genealogy of males, from three years old and
upward, even unto every one that entereth into the house of the
LORD, his daily portion for their service in their charges
according to their courses;
17 Both to the genealogy of the priests by the house of their
fathers, and the Levites from twenty years old and upward, in
their charges by their courses;
18 And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives,
and their sons, and their daughters, through all the
congregation: for in their set office they sanctified themselves
19 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, which were in the
fields of the suburbs of their cities, in every several city,
the men that were expressed by name, to give portions to all the
males among the priests, and to all that were reckoned by
genealogies among the Levites.
20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that
which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.
21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house
of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his
God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
1 After these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib
king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped
against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself.
2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he
was purposed to fight against Jerusalem,
3 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop
the waters of the fountains which were without the city: and
they did help him.
4 So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all
the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the
land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find
5 Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that
was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall
without, and repaired Millo in the city of David, and made darts
and shields in abundance.
6 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them
together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake
comfortably to them, saying,
7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the
king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for
there be more with us than with him:
8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God
to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested
themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
9 After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants
to Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and
all his power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto
all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying,
10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust,
that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem?
11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die
by famine and by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall deliver
us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his
altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall
worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?
13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the
people of other lands? were the gods of the nations of those
lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand?
14 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my
fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of
mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of
15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you
on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any
nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine
hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall
your God deliver you out of mine hand?
16 And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God, and
against his servant Hezekiah.
17 He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD God of Israel, and
to speak against him, saying, As the gods of the nations of
other lands have not delivered their people out of mine hand, so
shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine
18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews' speech unto
the people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright them,
and to trouble them; that they might take the city.
19 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the
gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the
hands of man.
20 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah
the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.
21 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men
of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king
of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land.
And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came
forth of his own bowels slew him there with the sword.
22 Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the
hand of all other, and guided them on every side.
23 And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and
presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in
the sight of all nations from thenceforth.
24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto
the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.
25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done
unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath
upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.
26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his
heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the
wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
27 And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour: and he
made himself treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for
precious stones, and for spices, and for shields, and for all
manner of pleasant jewels;
28 Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil;
and stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks.
29 Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks
and herds in abundance: for God had given him substance very
30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of
Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city
of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.
31 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of
Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was
done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know
all that was in his heart.
32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness,
behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet,
the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and
33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in
the chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all
Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour at his
death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:
2 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like
unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out
before the children of Israel.
3 For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father
had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made
groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.
4 Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the
LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.
5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two
courts of the house of the LORD.
6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the
valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used
enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar
spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of
the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
7 And he set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the
house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his
son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before
all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:
8 Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of
the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they
will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according
to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand
9 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to
err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had
destroyed before the children of Israel.
10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they
would not hearken.
11 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host
of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns,
and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God,
and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,
13 And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard
his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his
kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.
14 Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on
the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in
at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel, and raised it up a
very great height, and put captains of war in all the fenced
cities of Judah.
15 And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the
house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the
mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them
out of the city.
16 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon
peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to
serve the LORD God of Israel.
17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high
places, yet unto the LORD their God only.
18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his
God, and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of
the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book of
the kings of Israel.
19 His prayer also, and how God was intreated of him, and all
his sins, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high
places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was
humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of the
20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in
his own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.
21 Amon was two and twenty years old when he began to reign, and
reigned two years in Jerusalem.
22 But he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as
did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved
images which Manasseh his father had made, and served them;
23 And humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his
father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more.
24 And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his
25 But the people of the land slew all them that had conspired
against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his
son king in his stead.
1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and
walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to
the right hand, nor to the left.
3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young,
he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the
twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high
places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten
4 And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and
the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the
groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake
in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves
of them that had sacrificed unto them.
5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and
cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.
6 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and
Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about.
7 And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had
beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the idols
throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.
8 Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged
the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and
Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz
the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.
9 And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered
the money that was brought into the house of God, which the
Levites that kept the doors had gathered of the hand of Manasseh
and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah
and Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem.
10 And they put it in the hand of the workmen that had the
oversight of the house of the LORD, and they gave it to the
workmen that wrought in the house of the LORD, to repair and
amend the house:
11 Even to the artificers and builders gave they it, to buy hewn
stone, and timber for couplings, and to floor the houses which
the kings of Judah had destroyed.
12 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of
them were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of
Merari; and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the
Kohathites, to set it forward; and other of the Levites, all
that could skill of instruments of musick.
13 Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and were
overseers of all that wrought the work in any manner of service:
and of the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and
14 And when they brought out the money that was brought into the
house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of
the LORD given by Moses.
