Chapters: 1 2 3 4 5
|Now king David was old and stricken in years; and
they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.
|Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be
sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the
king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my
lord the king may get heat.
|So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the
coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the
|And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the
king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.
|Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself,
saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and
fifty men to run before him.
|And his father had not displeased him at any time in
saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and
his mother bare him after Absalom.
|And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and
with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.
|But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of
Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty
men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.
|And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by
the stone of Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, and called all his brethren
the king's sons, and all the men of Judah the king's servants:
|But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty
men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.
|Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bathsheba the mother of
Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith
doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?
|Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee
counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son
|Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto
him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying,
Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my
throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?
|Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king,
I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.
|And Bathsheba went in unto the king into the
chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite
ministered unto the king.
|And Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the
king. And the king said, What wouldest thou?
|And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the
LORD thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son
shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.
|And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord
the king, thou knowest it not:
|And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in
abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the
priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath
he not called.
|And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel
are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne
of my lord the king after him.
|Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the
king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be
|And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan
the prophet also came in.
|And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the
prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself
before the king with his face to the ground.
|And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said,
Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?
|For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen
and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king's
sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and,
behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Adonijah.
|But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest,
and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not
|Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou
hast not showed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my
lord the king after him?
|Then king David answered and said, Call me
Bathsheba. And she came into the king's presence, and stood before the
|And the king sware, and said, As the LORD liveth,
that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress,
|Even as I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel,
saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit
upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day.
|Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and
did reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live for
|And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and
Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came
before the king.
|The king also said unto them, Take with you the
servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own
mule, and bring him down to Gihon:
|And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet
anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and
say, God save king Solomon.
|Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come
and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have
appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.
|And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king,
and said, Amen: the LORD God of my lord the king say so too.
|As the LORD hath been with my lord the king, even so
be he with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my
lord king David.
|So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites,
went down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David's mule, and
brought him to Gihon.
|And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the
tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the
people said, God save king Solomon.
|And all the people came up after him, and the people
piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent
with the sound of them.
|And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him
heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the
sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city being
in an uproar?
|And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan the son of
Abiathar the priest came: and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for thou
art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings.
|And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily
our lord king David hath made Solomon king.
|And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest,
and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the
Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have caused him to ride upon
the king's mule:
|And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have
anointed him king in Gihon: and they are come up from thence rejoicing,
so that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have heard.
|And also Solomon sitteth on the throne of the
|And moreover the king's servants came to bless our
lord king David, saying, God make the name of Solomon better than thy
name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. And the king bowed
himself upon the bed.
|And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God
of Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes
even seeing it.
|And all the guests that were with Adonijah were
afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way.
|And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose,
and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
|And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah
feareth king Solomon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the
altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me to day that he will not
slay his servant with the sword.
|And Solomon said, If he will show himself a worthy
man, there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness
shall be found in him, he shall die.
|So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from
the altar. And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon: and Solomon
said unto him, Go to thine house.
|Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die;
and he charged Solomon his son, saying,
|I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong
therefore, and show thyself a man;
|And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in
his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments,
and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou
mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest
|That the LORD may continue his word which he spake
concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk
before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there
shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.
|Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of
Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of
Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether,
whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of
war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were
on his feet.
|Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not
his hoar head go down to the grave in peace.
|But show kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the
Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they
came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother.
|And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of
Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in
the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan,
and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death
with the sword.
|Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a
wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar
head bring thou down to the grave with blood.
|So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in
the city of David.
|And the days that David reigned over Israel were
forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three
years reigned he in Jerusalem.
|Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his
father; and his kingdom was established greatly.
|And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba
the mother of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said,
|He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee.
