The Book of 2 Chronicles
And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom,
and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.
2 Then 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.
3 So 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
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 Jerusalem.
5 Moreover 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.
6 And 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.
10 Give 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
11 And 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 king:
12 Wisdom 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
13 Then Solomon came from his journey to the high place
that was at Gibeon to Jerusalem, from before the tabernacle of the
congregation, and reigned over Israel.
14 And 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.
15 And 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 abundance.
16 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen
yarn: the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
17 And 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.
2 And 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.
3 And 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.
4 Behold, 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.
10 And, 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 oil.
11 Then 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 them.
12 Huram 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,
14 The 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
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 to Jerusalem.
17 And 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 hundred.
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
1 Then 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
2 And he began to build in the second day of the second
month, in the fourth year of his reign.
3 Now 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
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.
7 He 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
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.
11 And 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 cherub.
12 And 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
14 And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson,
and fine linen, and wrought cherubims thereon.
15 Also 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
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.
1 Moreover he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the
length thereof, and twenty cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits the
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.
3 And 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.
4 It 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
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
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.
9 Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the
great court, and doors for the court, and overlaid the doors of them with
10 And he set the sea on the right side of the east end,
over against the south.
11 And 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;
12 To 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
13 And 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
15 One sea, and twelve oxen under it.
16 The 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.
19 And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the
house of God, the golden altar also, and the tables whereon the shewbread
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;
22 And 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.
1 Thus 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.
2 Then 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.
5 And 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.
6 Also 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
9 And 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.
10 There 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 by course:
12 Also 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 trumpets:)
13 It 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
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
5 Since 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 people Israel:
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 heart:
9 Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy
son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for
10 The 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
13 For 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
14 And 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
15 Thou 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.
16 Now 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 before me.
17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be
verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.
18 But 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!
19 Have 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:
20 That 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
21 Hearken 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
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
23 Then 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
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;
25 Then 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 their fathers.
26 When 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
27 Then 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.
28 If 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 there be:
29 Then 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
30 Then 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
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.
32 Moreover 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
33 Then 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 name.
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
35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their
supplication, and maintain their cause.
36 If 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
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
38 If 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:
39 Then 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
41 Now 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.
1 Now 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.
3 And 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
4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices
before the LORD.
5 And 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 stood.
7 Moreover 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
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.
11 Thus 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.
12 And 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 sacrifice.
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
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
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto
the prayer that is made in this place.
16 For 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
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;
18 Then 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;
20 Then 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 nations.
21 And 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
3 And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against
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;
6 And 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 dominion.
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 Israel,
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 day.
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.
11 And 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,
13 Even 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
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.
15 And they departed not from the commandment of the king
unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the
16 Now 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.
18 And 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.
1 And 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:
6 Howbeit 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.
8 Blessed 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.
10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of
Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious
11 And 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.
12 And 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
13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year
was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold;
14 Beside 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.
16 And 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.
18 And 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
20 And 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 Solomon.
21 For 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.
24 And they brought every man his present, vessels of
silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and
mules, a rate year by year.
25 And 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.
27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and
cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the low plains in
28 And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and
out of all lands.
29 Now 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 of Nebat?
30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty
31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried
in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his
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,
4 Thy 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.
6 And 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?
7 And 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?
10 And 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 father's loins.
11 For 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 scorpions.
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
13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam
forsook the counsel of the old men,
14 And 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.
16 And 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 their tents.
17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the
cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18 Then 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
19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto
1 And 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 to Rehoboam.
2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of
3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah,
and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
4 Thus 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
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
13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel
resorted to him out of all their coasts.
14 For 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.
16 And 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.
17 So 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.
18 And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth
the son of David to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of
19 Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and
20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom;
which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
21 And 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
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
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 with him.
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 the LORD,
3 With 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.
5 Then 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.
7 And 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
8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may
know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.
9 So 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.
10 Instead 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 house.
11 And when the king entered into the house of the LORD,
the guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the guard
12 And 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.
13 So 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.
15 Now 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
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.
2 He 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 Jeroboam.
3 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 valour.
4 And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in
mount Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel;
5 Ought 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.
7 And 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
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 gods.
