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horses, and mules, a rate year || they will turn away your heart

after their gods: Solomon clave 26 And Solomon gathered to- unto these in love. gether chariots and horsemen : 3 And he had seven hundred and he had a thousand and four wives, princesses, and three hundred chariots, and twelve hundred concubines : and his thousand horsemen, whom he wives turned away his heart. bestowed in the cities for cha- 4 For it came to pass, when riots, and with the king at Jeru. Solomon was old that his wives salem.

turned away his heart after other 27 And the king made silver gods: and his hcart was not to be in Jerusalem as stones, and perfect with the Lord his God, cedars made he to be as the sy-as was the heart of David his camore-trees that are in the father. vale, for abundance.

5 For Solomon went after 28 And Solomon had horses | Ashtoreth the goddess of the brought out of Egypt, and linen- Zidonians, and after Milcom the yarn; the king's merchants re. abomination of the Ammonites. ceived the linen-yarn at a price. 6 And Solomon did evil in the

29 And a chariot came up and sight of the LORD, and went went out of Egypt for six hun- not fully after the LORD, as did dred shekels of silver, and an David his father. horse for an hundred and fifty: 7 Then did Solomon build an and so for all the kings of the high place for Chemosh, the Hittites, and for the kings of abomination of Moab, in the Syria, did they bring them out hill that is before Jerusalem, and by their means.

for Molech, the abomination of

the children of Ammon. CHAP. XI.

8 And likewise did he for all

his strange wives, which burnt AHIJAH'S PROPHECY.

incense and sacrificed unto their BUT king Solomon loved gods. many strange women, together

9 And the LORD was angry with the daughter of Pharaoh, with Solomon, because his heart women of the Moabites, Am- was turned from the Lord God monites, Edomites, Zidonians, of Israel, which had appeared and Hittites;

unto him twice, 2 of the nations concerning 10 And had commanded him which the LORD said unto the concerning this thing, that he children of Israel, Ye shall not should not go after other gods : go in to them, neither shall they but he kept not that which the come in unto you: for surely LORD commanded.


11 Wherefore the Lord said | appointed him victuals, and gave unto Solomon, Forasmuch as him land. this is done of thee, and thou 19 And Hadad found great hast not kept my covenant and favour in the sight of Pharaoh, my statutes, which I have com- so that he gave him to wife the manded thee, I will surely rend sister of his own wife, the sister the kingdom, from thee, and of Tahpenes the queen. will give it to thy servant. 20 And the sister of Tahpenes

12 Notwithstanding, in thy bare him Genubath his son, days I will not do it for David whom Tahpenes weaned in Phathy father's sake: but I will rend raoh's house : and Genubath it out of the hand of thy son.

in Pharaoh's household 13 Howbeit, I will not rend among the sons of Pharaoh. away all the kingdom; but will 21 And when Hadad heard in give one tribe to thy son for Egypt that David slept with his David my servant's sake, and fathers, and that Joab the capfor Jerusalem's sake which I tain of the host was dead, Hadad have chosen.

said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, 14 And the LORD stirred up that I may go to mine own an adversary unto Solomon, country. Hadad the Edomite: he was of 22 Then Pharaoh said unto the king's seed in Edom; him, But what hast thou lacked

15 For it came to pass, when with me, that, behold, thou seekDavid was in Edom, and Joab est to go to thinę own country? the captain of the host was gone And he answered, Nothing: up to bury the slain, after he had howbeit let me go in any wise. smitten every male in Edom;

16 (For six months did Joab another adversary, +Rezon the remain there with all Israel, un- son of Eliadah, which fled from til he had cut off every male in his lord Hadadezer king of ZoEdom:)

bah: 17 That Hadad fled, he and 24 And he gathered men unto certain Edomites of his father's him, and became captain over a servants with him, to go into band, when David slew them Egypt: Hadad being yet a little of Zobah : and they went to Dachild.

mascus, and dwelt therein, and 18 And they arose out of reigned in Damascus. Midian, and came to Paran: and 25 And he was an adversary they took men with them out of to Israel all the days of Solomon, Paran, and they came to Egypt, besides the mischief that Hadad unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; did: and he abhorred Israel, and which gave him an house, and reigned over Syria.

male in Edom; 23 And God stirred him up

26 And Jeroboam the son of toreth the goddess of the ZidoNebat, an Ephrathite of Zere- nians, Chemosh the god of the da, Solomon's servant, whose Moabites, and Milcom the god mother's name was Zeruah, a of the children of Ammon, and widow woman, even he lifted up have not walked in my ways, to his hand against the king. do that which is right in mine

27 And this was the cause that eyes, and to keep my statutes and he listed up his hand against the my judgments, as did David his king: Solomon built Millo, and father. repaired the breaches of the city 34 Howbeit, I will not take of David his father.

the whole kingdom out of his 28 And the man Jeroboam was hand: but I will make him a mighty man of valour: and prince all the days of his life, for Solomon seeing the young man David my servant's sake, whom that he was industrious, he made I chose, because he kept my him ruler over all the charge of commandments and my statutes: the house of Joseph.

