Bible: 1 Kings 1-11
Adonijah Tries to Seize the Throne
1:1 King David was very old; 1 even when they covered him with blankets, 2 he could not get warm. 1:2 His servants advised 3 him, “A young virgin must be found for our master, the king, 4 to take care of the king’s needs 5 and serve as his nurse. She can also sleep with you 6 and keep our master, the king, warm.” 7 1:3 So they looked through all Israel 8 for a beautiful young woman and found Abishag, a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 1:4 The young woman was very beautiful; she became the king’s nurse and served him, but the king did not have sexual relations with her. 9
1:5 Now Adonijah, son of David and Haggith, 10 was promoting himself, 11 boasting, 12 “I will be king!” He managed to acquire 13 chariots and horsemen, as well as fifty men to serve as his royal guard. 14 1:6 (Now his father had never corrected 15 him 16 by saying, “Why do you do such things?” He was also very handsome and had been born right after Absalom. 17 ) 1:7 He collaborated 18 with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they supported 19 him. 20 1:8 But Zadok the priest, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and David’s elite warriors 21 did not ally themselves 22 with Adonijah. 1:9 Adonijah sacrificed sheep, cattle, and fattened steers at the Stone of Zoheleth near En Rogel. He invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, 23 as well as all the men of Judah, the king’s servants. 1:10 But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the elite warriors, 24 or his brother Solomon.
1:11 Nathan said to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, “Has it been reported to you 25 that Haggith’s son Adonijah has become king behind our master David’s back? 26 1:12 Now 27 let me give you some advice as to how 28 you can save your life and your son Solomon’s life. 1:13 Visit 29 King David and say to him, ‘My master, O king, did you not solemnly promise 30 your servant, “Surely your son Solomon will be king after me; he will sit on my throne”? So why has Adonijah become king?’ 1:14 While 31 you are still there speaking to the king, I will arrive 32 and verify your report.” 33
1:15 So Bathsheba visited the king in his private quarters. 34 (The king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was serving the king.) 1:16 Bathsheba bowed down on the floor before 35 the king. The king said, “What do you want?” 1:17 She replied to him, “My master, you swore an oath to your servant by the
1:22 Just then, 44 while she was still speaking to the king, Nathan the prophet arrived. 1:23 The king was told, “Nathan the prophet is here.” Nathan entered and bowed before the king with his face to the floor. 45 1:24 Nathan said, “My master, O king, did you announce, ‘Adonijah will be king after me; he will sit on my throne’? 1:25 For today he has gone down and sacrificed many cattle, steers, and sheep and has invited all the king’s sons, the army commanders, and Abiathar the priest. At this moment 46 they are having a feast 47 in his presence, and they have declared, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’ 48 1:26 But he did not invite me – your servant – or Zadok the priest, or Benaiah son of Jehoiada, or your servant Solomon. 1:27 Has my master the king authorized this without informing your servants 49 who should succeed my master the king on his throne?” 50
David Picks Solomon as His Successor
1:28 King David responded, 51 “Summon Bathsheba!” 52 She came and stood before the king. 53 1:29 The king swore an oath: “As certainly as the
1:32 King David said, “Summon Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, 57 and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.” They came before the king, 1:33 and he 58 told them, “Take your master’s 59 servants with you, put my son Solomon on my mule, and lead him down to Gihon. 60 1:34 There Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet will anoint 61 him king over Israel; then blow the trumpet and declare, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ 1:35 Then follow him up as he comes and sits on my throne. He will be king in my place; I have decreed 62 that he will be ruler over Israel and Judah.” 1:36 Benaiah son of Jehoiada responded 63 to the king: “So be it! 64 May the
