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II. SAMUEL.

Darid's mighty men 3 The God of lerael said, the Rock of Israell he attained not to the first three. And David Spake to me, He that ruleth over inen must be set him over his guard. just, ruling in the fear of God.

24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the 4 And he shall be as the light of the morning!thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem, tohen the sun riseth, cven a morning without 25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, clouds; as the tender grass springing out of tne 26 lelez the l'altite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the earth by clear shining after rain.

Tekoite, 5 Although my house be not so with God; yet 27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Huhe hath made with me an everlasting covenant, shathite, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my 28 Zalmon the Alohite, Maliarai the Netophasitlvation, and all my desire, although he make thite, it not to grow.

29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, 61 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the chilas thorns thrust awar, because they cannot be dren of Benjamin, taken with hands:

| 30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks 7 But the man that shall touch them must be fen- of Gaash, ced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they 31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barshall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.humite,

8! These be the names of the mighty men whom 32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite; of the sons of JaDavid had: The Tachinonite that sat in the seat, shen, Jonathan, chiel' among the captains; the same was Adino 33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of the Emnite: he lifted up his spear against eight) Sharar the Hararite, hundred, whom he slew at one time.

34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the ! And after him was Elcazar the son of Dodo Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel tho the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with Gilonite. David, when they defied the Philistines that were 35 Hezrai the Carriclite, Paarai the Arbite, Here gathered uigether to battle, and the men of 36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani'the Israel were gone away:

Gadite, 10 lle arose, and smote the Philistines until his 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerohand was weary, and his hand clave unto the thite, armour-bearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah, sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that 38 Ira an Illirite, Gareb an Ithrite, day; and the people returnedafter himonly to spoil. 39 Uriah the flittite: thirty and seven in all. 1 And after him was Shammal the son of

CHAP. XXIV. Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were

David numbereth the people. Lathered together into a troop, where was a AND again the anger of the LORD was kindled piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people H against Israel, and he moved David against iled froni the Philistines.

them to say, Go, nuniber Israel and Judah. 12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and 2 For the king said to Joab, the captain of the defended it, and slew the Philistines : and the host, which was with him, Go now through all 1.ORD wrought a great victory.

Ithe tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beer-she13 And three of the thirty chief went down, ba, and nuniber ye the people, that I may know and came to David in the harvest-time unto the the number of the people. cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philis- 3 And Joab said unto the king, Now the LORD lines pitched in the valley of Rephaim.

thy God add unto the people, how many soever 14 And David was then in a hold, and the gar- they be, a hundred-fold, and that the eyes of niy rison of the Philistines was then in Beth-Ichiem. lord the king may ste it: but why doth my lord

15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one the king delight in this thing ? would give nie drink of the water of the well of 4 Notwithstanding the king's word prevailed Beth-Ichem, which is by the gate!

against Joab, and against the captains of the 16 And the three inighty men brake through the host. And Joab and the captains of the host host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the went out from the presence of the king, to nudiwell of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took ber the people of Israel. it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would 5! And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord. Aroer, on the right side of the city that lieth in the

17 And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, linidst of the river of Gad, and toward Jazer: that I should do this: is not this the blood of the 6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of men that went in jeopardy of their lives ? there. Tahtim-hodshi; and they came to Dan-jaan, and fore he would not drink it. These things did about to Zidon, these three inighty men.

| 7 And came to the strong bold or Tyre, and to 18 And Abishai, the brother or Joab, the son of all the cities of the Uivites, and of the CanaanZeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted ites: and they went out to the south of Judah, up his spear against three hundred, and sleweven to Beer-shcba. them, and had the name among three.

| 8 So when they had gone through all the land, 19 Was he not most honourable of three? there they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months fore he was their captain: howbcit he attained and twenty days. not unto the first three.

| 9 And Joal) gave up the sum of the number of 20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son the peopic unto the king: and there were in Isof a valiant man, of Kabzerl, who had done rael eight hundred thousand valiant men that many acts, he slew two lion-like men of Moab: drew the sword; and the men of Judah were he went down also and slew a lion in the midst five hundred thousand men. of a pit in time of snow:

| 10 11 And David's heart smote him after that he 21 And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: had numbered the people. And David said unto and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand: but the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have he went down to him with a staff, and plucked done, and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have dona him with his own spear,

very foolishly. 2 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoai- u For when David was up in the morning, the da, and had the name among three mighty men. word of the LORD carne unto the prophet Gad, 23 He was inore honourable than the thirty, but David's seer, saying,

4 plague of pestilence.

