Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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2Chronicles

2Chronicles 1

¶1. And Solomon ben-David strengthened himself over his kingdom, and Jehovah his God was with him, and he was made exceedingly great.

2. And Solomon spoke to all Israel, to captains of thousands, and of hundreds, and to governors, and to every chief of all Israel, the heads of the fathers.

3. So, Solomon and all the assembly went with him to the high place that was at Gibeon, for the tent of meeting of God was there which Moses, the servant of Jehovah, made in the wilderness.

4. But, the ark of God David had brought forth from Kirjathjearim where David prepared a place for it, for he had pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem.

5. Also, the bronze altar that Bezaleel ben-Uri, ben-Hur had made, he placed before the tabernacle of Jehovah, and Solomon and the assembly sought Jehovah before it.

6. And there, Solomon went up to the bronze altar before Jehovah that was at the tent of meeting and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.

7. During that night, God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “ Ask what I shall give you.”

8. Then Solomon said to God, “You have shown great loving kindness to David my father, and you have made me king in his stead.

9. Now, O Jehovah God, let your word with David my father be established for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.

10. Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I might go out and come in before this people, for who can judge this nation of yours, which is so great?”

11. And God said to Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for riches, possessions, or glory, nor for the life of your enemies, nor yet did you ask for long life, but you have asked for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you might judge my people over whom I have made you king,

12.that wisdom and that knowledge are granted to you, and I will give you riches, and possessions, and glory such as none of the kings had who were before you, and after you, there shall not be the like.”

13. Then Solomon came from the high place that was at Gibeon from before the tent of meeting to Jerusalem, and he reigned over Israel.

14. And Solomon gathered a chariotry, and horsemen and he had fourteen 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 likened to stones in Jerusalem, and he made the cedar trees likened to sycamore trees that are in the lowland, for abundance.

16. Moreover, Solomon’s source for horses that he had, came from Egypt and from Kue, and the king’s merchants took them from Kue at market a price.

17. And they came up and brought forth out of Egypt a chariot for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for one hundred fifty shekels, and thus by their hand they brought them out to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of Syria.

2Chronicles 2

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¶1. And Solomon was intent to build a house for the name of Jehovah and a house for his kingdom.

2. And Solomon numbered seventy thousand men to bear burdens, and eighty thousand men to hew in the mountain, and three thousand six hundred to oversee them.

¶3. And Solomon sent to Huram, King of Tyre, saying, “Deal with me as you dealt with my father David when you sent him cedars to build a house for him to dwell in.

4.Behold, I am building a house for the name of Jehovah my God, to consecrate it to Him, to offer before Him pungent incense, and continual showbread, and burnt offerings morning and evening, for sabbaths, and for new moons, and for appointed feasts of Jehovah our God. Forever shall this be an ordinance for Israel.

5.Moreover, the house that I am building will be great, for our God is greater than all the gods.

6.But who is able to build Him a house? Indeed, the heavens, even the heavens of heavens, cannot contain Him! And who am I that I should build Him a house, except to offer incense before Him?

7.So, send me now a man skilled to work in gold, and silver, and bronze, and iron, and purple, and crimson, and blue, and who knows how to engrave engravings with the skillful men who are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem whom David my father has provided.

8.Send me also cedar, cypress, and algum trees from Lebanon, for I know that your servants know how to cut the trees of Lebanon, and behold, my servants will be with your servants.

9.And provide for me timber in abundance because the house that I am building is great and will cause wonder.

10.And behold, I will give to your servants, the hewers who cut timber, twenty thousand cors of beaten wheat, twenty thousand cors of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.”

¶11. And Huram, King of Tyre, answered in writing that he sent to Solomon, “Because Jehovah loves His people, He has made you king over them.”

12. Huram also said, “Blessed be Jehovah, God of Israel, who made the heavens and the earth, who has given to David the King a wise son endowed with discretion and understanding, who will build a house for Jehovah and a house for his kingdom.

13.So, I have now sent a wise man endowed with understanding, Huram-Abi,

14.the son of a woman from the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre, skilled to work with gold, and with silver, with bronze, with iron, with stone, and with wood, with purple, with blue, and with fine linen, and with crimson, and to engrave any engraving, and to execute any plan that is given to him, with your wise men and the wise men of my lord David, your father.