1:38 So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites, and the Pelethites 67 went down, put Solomon on King David’s mule, and led him to Gihon. 1:39 Zadok the priest took a horn filled with olive oil 68 from the tent and poured it on 69 Solomon; the trumpet was blown and all the people declared, “Long live King Solomon!” 1:40 All the people followed him up, playing flutes and celebrating so loudly they made the ground shake. 70
1:41 Now Adonijah and all his guests heard the commotion just as they had finished eating. 71 When Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he asked, “Why is there such a noisy commotion in the city?” 72 1:42 As he was still speaking, Jonathan 73 son of Abiathar the priest arrived. Adonijah said, “Come in, for 74 an important man like you must be bringing good news.” 75 1:43 Jonathan replied 76 to Adonijah: “No! 77 Our master 78 King David has made Solomon king. 1:44 The king sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites, and the Pelethites and they put him on the king’s mule. 1:45 Then Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointed 79 him king in Gihon. They went up from there rejoicing, and the city is in an uproar. That is the sound you hear. 1:46 Furthermore, Solomon has assumed the royal throne. 80 1:47 The king’s servants have even come to congratulate 81 our master 82 King David, saying, ‘May your God 83 make Solomon more famous than you and make him an even greater king than you!’ 84 Then the king leaned 85 on the bed 1:48 and said 86 this: ‘The
1:49 All of Adonijah’s guests panicked; 89 they jumped up and rushed off their separate ways. 1:50 Adonijah feared Solomon, so he got up and went and grabbed hold of the horns of the altar. 90 1:51 Solomon was told, “Look, Adonijah fears you; 91 see, he has taken hold of the horns of the altar, saying, ‘May King Solomon solemnly promise 92 me today that he will not kill his servant with the sword.’” 1:52 Solomon said, “If he is a loyal subject, 93 not a hair of his head will be harmed, but if he is found to be a traitor, 94 he will die.” 1:53 King Solomon sent men to bring him down 95 from the altar. He came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon told him, “Go home.” 96
David’s Final Words to Solomon
2:1 When David was close to death, 97 he told 98 Solomon his son: 2:2 “I am about to die. 99 Be strong and become a man! 2:3 Do the job the
2:5 “You know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me – how he murdered two commanders of the Israelite armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. 110 During peacetime he struck them down like he would in battle; 111 when he shed their blood as if in battle, he stained his own belt and the sandals on his feet. 112 2:6 Do to him what you think is appropriate, 113 but don’t let him live long and die a peaceful death. 114
2:8 “Note well, you still have to contend with Shimei son of Gera, the Benjaminite from Bahurim, 118 who tried to call down upon me a horrible judgment when I went to Mahanaim. 119 He came down and met me at the Jordan, and I solemnly promised 120 him by the
Solomon Secures the Throne
2:12 Solomon sat on his father David’s throne, and his royal authority 128 was firmly solidified.
2:13 Haggith’s son Adonijah visited Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother. She asked, “Do you come in peace?” He answered, “Yes.” 129 2:14 He added, 130 “I have something to say to you.” She replied, “Speak.” 2:15 He said, “You know that the kingdom 131 was mine and all Israel considered me king. 132 But then the kingdom was given to my brother, for the
2:19 So Bathsheba visited King Solomon to speak to him on Adonijah’s behalf. The king got up to greet 138 her, bowed to her, and then sat on his throne. He ordered a throne to be brought for the king’s mother, 139 and she sat at his right hand. 2:20 She said, “I would like to ask you for just one small favor. 140 Please don’t refuse me.” 141 He said, 142 “Go ahead and ask, my mother, for I would not refuse you.” 2:21 She said, “Allow Abishag the Shunammite to be given to your brother Adonijah as a wife.” 2:22 King Solomon answered his mother, “Why just request Abishag the Shunammite for him? 143 Since he is my older brother, you should also request the kingdom for him, for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab son of Zeruiah!”