35 But I will take the king29. And it came to pass at the dom out of his son's hand, and time when Jeroboam went out will give it unto thee, even ten of Jerusalem, that the prophet tribes. Ahijah the Shilonite found him 36 And unto his son will I in the way; and he had clad give one tribe, that David my himself with a new garment; servant may have a light always and they two were alone in the before me in Jerusalem, the city field.

which I have chosen me to put 30 And Ahijah caught the new

my name there. garment that was on him, and 37 And I will take thee and rent it in twelve pieces;

thou shalt reign according to all 31 And he said to Jeroboam, that thy soul desireth, and shalt Take thee ten pieces: for thus be king over Israel. saith the Lord, the God of 38 And it shall be, if thou Israel, Behold, I will rend the wilt hearken unto all that I comkingdom out of the hand of So. mand thce, and wilt walk in my lomon, and will give ten tribes ways, and do that is right in my to thee:

sight, to keep my statutes and 32 (But he shall have one tribe my commandments, as David for my servant David's sake, and my servant did ; that I will be for Jerusalem's sake, the city with thce, and build thee a sure which I have chosen out of all house, as I built for David, and the tribes of Israel :)

will give Israel unto thee. 33 Because they have forsaken 39 And I will for this afflict the me, and have worshipped Ash- seed of David, but not for ever. 40 Solomon sought therefore | he put upon us, lighter, and we to kill Jeroboam. And Jero- l will serve thee. boam arose, and fled into Egypt, 5 And he said unto them, De. unto Shishak king of Egypt, part yet for three days, then and was in Egypt until the death come again to me.

And the of Solomon.

people departed. 41 And the rest of the acts of 6 And king Rehoboam conSolomon, and all that he did, sulted with the old men, that and his wisdom, are they not stood before Solomon his father written in the book of the acts while he yet lived, and said, of Solomon ?

How do ye advise that I may 42 And the time that Solomon | answer this people ? reigned in Jerusalem over all 7 And they spake unto him, Israel was forty years.

saying, If thou wilt be a servant 43 And Solomon slept with unto this people this day, and his fathers, and was buried in wilt serve them, and answer the city of David his father : them, and speak good words to and Rehoboam his son reigned them, then they will be thy serin his stead.

vants for ever.

8. But he forsook the counsel CHAP. XII.

of the old men, which they had

given him, and consulted with THE TEN TRIBES REVOLT.

the young men that were grown AND Rehoboam went to up with him, and which stood Shechem : for all Israel were before him : come to Shechem to make him 9 And he said unto them, king.

What counsel give ye that we 2 And it came to pass, when may answer this people, who Jeroboam the son of Nebat, have spoken to me, saying, who was yet in Egypt, heard of Make the yoke which thy father it, (for he was fled from the pre- did put upon us, lighter ? sence of king Solomon, and Je- 10 And the young men that roboam dwelt in Egypt :)

were grown up with him spake 3 That they sent and called unto him, saying, Thus shalt him. And Jeroboam and all thou speak unto this people that the congregation of Israel came spake unto thee, saying, Thy and spake unto Rehoboam, say- father made our yoke heavy, ing,

but make thou it lighter unto 4 Thy father made our yoke us ; thus shalt thou say unto grievous : now therefore make them, My little finger shall be thou the grievous service of thy thicker than my father's loins. father, and his heavy yoke which 11 And now whercas my fa



ther did lade you with a heavy 18 Then king Rehoboam sent yoke, I will add to your yoke : Adoram, who was over the trimy father hath chastised you bute ; and all Israel stoned him with whips, but I will chastise with stones, that he died. Thereyou with scorpions

fore king Rehoboam made speed 12 So Jeroboam and all the to get him up to his chariot, to people came to Rehoboam the flee to Jerusalem. third day, as the king had ap- 19 So Israel rebelled against pointed, saying, Come to me the house of David unto this again the third day.

day. 13 And the king answered the 20 And it came to pass when people roughly, and forsook the all Israel heard that Jeroboamı old men's counsel that they was come again, that they sent gave him ;

and called him unto the congre14 And spake to them after | gation, and made him king over the counsel of the young men, all Israel : there was none that saying, My father made your followed the house of David, yoke heavy, and I will add to but the tribe of Judah only. your yoke : my father also chas- 21 And when Rehoboam was tised you with whips, but I will come to Jerusalem, he assem. chastise you with scorpions. bled all the house of Judah, with

15 Wherefore the king heark- the tribe of Benjamin, an hun. ened not unto the people ; for dred and fourscore thousand the cause was from the LORD, chosen men, which were warthat he might perform his say- riors, to fight against the house ing, which the Lord spake by of Israel, to bring the kingdom Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jero- again to Rehoboam the son of boam the son of Nebat.

Solomon. 16 So when all Israel saw that | 22 But the word of God came the king hearkened not unto unto Shemaiah the man of God, them, the people answered the saying, king, saying, What portion 23 Speak unto Rehoboam the have we in David ? neither son of Solomon king of Judah, bave we inheritance in the son and unto all the house of Judah of Jesse : to your tents, O Is- and Benjamin, and to the remrael : now see to thine own nant of the people, saying, house, David. So Israel de-24 Thus saith the LORD, Ye parted unto their tents. shall not go up, nor fight against

17 But as for the children of your brethren the children of IsIsrael which dwelt in the cities rael: return every man to his of Judah, Rehoboam reigned house : for this thing is from over them.

me. They hearkened therefore

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