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:
11 And 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 forsaken him.
12 And, 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
14 And when Judah looked back, behold, the battle was
before and behind: and they cried unto the LORD, and the priests sounded
with the trumpets.
15 Then 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
18 Thus 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 fathers.
19 And 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.
1 So 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 ten years.
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
7 Therefore 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
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.
9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with
an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto
10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle
in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
11 And 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
12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before
Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.
13 And 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.
14 And 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
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 you.
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 countries.
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.
8 And 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 the LORD.
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
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
14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and
with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.
15 And 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.
16 And 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
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.
2 Then 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,
3 There 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
4 And 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.
6 Then 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 thine hand.
8 Were 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 have wars.
10 Then 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.
12 And 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.
14 And 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 had taken.
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.
5 Therefore 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.
8 And 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.
9 And 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 people.
10 And 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
11 Also 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
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.
14 And 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.
16 And 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.
2 And 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
3 And 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
4 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I
pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day.
5 Therefore 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 hand.
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 before them.
10 And 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 consumed.
11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to
Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of
12 And 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 good.
13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God
saith, that will I speak.
14 And 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
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
16 Then 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
17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not
tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil?
18 Again 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.
19 And 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,
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.
22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit
in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil against
23 Then 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 unto thee?
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
26 And 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 peace.
27 And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace,
then hath not the LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye
28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah
went up to Ramothgilead.
29 And 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
30 Now 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 wounded.
34 And 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.
2 And 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
3 Nevertheless 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.
4 And 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
7 Wherefore 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.
8 Moreover 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
9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the
fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
10 And 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.
11 And, 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
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.
2 Then 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
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and
Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
6 And 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
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 ever?
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary
therein for thy name, saying,
9 If, 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.
10 And 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
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.
14 Then 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
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, but God's.
16 To 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.
17 Ye 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.
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the
ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the
LORD, worshipping the LORD.
19 And 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.
20 And 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
21 And 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 ever.
22 And 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.
23 For 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
24 And 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.
25 And 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.
27 Then 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.
29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those
countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of
30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave
him rest round about.
31 And 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
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
33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet
the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their
34 Now 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.
37 Then 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.
1 Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried
with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his
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.
3 And 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.
4 Now 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.
7 Howbeit 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.
9 Then 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.
11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah
and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and
compelled Judah thereto.
12 And 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,
13 But 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
16 Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit
of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the
17 And 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.
20 Thirty 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 reigned.
2 Forty 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 Omri.
3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his
mother was his counsellor to do wickedly.
4 Wherefore 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.
5 He 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
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 the kingdom.
10 But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her
son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of
11 But 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
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.
2 And 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 Jerusalem.
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 doors;
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 out.
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.
9 Moreover 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.
11 Then 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.
12 Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running
and praising the king, she came to the people into the house of the
13 And 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.
14 Then 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
16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between
all the people, and between the king, that they should be the LORD's
17 Then 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.
18 Also 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 David.
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
21 And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city
was quiet, after that they had slain Athaliah with the sword.
1 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Zibiah of
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
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.
9 And 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 the wilderness.
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
12 And 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
14 And 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.
16 And they buried him in the city of David among the
kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his
17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of
Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto
18 And 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 trespass.
19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto
the LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give
20 And 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
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
22 Thus 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.
24 For 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
25 And 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.
26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad
the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a
27 Now 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 stead.
1 Amaziah 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 of Jerusalem.
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.
5 Moreover 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.
7 But 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.
9 And 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
10 Then 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
11 And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his
people, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir
12 And 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
13 But 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.
15 Wherefore 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 my counsel.
17 Then 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.
18 And 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.
19 Thou 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
20 But 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 Edom.
21 So 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 Judah.
22 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they
fled every man to his tent.
23 And 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
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
27 Now 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
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
2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the
king slept with his fathers.
3 Sixteen 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 Jerusalem.
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 prosper.
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
9 Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner
gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and
10 Also 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
11 Moreover 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 captains.
12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the
mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred.
13 And 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.
14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host
shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to
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 strong.