2:23 King Solomon then swore an oath by the
2:26 The king then told Abiathar the priest, “Go back to your property 149 in Anathoth. You deserve to die, 150 but today I will not kill you because you did carry the ark of the sovereign
2:28 When the news reached Joab (for Joab had supported 154 Adonijah, although he had not supported Absalom), he 155 ran to the tent of the
2:36 Next the king summoned 169 Shimei and told him, “Build yourself a house in Jerusalem 170 and live there – but you may not leave there to go anywhere! 171 2:37 If you ever do leave and cross the Kidron Valley, know for sure that you will certainly die! You will be responsible for your own death.” 172 2:38 Shimei said to the king, “My master the king’s proposal is acceptable. 173 Your servant will do as you say.” 174 So Shimei lived in Jerusalem for a long time. 175
2:39 Three years later two of Shimei’s servants ran away to King Achish son of Maacah of Gath. Shimei was told, “Look, your servants are in Gath.” 2:40 So Shimei got up, saddled his donkey, and went to Achish at Gath to find his servants; Shimei went and brought back his servants from Gath. 2:41 When Solomon was told that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath and had then returned, 2:42 the king summoned 176 Shimei and said to him, “You will recall 177 that I made you take an oath by the
So Solomon took firm control of the kingdom. 186
The Lord Gives Solomon Wisdom
3:1 Solomon made an alliance by marriage with Pharaoh, king of Egypt; he married Pharaoh’s daughter. He brought her to the City of David 187 until he could finish building his residence and the temple of the
3:4 The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for it had the most prominent of the high places. 193 Solomon would offer up 194 a thousand burnt sacrifices on the altar there. 3:5 One night in Gibeon the
Solomon Demonstrates His Wisdom
3:16 Then two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 3:17 One of the women said, “My master, this woman and I live in the same house. I had a baby while she was with me in the house. 3:18 Then three days after I had my baby, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one else in the house except the two of us. 227 3:19 This woman’s child suffocated 228 during the night when she rolled 229 on top of him. 3:20 She got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side, while your servant was sleeping. She put him in her arms, and put her dead son in my arms. 3:21 I got up in the morning to nurse my son, and there he was, 230 dead! But when I examined him carefully in the morning, I realized it was not my baby.” 231 3:22 The other woman said, “No! My son is alive; your son is dead!” But the first woman replied, “No, your son is dead; my son is alive.” Each presented her case before the king. 232
3:23 The king said, “One says, ‘My son is alive; your son is dead,’ while the other says, ‘No, your son is dead; my son is alive.’” 3:24 The king ordered, “Get me a sword!” So they placed a sword before the king. 3:25 The king then said, “Cut the living child in two, and give half to one and half to the other!” 3:26 The real mother 233 spoke up to the king, for her motherly instincts were aroused. 234 She said, “My master, give her the living child! Whatever you do, don’t kill him!” 235 But the other woman said, “Neither one of us will have him! Let them cut him in two!” 3:27 The king responded, “Give the first woman the living child; don’t kill him. She is the mother.” 3:28 When all Israel heard about the judicial decision which the king had rendered, they respected 236 the king, for they realized 237 that he possessed supernatural wisdom 238 to make judicial decisions.
Solomon’s Royal Court and Administrators
4:1 King Solomon ruled over all Israel. 4:2 These were his officials:
Azariah son of Zadok was the priest.
4:3 Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, wrote down what happened. 239
Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was in charge of the records.
4:4 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was commander of 240 the army.
Zadok and Abiathar were priests.
4:5 Azariah son of Nathan was supervisor of 241 the district governors.
Zabud son of Nathan was a priest and adviser to 242 the king.
4:6 Ahishar was supervisor of the palace. 243
4:7 Solomon had twelve district governors appointed throughout Israel who acquired supplies for the king and his palace. Each was responsible for one month in the year. 4:8 These were their names:
Ben-Hur was in charge of the hill country of Ephraim.
4:9 Ben-Deker was in charge of Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh, and Elon Beth Hanan.
4:10 Ben-Hesed was in charge of Arubboth; he controlled Socoh and all the territory of Hepher.
4:11 Ben-Abinadab was in charge of Naphath Dor. (He was married to Solomon’s daughter Taphath.)
4:12 Baana son of Ahilud was in charge of Taanach and Megiddo, 246 as well as all of Beth Shan next to Zarethan below Jezreel, from Beth Shan to Abel Meholah and on past Jokmeam.
4:13 Ben-Geber was in charge of Ramoth Gilead; he controlled the tent villages of Jair son of Manasseh in Gilead, as well as the region of Argob in Bashan, including sixty large walled cities with bronze bars locking their gates.
4:14 Ahinadab son of Iddo was in charge of Mahanaim.
4:15 Ahimaaz was in charge of Naphtali. (He married Solomon’s daughter Basemath.)
4:16 Baana son of Hushai was in charge of Asher and Aloth.