And she said, Say on.
|And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine,
and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit
the kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother's: for it was his
from the LORD.
|And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And
she said unto him, Say on.
|And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the
king, (for he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the
Shunammite to wife.
|And Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto
|Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak
unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed
himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be
set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand.
|Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee;
I pray thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my
mother: for I will not say thee nay.
|And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to
Adonijah thy brother to wife.
|And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother,
And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him
the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for
Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.
|Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, saying, God do
so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against
his own life.
|Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath
established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and who
hath made me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death
|And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son
of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.
|And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee
to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I
will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of
the Lord GOD before David my father, and because thou hast been
afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.
|So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest
unto the LORD; that he might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he spake
concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.
|Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after
Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the
tabernacle of the LORD, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
|And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto
the tabernacle of the LORD; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then
Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him.
|And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and
said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I
will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus
said Joab, and thus he answered me.
|And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and
fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent
blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father.
|And the LORD shall return his blood upon his own
head, who fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew
them with the sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to wit, Abner
the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of
Jether, captain of the host of Judah.
|Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of
Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon
his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace
for ever from the LORD.
|So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell
upon him, and slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the
|And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his
room over the host: and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of
|And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said
unto him, Build thee an house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not
forth thence any whither.
|For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and
passest over the brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou
shalt surely die: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.
|And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good:
as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt
in Jerusalem many days.
|And it came to pass at the end of three years, that
two of the servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king
of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in Gath.
|And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to
Gath to Achish to seek his servants: and Shimei went, and brought his
servants from Gath.
|And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from
Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again.
|And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said
unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the LORD, and protested unto
thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest
abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? and thou saidst unto me,
The word that I have heard is good.
|Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the LORD,
and the commandment that I have charged thee with?
|The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all
the wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to David
my father: therefore the LORD shall return thy wickedness upon thine own
|And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of
David shall be established before the LORD for ever.
|So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada;
which went out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was
established in the hand of Solomon.
|And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of
Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of
David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house
of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.
|Only the people sacrificed in high places, because
there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.
|And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes
of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high
|And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for
that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon
offer upon that altar.
|In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by
night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
|And Solomon said, Thou hast showed unto thy servant
David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in
truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and
thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a
son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
|And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant
king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not
how to go out or come in.
|And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which
thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted
|Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to
judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is
able to judge this thy so great a people?
|And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had
asked this thing.
|And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this
thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked
riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast
asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
|Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I
have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was
none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto
|And I have also given thee that which thou hast not
asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the
kings like unto thee all thy days.
|And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my
statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will
lengthen thy days.
|And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And
he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the
LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and
made a feast to all his servants.
|Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto
the king, and stood before him.
|And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman
dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the
|And it came to pass the third day after that I was
delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together;
there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.
|And this woman's child died in the night; because
she overlaid it.
|And she arose at midnight, and took my son from
beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and
laid her dead child in my bosom.
|And when I rose in the morning to give my child
suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning,
behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
|And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my
son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy
son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.
|Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son
that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy
son is the dead, and my son is the living.
|And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they
brought a sword before the king.
|And the king said, Divide the living child in two,
and give half to the one, and half to the other.
|Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto
the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord,
give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said,
Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.
|Then the king answered and said, Give her the living
child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
|And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king
had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of
God was in him, to do judgment.
|So king Solomon was king over all Israel.
|And these were the princes which he had; Azariah the
son of Zadok the priest,
|Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes;
Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder.
|And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the host: and
Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:
|And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers;
and Zabud the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king's friend:
|And Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the
son of Abda was over the tribute.
|And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which
provided victuals for the king and his household: each man his month in a
year made provision.
|And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount
|The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and
Bethshemesh, and Elonbethhanan:
|The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to him pertained Sochoh,
and all the land of Hepher:
|The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; which
had Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife:
|Baana the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and
Megiddo, and all Bethshean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from
Bethshean to Abelmeholah, even unto the place that is beyond Jokneam:
|The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead; to him pertained
the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him also
pertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore great cities
with walls and brazen bars:
|Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mahanaim:
|Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the
daughter of Solomon to wife:
|Baanah the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth:
|Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar:
|Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin:
|Geber the son of Uri was in the country of Gilead, in
the country of Sihon king of the Amorites, and of Og king of Bashan; and
he was the only officer which was in the land.
|Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by
the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.
|And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river
unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they
brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life.
|And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty
measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal,
|Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and
an hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and fatted
|For he had dominion over all the region on this side
the river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this side the
river: and he had peace on all sides round about him.
|And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his
vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of
|And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for
his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.
|And those officers provided victual for king Solomon,
and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month:
they lacked nothing.
|Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries
brought they unto the place where the officers were, every man according
to his charge.
|And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding
exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the
|And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the
children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
|For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite,
and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in
all nations round about.
|And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs
were a thousand and five.
|And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in
Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also
of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.
|And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of
Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.