15.And the wheat and barley, the oil and the wine that my lord has spoken of, let him now send them to his servants.

16.And we will cut trees from Lebanon as much as you need, and we will bring them to you by sea on rafts to Joppa. Then you will take them up to Jerusalem.”

¶17. Then Solomon numbered all the men who were sojourners in the land of Israel, after the numbering by which his father David had numbered them, and one hundred fifty-three thousand six hundred were found.

18. Of them, he made seventy thousand burden bearers, and eighty thousand hewers in the mountain, and three thousand six hundred overseers to make the people work.

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¶1. And Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where He appeared to 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 month, on the second day, in the fourth year of his reign.

3. Now these are the measurements of the foundation laid by Solomon for building the house of God: the length in cubits (by the former measure) was sixty cubits, and the width was twenty cubits.

4. And the porch that was in front was twenty cubits long, corresponding to the width of the house, and the height was one hundred and twenty, and he overlaid it within with pure gold.

5. And the greater house, he overlaid with cypress boards, and he overlaid them with pure gold and wrought on them palms and chains.

6. And he adorned the house with costly stone for beauty, and the gold was gold of Parvaim,

7.and he overlaid the house – the beams, the thresholds, and its walls, and its doors – with gold, and he engraved cherubim on the walls.

8. And he made the place of the most holy. Its length was according to the width of the house, twenty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits, and he overlaid it with six hundred talents of pure gold.

9. And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold, and he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.

10. And he made within the Most Holy Place two cherubim of carved work, and he overlaid them with gold.

11. As for the wings of the cherubim, their length was twenty cubits. The one wing was five cubits, touching a wall of the house, and the other wing was five cubits touching the wing of the other cherub.

12. And the wing of the other cherub was five cubits, touching a wall of the house, and the other wing was five cubits, joined to the wing of the other cherub.

13. The wings of these cherubim spread out twenty cubits, and they stood upon their feet, and their faces were toward the house.[1]

¶14. And he made the veil of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and he wrought cherubim upon it.

¶15. He also made in front of the house two pillars thirty-five cubits in length, with an overlaid chapiter of five cubits on top of each.

¶16. He also made chains before the oracle and put them on top of the pillars, and he made a hundred pomegranates and put them on the chains.

¶17. And he raised the pillars in front of the temple, one on the right and one on the left, and he called the name of the one on the right, Jachin, and the name of the one on the left, Boaz.

2Chronicles 4

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¶1. And he made a bronze altar. Its length was twenty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits, and its height was ten cubits.

2. And he made the molten sea, circular, ten cubits from its brim to its brim all around. And its height was five cubits, and a line of thirty cubits compassed it about.

3. And under it was the likeness of oxen surrounding it round about, ten cubits encompassing the sea all around. Two rows of oxen were cast when it was cast.

4. It stood on twelve oxen, three facing north, and three facing west, and three facing south, and three facing east. And the sea was above them, and all their back parts were inward.

5. And its thickness was a handbreadth, and its rim was made like the rim of a cup, like a lily flower. It was able to contain three-thousand baths.

6. He also made ten lavers, and he put five on the right and five on the left to wash in them: they rinsed the work of the burnt offering in them. And the sea was for the priests to wash in.

¶7. And he made ten menorahs of gold according to their specification, and he put them in the temple, five on the right and five on the left.

8. And he made ten tables, and he placed them in the temple, five on the right and five on the left. And he made a hundred basins of gold.

¶9. He also made the court of the priests, and the great court, and gates for the court, and he overlaid their gates with bronze.

10. And he placed the sea on the right side of the house, toward the southeast.

¶11. And Huram made the pans, and the shovels, and the basins. And Huram finished doing all the work that he made for King Solomon for the house of God:

12.two pillars, and two bowls of the chapiters were on the top of the two pillars, and the two lattice-works for covering the two bowls of the chapiters that were on the top of the pillars;

13.and four hundred pomegranates for the two lattice-works, two rows of pomegranates for one lattice-work for covering the two bowls of the chapiters that were on the faces of the pillars;

14.and he made bases, and he made lavers on the bases;

15.the one sea and the twelve oxen underneath it;

16.and the pans, and the shovels, and the meathooks. And all the vessels Huram-Abi made for King Solomon for the house of the Lord were polished bronze.

