The Second Book Of The CHRONICLES
Second Chronicles continues the story begun in 1 Chronicles. Chapters
1-9 complete the Chronicler's presentation of the reigns of David and
Solomon as a united monarchy in which the construction of the temple is
the sole focus. Chapters 10-28 retell the story of the divided monarchy
the rebellion of the northern tribes. The focus here is upon the
southern kingdom of Judah, so that the northern kingdom is mentioned
only when it intersects with the south. These southern kings are
evaluated in terms of their adherence to the ideal of David and Solomon.
Chapters 29-36 relate the story of the monarchy reunited by Hezekiah
following the destruction of the northern kingdom in the Assyrian
invasion of 722 B.C.E. His religious reforms, as well as those of
Josiah, are recounted at great length. Second Chronicles closes with the
collapse of Judah, the deportation of the people to Babylon, and the
proclamation of Cyrus the Persian encouraging them to return to their
The Chronicler uses this history of the kings of Judah to invite his
postexilic audience to see themselves as living in situations of "exile"
or "restoration." Exilic situations result from unfaithfulness, serving
other gods, or failing to seek the Lord. But even if literal exile does
not occur, the loss of blessing or divine favor can be restored through
repentance and claiming God's promise to Solomon (2 Chronicles 7:14).
We, too, need to hear that a patient and merciful God awaits our
response and listens to our prayers.
Jewish tradition identifies Ezra as the author of 1 and 2 Chronicles,
Ezra, and Nehemiah. Today, many scholars believe that 1 and 2 Chronicles
come from a different hand than Ezra and Nehemiah and that various
older traditions, including the books of Samuel and Kings, have been
gathered together and edited
by a nameless postexilic editor.
Chronicles is notoriously difficult to date, though it is clearly later
than Israel's return from exile in Babylon. Since the list in 1
Chronicles 3:19-24 extends David's genealogy to the sixth generation
after Zerubbabel, who is dated to 520 B.C.E. (Haggai 1:1), this sixth
generation would be sometime after 400 B.C.E. Thus, many scholars date
Chronicles to the first half of the fourth century (ca. 350 B.C.E.).
Second Chronicles begins with the story of Solomon told from a religious
perspective that omits his personal shortcomings and emphasizes his
construction of the temple. The rest of the book recounts the history of
Judah to the Babylonian exile through an evaluation of Judah's kings
according to their attitude toward worship as established in the reigns
of David and Solomon. The northern kings of Israel are omitted from this
discussion since they do not worship at the Jerusalem temple.
Second Chronicles looks like the history of Judah, the southern kingdom,
already related in 1 and 2 Kings. While important historical
information is presented, some of it is at odds with the earlier
presentation. Second Chronicles should be read as a theological, rather
than a historical, rewriting of the earlier history, designed to
demonstrate the continuity of David and Solomon's united monarchy with
the struggling postexilic community to which the book was addressed.
AUTHOR: Mark Throntveit, Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament
1 And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.
Solomon spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of
hundreds, and to the judges, and to every governor in all Israel, the
chief of the fathers.
Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high place that
was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation of God,
which Moses the servant of the LORD had made in the wilderness.
4 But the
ark of God had David brought up from Kirjathjearim to the place which
David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at
the brasen altar, that Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had
made, he put before the tabernacle of the LORD: and Solomon and the
congregation sought unto it.
Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar before the LORD, which was
at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt
offerings upon it.
7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.
8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.
9 Now, O
LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou
hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.
me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this
people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?
God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not
asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither
yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for
thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee
and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and
wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been
before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.
Solomon came from his journey to the high place that was at Gibeon to
Jerusalem, from before the tabernacle of the congregation, and reigned
Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four
hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he placed in the
chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.
the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and
cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the vale for
16 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
they fetched up, and brought forth out of Egypt a chariot for six
hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so
brought they out horses for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the
kings of Syria, by their means.
1 And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.
Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and
fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six
hundred to oversee them.
Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou didst deal with
David my father, and didst send him cedars to build him an house to
dwell therein, even so deal with me.
I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him,
and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread,
and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on
the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an
ordinance for ever to Israel.
5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.
6 But who
is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens
cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house,
save only to burn sacrifice before him?
7 Send me
now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in
brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can
skill to grave with the cunning men that are with me in Judah and in
Jerusalem, whom David my father did provide.
8 Send me
also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees, out of Lebanon: for I
know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon; and, behold,
my servants shall be with thy servants,
9 Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I am about to build shall be wonderful great.
behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut timber, twenty
thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand measures of
barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of
Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon,
Because the LORD hath loved his people, he hath made thee king over
said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that made heaven and
earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence
and understanding, that might build an house for the LORD, and an house
for his kingdom.
13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father's,
son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of
Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in
stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in
crimson; also to grave any manner of graving, and to find out every
device which shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with the
cunning men of my lord David thy father.
15 Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine, which my lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants:
16 And we
will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt need: and we will
bring it to thee in floats by sea to Joppa; and thou shalt carry it up
Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel,
after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and
they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six
18 And he
set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and
fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and
six hundred overseers to set the people a work.
Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount
Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto 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 day of the second month, in the fourth year of his reign.
these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of
the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was
threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.
4 And the
porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was
according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was
an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold.
5 And the greater house he cieled with fir tree, which he overlaid with fine gold, and set thereon palm trees and chains.
6 And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and the gold was gold of Parvaim.
overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the walls thereof,
and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubims on the walls.
8 And he
made the most holy house, the length whereof was according to the
breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty
cubits: and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to six hundred
9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.
