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The queen of Sheba

concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.b

b Pr.1.5,6. 2 And she came to Jerusalem with 1 words. a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.

3 And Solomon told her all her 1 questions: there was not any thing hid from the king which he told her not.

7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: 6 thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

1 KINGS, X. B. C. 1004.

4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built,

5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the 2 attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his 3 cup-bearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.

6 And she said to the king, It was a true 4 report that I heard in mine own land of thy 5 acts and of thy wisdom.


8 Happy c are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

9 Blessed d be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to e do judgment and justice.

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3 or, butlers. 4 word.

5 or, sayings.

6 thou hast added dom and goodness to.

15 Beside that he had of the merchantinen, and of the traffic of the spice-merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the 10 governors of the country.

16 And king Solomon made two wis-hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of gold went to one target.

c Pr.8.34. d ch.5.7.

e Ps.72.2. Pr.8.15.

ƒ Ps. 72. 10, 15. g ch.9.27.

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which he gave her, according to the hand of king Šolomon.

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h ch.14.26.

i ch.7.2.

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13 80.

10 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.

k Ge. 10.4. 2Ch.20.36. 15 or, elephants' teeth.

11 And the navy g also of Hiram,



that brought gold from Ophir, 7 ch.3. 12, 13. brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees,and precious stones. 12 And the king made of the al- 16 the face of mug trees pillars for the house of m Pr.2.6. the LORD, and for the king's house, James 1.5. harps also and psalteries for sing-n 2Ch.1.14, ers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day. 17 gave. 13 And king Solomon gave unto 18 And the the queen of Sheba all her desire, going forth whatsoever she asked, beside that of the 9 which Solomon gave her of his horses royal bounty. So she turned and which was went to her own country, she and Solomon's. -er servants.

14 or, there

admireth Solomon's wisdom.

14 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold.

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20 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps: there was not 13 the like made in any kingdom.

21 ¶ And all king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; 14 none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon.

22 For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish k with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, 15 ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

23 Sol king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.

24 T And all the earth sought 16 to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which m God had put in his heart. 25 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and mules, a rate year by year. armour, and spices, horses, and

26 And Solomon gathered together chariots n and horsemen : and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and with the king at Jerusalem.

27 And the king 17 made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycamore trees that are in the vale, for abundance.

28 18 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen

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8 And likewise did he for all his o De. 12.11. strange wives, which burnt incense p 1Ch.5.26. and sacriticed unto their gods.

9 And the LORD was angry g with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice.h

10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but het Ge.21.21. kept not that which the LORD com-u Ge.41.45. manded.

q 2Sa.8.14.

1 Ch.18. 12,

r Nu.24.19.




His adversaries. Notwithstanding in thy m days! will not do it, for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.

13 Howleit n I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake, which o I have chosen.

14 And the LORD p stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom.

15 For it came to pass, whenq David was in Edom, and Joab, the captain of the host, was gone up to bury the slain, after he had smitten every male r in Edom:

16 (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until he had cut off every male in Edom :)

17 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child.

18 And they arose out of Midian, s and came to Paran:t and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; which gave him an house, and appointed him victuals, and gave him land.

19 And Hadad found great favour in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him to wife u the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen.

20 And the sister of Tahpenes bare him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's house: and Genubath was in Pharaoh's household, among the sons of Pharaoh.

21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers, and that Joab, the captain of the host, was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, 5 Let me depart, that I may go to mine own coun


22 Then Pharaoh said unto him. But what hast thou lacked with me, that, behold, thou seckest to go to thine own country? And he answered, 6 Nothing: howbeit let

me go in any wise.

23 T And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer w king of Zobah.

24 And he gathered men unto hit, and became captain over a band, when a David slew them of Zobah and they went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus.

11 Wherefore the LORD said unto v ch.2. 10,34. Solomon, Forasmuch as this is 5 Send me 4 done of thee, and thou hast not away. kept my covenant and my sta- 6 Not. tutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend & the king25 And he was an adversary to Isdom from thee, and will give it x 2Sa, 10.8, 18. rael all the days of Solomon, beside to thy servant. the mischief that Hadad did: and

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Abijah's prophecy.

he abhorred Israel, and reigned over Syria.

26 And Jeroboam y the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's servant, (whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow z 2Sa.20.21. woman,) even he lifted up z his a ch.9.24. hand against the king. closed. 8 did work.

27 And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built Millo, a and 7 repaired the breaches of the city of David his father.

28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he 8 was industrious, he made him ruler over all the 9 charge of the house of Joseph.

29 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah b the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field:

30 And Abijah caught c the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces:

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1 KINGS, XII. B. C. 984.

31 Howbeit f I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David g my servant's sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my

y ch.12.2 2Ch. 13.6.

9 burden.

b ch.14.2.

c 1Sa. 15.27.

d ver. 11-13.

e ver.5-7.

Jer.2.13. Ho.4.17.


31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: ford thus saith the 10 lamp, or, LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:

f Ps. 103. 10.

g Is.55.3.

h Ex.20.5,6.

i ch.12.17.

k ch.15.4.

2Ki.8.19. Ps. 132.17.


m Jos. 1.5.

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35 But h I will take the kingdom) out of his son's hand, and will give b ch.11.26,40. it unto thee, even ten tribes.

c ch.4.7. 9.15. 1Sa.8.11-18.

d Job 12.12.

36 And unto his son will I give i one tribe, that k David my servant may have a 10 light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there. 37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king f Pr. 15.1. over israel.

e Mar. 10.43,


Solomon's death.

38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that m I will be with thee, and'n build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.

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4 Thy father made our yoke c grievous: now, therefore, make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.

5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.

6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise, that I may answer this people? 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant e unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words f to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given Thim, and consulted with the young

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