17. The King cast them in the area of the Jordan, in the clayey ground between Succoth and Zeredathah.

18. And Solomon made all these vessels, so very many that the weight of the bronze could not be ascertained.

¶19. And Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of God: even the altar of gold; and the tables; and the Bread of the Presence on them;

20.and the menorahs; and their lamps of pure gold, to burn according to the ordinance before the oracle;

21.and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold (it was purest gold);

22.and the snuffers, and the basins, and the spoons, and the fire-pans, of pure gold; the entrance of the house, its innermost doors to the Most Holy Place; and doors of the house for the temple, of gold.

2Chronicles 5

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¶1. So, all the work that Solomon did for the house of the Lord was completed. And Solomon brought in the things his father David had consecrated. And the silver, and the gold, and all the vessels, he put into the treasuries of the house of God.

¶2. Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chiefs of the fathers of the sons of Israel, to Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the city of David, that is, Zion.

3. And all the men of Israel assembled themselves to the King for the feast, which is in the seventh month.

4. And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark.

5. And they brought up the ark, and the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent, and the priests and the Levites brought them up.

6. And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel that were gathered to him before the ark began sacrificing sheep and oxen which could not be counted or numbered for multitude.

7. And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, the oracle of the house, the Most Holy Place, beneath the wings of the cherubim,

8.and the cherubim spread two wings over the place of the ark, and from above, the cherubim covered over the ark and its poles.

9. And the poles were extended so that the ends of the poles of the ark could be seen before the oracle, but they could not be seen outside. And it is there to this day.

10. Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets that Moses put there at Horeb when Jehovah made a covenant with the sons of Israel when they came out from Egypt.

11. And it came to pass when the priests came out from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves – no one was keeping the courses –

12.and the Levites who were singers – all of them, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons, and their brothers – were clothed in fine linen, with cymbals and with harps and lyres, were standing east of the altar, and with them, one hundred and twenty priests sounding on the clarions,

13.and those sounding the clarions and the singers were as one, making one sound to praise and give thanks to Jehovah when they lifted their voice with the clarions, and cymbals, and instruments of song,) that they gave praise to Jehovah because He is good and His mercy endures forever, that then a cloud filled the house, the house of the Lord.

14. And the priests were not able to stand to minister before the cloud because the Jehovah’s glory filled the house of God.

2Chronicles 6

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¶1. Then Solomon said, “Jehovah said that He would dwell in thick darkness.

2. But I have indeed built you a majestic house, and a fixed place for you to dwell in forever.”

3. And the King turned his face and blessed all the congregation of Israel, and all the congregation of Israel was standing.
And the King turned his face about, and blessed all the Assembly of Israel, and the whole Assembly of Israel stood up.

4. And he said, “Blessed be Jehovah, God of Israel, who with His hands has fulfilled that which He spoke with His mouth to my father David, saying,
And he said, “Blessed be Jehovah, God of Israel, who spoke by His mouth to David, my father, and by His hands has fulfilled it, saying,

5.‘From the day I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I chose no city of all the tribes of Israel to build a house, that my name may be there, and I chose no man to be leader over my people Israel.
‘From the day that I brought my people out from the land of Egypt, I chose no city from all the tribes of Israel to build a house that my name might be there, neither did I choose any man to be ruler over my people Israel,

6.Yet, I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there, and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel.’
but I chose Jerusalem that my name might be there, and I chose David to be over my people Israel.’

7.And it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of Jehovah, God of Israel.

8.And Jehovah said to David my father, ‘Forasmuch as it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you have done well, in that it was in your heart.

9.Yet, you will not build the house, but your son, who will come forth from your loins; he will build the house for my name.’

10.And Jehovah caused His word to stand which He spoke, for I have risen up in the place of my father David, and I sit on the throne of Israel, as Jehovah said, and I have built the house for the name of Jehovah, God of Israel.

11.And there, I have placed the ark, in which is the covenant of Jehovah that He made with the sons of Israel.”