4:17 Jehoshaphat son of Paruah was in charge of Issachar.
4:18 Shimei son of Ela was in charge of Benjamin.
4:19 Geber son of Uri was in charge of the land of Gilead (the territory which had once belonged to King Sihon of the Amorites and to King Og of Bashan). He was sole governor of the area.
Solomon’s Wealth and Fame
4:20 The people of Judah and Israel were as innumerable as the sand on the seashore; they had plenty to eat and drink and were happy. 4:21 247 Solomon ruled all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River 248 to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. These kingdoms paid tribute as Solomon’s subjects throughout his lifetime. 249 4:22 Each day Solomon’s royal court consumed 250 thirty cors 251 of finely milled flour, sixty cors of cereal, 4:23 ten calves fattened in the stall, 252 twenty calves from the pasture, and a hundred sheep, not to mention rams, gazelles, deer, and well-fed birds. 4:24 His royal court was so large because 253 he ruled over all the kingdoms west of the Euphrates River from Tiphsah 254 to Gaza; he was at peace with all his neighbors. 255 4:25 All the people of Judah and Israel had security; everyone from Dan to Beer Sheba enjoyed the produce of their vines and fig trees throughout Solomon’s lifetime. 256 4:26 Solomon had 4,000 257 stalls for his chariot horses and 12,000 horses. 4:27 The district governors acquired supplies for King Solomon and all who ate in his royal palace. 258 Each was responsible for one month in the year; they made sure nothing was lacking. 4:28 Each one also brought to the assigned location his quota of barley and straw for the various horses. 259
4:29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment; the breadth of his understanding 260 was as infinite as the sand on the seashore. 4:30 Solomon was wiser than all the men of the east and all the sages of Egypt. 261 4:31 He was wiser than any man, including Ethan the Ezrahite or Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol. He was famous in all the neighboring nations. 262 4:32 He composed 263 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. 4:33 He produced manuals on botany, describing every kind of plant, 264 from the cedars of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows on walls. He also produced manuals on biology, describing 265 animals, birds, insects, and fish. 4:34 People from all nations came to hear Solomon’s display of wisdom; 266 they came from all the kings of the earth who heard about his wisdom.
Solomon Gathers Building Materials for the Temple
5:1 267 King Hiram of Tyre 268 sent messengers 269 to Solomon when he heard that he had been anointed king in his father’s place. (Hiram had always been an ally of David.) 5:2 Solomon then sent this message to Hiram: 5:3 “You know that my father David was unable to build a temple to honor the
5:7 When Hiram heard Solomon’s message, he was very happy. He said, “The
5:10 So Hiram supplied the cedars and evergreens Solomon needed, 281 5:11 and Solomon supplied Hiram annually with 20,000 cors 282 of wheat as provision for his royal court, 283 as well as 20,000 baths 284 of pure 285 olive oil. 286 5:12 So the
5:13 King Solomon conscripted 288 work crews 289 from throughout Israel, 30,000 men in all. 5:14 He sent them to Lebanon in shifts of 10,000 men per month. They worked in Lebanon for one month, and then spent two months at home. Adoniram was supervisor of 290 the work crews. 5:15 Solomon also had 70,000 common laborers 291 and 80,000 stonecutters 292 in the hills, 5:16 besides 3,300 293 officials who supervised the workers. 294 5:17 By royal order 295 they supplied large valuable stones in order to build the temple’s foundation with chiseled stone. 5:18 Solomon’s and Hiram’s construction workers, 296 along with men from Byblos, 297 did the chiseling and prepared the wood and stones for the building of the temple. 298
The Building of the Temple
6:1 In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites left Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, during the month Ziv 299 (the second month), he began building the
6:14 So Solomon finished building the temple. 326 6:15 He constructed the walls inside the temple with cedar planks; he paneled the inside with wood from the floor of the temple to the rafters 327 of the ceiling. He covered the temple floor with boards made from the wood of evergreens. 6:16 He built a wall 30 feet in from the rear of the temple as a partition for an inner sanctuary that would be the most holy place. 328 He paneled the wall with cedar planks from the floor to the rafters. 329 6:17 The main hall in front of the inner sanctuary was 60 feet long. 330 6:18 The inside of the temple was all cedar and was adorned with carvings of round ornaments and of flowers in bloom. Everything was cedar; no stones were visible. 331
6:19 He prepared the inner sanctuary inside the temple so that the ark of the covenant of the
6:23 In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubs of olive wood; each stood 15 feet 338 high. 6:24 Each of the first cherub’s wings was seven and a half feet long; its entire wingspan was 15 feet. 339 6:25 The second cherub also had a wingspan of 15 feet; it was identical to the first in measurements and shape. 340 6:26 Each cherub stood 15 feet high. 341 6:27 He put the cherubs in the inner sanctuary of the temple. 342 Their wings were spread out. One of the first cherub’s wings touched one wall and one of the other cherub’s wings touched the opposite wall. The first cherub’s other wing touched the second cherub’s other wing in the middle of the room. 343 6:28 He plated the cherubs with gold.