CHAP. XXIV.

The plague is stayed 12 Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, junto him, Go un, rear an altar unto the Loks in Toffer thee three things; choose thee one of them, the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite. that I may do it unto thee.

| 19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, 13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and went up as the LORD commanded. said unto him, Shall seven years of famine cone 20 And Araunah looked, and saw the king and unto thee in thy land ? or wilt thou flee three his servants coming on toward him . Aud Araumonths before thine enemies, while they pursue nah went out, and bowed himself before the king thee? or that there be three days' pestilence in on bis lace upon the ground. thy land ? Now advise, and see what answer I 21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord shall return to him that sent me.

the king come to his servant ? And David said, 14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great To buy the threshing-floor of thee, to build an strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD;altar unto the LORD, that the plague way be for his mercies are great ; and let me not fall into stayed from the people. the band of man.

20 And Araunal said unto David, Let my lord 15 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel the king take and offer up what scemeth good from the morning even to the time appointed : unto him : behold, here be oxen for burnt-sacriand there died of the people from Dan even to fice, and threshing-instruments and other instruBeer-sheba seventy thousand men.

ments of the oxen for wood. 16 And when the angel stretched out his hand 23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, him of the evil, and said to the angel that de-The LORD thy God accept thee. stroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thy 24 And the king said unto Arauah, Nay; but hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither threshing-placeof Araunah the Jebusite. will I offer burnt-offerings unto the Lord my

17 And David spake unto the LORD when he God of that which doth cost me nothing. So saw the angel that smote the people, and said, David bought the threshing-floor and the oxen Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly : for fifty shekels of silver. but these sheep, wliat have they done? Let thy 25 And David built there an altar unto the nand, I pray three, be against me, and against iny LORD, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offather's house.

ferings. So the LORD was entreated for the land, 18 11 And Gad came that day to David, and said and the plague was stayed from Israel. I The First Book of the KINGS, commonly called, The Third Book of the KINGS. CHAP. I

Junto him, Didst not thou, my lord, Oking, swear Abisha cherisheth David.

unto thy handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon N OW king David was old and stricken in thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon N years; and they covered him with clothes, my throne ? why then doth Adonijah reign but le gal no heat.

1 14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there with 2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let the king, I also will come in after thee, and there be sought for my lord the king a young confirm thy words. virgin: and let her stand before the king, and 15 11 And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, the chamber, and the king was very old; and Abithat niy lord the king may get heat. .

Ishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king. 3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout 16 And Bath-sheba bowed, and did obeisance all the coasts of Israel, and found Abislag a unto the king. And the king said, What wouldShinammite, aud brought her to the king. est thou ?

4 Aud the damsel roas very fair, and cherished 17 And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarthe king, and ministered to him: but the king est by the LORD thy God unto thy handmaid, knew her not.

saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign 5 1 Tlien Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted after me, and he shall sit upon my throne. himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared! 18 And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not: before him.