10 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image work, and overlaid them with gold.
the wings of the cherubims were twenty cubits long: one wing of the one
cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other
wing was likewise five cubits, reaching to the wing of the other
one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of
the house: and the other wing was five cubits also, joining to the wing
of the other cherub.
13 The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty cubits: and they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward.
14 And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and wrought cherubims thereon.
he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits high, and
the chapiter that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.
16 And he
made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of the
pillars; and made an hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains.
17 And he
reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the
other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand
Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.
he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the length thereof, and twenty
cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits the height thereof.
2 Also he
made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass,
and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did
compass it round about.
under it was the similitude of oxen, which did compass it round about:
ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about. Two rows of oxen were
cast, when it was cast.
stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three
looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three
looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all
their hinder parts were inward.
5 And the
thickness of it was an handbreadth, and the brim of it like the work of
the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies; and it received and held
three thousand baths.
6 He made
also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left,
to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they
washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.
7 And he
made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form, and set them in
the temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left.
8 He made
also ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the right side,
and five on the left. And he made an hundred basons of gold.
he made the court of the priests, and the great court, and doors for
the court, and overlaid the doors of them with brass.
10 And he set the sea on the right side of the east end, over against the south.
Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basons. And Huram finished
the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house of God;
wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on
the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels
of the chapiters which were on the top of the pillars;
four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of pomegranates
on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were
upon the pillars.
14 He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases;
15 One sea, and twelve oxen under it.
pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their
instruments, did Huram his father make to king Solomon for the house of
the LORD of bright brass.
17 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredathah.
18 Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight of the brass could not be found out.
Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of God, the golden
altar also, and the tables whereon the shewbread was set;
20 Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold;
21 And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold;
the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure
gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most
holy place, and the doors of the house of the temple, were of gold.
all the work that Solomon made for the house of the LORD was finished:
and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had
dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he
among the treasures of the house of God.
Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes,
the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to
bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David,
which is Zion.
3 Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month.
4 And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark.
they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all
the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, these did the priests and
the Levites bring up.
king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled
unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be
told nor numbered for multitude.
7 And the
priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place,
to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the
wings of the cherubims:
8 For the
cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the
cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were
seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And
there it is unto this day.
was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at
Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when
they came out of Egypt.
11 And it
came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for
all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait
the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of
Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white
linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of
the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with
came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make
one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they
lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of
musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy
endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the
house of the LORD;
14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.
1 Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
2 But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.
3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood.
4 And he
said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands
fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying,
the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose
no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my
name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my
6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
8 But the
LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to
build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine
thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out
of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name.
LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am
risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of
Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of
the LORD God of Israel.
11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel.
12 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:
Solomon had made a brasen scaffold of five cubits long, and five cubits
broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court:
and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the
congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven.
said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor
in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy
servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts:
which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast
promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with
thine hand, as it is this day.
therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father
that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a
man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy
children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked
17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.
will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and
the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house
which I have built!
respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication,
O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant
prayeth before thee:
thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place
whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken
unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place.
therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people
Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy
dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive.
22 If a
man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to make him
swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house;
hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the
wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the
righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness.
24 And if
thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they
have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and
pray and make supplication before thee in this house;
hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel,
and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to
the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned
against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name,
and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them;
hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy
people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they
should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy
people for an inheritance.
there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be
blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers; if their enemies besiege
them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness
what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of
all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his
own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house:
hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto
every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for
thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)
31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come
from a far country for thy great name's sake, and thy mighty hand, and
thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house;
hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do
according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for; that all people
of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people
Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by thy
34 If thy
people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt
send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast
chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name;
35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou
be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and
they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near;
37 Yet if
they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive,
and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We
have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly;
they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the
land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and
pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward
the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have
built for thy name:
hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer
and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy
people which have sinned against thee.
40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark
of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation,
and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.
42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.
when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven,
and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of
the LORD filled the house.
2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD's house.
when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the
glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces
to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD,
saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD.
king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an
hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people
dedicated the house of God.
6 And the
priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of
musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD,
because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their
ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel
Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of
the LORD: for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace
offerings, because the brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able
to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat.
8 Also at
the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with
him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the
river of Egypt.
9 And in
the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication
of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.
10 And on
the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people
away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the
LORD had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.
Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king's house: and all
that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in
his own house, he prosperously effected.
the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard
thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of
13 If I
shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to
devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
14 If my
people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray,
and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from
heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there
for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
17 And as
for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and
do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my
statutes and my judgments;
will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have
covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a
man to be ruler in Israel.
19 But if
ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have
set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;
will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given
them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast
out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all
this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that
passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto
this land, and unto this house?
22 And it
shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers,
which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on
other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he
brought all this evil upon them.
1 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house of the LORD, and his own house,
2 That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there.
3 And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against it.
4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store cities, which he built in Hamath.
5 Also he built Bethhoron the upper, and Bethhoron the nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars;
Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot
cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to
build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his
7 As for
all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the
Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of
8 But of
their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children
of Israel consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay tribute until this
9 But of
the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his work; but
they were men of war, and chief of his captains, and captains of his
chariots and horsemen.
10 And these were the chief of king Solomon's officers, even two hundred and fifty, that bare rule over the people.
Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto
the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not
dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy,
whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come.
12 Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch,
after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of
Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts,
three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in
the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.
14 And he
appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of
the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to
praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day
required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had
David the man of God commanded.
they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and
Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures.
all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the foundation of
the house of the LORD, and until it was finished. So the house of the
LORD was perfected.