6:29 On all the walls around the temple, inside and out, 344 he carved 345 cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom. 6:30 He plated the floor of the temple with gold, inside and out. 346 6:31 He made doors of olive wood at the entrance to the inner sanctuary; the pillar on each doorpost was five-sided. 347 6:32 On the two doors made of olive wood he carved 348 cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom, and he plated them with gold. 349 He plated the cherubs and the palm trees with hammered gold. 350 6:33 In the same way he made doorposts of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall, only with four-sided pillars. 351 6:34 He also made 352 two doors out of wood from evergreens; each door had two folding leaves. 353 6:35 He carved cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom and plated them with gold, leveled out over the carvings. 6:36 He built the inner courtyard with three rows of chiseled stones and a row of cedar beams.
6:37 In the month Ziv 354 of the fourth year of Solomon’s reign 355 the foundation was laid for the
The Building of the Royal Palace
7:1 Solomon took thirteen years to build his palace. 358 7:2 He named 359 it “The Palace of the Lebanon Forest”; 360 it was 150 feet 361 long, 75 feet 362 wide, and 45 feet 363 high. It had four rows of cedar pillars and cedar beams above the pillars. 7:3 The roof above the beams supported by the pillars was also made of cedar; there were forty-five beams, fifteen per row. 7:4 There were three rows of windows arranged in sets of three. 364 7:5 All of the entrances 365 were rectangular in shape 366 and they were arranged in sets of three. 367 7:6 He made a colonnade 368 75 feet 369 long and 45 feet 370 wide. There was a porch in front of this and pillars and a roof in front of the porch. 371 7:7 He also made a throne room, called “The Hall of Judgment,” where he made judicial decisions. 372 It was paneled with cedar from the floor to the rafters. 373 7:8 The palace where he lived was constructed in a similar way. 374 He also constructed a palace like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had married. 375 7:9 All of these were built with the best 376 stones, chiseled to the right size 377 and cut with a saw on all sides, 378 from the foundation to the edge of the roof 379 and from the outside to the great courtyard. 7:10 The foundation was made of large valuable stones, measuring either 15 feet or 12 feet. 380 7:11 Above the foundation 381 the best 382 stones, chiseled to the right size, 383 were used along with cedar. 7:12 Around the great courtyard were three rows of chiseled stones and one row of cedar beams, like the inner courtyard of the
Solomon Commissions Hiram to Supply the Temple
7:13 King Solomon sent for Hiram 385 of Tyre. 386 7:14 He was the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, 387 and his father was a craftsman in bronze from Tyre. He had the skill and knowledge 388 to make all kinds of works of bronze. He reported to King Solomon and did all the work he was assigned.
7:15 He fashioned two bronze pillars; each pillar was 27 feet 389 high and 18 feet 390 in circumference. 7:16 He made two bronze tops for the pillars; each was seven-and-a-half feet high. 391 7:17 The latticework on the tops of the pillars was adorned with ornamental wreaths and chains; the top of each pillar had seven groupings of ornaments. 392 7:18 When he made the pillars, there were two rows of pomegranate-shaped ornaments around the latticework covering the top of each pillar. 393 7:19 The tops of the two pillars in the porch were shaped like lilies and were six feet high. 394 7:20 On the top of each pillar, right above the bulge beside the latticework, there were two hundred pomegranate-shaped ornaments arranged in rows all the way around. 395 7:21 He set up the pillars on the porch in front of the main hall. He erected one pillar on the right 396 side and called it Jakin; 397 he erected the other pillar on the left 398 side and called it Boaz. 399 7:22 The tops of the pillars were shaped like lilies. So the construction of the pillars was completed.