|And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto
Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of
his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David.
|And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,
|Thou knowest how that David my father could not
build an house unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were
about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the soles of his
|But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every
side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.
|And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the
name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spake unto David my father, saying,
Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall build an
house unto my name.
|Now therefore command thou that they hew me cedar
trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and
unto thee will I give hire for thy servants according to all that thou
shalt appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among us any that can
skill to hew timber like unto the Sidonians.
|And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of
Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the LORD this
day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great people.
|And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered
the things which thou sentest to me for: and I will do all thy desire
concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir.
|My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto
the sea: and I will convey them by sea in floats unto the place that
thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be discharged there, and
thou shalt receive them: and thou shalt accomplish my desire, in giving
food for my household.
|So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees
according to all his desire.
|And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of
wheat for food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil: thus
gave Solomon to Hiram year by year.
|And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised
him: and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a
|And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel;
and the levy was thirty thousand men.
|And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month by
courses: a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home: and
Adoniram was over the levy.
|And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that
bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;
|Beside the chief of Solomon's officers which were
over the work, three thousand and three hundred, which ruled over the
people that wrought in the work.
|And the king commanded, and they brought great
stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the
|And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did hew
them, and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build
|And it came to pass in the four hundred and
eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of
Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month
Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the
|And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD,
the length thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty
cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits.
|And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty
cubits was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house;
and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.
|And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.
|And against the wall of the house he built chambers
round about, against the walls of the house round about, both of the
temple and of the oracle: and he made chambers round about:
|The nethermost chamber was five cubits broad, and
the middle was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad:
for without in the wall of the house he made narrowed rests round about,
that the beams should not be fastened in the walls of the house.
|And the house, when it was in building, was built of
stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was
neither hammer nor ax nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it
was in building.
|The door for the middle chamber was in the right
side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle
chamber, and out of the middle into the third.
|So he built the house, and finished it; and covered
the house with beams and boards of cedar.
|And then he built chambers against all the house,
five cubits high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.
|And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying,
|Concerning this house which thou art in building, if
thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my
commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee,
which I spake unto David thy father:
|And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and
will not forsake my people Israel.
|So Solomon built the house, and finished it.
|And he built the walls of the house within with
boards of cedar, both the floor of the house, and the walls of the
ceiling: and he covered them on the inside with wood, and covered the
floor of the house with planks of fir.
|And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the
house, both the floor and the walls with boards of cedar: he even built
them for it within, even for the oracle, even for the most holy place.
|And the house, that is, the temple before it, was
forty cubits long.
|And the cedar of the house within was carved with
knops and open flowers: all was cedar; there was no stone seen.
|And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to
set there the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
|And the oracle in the forepart was twenty cubits in
length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the height
thereof: and he overlaid it with pure gold; and so covered the altar
which was of cedar.
|So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold:
and he made a partition by the chains of gold before the oracle; and he
overlaid it with gold.
|And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he
had finished all the house: also the whole altar that was by the oracle
he overlaid with gold.
|And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive
tree, each ten cubits high.
|And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and
five cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the
one wing unto the uttermost part of the other were ten cubits.
|And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the
cherubims were of one measure and one size.
|The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so
was it of the other cherub.
|And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and
they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the
one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the
other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the
|And he overlaid the cherubims with gold.
|And he carved all the walls of the house round about
with carved figures of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, within
|And the floor of the house he overlaid with gold,
within and without.
|And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of
olive tree: the lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the wall.
|The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved
upon them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and
overlaid them with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims, and upon
the palm trees.
|So also made he for the door of the temple posts of
olive tree, a fourth part of the wall.
|And the two doors were of fir tree: the two leaves
of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were
|And he carved thereon cherubims and palm trees and
open flowers: and covered them with gold fitted upon the carved work.
|And he built the inner court with three rows of
hewed stone, and a row of cedar beams.
|In the fourth year was the foundation of the house
of the LORD laid, in the month Zif:
|And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is
the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts
thereof, and according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years
in building it.
|But Solomon was building his own house thirteen
years, and he finished all his house.
|He built also the house of the forest of Lebanon;
the length thereof was an hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty
cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar
pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars.
|And it was covered with cedar above upon the beams,
that lay on forty five pillars, fifteen in a row.
|And there were windows in three rows, and light was
against light in three ranks.