12. And he stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the Assembly of Israel, and he spread his hands.

13. For Solomon had made a bronze platform and he placed it in the midst of the court. Its length was five cubits, and its width was five cubits, and its height was three cubits, and he stood on it. Then he knelt down upon his knees before all the assembly, and spread out his hands to heaven,

14. And he said, “O Jehovah, God of Israel, there is no god like you in the heavens or on the earth, preserving the covenant and loving kindness for your servants who walk before you with all their heart,

15.you who have kept for your servant David my father what you spoke to him. Yea, you spoke with your mouth, and with your hand you have fulfilled it, as at this day.

16.And now, O Jehovah, God of Israel, keep for your servant David, my father, that which you spoke to him, saying, “You will not lack a man before me to sit upon the throne of Israel – if only your sons take heed to their way, to walk according to my law as you have walked before me.”
And now, O Jehovah, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father that which you spoke to him, saying, ‘ You will not lack a man before me to sit upon the throne of Israel – if only your sons take heed to their way, to walk before me in my law as you have walked.’

17. And now, O God of Israel, let your word be established which you spoke to your servant David.

18. But will God indeed dwell with man upon the earth? Behold, heaven – even the heaven of heavens – cannot contain you! How much less this house that I have built?

19. Yet, you have regarded the prayer of your servant and his supplication, O Jehovah, my God, that you would hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying before you,

20.that your eyes be open toward this house night and day, toward the place of which you said, ‘You would put your name there,’ that you hear the prayer that your servant prays toward this place,

21.and hear the supplications of your servant and your people Israel when they pray toward this place, and hear from your dwelling-place, even from heaven; yea, hear and forgive.

22. If a man sins against his fellow, and an oath be laid upon him that he is made to swear, and the oath comes before your altar in this house,

23.may you hear from heaven, and act, and judge your servants, to recompense the wicked, setting his wicked way upon his head, and justifying the righteous, to give to him according to his righteousness.

24. And if your people Israel are smitten before an enemy because they have sinned against you, and they turn back to you and confess your name, and they pray and plead for mercy before you in this house,

25.then you hear from heaven, and forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them back to the land that you gave to them and to their fathers.

26. When the heavens are shut up, and there is no rain because they have sinned against you, and they pray toward this place, and they confess your name, and turn from their sin when you afflict them,

27.then hear from heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, even your people Israel, that you may teach them the good way in which they should walk and give rain to your land that you gave to your people for an inheritance.

28. If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, blight, and mildew, swarming locust, and destroying locust, if it come to pass that their enemy presses hard on them in the land at their gates – whatever affliction, and whatever illness –

29.any prayer, any supplication by any man or by all your people Israel if (? ashare) they confess, each man his affliction, and his grief, and he spreads out his hands toward this house,

30.then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and forgive, and give to every man according to all his ways, for you will know his heart (for you, you alone, know the heart of the sons of man),

31.that they may fear you, to walk in your ways, all the days that they live on the face of the land that you gave to our fathers.

32. And hear also the foreigner who is not of your people Israel when he comes from a distant land because of your great renown, and of your mighty hand, and of your out-stretched arm. When they come and pray toward this house,

33.and hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner cries out to you, so that all peoples of the earth may know your name, to fear you as do your people Israel, and to know that this house which I have built is called by your name.

34. When your people go out to battle against their enemies in the way that you send them, and they pray to you toward this city that you have chosen and the house that I have built for your name,

35.then hear from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and uphold their cause.

36. When they sin against you (for there is no man who does not sin), and you become angry with them and deliver them before an enemy, and they take them away as their captives to a land, far or near,

37.but they turn back their heart in the land in which they were taken captive, and they repent and make supplication in the land of their captors, saying, ‘We have sinned and committed iniquity! We have done wickedness!’,

38.and they return to you with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity which they were carried captive, and they pray to you toward their land that you gave to their fathers, and the city which you have chosen, and the house that I have built for your name,

39.then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their supplications, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people who have sinned against you.

40. Now, O my God, I pray, let your eyes be open and your ears be attentive to the prayer of this place.

41. And now, O Lord God, arise to your place of rest, you, and the ark of your strength, let your priests be clothed with salvation, O Lord God, and let your saints rejoice in your goodness.