7:23 He also made the large bronze basin called “The Sea.” 400 It measured 15 feet 401 from rim to rim, was circular in shape, and stood seven-and-a-half feet 402 high. Its circumference was 45 feet. 403 7:24 Under the rim all the way around it 404 were round ornaments 405 arranged in settings 15 feet long. 406 The ornaments were in two rows and had been cast with “The Sea.” 407 7:25 “The Sea” stood on top of twelve bulls. Three faced northward, three westward, three southward, and three eastward. “The Sea” was placed on top of them, and they all faced outward. 408 7:26 It was four fingers thick and its rim was like that of a cup shaped like a lily blossom. It could hold about 12,000 gallons. 409
7:27 He also made ten bronze movable stands. Each stand was six feet 410 long, six feet 411 wide, and four-and-a-half feet 412 high. 7:28 The stands were constructed with frames between the joints. 7:29 On these frames and joints were ornamental lions, bulls, and cherubs. Under the lions and bulls were decorative wreaths. 413 7:30 Each stand had four bronze wheels with bronze axles and four supports. Under the basin the supports were fashioned on each side with wreaths. 414 7:31 Inside the stand was a round opening that was a foot-and-a-half deep; it had a support that was two and one-quarter feet long. 415 On the edge of the opening were carvings in square frames. 416 7:32 The four wheels were under the frames and the crossbars of the axles were connected to the stand. Each wheel was two and one-quarter feet 417 high. 7:33 The wheels were constructed like chariot wheels; their crossbars, rims, spokes, and hubs were made of cast metal. 7:34 Each stand had four supports, one per side projecting out from the stand. 418 7:35 On top of each stand was a round opening three-quarters of a foot deep; 419 there were also supports and frames on top of the stands. 7:36 He engraved ornamental cherubs, lions, and palm trees on the plates of the supports and frames wherever there was room, 420 with wreaths 421 all around. 7:37 He made the ten stands in this way. All of them were cast in one mold and were identical in measurements and shape.
7:38 He also made ten bronze basins, each of which could hold about 240 gallons. 422 Each basin was six feet in diameter; 423 there was one basin for each stand. 7:39 He put five basins on the south side of the temple and five on the north side. He put “The Sea” on the south side, in the southeast corner.
7:40 Hiram also made basins, shovels, and bowls. He 424 finished all the work on the
7:48 Solomon also made all these items for the
Solomon Moves the Ark into the Temple
Then Solomon convened in Jerusalem 434 Israel’s elders, all the leaders of the Israelite tribes and families, so they could witness the transferal of the ark of the
8:6 The priests brought the ark of the
8:12 Then Solomon said, “The
Solomon Prays for Israel
8:22 Solomon stood before the altar of the
8:27 “God does not really live on the earth! 472 Look, if the sky and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this temple I have built! 8:28 But respond favorably to 473 your servant’s prayer and his request for help, O
8:31 “When someone is accused of sinning against his neighbor and the latter pronounces a curse on the alleged offender before your altar in this temple, be willing to forgive the accused if the accusation is false. 482 8:32 Listen from heaven and make a just decision about your servants’ claims. Condemn the guilty party, declare the other innocent, and give both of them what they deserve. 483
8:33 “The time will come when 484 your people Israel are defeated by an enemy 485 because they sinned against you. If they come back to you, renew their allegiance to you, 486 and pray for your help 487 in this temple, 8:34 then listen from heaven, forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them back to the land you gave to their ancestors.