19 And he hath slain oxen, and fat cattle, and 6 And his father had not displeased him at any sheep in abundance, and hath called all the song time in saying, Why bast thou done so ? and be of the king, and Abiaihar the priest, and Joab also was a very goodly man; and his mother the captain of the host : but Solomon thy serbare him after Absalom.

vant hath le not called 7 And lie conferred with Joab the son of Ze- 20 And thou, my lord, o king, the eyes of all ruiah, and with Abiathar the priest : and they, Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell following Adonijah, helped him.

them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the 8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of king after him. Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, 21 Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my and Rei, and the mighty men which belonged to lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I David, were not with Adonijah.

land my son Solomon shall be counted offenders. 9 And Adonijab slew sheep, and oxen, and fat 22 | And lo, while she yet talked with the cattle, by the stone of Zohcleth, wliich is by En-king, Nathan the prophet also came in. rogel, and called all his brethren the king's sons, 23 And they told the king, saying, Behold Naand all the men of Judah the king's servants: than the prophet. And when he was coine in

10 But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and before the king, he bowed himself before the the nighty men, and Solomon his brother, he king with his face to the ground. called not

24 And Nathan said, My lord, o king, hast II 1 Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bath-sheha thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he the mother of Solomon, saying, last thou not shall sit upon my throne ? bexire that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth 25 For he is gone down this day, and hath slain reign, and David our lord knoweth it not? oxen, and fat cattle, and sheep in abundance,

12 Now therefore comie, let me, I pray thee, and hath called all the king's sons, and the capgive thee counsel, that thon mayest save thine Lains of the host, and Abiathar the priest : and own life, and the life of thy son Solomon. behold, they eat and drink before him, and say 13 Go, and get thee in unto king David, and say iGod save king Adonijah.

Dand declares Solomon king.

I. KINGS.

David's charge and death 26 But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the make his throne greater than thy throne. And priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy the king bowed himself upon the bed. servant Solomon, hath he not called.

48 And also thus said the king, Blessed be the 97 Is this thingdone by my lord the king, and thou LORD God of Israel, which hath given one to sit hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should on my throne ibis day, mine eyes even seeing it. sit on the throne of my lord the king after hinn ?! 49 And all the guests that were with Adonijah

08 11 Then king David answered and said, Call/were afraid, and rose up, and went every nian me Bath-sheba. And she came into the king's his way. presence, and stood before the king.

50 1 And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, 29 And the king sware, and said, I's the Lord and arose, and went, and caught hold on the liveth, that hath redeenied my soul out of all horns of the altar. distress,

| 51 And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, 30 Even as I sware unto thec by the LORD God of Adonijah feareth king Solomon: for lo, he hath Israel, saying. Assuredly Solomon thy son shall caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying, reign after vie, and he shall sit upon my throne Let king Solonion swear unto me to-day that he in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day. will not slay his servant with the sword.

31 Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face to 52 And Solomon said, If he will shew himself the earth, and did reverence to the king, and a worthy man, there shall not a hair of him fall

I king David live for ever. to the earth : but if wickedness shall be found 32 il And King David said, Call me Zadok the in him, he shall die.' priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the 53 So king Solomon sent, and they brought him son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king. I down from the altar. And lie came and bowed

33 The king also said to them, Take with himself to king Solomon: and Solonion said vou the servants of your lord, and cause Solo- unto him, Go to thy house. mon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and

CHAP. II. bring him down to Gibon:

David's charge to Solomon. 34 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the NTUW the days of David drew nigh that he trovhet anoint him there king over Israel: and I should die; and he charged Solomon liis blow ye with the trumpet, aud say, God save son, saying, king Solomon.

| 2 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong 35 Then ye shall come up after him, that he therefore, and shew thyself a man; may conie and sit upon my throne; for he shall 3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to he king in my stead: and I have appointed him walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and liia to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.

commandments, and his judgments, and his tos 36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answer- timonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, ed the king, and said, Amen: the LORD God of that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, my lord the king gay so too.

and whithersoever thou turnest thyself. 37 Asthe LORD hath been with my lord the king, 4 That the LORD may continue his word which even so be he with Solomon, and make his throne he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children greater than the throne of my lord king David. take heed to their way, to walk before me in

38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the pro-truth, with all their heart, and with all their plet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, and on the throne of Israel. caused Solomon lo ride upon king David's mule, l 5 Moreover, thou knowest also what Joab the and brought him to Gihoil.

son or Zeruiah did to ne, and what he did to 39 And Zadok the priest took a horn of oil out the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abof the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And ner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of God save king Solomon.

war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his 40 And all the people came up after him, and girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with sihat were on liis feet. great joy, so tha: the carth reut with the sound 6 Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let of them.

not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace. 41 And A donijah and all the guests that were 7 But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai with him heard it as they had made an end of the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the at thy table: tor so they came to me when I fled trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the because of Absalom thy brother. city being in an uproar ?