42. O Lord God! Do not turn away the faces of your anointed ones! Remember the mercies of David your servant!
O LORD God, do not turn away the face of your anointed. Remember your loving kindness for David your servant.”

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¶1. And then Solomon finished praying, and the fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of Jehovah filled the house.

2. And the priests were not able to enter into the house of Jehovah because the glory of Jehovah had filled the house of Jehovah.

3. When all the children of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of Jehovah upon the house, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement, and prostrated themselves, and gave praise to Jehovah saying, “Because He is good; for His loving kindness endures forever!”

4. And the king and all the people offered sacrifices before Jehovah.

5. And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty two thousand oxen, and one hundred twenty thousand sheep. And the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.

6. And the priests stood over their charges, also the Levites with instruments of song before Jehovah, that King David had made to give thanks to Jehovah, for His loving kindness endures forever. When David praised by their hands, and the priests sounded clarions before them, then all Israel stood.

7. And Solomon consecrated the middle of the court that was before the house of Jehovah, for there he made burnt offerings and the fat of the peace-offerings because the bronze altar that Solomon made could not contain the burnt offering and the grain offering, and the fat.

8. During that time, Solomon made the feast last seven days and all Israel with him, a very great assembly, from the entering in of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt.

9. And on the eighth day they made a solemn assembly because they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.

10. And on the twenty third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their tents joyful and glad of heart for the goodness that Jehovah had done unto David and to Solomon, and to Israel His people.

11. So, Solomon completed the house of Jehovah and the house of the king. And all that came unto the heart of Solomon to do in the house of Jehovah, and in his own house he made to prosper.

12. And Jehovah appeared to Solomon by night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer, and I have chosen this place for myself for a house of sacrifice.

13.If I shut up the heavens so there is no rain, and if I command the locust to consume the land, or if I send forth a plague among my people,

14.then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal their land.

15.Now my eyes are open and my ears attentive to the payer of this place.

16.And now, I have chosen and sanctified this house for my name will be there forever, also my eyes and my heart will be there forever.

17.And you, if you walk before me as your father David walked, and do according to all that I command you, and keep my statutes and judgments,

18.then I will establish the throne of your kingdom according to the covenant I made with your father David, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man reign in Israel.’
And I will establish the throne of your kingdom, as I covenanted with David your father, saying, “You will not lack a man to rule in Israel.”

19.But, if you turn away and forsake my statutes and my commandments that I placed before you, and depart, and serve other gods, and bow down to them,

20.then I will pluck them (you ?) up from my land that I gave to them, and this house which I sanctified for my name I will cast from before my face, and I will make it a byword and a mockery among all nations.

21.And this house that was exalted to everyone who passed by will be appalled, and say, ‘Wherein has Jehovah done thus to this land and to this house?’

22.Then they will say, ‘Because they forsook Jehovah, God of their fathers, who brought them out from the land of Egypt, and they took hold on other gods, and bowed down to them and served them. Therefore, He brought all this evil upon them.’”

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1. And it came to pass, at the end of twenty years, in which Solomon had built the house of Jehovah, and his own house,

2.and the cities which Hiram had given to Solomon, Solomon rebuilt them, and caused the children of Israel to live there.

3. And Solomon went to Hamath-Zobah and prevailed against it.

4. He also built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the storage cities, which he built in Hamath.

5. He also built Upper Beth-Horon, and Lower Beth-Horon, (see map book, pg. 61, x5) cities enclosed with walls, two gates and bars,

6.and Baalath, and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and the chariot cities and the cities of the horsemen, and of all Solomon’s desire that he longed to build in Jerusalem and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.

7. And all the people who were left of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, who were not of the sons of Israel,

8.from their sons that were left behind in the land whom the sons of Israel were not able to completely destroy, Solomon raised them a levy forced laborers (or bond-service? Compare 1K9:21) unto this day.

9. But of the sons of Israel that (?) Solomon did not put in place bondservants for his work because they were men of war, even his officials, and his officers, and his captains of the chariotry, and his horsemen.

10. And these were the chief officers that King Solomon had, two hundred fifty that had charge over the people.

11. And Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter up from the city of David to the house that he built for her because he said, “My wife will not dwell in the house of David, king of Israel for they are (it is?) holy to which the ark of Jehovah has come.”

