II Chronicles 7-12
7[1-5] Now when Solomon had finished praying, the fire came down from heaven, and burnt up the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the brightness of Yahweh’s glory filled the house. The preachers couldn’t go into the Place of Worship of Yahweh, because the brightness of Yahweh filled God’s house. All the people of Israel looked on when the fire came down, and the glory of Yahweh was on the house; and they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped, and gave thanks to Yahweh, saying, God is good whose loving kindness lasts forever. Then the ruler and all the people offered sacrifices before Yahweh.
[5-8] King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 cows, and 120,000 sheep. So the ruler and all the people dedicated the house of God. The preachers stood, according to their offices; the Levites also with instruments of music of Yahweh, which David the ruler had made to give thanks to Yahweh, whose loving kindness lasts forever, when David praised God by their ministry; and the preachers sounded horns before them; and all Israel stood. Besides Solomon made the middle of the court holy that was before the Place of Worship of Yahweh because there he offered the burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar, which Solomon had made wasn’t able to hold the burnt offering, the meal offering, and the fat. So Solomon held the celebration at that time seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly, from the entrance of Hamath to the River of Egypt.
[9-11] On the 8th day they held a solemn assembly because they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the celebration seven days. On the 23rd day of the 7th month (Tishri Sept.-Oct.) he sent the people away to their tents, joyful and glad hearted for the goodness that Yahweh had shown to David and Solomon, and to Israel God’s people. So Solomon finished the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and the ruler’s house; and whatever came into Solomon’s heart to make in the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and in his own house, he finished well.
[12-16] Then Yahweh appeared to Solomon by night, saying to him, “I’ve heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for myself for a house of sacrifice. If I shut up the sky so that there’s no rain, or if I tell the locust to destroy the land, or if I send disease among My people; If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves, and pray, and turn to Me, and turn from their sinful ways; then I’ll hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. Now my eyes will see and my ears will hear the prayer that is made in this place. For now I’ve chosen and made this house holy, that My Name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there continually.
[17-22] As for you, if you’ll walk before me as David your father walked, and do according to what I’ve told you, and will keep My laws and My rules; then I’ll set up the throne of your land, as I promised David your father, saying, There won’t fail you someone to be ruler in Israel. But if you turn away from My laws and My words which I’ve set before you, and go and serve false gods, and worship them; then I’ll pluck the people up by the roots out of My land which I’ve given them; and this house, which I’ve made holy for My Name I’ll put out of My sight, and I’ll make it a saying and a mockery among all peoples. This house, which is so high, everyone who passes by it will be shocked, and say, ‘Why has Yahweh done this to this land and this house?’ And they’ll answer, ‘Because they left Yahweh, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and took hold of other gods, worshiping them and serving them; so God has brought all this evil on them.’”
8[1-6] At the end of 20 years, in which Solomon had built the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and his own house, the cities which Huram had given to Solomon, Solomon built them, and made the people of Israel to live there. Solomon went to Hamath Zobah, and was strong against it. He built Tadmor in the countryside, and all the storage cities, which he built in Hamath. He also built Beth Horon, the upper and the lower, protected cities, with walls, gates, and bars; and Baalath, and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and all the cities for his war vehicles, and the cities for his horse riders, and whatever Solomon wanted to build for his pleasure in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.
[7-11] As for all the people who were left of the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, who weren’t of Israel; of their children who were left after them in the land, whom the people of Israel didn’t kill, Solomon made them workers and taxed them to today. But of the people of Israel, Solomon didn’t make any workers for his work; but they were soldiers, and leader of his captains, and rulers of his war vehicles and of his horse riders. These were the head officers of Solomon, 250 who ruled over the people. Solomon brought the daughter of the Ruler of Egypt out of the city of David to the house that he had built for her because he said, “My wife won’t live in the house of David ruler of Israel, because the places are holy, where the Chest of Yahweh has come.”
[12 -15] Then Solomon offered burnt offerings to Yahweh on the altar of Yahweh, which he had built before the porch, as the duty of every day required, offering according to the word of Moses, on the Seventh Days, on the new moons, and on the set celebrations, three times in the year, even in the celebration of bread made without yeast, and in the celebration of weeks, and in the Celebration of Booths. He set, according to the rule of David his father, the divisions of the preachers to their service, and the Levites to their offices, to praise, and to minister before the preachers, as the duty of every day required; the doorkeepers also by their divisions at every gate as David the follower of God had told him. They didn’t change the word of the ruler to the preachers and Levites in any way, or change anything about the treasures.
[16-18] Now all the work of Solomon was done from the day of the foundation of the Place of Worship of Yahweh until it was finished. So the Place of Worship of Yahweh was finished. Then Solomon went to Ezion Geber, and to Eloth, on the seashore in the land of Edom (Arab nations). Huram sent him by the hands of his workers ships, and workers who had knowledge of the sea; and they came with the workers of Solomon to Ophir, and picked up from there 33,750 lbs of gold, and brought them to ruler Solomon.
9[1-4] When the Ruler of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great train of camels that had spices, and much gold, and precious stones; and when she had come to Solomon, she talked with him of what was in her heart. Solomon answered all her questions; and Solomon didn’t keep any secrets from her. When the Ruler of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, the food on the table, the seating of the servants, the attendance of his ministers and their clothing, his cup bearers and their clothing also, and the grand steps by which he went up to the Place of Worship of Yahweh; there was no more spirit in her.