8:35 “The time will come when 488 the skies are shut up tightly and no rain falls because your people 489 sinned against you. When they direct their prayers toward this place, renew their allegiance to you, 490 and turn away from their sin because you punish 491 them, 8:36 then listen from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Certainly 492 you will then teach them the right way to live 493 and send rain on your land that you have given your people to possess. 494
8:37 “The time will come when the land suffers from a famine, a plague, blight and disease, or a locust 495 invasion, or when their enemy lays siege to the cities of the land, 496 or when some other type of plague or epidemic occurs. 8:38 When all your people Israel pray and ask for help, 497 as they acknowledge their pain 498 and spread out their hands toward this temple, 8:39 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place, forgive their sin, 499 and act favorably toward each one based on your evaluation of his motives. 500 (Indeed you are the only one who can correctly evaluate the motives of all people.) 501 8:40 Then they will obey 502 you throughout their lifetimes as 503 they live on the land you gave to our ancestors.
8:41 “Foreigners, who do not belong to your people Israel, will come from a distant land because of your reputation. 504 8:42 When they hear about your great reputation 505 and your ability to accomplish mighty deeds, 506 they will come and direct their prayers toward this temple. 8:43 Then listen from your heavenly dwelling place and answer all the prayers of the foreigners. 507 Then all the nations of the earth will acknowledge your reputation, 508 obey 509 you like your people Israel do, and recognize that this temple I built belongs to you. 510
8:44 “When you direct your people to march out and fight their enemies, 511 and they direct their prayers to the
8:46 “The time will come when your people 516 will sin against you (for there is no one who is sinless!) and you will be angry with them and deliver them over to their enemies, who will take them as prisoners to their own land, 517 whether far away or close by. 8:47 When your people 518 come to their senses 519 in the land where they are held prisoner, they will repent and beg for your mercy in the land of their imprisonment, admitting, ‘We have sinned and gone astray; 520 we have done evil.’ 8:48 When they return to you with all their heart and being 521 in the land where they are held prisoner, 522 and direct their prayers to you toward the land you gave to their ancestors, your chosen city, and the temple I built for your honor, 523 8:49 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place to their prayers for help 524 and vindicate them. 525 8:50 Forgive all the rebellious acts of your sinful people and cause their captors to have mercy on them. 526 8:51 After all, 527 they are your people and your special possession 528 whom you brought out of Egypt, from the middle of the iron-smelting furnace. 529
8:52 “May you be attentive 530 to your servant’s and your people Israel’s requests for help and may you respond to all their prayers to you. 531 8:53 After all, 532 you picked them out of all the nations of the earth to be your special possession, 533 just as you, O sovereign
8:54 When Solomon finished presenting all these prayers and requests to the
Solomon Dedicates the Temple
8:62 The king and all Israel with him were presenting sacrifices to the
The Lord Gives Solomon a Promise and a Warning
9:1 After Solomon finished building the
9:6 “But if you or your sons ever turn away from me, fail to obey the regulations and rules I instructed you to keep, 563 and decide to serve and worship other gods, 564 9:7 then I will remove Israel from the land 565 I have given them, I will abandon this temple I have consecrated with my presence, 566 and Israel will be mocked and ridiculed 567 among all the nations. 9:8 This temple will become a heap of ruins; 568 everyone who passes by it will be shocked and will hiss out their scorn, 569 saying, ‘Why did the
Foreign Affairs and Building Projects
9:10 After twenty years, during which Solomon built the
9:15 Here are the details concerning the work crews 580 King Solomon conscripted 581 to build the
9:25 Three times a year Solomon offered burnt offerings and peace offerings 597 on the altar he had built for the
9:26 King Solomon also built ships 599 in Ezion Geber, which is located near Elat in the land of Edom, on the shore of the Red Sea. 9:27 Hiram sent his fleet and some of his sailors, who were well acquainted with the sea, to serve with Solomon’s men. 600 9:28 They sailed 601 to Ophir, took from there four hundred twenty talents 602 of gold, and then brought them to King Solomon.