12. Then Solomon offered burn offerings to Jehovah upon the altar of Jehovah that he built before the porch,

13.even by a day’s portion every day, offering according to the command of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the appointed seasons three times a in the year – Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the Feast of Weeks, and in the Feast of Booths.

14. And he appointed, according to the ordinance of David, his father the courses of the priests over their labors, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and serve before the priests according to the matter as each day required, and gatekeepers by their courses at each gate. For so was the command of David, a man of God.

15. And they did not turn from the commandment of the king unto the priests, and the Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasuries.

16. And all the work of Solomon was prepared until the day of the foundation of the house of Jehovah, and until it was completed, and the house of Jehovah was perfect.

17. Then Solomon went to Ezion-geber and to Elath, unto the seashore in the land of Edom.

18. And Hiram sent to him, by the hands of his servants, ships, and servants who had knowledge of the sea, and they went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took from there four hundred fifty talents of gold, and brought it to King Solomon.

2Chronicles 9

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¶1. When the Queen of Sheba upon hearing of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with difficult questions along with a great display of wealth, and camels bearing spices and an abundance of gold and precious stones, and she came unto Solomon and spoke to him with all that was on her heart.

2. And Solomon made known to her all her matters and there was not a thing hidden from Solomon that he could not reveal to her.

3. When the Queen of Sheba saw the wisdom of Solomon and the house that he had built,

4.and the food of his table, and the assembly of his servants, and the standing of his attendants and their raiment, and his cup-bearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered up in the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her.

5. Then she said to the king, “The report that I heard I my land of your words and wisdom was true.

6.And I did not believe their words until I came and saw with my own eyes, and behold the half of your greatness and wisdom was not told to me, for you exceed the report that I heard.

7.Happy are your men, and happy are these your servants who stand continually before you, and who hear your wisdom.

8.Blessed be the Lord your God who delighted in you, to set you upon his throne to be king for the Lord your God in the love of your God to Israel, to establish them forever. He made you king and set you over them, to execute judgment and righteousness.”

9. And she gave to the king one hundred twenty talents of gold and a great abundance of spices and precious stones. Never was there any such spice as the Queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.

10. Moreover, the servants of Hiram and the servants of Solomon that brought gold from Ophir, also brought algum trees and precious stones.

11. And the king made of algum trees (stairways?) for the house of Jehovah and for the house of the king, also lyres, and harps for the singers, and never was seen the like of them before in all the land of Judah.

12. And King Solomon gave to the Queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked for, apart from what she had brought to the king. So, she turned, and departed to her own land, she and her servants.

13. And it came to pass, the weight of the gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred sixty six talents of gold,

14.apart from what the explorers and the traders brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the land brought gold and silver to Solomon.

15. And King Solomon made two hundred shields of beaten gold. Six hundred shekels of beaten gold went into one shield,

16.and three hundred bucklers of beaten gold. Three hundred shekels of gold went into one buckler. And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.

17. The king also made a great ivory throne and overlaid it with pure gold.

18. And six steps lead up to the throne, and a golden footstool was fastened to the throne. And there were supports on either side by the place of the seat, and two lions which stood beside the supports.

19. And there stood twelve lions upon the six steps, one on each side/ Thus, the like of it has not been made for any other kingdom.

20. Moreover, all of king Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. None were made of silver, for silver was not accounted for anything in the days of Solomon.

21. For the king’s ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Hiram, once every three years. The ships came from Tarshish carrying gold and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

22. So, King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

23. Moreover, all the kings of the earth were seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom that God had put in his heart.

24. And each of them brought his tribute, year after year by this matter: they brought vessels silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, weapons, and spices, horses, and mules.

25. And so it was, that Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, an twelve thousand horsemen which he placed in the chariot cities, and with the king in Jerusalem.

26. And it came to pass, that he reigned over all the kings from the River, even to the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt.

27. And the king made silver likened to stones in Jerusalem, and he made the cedar trees likened to sycamore trees that were in the lowland for abundance.

28. And they brought horses to Solomon from Egypt, and from all the lands.

29. Furthermore, the rest of the acts of Solomon from the beginning even unto the end, are they not written according to the writings of Nathan the prophet, and according to the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam ben Nebat?