17 Then went Solomon to Eziongeber, and to Eloth, at the sea side in the land of Edom.
Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and servants that had
knowledge of the sea; and they went with the servants of Solomon to
Ophir, and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and
brought them to king Solomon.
when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove
Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and
camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones:
and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was
in her heart.
2 And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not.
3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built,
4 And the
meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance
of his ministers, and their apparel; his cupbearers also, and their
apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the LORD;
there was no more spirit in her.
5 And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom:
I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it:
and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told
me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard.
7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.
be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne,
to be king for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to
establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do
judgment and justice.
9 And she
gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices
great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice
as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon.
the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought
gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones.
the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the LORD, and
to the king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there
were none such seen before in the land of Judah.
king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she
asked, beside that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned,
and went away to her own land, she and her servants.
13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold;
that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia
and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.
15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target.
three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of
gold went to one shield. And the king put them in the house of the
forest of Lebanon.
17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.
there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were
fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting place,
and two lions standing by the stays:
19 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps. There was not the like made in any kingdom.
all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the
vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: none
were of silver; it was not any thing accounted of in the days of
the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every
three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver,
ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.
they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of
gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year
Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve
thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the
king at Jerusalem.
26 And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt.
the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as
the sycomore trees that are in the low plains in abundance.
28 And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands.
the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in
the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the
Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son
30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David
his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.
1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.
2 And it
came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither
he fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam
returned out of Egypt.
3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,
father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the
grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon
us, and we will serve thee.
5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.
king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before
Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me
to return answer to this people?
they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please
them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.
8 But he
forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with
the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.
9 And he
said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this
people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy
father did put upon us?
the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus
shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father
made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus
shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my
whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your
yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day.
13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,
answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made
your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with
whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
15 So the
king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the
LORD might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the
Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the
people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we
have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O
Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to
17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children
of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made
speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah
and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were
warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again
2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren:
return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they
obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam.
5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.
6 He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
7 And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam,
8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,
10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities.
11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine.
12 And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.
13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts.
the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah
and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from
executing the priest's office unto the LORD:
15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made.
after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to
seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the
LORD God of their fathers.
they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of
Solomon strong, three years: for three years they walked in the way of
David and Solomon.
Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to
wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse;
19 Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham.
20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and
his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines;
and begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters.)
22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his brethren: for he thought to make him king.
23 And he
dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the
countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave
them victual in abundance. And he desired many wives.
1 And it
came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had
strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel
2 And it
came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of
Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against
twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the
people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims,
the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.
4 And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.
came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that
were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto
them, Thus saith the LORD, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I
also left you in the hand of Shishak.
6 Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The LORD is righteous.
when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD
came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will
not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath
shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.
8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.
Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the
treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's
house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which
Solomon had made.
of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the
hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king's
when the king entered into the house of the LORD, the guard came and
fetched them, and brought them again into the guard chamber.
when he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, that he
would not destroy him altogether: and also in Judah things went well.
king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for
Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD had chosen
out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his
mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.
14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.
the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book
of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies?
And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.
16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.
1 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah.
reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Michaiah
the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and
Abijah set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, even
four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in array
against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, being mighty men of
4 And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel;
ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel
to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?
6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and hath rebelled against his lord.
there are gathered unto him vain men, the children of Belial, and have
strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when
Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted, and could not withstand them.
8 And now
ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the hand of the sons
of David; and ye be a great multitude, and there are with your golden
calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods.
9 Have ye
not cast out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the
Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations of
other lands? so that whosoever cometh to consecrate himself with a young
bullock and seven rams, the same may be a priest of them that are no
10 But as
for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and the
priests, which minister unto the LORD, are the sons of Aaron, and the
Levites wait upon their business:
they burn unto the LORD every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices
and sweet incense: the shewbread also set they in order upon the pure
table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof, to burn every
evening: for we keep the charge of the LORD our God; but ye have
behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with
sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight
ye not against the LORD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.
13 But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them: so they were before Judah, and the ambushment was behind them.
when Judah looked back, behold, the battle was before and behind: and
they cried unto the LORD, and the priests sounded with the trumpets.
the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah shouted, it came
to pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.
16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah: and God delivered them into their hand.
17 And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.
the children of Israel were brought under at that time, and the children
of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the LORD God of their
Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took cities from him, Bethel with the
towns thereof, and Jeshanah with the towns thereof, and Ephraim with
the towns thereof.
20 Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of Abijah: and the LORD struck him, and he died.
21 But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.
22 And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his sayings, are written in the story of the prophet Iddo.
Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David:
and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet
2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:
3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves:
4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.
5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.
6 And he
built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war
in those years; because the LORD had given him rest.
he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them
walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us;
because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought him, and he hath
given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.
8 And Asa
had an army of men that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three
hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows,
two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these were mighty men of valour.
there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a
thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.
10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee
to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O
LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this
multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee.
12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.
Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: and the
Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for
they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and they
carried away very much spoil.
they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of the LORD
came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities; for there was exceeding
much spoil in them.
15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.
1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:
2 And he
went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah
and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek
him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake
3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.
4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.
5 And in
those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that
came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the
6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity.
7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.
when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he
took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of
Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount
Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of
9 And he
gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of
Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of
Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.
10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.
11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.
12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;
13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.
all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart,
and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and
the LORD gave them rest round about.
also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from
being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down
her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.
17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
18 And he
brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated,
and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.
19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.
1 In the
six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up
against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go
out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the
LORD and of the king's house, and sent to Benhadad king of Syria, that
dwelt at Damascus, saying,
is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy
father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league
with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.
Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies
against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and
Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali.
5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease.
Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah,
and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built
therewith Geba and Mizpah.
7 And at
that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him,
Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the
LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of
not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots
and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered
them into thine hand.
9 For the
eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew
himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt
Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was
in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the
people the same time.
11 And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet,
until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not
to the LORD, but to the physicians.
13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.
they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in
the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet
odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art: and
they made a very great burning for him.
1 And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel.
2 And he
placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and set garrisons in
the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father
3 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;
4 But sought to the Lord God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.
the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to
Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.
6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.
7 Also in
the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to Benhail,
and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to
teach in the cities of Judah.
with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah,
and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah,
and Tobadonijah, Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests.
they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the LORD with them,
and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the
the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were
round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.
some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute
silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven
hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he goats.
12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles, and cities of store.
13 And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.
these are the numbers of them according to the house of their fathers:
Of Judah, the captains of thousands; Adnah the chief, and with him
mighty men of valour three hundred thousand.
15 And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and fourscore thousand.
next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself
unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valour.
17 And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.
18 And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.
19 These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the fenced cities throughout all Judah.
1 Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.
after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed
sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people that he had with
him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramothgilead.
Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go
with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my
people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war.
4 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day.
the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men, and
said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I
forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the king's
6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?
7 And the
king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we
may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good
unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And
Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
8 And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.
9 And the
king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat either of them on his
throne, clothed in their robes, and they sat in a void place at the
entering in of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied
Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made him horns of iron, and said, Thus
saith the LORD, With these thou shalt push Syria until they be
all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and
prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold,
the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one assent; let
thy word therefore, I pray thee, be like one of their's, and speak thou
13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith, that will I speak.
when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we
go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And he said, Go ye up,
and prosper, and they shall be delivered into your hand.
15 And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou say nothing but the truth to me in the name of the LORD?
he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep
that have no shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master; let them
return therefore every man to his house in peace.
17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil?
he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitting
upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand
and on his left.
the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up
and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and
another saying after that manner.
20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith?
21 And he
said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his
prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also
prevail: go out, and do even so.
therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of
these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil against thee.
Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah upon the
cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak
24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
25 Then the king of Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son;
say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him
with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I return in
27 And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then hath not the LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye people.
28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead.
the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and I
will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel
disguised himself; and they went to the battle.
the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that were
with him, saying, Fight ye not with small or great, save only with the
king of Israel.
31 And it
came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that
they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him
to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God
moved them to depart from him.
32 For it
came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it
was not the king of Israel, they turned back again from pursuing him.
33 And a
certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel
between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man,
Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am
the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself
up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even: and about the
time of the sun going down he died.
1 And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.
Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king
Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate
the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.
there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the
groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.
Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people
from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD
God of their fathers.
5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,
6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.
now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for
there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor
taking of gifts.
in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests,
and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD,
and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem.
9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in your
cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes
and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against
the LORD, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do,
and ye shall not trespass.
behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the LORD;
and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for
all the king's matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you.
Deal courageously, and the LORD shall be with the good.
1 It came
to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of
Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against
Jehoshaphat to battle.
there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great
multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and,
behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest
not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is
there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
7 Art not
thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before
thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or
famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name
is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt
hear and help.
now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou
wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt,
but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;
11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
12 O our
God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great
company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes
are upon thee.
13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of
Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the
Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;
15 And he
said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou
king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor
dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours,
morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of
Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the
wilderness of Jeruel.
shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still,
and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear
not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will
be with you.
Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the
the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of
the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud
voice on high.
they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of
Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O
Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so
shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the
LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out
before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for
when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against
the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against
Judah; and they were smitten.
the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount
Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end
of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked
unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the
earth, and none escaped.
when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them,
they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and
precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they
could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil,
it was so much.
26 And on
the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for
there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was
called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.
they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the
forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had
made them to rejoice over their enemies.
28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.
the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they
had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.
Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he
began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And
his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD.
33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are
written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the
book of the kings of Israel.
35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber.
Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat,
saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath
broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to
go to Tarshish.
Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in
the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.
2 And he
had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and
Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these were the
sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.
their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of
precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to
Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.
when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened
himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of
the princes of Israel.
5 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
6 And he
walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab:
for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was
evil in the eyes of the LORD.
the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant
that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him
and to his sons for ever.
8 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of Judah, and made themselves a king.
Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots with him: and
he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him in, and
the captains of the chariots.
10 So the
Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. The same
time also did Libnah revolt from under his hand; because he had forsaken
the LORD God of his fathers.
he made high places in the mountains of Judah and caused the
inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah
there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith
the LORD God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the
ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,
hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and
the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of
the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father's
house, which were better than thyself:
14 Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:
15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.
16 Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians:
they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the
substance that was found in the king's house, and his sons also, and his
wives; so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the
youngest of his sons.
18 And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease.
19 And it
came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his
bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases.
And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.
and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in
Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they
buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.
1 And the
inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his
stead: for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had
slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah
and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one
year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Athaliah the daughter of
3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly.
he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab: for they
were his counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction.
walked also after their counsel, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab
king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramothgilead: and
the Syrians smote Joram.
6 And he
returned to be healed in Jezreel because of the wounds which were given
him at Ramah, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria. And Azariah the
son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at
Jezreel, because he was sick.
7 And the
destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram: for when he was
come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the
LORD had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab.
8 And it
came to pass, that, when Jehu was executing judgment upon the house of
Ahab, and found the princes of Judah, and the sons of the brethren of
Ahaziah, that ministered to Ahaziah, he slew them.