8 And behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son 42 And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan or Gera, a Benjamnite of Bahurim, which cursed the son of Abiatliar the priest came: and Ado-me with a grievous curse in the day when I went nijah said unto hiin, Come in; for thou art a to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at valiant man, and bringest good tidings.

Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, 43 And Jonathan answered and caid to Adoni- I will not put thee to death with the sword.' jah, Verily our lord king David hath made Solo- 9 Now therefore hold him not guiltless : for nion king

thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou 44 And the king hath sent with hion Zadok theloughtest to do unto him: but his hoar liead bring priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaialı inelthou down to the grave with blood. son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the 10 So David slept with his fathers, and was Pelethites, and they have caused liim to ride buried in the city of David. upon the king's muie:

11 And the days that David reigned over Israel 45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the pro-were forty years : seven years reigned he in Hephiet have anointed him king in Gihon: and they bron, and thirty and three years reigned he in are coine up from thence rejoicing, so that the city Jerusalem. rang again. This is the noise that ye have heard. 12 11 Then sat Solomon upon the throne of Da

46 Aud also Solomon sitteth on the throne of vid his father; and his kingdom was established the kingdom.

Igreatly. 47 And moreover the king's servants came to 13 11 And A donijah the son of Ilaggith came to bless our lord king Davil, saying, God make the Bath-sheba the motheror Solomon. And she said, name or Solomon better than thy nanie, aud Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peaceably.

sointed Solomon. And the two captains of the her and what he did to

Idonijai is put to death.

CHAP. IN.

Also Joab and Skimet 14 He said moreover, I have somewhat to say ever : but upon David, and upon his seed, and unto thee. And she said, Say on.

upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there 15 And he said, Thou knowest that the king. I be peace for ever from the LORD. dom was mine, and that all Israel set their faces/ 34 So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, on me that I should reign : howbeit the king-land.rell upon him, and slew him: and he was dom is turned about, and is become my brother's buried in his own house in the wilderness. for it was his from the LORD.

35 | And the king put Benaiah the son of Je 16 And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me hoiada in his room over the host: and Zadok the not. And she said unto hiin, Say on.

priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar. 17 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solo-36 | And the king sent and called for Stumei, mon the king, (for he will not say thee nay,) that and said unto him, Build thee a house in Jeru. be give me Abishag the Shunarmite to wife. saiern, and dwell there, and go not forth thenco

18 And Bath-sheba said, Well; I will speak for any whither. thee unto the king.

37 For it shall be, that on the day thou goest 19 1 Bath-sheba therefore went unto king Soont, and passest over the brook Kidron, thou lomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And shalt know for certain that thou shall surely die: the king rose up to meet her, and bowed him-thy blood shall be upon thine own head. Self unto her, and sat down on his throne, and 38 And Shimei said unto the king, The saying caused a seat to be set for the king's mother; is good: as my lord the king hath said, so will and she sat on his right hand.

thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem 20 Then she said, I desire one small petition of many days. thee; I pray thee, say me not nay. And the king 39 And it came to pass at the end of three years, said unto her, Ask on, any mother: for I will not that two of the servants of Shinei ran away unto say thee nay.

Achish son of Maachah king of'Gath: and they told 21 And she said, Lct Abishag the Shmammite Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in Ğath. be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife. 40 And Shimei arose and saddled his ass, and

22 And king Solomon answered and said unto went to Cath to Achish to seek his servants: and his mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shimei went and brought his servants from Gath. Shunammite for Adonijah ? ask for him the 41 Audit was told Solomon that Shimei had gone kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again. for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for 42 And the king sent and called for Shinei, and Joab the son of Zeruiah.

said unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by 23 Then king Solomon sware hy the LORD, gay-the LURT, and protested unto thee, saying, know Ing, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijali for a certain, on the day thon goest out, and walkhave not spoken this word against his own life. est abroad any whither, that thou shall surely

24 Now therefore, as the LORD liveth,which hath die ? and thou saidst unto me, The word that I established me, and set me on the throne of Davill have hearil is goud. my father, and wbo hath made mc a house, as he 43 Why then last throu not kept the oath of proinised, Adonijah shall be pilt to death this day. the Lord, and the connnaudment that I have

25 And king Solomon sent by the hand of Be-charged thee with ? naiah the foul of Jehoiada ; and he fell upon him 41 The king said moreover to Shimci, T'hou that he died.

knowest all the wickedness which thy heart is 20 ! And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, privy to, that thou didst to David ny failer: Get thee to Anathoth, unto thrive own fields; for therefore the LORD shall return thy wickedness thou art worly of death: but I will not at this upon thine own head; lime put thee to death, because thou barest the 45 And King Solomon shall be blessed, and the ark of the Lord God before David my father, and throne of David shall be established before the because thou hast been aMicted in all wherein LORD for ever. my father was afflicted.

46 So the king commanded Benaiah the son of 27 So Salomon thrust ont Abiathar from being Jehojada; which went out, and fell upon him,

LORD ; that he might fulfil the that he died. And the kingdom was established word of the Lord, which he spake concerning in the haid of Soloinon. the house of Eli in Shiloh.

CHAP. III. 28 11 Then tidings came to Joab: (for Joab had. Solomon's choice of wisdom turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after AND Soloinon made affinity with Pharaoh Absalom :) and Joab fled unto tie tabernacle of the il king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughLORD, and caught hold on the horns of the altar. tcr, and brought her into the city of David, until

29 And it was told king Solomon that Joab was he had made an end of building his own house, fled unto the labernacle of the LORD; and behold, and the house of the LORD, and the wall of Jehe is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah rusalem round about. the son of Jehoiada, saving, Go, fall upon him. 2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, be

30 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the cause there was no house built unto the name of LORD, and said unto him, Thas saith the king, the LORD, until those days. Comnc forth. And lie said, Nay; but I will die here. 3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the And Benaiah brought the king word again, say-statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed ing. Thus said Joab, and thus he arrswered me. and burnt incense in high places.

si' And the king said unto him, Do as he hath 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; said, and fall upon him, and bury hiin; that thou for that rus the great high place: a thousand mavest take away the innocent blood which Joab burnt-offerings did Solonion offer upon that altar. shed, from me, and froin the house of my father.. 5 f In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon

32 And the LORD shall return his blood upon his in a drean by night: and God said, Ask what I own head, who fell upon two men more right-Ishall give thee. eous and better than he, and slew them with the 6 And Solomon said, Thon hast shewed unto sword, my father David not knowing thereof, tolthy servant David my father great mercy, acwit, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host cording as he walked before thee in truth, and of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with of the host of Judah.

(thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kind 33 Their blood shall therefore return upon the ness, that thou hast giver him a son to sit on his head of Joab, and upon the bead of his seed for throne, as it is this day.

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Solomon's judgment between the harlots. I. KINGS.

The grandeur of hie kingdom 7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made

CHAP. IV. thy servant king instead of David my father:

Solomon's princes and officers. and I am but a little child. I know not how to go. So king Solomon was king over all Israel. out or come in.