15 And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have
found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah
delivered the book to Shaphan.
16 And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the
king word back again, saying, All that was committed to thy
servants, they do it.
17 And they have gathered together the money that was found in
the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of
the overseers, and to the hand of the workmen.
18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the
priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the
19 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the
law, that he rent his clothes.
20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of
Shaphan, and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and
Asaiah a servant of the king's, saying,
21 Go, enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in
Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is
found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out
upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD,
to do after all that is written in this book.
22 And Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed, went to
Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath,
the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in
Jerusalem in the college:) and they spake to her to that effect.
23 And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
Tell ye the man that sent you to me,
24 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this
place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses
that are written in the book which they have read before the
king of Judah:
25 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto
other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the
works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured out
upon this place, and shall not be quenched.
26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the
LORD, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of
Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard;
27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself
before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and
against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before
me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even
heard thee also, saith the LORD.
28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be
gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all
the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the
inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again.
29 Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of
Judah and Jerusalem.
30 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the
men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests,
and the Levites, and all the people, great and small: and he
read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant
that was found in the house of the LORD.
31 And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before
the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments,
and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and
with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant which
are written in this book.
32 And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin
to stand to it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according
to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.
33 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the
countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and made all
that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the LORD
their God. And all his days they departed not from following the
LORD, the God of their fathers.
1 Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem:
and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the first
2 And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them
to the service of the house of the LORD,
3 And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were
holy unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon
the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a
burden upon your shoulders: serve now the LORD your God, and his
4 And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after
your courses, according to the writing of David king of Israel,
and according to the writing of Solomon his son.
5 And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the
families of the fathers of your brethren the people, and after
the division of the families of the Levites.
6 So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare
your brethren, that they may do according to the word of the
LORD by the hand of Moses.
7 And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids,
all for the passover offerings, for all that were present, to
the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks:
these were of the king's substance.
8 And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the
priests, and to the Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel,
rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the
passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle and
three hundred oxen.
9 Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and
Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave unto
the Levites for passover offerings five thousand small cattle,
and five hundred oxen.
10 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their
place, and the Levites in their courses, according to the king's
11 And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled the
blood from their hands, and the Levites flayed them.
12 And they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give
according to the divisions of the families of the people, to
offer unto the LORD, as it is written in the book of Moses. And
so did they with the oxen.
13 And they roasted the passover with fire according to the
ordinance: but the other holy offerings sod they in pots, and in
caldrons, and in pans, and divided them speedily among all the
14 And afterward they made ready for themselves, and for the
priests: because the priests the sons of Aaron were busied in
offering of burnt offerings and the fat until night; therefore
the Levites prepared for themselves, and for the priests the
sons of Aaron.
15 And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place,
according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and
Jeduthun the king's seer; and the porters waited at every gate;
they might not depart from their service; for their brethren the
Levites prepared for them.
16 So all the service of the LORD was prepared the same day, to
keep the passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar
of the LORD, according to the commandment of king Josiah.
17 And the children of Israel that were present kept the
passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven
18 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from
the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of
Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and
the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem.
19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this
20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho
king of Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates:
and Josiah went out against him.
21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do
with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day,
but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me
to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with
me, that he destroy thee not.
22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but
disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened
not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to
fight in the valley of Megiddo.
23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his
servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.
24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put
him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to
Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres
of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.
25 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and
the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this
day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are
written in the lamentations.
26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his goodness,
according to that which was written in the law of the LORD,
27 And his deeds, first and last, behold, they are written in
the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
1 Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah,
and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.
2 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.
3 And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned
the land in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.
4 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah
and Jerusalem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took
Jehoahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.
5 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that
which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God.
6 Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound
him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.
7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the
LORD to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.
8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations
which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they are
written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah: and
Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.
9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that
which was evil in the sight of the LORD.
10 And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and
brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of
the LORD, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and
11 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign,
and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.
12 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his
God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet
speaking from the mouth of the LORD.
13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had
made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened
his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel.
14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people,
transgressed very much after all the abominations of the
heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had
hallowed in Jerusalem.
15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his
messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had
compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:
16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his
words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD
arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who
slew their young men with the sword in the house of their
sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old
man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his
18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and
the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the
king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.
19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of
Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and
destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to
Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the
reign of the kingdom of Persia:
21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah,
until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay
desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.
22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word
of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be
accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of
Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom,
and put it also in writing, saying,
23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the
earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged
me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is
there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him,
and let him go up.