9 And he
sought Ahaziah: and they caught him, (for he was hid in Samaria,) and
brought him to Jehu: and when they had slain him, they buried him:
Because, said they, he is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD
with all his heart. So the house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still
when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose
and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah.
Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah,
and stole him from among the king's sons that were slain, and put him
and his nurse in a bedchamber. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king
Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of
Ahaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not.
12 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and Athaliah reigned over the land.
1 And in
the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and took the captains of
hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and Ishmael the son of Jehohanan,
and Azariah the son of Obed, and Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and
Elishaphat the son of Zichri, into covenant with him.
they went about in Judah, and gathered the Levites out of all the cities
of Judah, and the chief of the fathers of Israel, and they came to
3 And all
the congregation made a covenant with the king in the house of God. And
he said unto them, Behold, the king's son shall reign, as the LORD hath
said of the sons of David.
4 This is
the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you entering on the
sabbath, of the priests and of the Levites, shall be porters of the
5 And a
third part shall be at the king's house; and a third part at the gate of
the foundation: and all the people shall be in the courts of the house
of the LORD.
6 But let
none come into the house of the LORD, save the priests, and they that
minister of the Levites; they shall go in, for they are holy: but all
the people shall keep the watch of the LORD.
7 And the
Levites shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons
in his hand; and whosoever else cometh into the house, he shall be put
to death: but be ye with the king when he cometh in, and when he goeth
8 So the
Levites and all Judah did according to all things that Jehoiada the
priest had commanded, and took every man his men that were to come in on
the sabbath, with them that were to go out on the sabbath: for Jehoiada
the priest dismissed not the courses.
Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of hundreds spears, and
bucklers, and shields, that had been king David's, which were in the
house of God.
10 And he
set all the people, every man having his weapon in his hand, from the
right side of the temple to the left side of the temple, along by the
altar and the temple, by the king round about.
they brought out the king's son, and put upon him the crown, and gave
him the testimony, and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed
him, and said, God save the king.
when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the
king, she came to the people into the house of the LORD:
she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at the entering
in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king: and all the people of
the land rejoiced, and sounded with trumpets, also the singers with
instruments of musick, and such as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah
rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason.
Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds that were set
over the host, and said unto them, Have her forth of the ranges: and
whoso followeth her, let him be slain with the sword. For the priest
said, Slay her not in the house of the LORD.
15 So they laid hands on her; and when she was come to the entering of the horse gate by the king's house, they slew her there.
Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the people, and
between the king, that they should be the LORD's people.
all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it down, and brake
his altars and his images in pieces, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal
before the altars.
Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the LORD by the hand of
the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed in the house of the
LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the
law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, as it was ordained by
19 And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD, that none which was unclean in any thing should enter in.
20 And he
took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and the governors of the
people, and all the people of the land, and brought down the king from
the house of the LORD: and they came through the high gate into the
king's house, and set the king upon the throne of the kingdom.
21 And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was quiet, after that they had slain Athaliah with the sword.
was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years
in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Zibiah of Beersheba.
2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.
4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD.
5 And he
gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out
unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the
house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter.
Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.
6 And the
king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou
not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of
Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the
servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the
tabernacle of witness?
7 For the
sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God;
and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they
bestow upon Baalim.
8 And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD.
they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the
LORD the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in
10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.
11 Now it
came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king's
office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much
money, the king's scribe and the high priest's officer came and emptied
the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they
did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.
the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of
the house of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the
house of the LORD, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the
house of the LORD.
13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.
when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the
king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD,
even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels
of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the
LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.
15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.
they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had
done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.
17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.
they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves
and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their
19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.
the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest,
which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why
transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper?
because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you.
21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.
Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had
done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look
upon it, and require it.
23 And it
came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up
against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the
princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of
them unto the king of Damascus.
the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD
delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken
the LORD God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash.
when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,)
his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of
Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they
buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the
sepulchres of the kings.
these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an
Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.
concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and
the repairing of the house of God, behold, they are written in the
story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his
was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned
twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jehoaddan
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.
3 Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew his servants that had killed the king his father.
4 But he
slew not their children, but did as it is written in the law in the book
of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die
for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers, but
every man shall die for his own sin.
Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands,
and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers,
throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty
years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men,
able to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.
6 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver.
there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the army of
Israel go with thee; for the LORD is not with Israel, to wit, with all
the children of Ephraim.
8 But if
thou wilt go, do it; be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall
before the enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast down.
Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred
talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God
answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more than this.
Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to him out of
Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger was greatly kindled
against Judah, and they returned home in great anger.
Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the
valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir ten thousand.
other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah carry away
captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock, and cast them down
from the top of the rock, that they all were broken in pieces.
the soldiers of the army which Amaziah sent back, that they should not
go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah, from Samaria even
unto Bethhoron, and smote three thousand of them, and took much spoil.
14 Now it
came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the
Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them
up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned
incense unto them.
the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent unto him
a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of
the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand?
16 And it
came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said unto him, Art
thou made of the king's counsel? forbear; why shouldest thou be smitten?
Then the prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath determined to
destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto
Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash, the son of
Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us see one
another in the face.
Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle
that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give
thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that
was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.
sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine heart lifteth thee
up to boast: abide now at home; why shouldest thou meddle to thine
hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?
Amaziah would not hear; for it came of God, that he might deliver them
into the hand of their enemies, because they sought after the gods of
Joash the king of Israel went up; and they saw one another in the face,
both he and Amaziah king of Judah, at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to
22 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to his tent.
Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash,
the son of Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem, and
brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner
gate, four hundred cubits.
24 And he
took all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels that were found
in the house of God with Obededom, and the treasures of the king's
house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria.
25 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold, are they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?
after the time that Amaziah did turn away from following the LORD they
made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he fled to Lachish: but
they sent to Lachish after him, and slew him there.
28 And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.
1 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.
2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.
years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and
two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jecoliah of
4 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.
5 And he
sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the
visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to
6 And he
went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the wall
of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built
cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines.
7 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.
8 And the
Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even to the
entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.
Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the valley
gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them.
he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for he had much
cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and
vine dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.
Uzziah had an host of fighting men, that went out to war by bands,
according to the number of their account by the hand of Jeiel the scribe
and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king's
12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred.
under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand
and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king
against the enemy.
Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears,
and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones.
15 And he
made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers
and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his
name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was
when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he
transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the
LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.
17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:
they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not
unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the
sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the
sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine
honour from the LORD God.
Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and
while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his
forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the
Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and,
behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from
thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the LORD had smitten
Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a
several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the
LORD: and Jotham his son was over the king's house, judging the people
of the land.
22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.
Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in
the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He
is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.
was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned
sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jerushah, the
daughter of Zadok.
2 And he
did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that
his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the
LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.
3 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.
4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.
fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed against them.
And the children of Ammon gave him the same year an hundred talents of
silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley.
So much did the children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second year,
and the third.
6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.
7 Now the
rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars, and his ways, lo, they
are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
8 He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem.
9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.
was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen
years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of
the LORD, like David his father:
2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim.
he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his
children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the
LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.
4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and
they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and
brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of
the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.
Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand
in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the
LORD God of their fathers.
Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king's son, and
Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that was next to the
8 And the
children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren two hundred
thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil from
them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.
9 But a
prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out
before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold,
because the LORD God of your fathers was wroth with Judah, he hath
delivered them into your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage that
reacheth up unto heaven.
now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for
bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but are there not with you, even with
you, sins against the LORD your God?
hear me therefore, and deliver the captives again, which ye have taken
captive of your brethren: for the fierce wrath of the LORD is upon you.
certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the son of
Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son of
Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against them that came
from the war,
said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for whereas
we have offended against the LORD already, ye intend to add more to our
sins and to our trespass: for our trespass is great, and there is fierce
wrath against Israel.
14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes and all the congregation.
the men which were expressed by name rose up, and took the captives, and
with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed
them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and anointed
them, and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought them to
Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their brethren: then they returned
16 At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to help him.
17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried away captives.
Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low country, and of the
south of Judah, and had taken Bethshemesh, and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and
Shocho with the villages thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof,
Gimzo also and the villages thereof: and they dwelt there.
19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.
20 And Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him not.
Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD, and out of the
house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of
Assyria: but he helped him not.
22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz.
23 For he
sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said,
Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I
sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him,
and of all Israel.
Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in
pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the
house of the LORD, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem.
25 And in
every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto
other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God of his fathers.
the rest of his acts and of all his ways, first and last, behold, they
are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even in
Jerusalem: but they brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of
Israel: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.
began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned
nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Abijah,
the daughter of Zechariah.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.
3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.
4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street,
said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and
sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the
filthiness out of the holy place.
6 For our
fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of
the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their
faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs.
they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and
have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place
unto the God of Israel.
the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath
delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see
with your eyes.
9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.
10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.
sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before
him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn
the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of
Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites: and of the sons of Merari, Kish
the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of Jehalelel: and of the
Gershonites; Joah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah:
13 And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri, and Jeiel: and of the sons of Asaph; Zechariah, and Mattaniah:
14 And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shimei: and of the sons of Jeduthun; Shemaiah, and Uzziel.
they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves, and came,
according to the commandment of the king, by the words of the LORD, to
cleanse the house of the LORD.
the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD, to
cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the
temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the LORD. And the
Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron.
they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the
eighth day of the month came they to the porch of the LORD: so they
sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth day
of the first month they made an end.
they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said, We have cleansed all the
house of the LORD, and the altar of burnt offering, with all the vessels
thereof, and the shewbread table, with all the vessels thereof.
all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his
transgression, have we prepared and sanctified, and, behold, they are
before the altar of the LORD.
20 Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to the house of the LORD.
they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven
he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and
for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them
on the altar of the LORD.
they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and
sprinkled it on the altar: likewise, when they had killed the rams, they
sprinkled the blood upon the altar: they killed also the lambs, and
they sprinkled the blood upon the altar.
they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the king and
the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them:
the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood
upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king
commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made
for all Israel.
25 And he
set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries,
and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the
king's seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment of the
LORD by his prophets.
26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.
Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when
the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the
trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel.
all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the
trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was
29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.
Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise
unto the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they
sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.
Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have consecrated yourselves unto the
LORD, come near and bring sacrifices and thank offerings into the house
of the LORD. And the congregation brought in sacrifices and thank
offerings; and as many as were of a free heart burnt offerings.
the number of the burnt offerings, which the congregation brought, was
threescore and ten bullocks, an hundred rams, and two hundred lambs: all
these were for a burnt offering to the LORD.
33 And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.
the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt
offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till the
work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified themselves:
for the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than
also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace
offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So the
service of the house of the LORD was set in order.
36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.
Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim
and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at
Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel.
2 For the
king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation in
Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second month.
they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not
sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered
themselves together to Jerusalem.
4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation.
5 So they
established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from
Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the passover unto
the LORD God of Israel at Jerusalem: for they had not done it of a long
time in such sort as it was written.