|And all the doors and posts were square, with the
windows: and light was against light in three ranks.
|And he made a porch of pillars; the length thereof
was fifty cubits, and the breadth thereof thirty cubits: and the porch
was before them: and the other pillars and the thick beam were before
|Then he made a porch for the throne where he might
judge, even the porch of judgment: and it was covered with cedar from
one side of the floor to the other.
|And his house where he dwelt had another court
within the porch, which was of the like work. Solomon made also an house
for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken to wife, like unto this porch.
|All these were of costly stones, according to the
measures of hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and without, even from
the foundation unto the coping, and so on the outside toward the great
|And the foundation was of costly stones, even great
stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits.
|And above were costly stones, after the measures of
hewed stones, and cedars.
|And the great court round about was with three rows
of hewed stones, and a row of cedar beams, both for the inner court of
the house of the LORD, and for the porch of the house.
|And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.
|He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and
his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with
wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And
he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.
|For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits
high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them
|And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set
upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five
cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits:
|And nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work,
for the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the
one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.
|And he made the pillars, and two rows round about
upon the one network, to cover the chapiters that were upon the top,
with pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter.
|And the chapiters that were upon the top of the
pillars were of lily work in the porch, four cubits.
|And the chapiters upon the two pillars had
pomegranates also above, over against the belly which was by the
network: and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon
the other chapiter.
|And he set up the pillars in the porch of the
temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof
Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz.
|And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so
was the work of the pillars finished.
|And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one
brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five
cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
|And under the brim of it round about there were
knops compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the
knops were cast in two rows, when it was cast.
|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.
|And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim
thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it
contained two thousand baths.
|And he made ten bases of brass; four cubits was the
length of one base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and three
cubits the height of it.
|And the work of the bases was on this manner: they
had borders, and the borders were between the ledges:
|And on the borders that were between the ledges were
lions, oxen, and cherubims: and upon the ledges there was a base above:
and beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions made of thin work.
|And every base had four brazen wheels, and plates of
brass: and the four corners thereof had undersetters: under the laver
were undersetters molten, at the side of every addition.
|And the mouth of it within the chapiter and above
was a cubit: but the mouth thereof was round after the work of the base,
a cubit and an half: and also upon the mouth of it were gravings with
their borders, foursquare, not round.
|And under the borders were four wheels; and the
axletrees of the wheels were joined to the base: and the height of a
wheel was a cubit and half a cubit.
|And the work of the wheels was like the work of a
chariot wheel: their axletrees, and their naves, and their felloes, and
their spokes, were all molten.
|And there were four undersetters to the four corners
of one base: and the undersetters were of the very base itself.
|And in the top of the base was there a round compass
of half a cubit high: and on the top of the base the ledges thereof and
the borders thereof were of the same.
|For on the plates of the ledges thereof, and on the
borders thereof, he graved cherubims, lions, and palm trees, according
to the proportion of every one, and additions round about.
|After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them
had one casting, one measure, and one size.
|Then made he ten lavers of brass: one laver
contained forty baths: and every laver was four cubits: and upon every
one of the ten bases one laver.
|And he put five bases on the right side of the
house, and five on the left side of the house: and he set the sea on the
right side of the house eastward over against the south.
|And Hiram made the lavers, and the shovels, and the
basins. So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he made king
Solomon for the house of the LORD:
|The two pillars, and the two bowls of the chapiters
that were on the top of the two pillars; and the two networks, to cover
the two bowls of the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars;
|And four hundred pomegranates for the two networks,
even two rows of pomegranates for one network, to cover the two bowls of
the chapiters that were upon the pillars;
|And the ten bases, and ten lavers on the bases;
|And one sea, and twelve oxen under the sea;
|And the pots, and the shovels, and the basins: and
all these vessels, which Hiram made to king Solomon for the house of the
LORD, were of bright brass.
|In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in
the clay ground between Succoth and Zarthan.
|And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because
they were exceeding many: neither was the weight of the brass found out.
|And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto
the house of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold,
whereupon the showbread was,
|And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right
side, and five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the
lamps, and the tongs of gold,
|And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basins, and
the spoons, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold, both
for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors
of the house, to wit, of the temple.
|So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for
the house of the LORD. And Solomon brought in the things which David his
father had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels,
did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD.