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Solomon's prayer.

II, CHRONICLES.

His solemn sacrifice. by justifying the righ:cous, by giving hin ac-| 40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes cording to his righteousness.

be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the 24 11 And if thy people Israel be put to the prayer that is made in this place. Worse before the enemy, because they have sin-1 41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy ned against thee; and shall return and confcssresting-place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: thy name, and pray and inake supplication be-let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salfore thee in this house ;

vation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness. 25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and for- 42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of give the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them/thine anointed: remember the mercies of David again unto the land which thou gavest to thein thy servant. and to their fathers.

CHAP. VII. 26 11 When the heaven is shut up, and there

Solemn dedication of the temple. is no rain, because they have sinned against NOW when Solomon had made an end of Diee; yet if they pray toward this place, and I praying, the fire came down from heaven, confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when and consumed the burnt-offering and the sacrithou dost afflict them;

fices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. 27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive! 2 And the priests could not enter into the house the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had when thou hast taught them the good way where-filled the Lord's house. in they should walk; and send rain upon thy 3 And when all the children of Israel saw how land, which thou hast given unto thy people for the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD an inheritance.

upon the house, they bowed themselves with 28 1 If there be dearth in the land, if there be their faces to the ground upon the pavement, pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, lo- and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, custs, or caterpillars; if their enemies besiege For he is good; for his inercy endurech for ever. them in the cities or their land; whatsoever 4 11 Then the king and all the people offered sore, or whatsoever sickness there be :

sacrifices before the LORD. 29 Then what prayer, or what supplication so- 5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenever shall be made of any mian, or of all thylty and two thousand oxen, and a hundred and people Israel, when every one shall know his twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the Own sore, and his own grief, and shall spread people dedicated the house of God. forth his hands in this house;

16 And the priests waited on their offices: the 30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling- Levites also with instruments of inusic of the place, and forgive, and render unto every man LORD, which David the king had made to praise according unto all his ways, whose heart thou the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of when David praised by their ministry; and the the children of men :)

priests sounded trumpets before them, and all 31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy Israel stood. ways, so long as ihey live in the land which 7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the thou gavest unto our fathers.

court that was before the house of the LORD: for 32 11 Moreover, concerning the stranger, which there he offered burnt-offerings, and the fat of the is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a peacc-offerings, because the brazen altar which far country for thy great name's sake, and thy Solomon bad made was not able to receive the mighty hand, and thy stretched-out arm; if they burnt-offerings and the meat-offerings, and the fat. come and pray in this house;

| 81 Also at the same time Solomon kept the 33 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from least seven days, and all Israel with him, a very tly dwelling-place, and do according to all that great congregation, from the entering in of Ha. the stranger calleth to thee for; that all people of math unto the river of Egypt. the earth may know thy nane, and fear thce, as 9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn doth thy people Israel, and may know that this assembly : for they kept the dedication of the house which I have built is called by thy name. altar seven days, and the feast seven days.

34 If thy people go out to war against their ene- 10 And on the three and twentieth day of the mies by the way that thou shalt send them, and seventh month he sent the people away into they pray unto thee toward this city which thou their tents, glad and incrry in licart for the good. hast chosen, and the house which I have built ness that the LORD had shewed unto David, and for thy name;

to Solomon, and to Israel his people. 35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer 11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD. and their supplication, and maintain their cause, and the king's house: and all that came into Solo.

36 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man mon's heart to make in the house of the Lord. which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with and in his own house, he prosperously effected. them, and deliver them over before their ene- 12 T And the LORD appeared to Solonion by mies, and they carry them away captives unto a night, and said unto him, I have heard thy land far off or near;

prayer, and have chosen this place to myself Vet if they bothink themselves in the land for a house of sacrifice. w er they are carried captive, and turn and 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or

pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, if I command the locusts to devour the land, or saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, if I send pestilence among my people; and have dealt wickedly;

7 14 If my people, which are called by my name, 38 If they return to thee with all their heart and shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek iny with all their soul in the land of their captivity, race, and turn from their wicked ways; then whither they have carried them captives, and will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their pray toward their land which thou gavest unto sin, and will heal their land. their fathers, and toward the city which thon 15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine earg bast chosen, and toward the house which I attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. have built for thy name;

16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this 39 Then hear thou from the heavens, cnen from house, that iny name may be there for ever: and thy dwelling-place, their prayer and their sup- mine eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually. plications, and maintain their cause, and forgive 17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me. thy people which have sinned against thee. las David thy father walked, and do according to

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CHAP VIII, IX. His nary fetchelh gold from Ophir all that I have commanded thee, and shalt ob- of every day required: the porters also by their serve my statutes and my judgments:

courses at every gate: for so had David the man 18 Then will I establish the throne of thy king- of God commanded. dom according as I have covenanted with David 15 And they departed not from the commandthy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a inert of the king unto the priests and Levites conman to be ruler in Israel.

cerning any matter, or concerning the treasures. 19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes 16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared and my commandments, which I have set before into the day of the foundation of the house of you, and shall go and serve other gods, and wor- the LORD, and until it was finished. So the ship them;

house of the LORD was perfected. 20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out 17 * Then went Solomon to Ezion-geber, and of my land which I have given them; and this to Eloth, at the sea-side in the land of Edoin. house, which I have sanctified for my name, 18 And luram sent him by the hands of his serwill i'cast out of my sight, and will make it to vants, ships, and servants that had knowledge of be a proverb and a by-word among all nations. the sea; and they went with the servants of Solo

21 And this house, which is high, shall be an mon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and astonishment to every one that passcth by it; so fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Sothat he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus lomon. unto this land, and unto this house ?

CHAP. IX. 22 And it shall be answered, Because they! Queen of Sheba visits Solomon. forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which AND when the queen of Sheba heard of the brought then forth out of the land of Egypt, and fame or Solomon, she canie to prove Sololaid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, mon with hard questions at Jerusalein, with a and served them: therefore hath he brought all very great company, and camels that bare spices, this evil upon them.

and gole in abundance, and precious stones: and CIIAP. VIII.

when she was come to Solomon, she communed Solomon's yearly sacrifices.

with hiin of all that was in her heart. AND it came to pass at the end of twenty 2 And Solomon told her all her questions: and

A years, wherein Solomon had built the house there was nothing hid from Solomon which he of the LORD, and his own house,

told her not. 2 That the cities which Huram had restored tol 3 And when the nucen or Sheba had seen the wisSolomon, Solomon built them, and caused the dom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, children of Israel to dwell there.

| 4 And the meat of his table, and the sitting or 3 And Solomon went to llamath-zobah, and his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, prevailed against it.

and their apparel ; his cup-bearers also, and their 4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and apparel; and his ascent by which he went up all the store-cities, which he built in Hamath. into the house of the LORD; there was no more

5 Also he built Leth-horon the upper, and Beth-spirit in her. horon the nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, 5 And she said to the king, It was a true reand bars;

Tport which I heard in mine own land of thine 6 And Baalath, and all the store-cities that So-acts, and of thy wisdom: Jonion had, and all the chariot-cities, and thel 6 liowbeit, I bclieved not their words, until I cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon de- came, and mine eyes had seen it: and behold, the sired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and one half of the greatness of thy wisdorn was not throughout all the land of his dominion.

told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard. 71 As for all the people that were left of the 7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy llittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, servants, which stand continually before thee, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were and hear thy wisdom. not of Israel,

| 8 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delight8 But of their children, who were left after ed in thee to set thec on his throne, to be king for them in the land, whom the children of Israel the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay to establish them for ever, therefore made he thce tribute until this day.

king over them, to do judgment and justice. 9 But of the children of Israel did Solomon 9 And she gave the king a hundred and twenty make no servants for his work; but they were talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, men of war, and chief of his captains, and cap- and precious stones: neither was there any such tains of his chariots and horsemen.

spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon. 10 And these were the chief of king Solomon's 10 And the servants also of Huram, and the serofficers, cven two hundred and fifty, that bare vants of Solomon, which brought gold from rule over the people.

Opbir, brought algum-trees and precious stones, II 1 And Solomon brought up the daughter of it and the king made of the algum-trees terraces Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house to the house of the Lord, and to the king's palace, that he had built for her: for he said, My wife and harps and psalteries for singers: and there! shall not dwell in the house of David king of were none such seen before in the land of Juds! Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto 12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Shii the ark of the Lord hath come.

lall her desire, whatsoever she asked, besides iftit 12 11 Then Solomon offered burnt-offerings unto which she had brought unto the king. So she the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he turned, and went away to her own land, she and had built before the rorch,

her servants. 13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering 13 # Now the weight of gold that came to Soloaccording to the commandment of Moses, on the mon in one year was six hundred and threescore sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the so- and six talents of gold; lemn feasts, three tiines in the year, even in the 14 Besides that which chapmen and merchants feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of brought. And all the kings of Arabia and goverweeks, and in the feast of tabernacles

nors of the country brought gold and silver to 14 And he appointed, according to the order Solomon. or David his father, the courses of the priests to 15 1 And king Solomon made two hundred their service, and the Levites to their charges, to targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of praise and minister before the priests, as the duty beaten gold went to one target.

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Souomon's reign and death

II. CHRONICLES.

Rehoboam's proud answer 16 And three hundred shields made he of beaten that were brought up with him, that stood begold : three hundred shekels of gold went to one fore him. shield. And the king put them in the house of 9 And he said unto them, Wbat advice give ye, the forest of Lebanon.

that we may return answer to this people, which 17 | Mereover, the king made a great throne of have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat tho ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.

lyoke that thy father did put upon us ? 18 And there were six steps to the throne, with 10 And the young men that were brought up a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the with him, spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt throne, and stays on each side of the sitting-thou answer the people that spake unto thee, place, and two lions standing by the stays: saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but *19 And twelve lions stood there on the one side make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt and on the other upon the six steps. There was thou say unto them, My little finger shall bo not the like made in any kingdom.

thicker than my father's loins. 20 I And all the drinking vessels of king Solo-) 11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke mon were of gold, and all the vessels of the upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my fahouse of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: (ther chastised you with whips, but I will chasnone were of silver; it was not any thing ac- tise you with scorpions. counted of in the days of Solomon.

| 12 Šo Jeroboam and all the people came to Re21 For the king's ships went to Tarshish with hoboam on the third day, as the king bade, say the servants of Huram: every three years once ing, Come again to me on the third day. came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and 13 And the king answered them roughly; and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, 22 And king Soloinon passed all the kings of 14 And answered them after the advice of the the earth in riches and wisdom.

Jyoung men, saying, My father made your yoke 23 1 And all the kings of the earth sought the heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that you with whips, but I will chastise you will God had put in his heart.

scorpions. 24 And they brought every man his present, ves | 15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: sels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, for the cause was of God, that the Lord might harness, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate perform his word, which he spake by the hand of year by year.

Alijah the Shilonite to Jeroboan the son of Nebat. 25 1 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for 16 And when all Israel saw that the king horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horse-would not hearken unto them, the people an men ; whom he bestowed in the chariot-cities, swered the king, saying, What portion have well and with the king at Jerusalem.

Jin David ? and we have none inheritance in the way 26 11 And he reigned over all the kings from the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: river even unto the land of the Philistines, and and now, David, see to thine own house. So all to the border or Egypt.

Israel went to their tents. 27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as 17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in stones, and cedar-trees made he as the sycamore-the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over thein. trees that are in the low plains in abundance. | 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was

28 And they brought unto Solonion horses out over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned of Egypt, and out of all lands.

him with stones, that he died. But king Reho29 1 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first boam made speed to get him up to his charint, and last, are they not written in the book of Na-to flee to Jerusalem. than the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijahl 19 And Israel rebelled against the house of Dathe Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer vid unto this day. against Jeroboam the son of Nebat?

CHAP. XI. 30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all

Rehoboam reigns over Judah. Israel forty years.

AND when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, bo 31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he A he gathered of the house of Judah and Benja. was buried in the city of David his father: aud min a hundred and fourscore thousand chosen mer Rchoboam his son reigned in his stead.

which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that CHAP. X.

he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam. Revolt of the ten tribes.

2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah AND Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to She-the man of God, saying, A chem were all Israel come to make him king. 3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon,

2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled Benjamin, saying, from the presence of Solomon the king, heard 4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt. fight against your brethren: return every man 10

3 And they sentand called him. So Jeroboam and his house: for this thing is done of me. And all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying, they obeyed the words of the LORD, and return.

4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: nowed from going against Jeroboam. therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous ser- 5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and viunde of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he built cities for defence in Judah. put upon us, and we will serve thee.

6 lle built even Beth-lehem, and Etam, and 5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me Tekoa, after three days. And the people departed. 7 And Beth-zur, and Shoco, and Adullam, . 61 And king Rehoboam took counsel with thel 8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, old men that had stood before Solomon his father 9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah, while he vet lived, saying, What counsel give 10 And Zorah, and Ajalon, and Hebron, which ye me to return answer to this people?

lare in Judah and in Benjamin, fenced cities. 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be 11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put kind to this people, and please them, and speak/captains in them, and store of victual, and of good words to then, they will be thy servants oil and wine. for ever.

12 And in every several city he put shields and 8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men spears, and made them exceeding strong having gave him, and took counsel with the young men Judah and Benjamin on his side.

Rehoboam's wives

CHAP. XII, XIII. Reign and death of Rehoboam 131 And the priests and the Levites that were sbields of brass, and committed them to the hands in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts. of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance

14 (For the Levites left their suburbs and their of the king's house. possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem : 11 And when the king entered into the house for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from of the LORD, the guard came and fetched them. executing the priest's office unto the LORD: and brought them again into the guard-chamber.

15 And he ordained him priests for the high 12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of places, and for the devils, and for the calves the LORD turned from him, that he would not which he had made.)

Idestroy him altogether: and also in Judah things 16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel, went well. such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of 13 11 So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the Jerusalem, and reigned : for Rehoboam was one LORD God of their fathers.

land forty years old when he began to reign, and 17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, which the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes three years: for three years they walked in the of Israel, to put his name there. And his mo way of David and Solomon.

ther's name was Naamah an Ammonitess. 18 1 And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the 14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to wife, heart to seek the LORD. and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse:1 15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are

19 Which bare him children, Jeush, and Sha- Uiey not written in the book of Shemaiah the mariah, and Zaham.

prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning gene20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter alogies ? And there were wars between Rehoboof Absalom; which bare him Abijah, and Attai, am and Jeroboam continually. and Ziza, and Shelomith.

| 16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and 21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter was buried in the city of David: and Abijah his of Absalom above all his wives and his concu- son reigned in his stead. bines: (for he took eighteen wives, and three

CHAP. XIII. score concubines; and begat twenty and eight

Abijak overcometh Jeroboam. sons, and threescore daughters.)

INOW in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam 22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Ma-1 began Abijah to reign over Judah. achah the chief, to be ruler among his brethren: 2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His for he thought to make him king.

mother's name also was Michaiah the daughter 23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between children throughout all the countries of Judah Abijah and Jeroboam. and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he 3 And Abijah set the battle in array with an gave them victual in abundance. And he de- arnıy of valiant men of war, even four hundred sired many wives.

thorisand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the batCHAP. XII.

tle in array against him with eight hundred thouRehoboam punished by Shishak.

sand chosen men, being mighty men of valour. AND it came to pass, when Rehoboam had 4 1 And Abijah stood up upon mount ZemaA established the kingdom, and had strength-raim, which is in mount Ephraim, and said, ened hinıself, he forsook the law of the Lord, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel; and all Israel with hiin.

75 Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of 2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth year or Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for king Reloboam, Shishak king of Egypt came up ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant against Jerusalein, because they had transgress- of salt ? ed against the LORD,

16 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat the servant 3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and thousand horsemen: and the people were with-hath rebelled against his lord. out number that came with him out of Egypt; 7 And there are gathered unto him vain men, the Lubinis, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians. the children of Belial, and have strengthened

4 And he took the fenced cities which pertain-themselves against Rehoboam the son of Sulo. ed to Judah, and came to Jerusalem. A

m on, when Rehoboam was young and tender. 5 Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Re-hearted, and could not withstand them. hoboain, and to the princes of Judah, that were 8 And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shi- the LORD in the hand of the sons of David; and ye shak, and said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, be a great multitude, and there are with you goldYe have forsaken me, and therefore have I also en calves, which Jeroboam nade you for gods. left you in the hand of Shishak.

| 9 Have ye not cast out the priests of the LORD, 6 Whereupon the princes of Israel, and the king the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have humbled themselves; and they said, The Lord made you priests after the manner of the nations is righteous.

of other lands? so that whosoever cometh to 7 And when the Lord saw that they humbled consecrate himself with a young bullock and themselves, the word of the LORD came to She- seven rams, the same may be a priest of them maiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; that are no gods. Therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant 10 But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we them some deliverance; and iny wrath shall not have not forsaken him; and the priests, which be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of minister unto the LORD, are the sons of Aaron, Shishak.

land the Levites wait upon their business : 8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that 11 And they burn unto the LORD every mornthey may know my service, and the service of ing and every evening burnt-sacrifices and sweet the kingdoms of the countries.

incense: the shew-bread also set they in order 9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the with the lamps thereof to burn every evening: house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's for we keep the charge of the LORD our God; house; he took all: he carried away also the Init ye have forsaken bim. shields of gold which Solomon had made. | 12 And behold, God hintself is with us for our 10 Instead of which, king Rehoboam made captain, and his priests with sourding trumpets

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Asa succeedeth Abijah.

(. CHRONICLES. He overcometh the Ethiopians to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, tude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man fight ye not against the LORD God of your fa- prevail against thee. thers; for ye shall not prosper

I 12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, 13 1 But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled. come about behind them: so they were before) 13 And Asa and the people that were with hiin Judah, and the ambushment was behind them. pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians

14 And when Judah looked back, behold, the were overthrown, that they could not recover battle was before and behind : and they cried un-themselves; for they were destroyed before tho to the LORD, and the priests sounded with the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away trunpets.

very much spoil. 15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and 14 And they smote all the cities round about. as the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass, Gerar; for the fear of the LORD came upon thens : that God smote Jeroboain and all Israel before and they spoiled all the cities; tor there was exAbijah and Judah.

ceeding much spoil in them. 16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah: 15 They smotc also the tents of cattle, and carand God delivered them into their hand. Tried away sheep and camels in abundance, and

17 And A bijah and his people slew them with returned to Jerusalem.
a great slaughter: so there fell down slain or is-
rael five hundred thousand chosen men.

Asa's covenant with God. 18 Thus the children of Israel were brought un ND the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the der at that time, and the children of Judah pre- A son of Oded: vailed, because they relied upon the LORD God 2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto of their fathers.

him, fear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Ben19 And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took jamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with cities from him, Beth-el with the towns there-him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; of, and Jeshanah with the towns thereof, and but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you, Ephrain with the towns thereof.

3 Now for a long season Israel hath been witr 20 Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again out the true God, and without a teaching priest, in the days of Abijah: and the LORD struck him, and without law. and he died.

| 4 But when they in their trouble did turn into 21 1 But Abijah waxed mighty, and married the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, found of them. and sixteen daughters.

| 5 And in those times there was no peace to him 22 And the rest of the acts of Alijah, and his that went out, nor to him that came in, but great ways, and his savings, are written in the story vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the of the prophet Iddo.

countries. CHAP. XIV.

6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city i Asa destroyeth idolatry.

of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. SO Abijah slept with his fathers, and they bu-l 7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands

ried him in the city of David : and Asa his be weak; for your work shall be rewarded. son reigned in his stead. In his days the land 8 And when Asa beard these words, and the was quiet ten years.

prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, 2 And Asa did that which was good and right and put away the abominable idols out of all the in the eyes of the LORD his God:

land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the ci3 For he took away the altars of the strange ties which he had taken from mount Ephraim, gods, and the high places, and brake down the and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was beimages, and cut down the groves:

fore the porch of the LORD. 4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God 9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and of their fathers, and to do the law and the con- the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Mamandment.

nasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him 5 Also he took away ont of all the cities of Judah out ot' Israel in abundance, when they saw that the high places and ihe images: and the kingdom the LORD his God was with him. was quiet before him.

| 10 So they gathered themselves together at Je6.1 And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the rusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year land had rest, and he had no war in those years: of the reign of Asa. because the Lord had given hini rest.

Til And they offered unto the LORD the same time, 7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build of the spoil which they had broughit, seven hun these cities, and make about thein walls, and tow-Idred oxen and seven thousand sheep. ers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before 12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the us; because we bave sought the LORD Our God, LORD God of their fathers with all their heart we have sought him, and he hath given us rest and with all their soul; on every side. So they built, and prospered. 13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD

8 And Asa had an army of men that bare tar-God of Israel should be put to death, whether gets and spears, ont of Judah three hundred thou- small or great, whether man or woman. sand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and 14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand : voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and all these were mighty men of valour. 91 And there came out against them Zerah the 15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath : for they Ethiopian, with a host of a thousand thousand, lad sworn with all their heart, and sought hiin and three hundred chariots: and came unto Ma- with their whole desire; and he was found ol reshah.

them: and the Lord gave them rest round about. 10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set 16 11 And also concerning Manchah the mother the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah ai of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, Nareshah.

because she had maile an idol in a grove: and 11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, anıt Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whe-lit at the brook Kidroni. ther with many, or with them that have 110 pow 17 But the high places were not taken away out er: help us, O LORD our God; tor we rest on or Israel: nevertheless the learl of Asu was per thee, and in thy name we go against this multi-tect all his days.

them Zerah we will cornets. shouting, and

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