6 So the
posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all
Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying,
Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac,
and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped
out of the hand of the kings of Assyria.
7 And be
not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed
against the LORD God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to
desolation, as ye see.
8 Now be
ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the
LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever:
and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn
away from you.
9 For if
ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find
compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come
again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful,
and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.
10 So the
posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and
Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked
11 Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.
in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the
commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the LORD.
there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of unleavened
bread in the second month, a very great congregation.
they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the
altars for incense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron.
they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and
the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and
brought in the burnt offerings into the house of the LORD.
they stood in their place after their manner, according to the law of
Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood, which they
received of the hand of the Levites.
there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified: therefore
the Levites had the charge of the killing of the passovers for every one
that was not clean, to sanctify them unto the LORD.
18 For a
multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar,
and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover
otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The
good LORD pardon every one
prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he
be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.
20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.
the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of
unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites and the
priests praised the LORD day by day, singing with loud instruments unto
Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught the good
knowledge of the LORD: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days,
offering peace offerings, and making confession to the LORD God of
23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept other seven days with gladness.
Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the congregation a thousand bullocks
and seven thousand sheep; and the princes gave to the congregation a
thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep: and a great number of priests
all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and all
the congregation that came out of Israel, and the strangers that came
out of the land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.
there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since the time of Solomon the son
of David king of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem.
the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice
was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even
when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the
cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the
groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah
and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly
destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man
to his possession, into their own cities.
Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites after
their courses, every man according to his service, the priests and
Levites for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister, and to
give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the LORD.
appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the burnt
offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the
burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set
feasts, as it is written in the law of the LORD.
he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of
the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of
5 And as
soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in
abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all
the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in
concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of
Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe
of holy things which were consecrated unto the LORD their God, and laid
them by heaps.
7 In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month.
8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the LORD, and his people Israel.
9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps.
Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him, and said,
Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the
LORD, we have had enough to eat, and have left plenty: for the LORD hath
blessed his people; and that which is left is this great store.
11 Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the LORD; and they prepared them,
brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated things
faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite was ruler, and Shimei his
brother was the next.
Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth, and Jozabad,
and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and Benaiah, were overseers under
the hand of Cononiah and Shimei his brother, at the commandment of
Hezekiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of the house of God.
Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter toward the east, was over
the freewill offerings of God, to distribute the oblations of the LORD,
and the most holy things.
next him were Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and
Shecaniah, in the cities of the priests, in their set office, to give
to their brethren by courses, as well to the great as to the small:
their genealogy of males, from three years old and upward, even unto
every one that entereth into the house of the LORD, his daily portion
for their service in their charges according to their courses;
to the genealogy of the priests by the house of their fathers, and the
Levites from twenty years old and upward, in their charges by their
18 And to
the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, and their sons,
and their daughters, through all the congregation: for in their set
office they sanctified themselves in holiness:
of the sons of Aaron the priests, which were in the fields of the
suburbs of their cities, in every several city, the men that were
expressed by name, to give portions to all the males among the priests,
and to all that were reckoned by genealogies among the Levites.
20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.
21 And in
every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the
law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his
heart, and prospered.
these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria
came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities,
and thought to win them for himself.
2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem,
3 He took
counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the
fountains which were without the city: and they did help him.
there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains,
and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should
the kings of Assyria come, and find much water?
5 Also he
strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was broken, and
raised it up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired Millo
in the city of David, and made darts and shields in abundance.
6 And he
set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him
in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them,
strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of
Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more
with us than with him:
him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and
to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of
Hezekiah king of Judah.
this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem,
(but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and all his power with him,)
unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah that were at Jerusalem,
10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem?
not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and
by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall deliver us out of the hand of
the king of Assyria?
not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, and
commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one
altar, and burn incense upon it?
ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the people of other
lands? were the gods of the nations of those lands any ways able to
deliver their lands out of mine hand?
was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly
destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God
should be able to deliver you out of mine hand?
therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner,
neither yet believe him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able
to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my
fathers: how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand?
16 And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God, and against his servant Hezekiah.
wrote also letters to rail on the LORD God of Israel, and to speak
against him, saying, As the gods of the nations of other lands have not
delivered their people out of mine hand, so shall not the God of
Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine hand.
they cried with a loud voice in the Jews' speech unto the people of
Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble them;
that they might take the city.
they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the
people of the earth, which were the work of the hands of man.
20 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.
the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and
the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he
returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he was come into
the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him
there with the sword.
the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand
of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and
guided them on every side.
many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah
king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from
24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.
Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for
his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon
Judah and Jerusalem.
Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon
them in the days of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour: and he made himself
treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and for
spices, and for shields, and for all manner of pleasant jewels;
28 Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks.
29 Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance: for God had given him substance very much.
same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought
it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah
prospered in all his works.
in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent
unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left
him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.
the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness, behold, they are
written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the
book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the chiefest of
the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Judah and the inhabitants
of Jerusalem did him honour at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned
in his stead.
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:
2 But did
that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like unto the
abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before the
children of Israel.
3 For he
built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down,
and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all
the host of heaven, and served them.
4 Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.
5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.
6 And he
caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of
Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used
witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he
wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
7 And he
set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God, of
which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house, and
in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I
put my name for ever:
will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I
have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all
that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes
and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.
Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do
worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children
10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.
the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of
Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with
fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,
prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his
supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then
Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.
after this he built a wall without the city of David, on the west side
of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish gate, and
compassed about Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, and put
captains of war in all the fenced cities of Judah.
15 And he
took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD,
and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the
LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city.
16 And he
repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace offerings
and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of
17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet unto the LORD their God only.
the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and the
words of the seers that spake to him in the name of the LORD God of
Israel, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel.
prayer also, and how God was intreated of him, and all his sins, and his
trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up
groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they are
written among the sayings of the seers.
20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.
21 Amon was two and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned two years in Jerusalem.
22 But he
did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his
father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images which Manasseh
his father had made, and served them;
23 And humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more.
24 And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house.
the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king
Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead.
1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.
2 And he
did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the
ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to
3 For in
the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek
after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to
purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the
carved images, and the molten images.
they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images,
that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the
carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust
of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto
5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.
6 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about.
when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had beaten the
graven images into powder, and cut down all the idols throughout all the
land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.
8 Now in
the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land, and the
house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of
the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house
of the LORD his God.
when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered the money that
was brought into the house of God, which the Levites that kept the
doors had gathered of the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the
remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and Benjamin; and they returned to
they put it in the hand of the workmen that had the oversight of the
house of the LORD, and they gave it to the workmen that wrought in the
house of the LORD, to repair and amend the house:
to the artificers and builders gave they it, to buy hewn stone, and
timber for couplings, and to floor the houses which the kings of Judah
the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them were Jahath
and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari; and Zechariah and
Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set it forward; and other
of the Levites, all that could skill of instruments of musick.
they were over the bearers of burdens, and were overseers of all that
wrought the work in any manner of service: and of the Levites there were
scribes, and officers, and porters.
when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the
LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the LORD given by
Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book
of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah delivered the book to
Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the king word back
again, saying, All that was committed to thy servants, they do it.
they have gathered together the money that was found in the house of the
LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and to the
hand of the workmen.
18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
19 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes.
the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the
son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the
enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in
Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great is the
wrath of the LORD that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have
not kept the word of the LORD, to do after all that is written in this
Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed, went to Huldah the
prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of Hasrah,
keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college:) and
they spake to her to that effect.
23 And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell ye the man that sent you to me,
saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the
inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book
which they have read before the king of Judah:
they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that
they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands;
therefore my wrath shall be poured out upon this place, and shall not be
26 And as
for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the LORD, so shall ye
say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel concerning the words
which thou hast heard;
thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when
thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants
thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes,
and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.
I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy
grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will
bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they
brought the king word again.
29 Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.
the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah,
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the Levites, and
all the people, great and small: and he read in their ears all the words
of the book of the covenant that was found in the house of the LORD.
the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the LORD, to
walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies,
and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform
the words of the covenant which are written in this book.
32 And he
caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it.
And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God,
the God of their fathers.
Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that
pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that were present in
Israel to serve, even to serve the LORD their God. And all his days they
departed not from following the LORD, the God of their fathers.
Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem: and they killed the
passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
2 And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the service of the house of the LORD,
said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the
LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king
of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve
now the LORD your God, and his people Israel,
prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your courses,
according to the writing of David king of Israel, and according to the
writing of Solomon his son.
stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the families of
the fathers of your brethren the people, and after the division of the
families of the Levites.
6 So kill
the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that
they may do according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids, all for the
passover offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty
thousand, and three thousand bullocks: these were of the king's
8 And his
princes gave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and to the
Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God,
gave unto the priests for the passover offerings two thousand and six
hundred small cattle and three hundred oxen.
also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and Hashabiah and Jeiel
and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave unto the Levites for passover
offerings five thousand small cattle, and five hundred oxen.
10 So the
service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place, and the
Levites in their courses, according to the king's commandment.
11 And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled the blood from their hands, and the Levites flayed them.
they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give according to the
divisions of the families of the people, to offer unto the LORD, as it
is written in the book of Moses. And so did they with the oxen.
they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance: but the
other holy offerings sod they in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans, and
divided them speedily among all the people.
afterward they made ready for themselves, and for the priests: because
the priests the sons of Aaron were busied in offering of burnt offerings
and the fat until night; therefore the Levites prepared for themselves,
and for the priests the sons of Aaron.
the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place, according to the
commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king's
seer; and the porters waited at every gate; they might not depart from
their service; for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.
16 So all
the service of the LORD was prepared the same day, to keep the
passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar of the LORD,
according to the commandment of king Josiah.
17 And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.
there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of
Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a
passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah
and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passover kept.
all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came
up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out
21 But he
sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king
of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house
wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee
from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.
Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he
might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from
the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.
23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.
servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the
second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he
died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all
Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.
Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing
women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them
an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the
26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his goodness, according to that which was written in the law of the LORD,
27 And his deeds, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
1 Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.
2 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.
3 And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned the land in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.
4 And the
king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem,
and turned his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother,
and carried him to Egypt.
was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned
eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight
of the LORD his God.
6 Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.
7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the LORD to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.
8 Now the
rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which he did, and
that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the
kings of Israel and Judah: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.
was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months
and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight
of the LORD.
when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to
Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of the LORD, and made
Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem.
11 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.
12 And he
did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and humbled
not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the
13 And he
also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by
God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto
the LORD God of Israel.
all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much
after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the
LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.
the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up
betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on
his dwelling place:
they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused
his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till
there was no remedy.
he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men
with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion
upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave
them all into his hand.
all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures
of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his
princes; all these he brought to Babylon.
they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and
burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly
them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where
they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of
fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had
enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath,
to fulfil threescore and ten years.
22 Now in
the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD
spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred
up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation
throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD
God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in
Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people?
The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.