Solomon Entertains a Queen
10:1 When the queen of Sheba heard about Solomon, 603 she came to challenge 604 him with difficult questions. 605 10:2 She arrived in Jerusalem 606 with a great display of pomp, 607 bringing with her camels carrying spices, 608 a very large quantity of gold, and precious gems. She visited Solomon and discussed with him everything that was on her mind. 10:3 Solomon answered all her questions; there was no question too complex for the king. 609 10:4 When the queen of Sheba saw for herself Solomon’s extensive wisdom, 610 the palace 611 he had built, 10:5 the food in his banquet hall, 612 his servants and attendants, 613 their robes, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings which he presented in the
10:14 Solomon received 666 talents 628 of gold per year, 629 10:15 besides what he collected from the merchants, 630 traders, Arabian kings, and governors of the land. 10:16 King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; 600 measures 631 of gold were used for each shield. 10:17 He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold; three minas 632 of gold were used for each of these shields. The king placed them in the Palace of the Lebanon Forest. 633
10:18 The king made a large throne decorated with ivory and overlaid it with pure gold. 10:19 There were six steps leading up to the throne, and the back of it was rounded on top. The throne had two armrests with a statue of a lion standing on each side. 634 10:20 There were twelve statues of lions on the six steps, one lion at each end of each step. There was nothing like it in any other kingdom. 635
10:21 All of King Solomon’s cups were made of gold, and all the household items in the Palace of the Lebanon Forest were made of pure gold. There were no silver items, for silver was not considered very valuable in Solomon’s time. 636 10:22 Along with Hiram’s fleet, the king had a fleet of large merchant ships 637 that sailed the sea. Once every three years the fleet 638 came into port with cargoes of 639 gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks. 640
10:23 King Solomon was wealthier and wiser than any of the kings of the earth. 641 10:24 Everyone 642 in the world wanted to visit Solomon to see him display his God-given wisdom. 643 10:25 Year after year visitors brought their gifts, which included items of silver, items of gold, clothes, perfume, spices, horses, and mules. 644
10:26 Solomon accumulated 645 chariots and horses. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horses. He kept them in assigned cities and in Jerusalem. 646 10:27 The king made silver as plentiful 647 in Jerusalem as stones; cedar was 648 as plentiful as sycamore fig trees are in the lowlands. 649 10:28 Solomon acquired his horses from Egypt 650 and from Que; the king’s traders purchased them from Que. 10:29 They paid 600 silver pieces for each chariot from Egypt and 150 silver pieces for each horse. They also sold chariots and horses to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of Syria. 651
The Lord Punishes Solomon for Idolatry
11:1 King Solomon fell in love with many foreign women (besides Pharaoh’s daughter), including Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites. 11:2 They came from nations about which the
11:3 He had 700 royal wives 655 and 300 concubines; 656 his wives had a powerful influence over him. 657 11:4 When Solomon became old, his wives shifted his allegiance to 658 other gods; he was not wholeheartedly devoted to the
11:23 God also brought against Solomon 692 another enemy, Rezon son of Eliada who had run away from his master, King Hadadezer of Zobah. 11:24 He gathered some men and organized a raiding band. 693 When David tried to kill them, 694 they went to Damascus, where they settled down and gained control of the city. 11:25 He was Israel’s enemy throughout Solomon’s reign and, like Hadad, caused trouble. He loathed 695 Israel and ruled over Syria.
11:26 Jeroboam son of Nebat, one of Solomon’s servants, rebelled against 696 the king. He was an Ephraimite 697 from Zeredah whose mother was a widow named Zeruah. 11:27 This is what prompted him to rebel against the king: 698 Solomon built a terrace and he closed up a gap in the wall of the city of his father David. 699 11:28 Jeroboam was a talented man; 700 when Solomon saw that the young man was an accomplished worker, he made him the leader of the work crew from the tribe 701 of Joseph. 11:29 At that time, when Jeroboam had left Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite met him on the road; the two of them were alone in the open country. Ahijah 702 was wearing a brand new robe, 11:30 and he grabbed the robe 703 and tore it into twelve pieces. 11:31 Then he told Jeroboam, “Take ten pieces, for this is what the
Solomon’s Reign Ends
11:41 The rest of the events of Solomon’s reign, including all his accomplishments and his wise decisions, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of Solomon. 720 11:42 Solomon ruled over all Israel from Jerusalem 721 for forty years. 11:43 Then Solomon passed away 722 and was buried in the city of his father David. 723 His son Rehoboam replaced him as king. 724