ID 2 And these were the princes which he had: 8. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people Azariah the son of Zadok the priest : which thout hast chosen, a great people, that can- 3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, not be numbered nor counted for multitude. scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the re

9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding corder, heart to judge thy people, that I may discern 4 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the between good and bad : for who is able to judge bost: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests : this thy so great a people ?

| 5 And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the 10 And the speech pleased the LORD, that Sulo- officers: and Zabud the son of Nathan was prinmon had asked this ihing.

cipal officer, and the king's friend : u And God said unto him, Because thou hast 6 And Alishar was over the household : and asked this thing and hast not asked for thyself long Adoniram the son of Abda was over the tribute. life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast 71 And Soloinon had twelve officers over all asked the life of thine enemics: but hast asked Israel, which provided victuals for the king and for thyself understanding to discern judgment; his household: each man his month in a year

12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: made provision. Jo, I have given thee a wisc and an understand- 8 And these are their names : The son of Hur, ing heart; so that there was none like thee be- in mount Ephraim : fore thee, neither after thee shall any arise like! 9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalunto thee.

bim, and Beth-shemesh, and Elon-beth-hanan : 13 And I have also given thee that which thou 10 The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to hin hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that tained Sochoh, and all the land of Hepher: there shall not be any among the kings like unto 11 The son of Abinadab, in all the region of thee all thy days.

Dor; which had Taplath the daughter of Solo14 And if thou wilt walk ia my ways, to keep mon to wife: jny statutes and my commandments, as thy father 12 Baana the son of Abilud ; to him pertained David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. T'aanach and Megiddo, and all Betli-shean, which

15 And Solomon awoke: and behold, it wils a is by Zartanah beneath Jezrecl, from Beth-shean dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood to Abel-meholah, even unto the place that is bebefore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and yond Jokneanı : offered up burnt-offerings, and offered peace 13 The son of Geber, in Ramoth-gilead; to him offerings, and made a feast to all his servants. pertained the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh,

16 11 Then came there two women, that were which are in Gilead; to him also pertained the harlots, unto the king, and stood before him. region of Argoh, which is in Bashan, threescore

17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and great cities with walls and brazen bars : this woman dwell in one house; and I was deli-14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mahanaim: vered of a child with her in the house.

15 Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took 18 And it came to pass the third day after that Basmath the daughter of Solomon to wife: . I was delivered, that this woman was delivered 16 Baanah the son or Hushai was in Asher au also: and we were together; there was no stran- in Aloth: ger with us in the liouse, save we two in the house. 17 Jelioshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar

19 And this woman's child died in the night; 18 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin. because she overlaid it.

| 19 Geber the son of Uri was in the country of 20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son Gilead, in the country of Sihon king of the Ainofroni beside me, while thy landmaid slept, and rites, and of Og king of Bashan; and he was tlre Jaid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in only officer which was in the land. my bosom.

1.20 1 Jndah and Israel were many, as the sand 21 And when I arose in the morning to give my, which is by the sea in multitude, eating and child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had drinking, and making merry., considered it in the morning, behold, it was not 21 And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from my son, which I did bear.

the river unto the land of the Philistines, and 22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the unto the border of Egypt: they brought presenth. living is my son, and the dead is tiny son. And and served Solomon all the days of his life. this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the liv 22 1 And Solomon's provision for one day w ing is my son. Thus they spake before the king thirty meaşıires of fine flour, and threesco?

23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is measures of meal, my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead; and 23 Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, pastures, and a hundred sheep, besides harts, and and my son is the living.'

roe-bucks, and fallow.deer, and latted fowl. 24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And 24 For he laid doininion over all the region on they brought a sword before the king.

Ithis side the river, from Tiplisah even to Azzah, 25. And the king said, Divide the living child over all the kings on this side the river: and he in two, and give hall to the one, and half to the bad peace on all sides round about him. other.

25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every 26 'Then spake the wonian whose the living child man under his vine and under his fig-tree, from was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon. her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the liv. 26 and Solomon had forty thousand stalls or ingchild, and in no wise slay it. But the other sail, horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand Let it be neither mine nor tine, but divide it. Thorsemen.

27 Then the king answered and said, Give her 27 And those officers provided victual for king the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is Solonion, and for all that cahie unto king Solothe mother thereof.

mon's table, every man in his month: they lack28 And all Israel beard of the judgment which red nothing.' the king had judged; and they feared the king : 28 Barley also and straw for the horses and drofor they saw that the wisdom of God was in him,medaries brought they into the place where the to do judgmcnt.

Tofficers were, every man according to his charge.

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