30. And Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.

31. So, Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the City of David, his father, Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

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17. And after him went Azariah the priest, and with him eighty valiant priests of Jehovah.

18. And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to Jehovah, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the Holy Place! For you have been unfaithful, and it will bring you no honor from the Lord God!”

19. But Uzziah became enraged, and in his hand was a censer for burning incense. But when he became enraged at the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead before the priests in the house of the Lord before the altar of incense.

20. And Azariah the High Priest, and all the priests, looked at him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they hurried him out of there. Yea, he himself hastened to leave because Jehovah had stricken him.

21. And so, Uzziah the king was a leper until the day of his death, and he lived as a leper in a house apart, barred from the house of the Lord, and Jotham his son was king over the household, judging the people of the land.

22. Now, the rest of the deeds of Uzziah, the first and the last ones, Isaiah ben-Amoz, the prophet, has written.

23. And Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the burial field that was for the kings, for they said, “He was stricken with leprousy.” And his son Jotham reigned after him.

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¶1. Hezekiah was twenty five years old when he began to reign. and he reigned twenty nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Abijah, daughter of Zachariah. (Zechariah?)

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¶1. When all this was finished, all Israel that could be found went out to the cities of Judah and shattered the pillars and hewed down the sacred trees, and they tore down the high places, and the altars throughout all Judah and Benjamin, and Ephraim and Manasseh until all were destroyed. Then all the sons of Israel returned to their cities, each to his own possession.

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¶1. After these faithful deeds were done, Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, came and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fortified cities, for he thought to sever them for himself.

2. When Hezekiah learned that Sennacherib had come and that his face was set for battle against Jerusalem,

3.he then consulted with his captains and his mighty men to stop up the waters of the springs that were outside the city, and they helped him.

4. And many people were gathered, and they stopped up all the springs and the brook that flowed through the midst of the region, saying, “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find much water?”

5. He also strengthened himself, and rebuilt all the wall that had been broken down, and built it up to the towers, and another wall outside, and he strengthened Millo in the city of David, and he made an abundance of weaponry and shields.

6. And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them to himself into the street at the gate of the city. Then he spoke to their heart, saying,

7.“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria or before all the multitude that is with him, for there are more with us than with him.

8.With him is the arm of flesh, but with us is Jehovah our God to help us, and to fight our battles!” Then the people were encouraged by the words of Hezekiah, the king of Judah.

¶9. After this, Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent his servants to Jerusalem (although he himself went up against Lachish and all his forces with him), against Hezekiah, king of Judah, and against all Judah who were in Jerusalem, saying,

10.“Thus says Sennacherib, king of Assyria, ‘On what are you trusting that you remain in Jerusalem under siege?

11.Has not Hezekiah persuaded you to give yourselves up to die by famine and by thirst, saying, “The Lord our God will deliver us from the hand of the king of Assyria”?

12.Has not Hezekiah himself taken away His high places and His altars and said to Judah and to Jerusalem, saying, “Before one altar shall you worship, and upon it shall you sacrifice”?

13.Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of the lands? Were the gods of the nations of those lands able at all to deliver their lands out of my hand?

14.Who is it among all the gods of these nations that my fathers destroyed who was able to deliver his people out of my hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of my hand?

15.And now, do not let Hezekiah beguile you nor persuade you like this, neither believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to deliver his people out of my hand or out of the hand of my fathers. How much less will your God deliver you out of my hand?’”

16. And again, his servants spoke against the Lord God and against Hezekiah, His servant.

17. And he wrote letters to reproach Jehovah, God of Israel, and to speak against Him, saying, “Just as the gods of the nations of other lands did not deliver their people from my hand, so the God of Hezekiah will not deliver His people from my hand.”

18. Then they cried in a loud voice in Judean to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall to frighten them and to dishearten them, that they might take the city.

19. And they spoke against the God of Jerusalem as against the gods of the peoples of the earth, the work of man’s hands.

20. And Hezekiah the king and Isaiah ben-Amoz the prophet prayed concerning this, and they cried out to heaven.

21. Then Jehovah sent an angel, and he destroyed every mighty warrior, and officer, and commander in the camp of the king of Assyria. So, he returned in disgrace to his own land. And when he went into the house of his god, they that came from his bowels struck him down by the sword there.