16 But 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:
18 And 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.
19 Then 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 incense altar.
20 And 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 him.
21 And 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.
23 So 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
1 Jotham 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.
5 He 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
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.
1 Ahaz 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.
3 Moreover 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.
5 Wherefore 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
6 For 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.
7 And 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 king.
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.
10 And 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?
11 Now 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.
12 Then 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,
13 And 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.
15 And 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 to Samaria.
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.
18 The 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
19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of
Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the
20 And Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and
distressed him, but strengthened him not.
21 For 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.
24 And 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
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
26 Now 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
27 And 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
1 Hezekiah 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,
5 And 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
7 Also 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.
8 Wherefore 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.
11 My 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 incense.
12 Then 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.
15 And 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.
16 And 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
17 Now 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.
18 Then 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
19 Moreover 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.
21 And 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.
22 So 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.
23 And they brought forth the he goats for the sin
offering before the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands
24 And 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.
27 And 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
28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers
sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt
offering was finished.
29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and
all that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.
30 Moreover 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.
31 Then 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
32 And 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
33 And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and
three thousand sheep.
34 But 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 the priests.
35 And 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.
1 And 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
2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all
the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second
3 For 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
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 them.
11 Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of
Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.
12 Also 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
13 And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep
the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great
14 And 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.
15 Then 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.
16 And 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.
17 For 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
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
19 That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of
his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of
20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the
21 And 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 the LORD.
22 And 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 their fathers.
23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven
days: and they kept other seven days with gladness.
24 For 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 sanctified themselves.
25 And 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,
26 So 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
27 Then 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 unto heaven.
1 Now 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.
2 And 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
3 He 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
4 Moreover 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 the LORD.
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 abundantly.
6 And 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.
10 And 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
11 Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the
house of the LORD; and they prepared them,
12 And 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.
13 And 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
14 And 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.
15 And 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:
16 Beside 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
17 Both 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 courses;
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:
19 Also 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
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.
1 After 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
4 So 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
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, saying,
7 Be 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:
8 With 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.
9 After 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, saying,
10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye
trust, that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem?
11 Doth 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?
12 Hath 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?
13 Know 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?
14 Who 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?
15 Now 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
16 And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God,
and against his servant Hezekiah.
17 He 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.
18 Then 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.
19 And 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
20 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet
Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.
21 And 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.
22 Thus 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.
23 And 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 thenceforth.
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
25 But 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.
26 Notwithstanding 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.
27 And 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
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
30 This 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.
31 Howbeit 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.
32 Now 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.
33 And 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:
8 Neither 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.
9 So 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 of Israel.
10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but
they would not hearken.
11 Wherefore 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,
13 And 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.
14 Now 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
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 Israel.
17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high
places, yet unto the LORD their God only.
18 Now 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
19 His 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.
25 But 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 the left.
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.
4 And 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 them.
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.
7 And 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.
9 And 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 Jerusalem.
10 And 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:
11 Even 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 had destroyed.
12 And 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
13 Also 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.
14 And 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 Moses.
15 And 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.
16 And 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.
17 And 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
19 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words
of the law, that he rent his clothes.
20 And 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 king's, saying,
21 Go, 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 book.
22 And 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,
24 Thus 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:
25 Because 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 quenched.
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;
27 Because 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.
28 Behold, 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.
30 And 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.
31 And 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
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.
33 And 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
1 Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in
Jerusalem: and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the first
2 And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged
them to the service of the house of the LORD,
3 And 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,
4 And 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.
5 And 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.
7 And 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
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.
9 Conaniah 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
10 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in
their place, and the Levites in their courses, according to the king's
11 And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled
the blood from their hands, and the Levites flayed them.
12 And 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
13 And 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
14 And 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.
15 And 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
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
18 And 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
19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this
20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple,
Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates: and
Josiah went out against him.
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.
22 Nevertheless 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.
24 His 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.
25 And 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 lamentations.
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
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.
5 Jehoiakim 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.
9 Jehoiachin 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.
10 And 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
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 LORD.
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.
14 Moreover 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.
15 And 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:
16 But 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.
17 Therefore 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.
18 And 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.
19 And 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 vessels thereof.
20 And 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 Persia:
21 To 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,
23 Thus 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.