22. So, Jehovah delivered Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib, king of Assyria, and from the hand of all their adversaries, and gave them rest on every side.

23. And many brought tribute to Jehovah to Jerusalem and choice gifts to Hezekiah, king of Judah, and in this manner, he was exalted in the sight of all nations.

¶24. In those days, Hezekiah became sick unto death, and he prayed to Jehovah, and He spoke to him and gave him a sign.

25. But because his heart was exalted, Hezekiah did not repay the favor shown to him. Therefore, wrath was upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

26. Then Hezekiah humbled himself for the haughtiness of his heart, he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Therefore, the wrath of Jehovah did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah.

27. And Hezekiah had very great riches and honor, and he made for himself treasuries for silver and gold, and for precious stones, and for spices, and for shields, and for all articles of value,

28.and storehouses for produce of grain, and new wine, and fresh oil, and stalls for every kind of beast, and folds for flocks.

29. He also made for himself cities, and possessed a multitude of flocks and herds, for God had given him very many possessions.

30. Moreover, Hezekiah stopped the upper water source of Gihon, and he made it flow straight down to the west of the city of David. And in all his works, Hezekiah prospered.

31. And as for the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon who had been sent to him to inquire of the wonder that was in the land, God left him alone in order to test him, to know all that was in his heart.

32. Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his good deeds, behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah ben-Amoz the prophet, in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

33. And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the ascent of the sepulchers of the sons of David, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honor at his death. And Manasseh his son became king in his stead.

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¶1. Mannaseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem.

2. And he did what was evil in the eyes of Jehovah, after the abominations of the nation’s that Jehovah had dispossessed before the children of Israel.

3. And he rebuilt the high places that Hezekiah his father had torn down, and he erected altars for the Baals, and he made Ashteroth,[2] and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.

4. And he built altars in the house of Jehovah, where Jehovah had said, “My name will be in Jerusalem forever.”

5. And he built altars to all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of Jehovah

6. And he sacrificed his sons in the fire[3] in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, and practiced soothsaying, and divination, and sorcery, and dealt often with a necromancer and one with a familiar spirit, and did what is evil in the sight of Jehovah, to provoke Him to anger.

7. And he set up a graven image and an idol, which he had made, in the house of God, concerning which God said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name forever.

8.and Israel will not again be removed from the land that I appointed to your fathers. If only they will be careful to do all that I have commanded them by the hand of Moses, even all the law, and statutes, and judgments.”

9. But Manasseh caused Judah to go astray and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do greater evil than the nations which Jehovah destroyed before the children of Israel.

10. And Jehovah spoke to Manasseh and to all the people, but they would not listen.

11. And so, Jehovah brought against them the commanders of the army which belonged to the King of Assyria, and they took Manasseh with hooks, and bound him with chains of bronze, and took him to Babylon.

12. And in his distress, he entreated the favor of Jehovah his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,

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13. Moreover, he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear an oath before God, but he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart instead of turning to Jehovah, the God of Israel.

14. The princes also, the priests, and the people committed extraordinarily treacherous acts, like all the abominations of the Gentiles, and they polluted the house of Jehovah that He had consecrated in Jerusalem.

15. And Jehovah, the God of their fathers, sent to them by the hand of His messengers, rising early and sending them, because he felt compassion for His people and for His habitation.

16. But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised His words, and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of Jehovah was stirred up against His people, until there was no cure.

17. That is why He brought up upon them the king of the Chaldeans, and he slew their young men with the sword in the temple sanctuary, and he spared neither young man nor virgin, elder nor aged. He gave them all into his hand.

18. And all the vessels of the house of God, both great and small, and the treasures of the house of Jehovah, and the treasures of the king and his princes – all of it he brought to Babylon.

19. And they burned down the house of God, and they broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and burned up all its palaces with fire. And all its valuable vessels, they destroyed.

20. And those who survived the sword, he carried off to Babylon, and they became his and his children’s, and were slaves to the king, until the reign of the kingdom of Persia.

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Footnotes

[1] Or, “their faces were inward”.

[2] Or, “sacred trees” or “sacred poles”.

[3] LIt., “devoted his sons in the fire”,

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