[5-9] She said to the ruler, “It was true what I heard in my own land about your acts, and your wisdom. But I didn’t believe their words, until I came, and my eyes had seen it; and see, the half of the greatness of your wisdom wasn’t told me; you’re more famous than what I had heard. Happy are your people and Your workers, who stand continually before you, and hear your wisdom. Blessed be Yahweh, your God, who was pleased to set you on the throne, to be ruler for Yahweh, your God; because your God loved Israel, to set them up forever, so God made you ruler over them, to do justice and goodness.” She gave the ruler 9,000 lbs of gold, and many spices and precious stones; nor was there any spice like the ruler of Sheba gave to the ruler Solomon.
[10-12] The workers also of Huram and of Solomon, who brought the gold from Ophir, also brought algum trees, and precious stones. The ruler made of the algum trees porches for the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and for the ruler’s house, and harps and lyres for the singers; and there were none seen like this ever before in the land of Judah. King Solomon gave to the ruler of Sheba everything she wanted, whatever she asked for, besides what she had brought the ruler. So she went back to her own land, she and her workers.
[13-19] Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 49, 950 lbs (666 talents) of gold, besides what the traders and sales peoples brought; and all the rulers of Arabia and the governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon. King Solomon made 200 shields of beaten gold with 600 gold coins going into each shield. He also made 300 smaller shields of beaten gold with 300 gold coins going into each one; and the ruler put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon. Besides, the ruler made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and armrests on either side of the seat, and two lions standing beside them. There were 12 lions that stood on each side of the six steps; there wasn’t anything like it made in any country before.
[20-24] All ruler Solomon’s drinking cups were of gold, and all the dishes of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; silver wasn’t of any value in the days of Solomon. For the ruler had ships that went to Tarshish with the workers of Huram; the ships of Tarshish came once every three years, bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks. So ruler Solomon was greater than all the rulers of the earth in riches and wisdom. All the rulers of the earth went to Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. They brought their tax money, pots of silver and gold, clothing, armor, spices, horses, and mules, a set rate year by year.
[25-31] Solomon had 4,000 stalls of horses and war vehicles, and 12,000 riders that he had in the war vehicle cities and with the ruler at Jerusalem. He ruled over all the rulers from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. The ruler made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones and cedars as common as the sycamore trees that are in the lowland. They brought horses for Solomon out of Egypt, and out of all lands. Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, from the first to the last, are written in The History of Nathan the Preacher, and in The Preaching of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in The Visions of Iddo the Preacher about Jeroboam of Nebat. Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over all Israel for 40 years. Solomon died and was buried with his ancestors and was buried in the city of David his father; and Rehoboam his son ruled in his place.
10[1-5 Rehoboam went to Shechem because all Israel had come to Shechem to make him ruler. When Jeroboam of Nebat heard it, (for he was in Egypt, where he had run away from the ruler Solomon), he came back from Egypt. They sent and called him; and Jeroboam and all Israel came, and they said to Rehoboam, “Your father made our service very hard; So now make that very hard service of your father, and the hard jobs he put on us, lighter, and we’ll serve you. So he said to them, Come back to me after three days” and the people left.
[6-11] King Rehoboam counseled with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he still lived, saying, “What answer can you give me to say to these people?” They said to him, “If you’re kind to these people, and do what they want, and speak kindly to them, then they’ll be your workers forever. But he didn’t take the advice of the old men which they had given him, and counseled with the young men who had grown up with him, “Who stood before him.” He said to them, “What answer can you give me, that we may say to these people, who have said to me, ‘Make the service that your father put on us lighter?’” The young men who had grown up with him said to him, “You should tell the people who said to you, ‘Your father made our service hard, but make it lighter to us;’ you should say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s penis. Now while my father put on you a hard service, I’ll add more to your service; my father punished you with whips, but I’ll punish you with scorpions.’”
[12-19] So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the ruler had said, “Come back to me the third day.” The ruler answered them roughly; and he refused the advice of the old men, saying to them what the young men had said, “My father made your service hard, but I’ll add to it; my father punished you with whips, but I’ll punish you with scorpions.” So the ruler didn’t listen to the people because it was brought about of God that Yahweh would prove the word which was said by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam of Nebat. When all Israel saw that the ruler didn’t listen to them, the people answered him, saying, “What part do we have in David? nor do we have any part in the son of Jesse; everyone to your tents, Israel; now see to your own house, David.” So all Israel went to their tents. But as for the people of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam ruled over them. Then ruler Rehoboam sent Hadoram who was over their workers; and the people of Israel stoned him to death with stones. Ruler Rehoboam quickly got into his war vehicle, and ran to Jerusalem. So Israel rebelled against the house of David to today.
11[1 -4] When Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem, he gathered the people of Judah and Benjamin, 180,000 of the best soldiers, who were warriors, to fight against Israel, to take the country back for Rehoboam. But the word of Yahweh came to Shemaiah, the follower of God, saying, “Speak to Rehoboam, son of Solomon, ruler of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying, Yahweh says, You won’t go up, nor fight against your family members; everyone go back home because this thing is of Me. So they listened to the words of Yahweh, and didn’t fight against Jeroboam.
[5-13] Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem, and built cities for defense in Judah. He built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa, Beth Zur, Soco, Adullam, Gath, Mareshah, Ziph, Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah, Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin, all protected cities. He protected the strongholds, and put captains in them, and stores of food, and oil and wine. He put shields and spears in every city, and made them very strong. Judah and Benjamin belonged to him. The preachers and the Levites who were in all Israel came to him out of all their border.
[14-17] The Levites left their borders and their homes, and came to Judah and Jerusalem because Jeroboam and his sons threw them out so that they couldn’t do the preacher’s office for Yahweh; and he set up his own preachers for the places of false worship, and for the false gods, and the golden calves which he had made. After them, out of all the family groups of Israel, those that set their hearts to worship Yahweh, the God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice to Yahweh, the God of their ancestors. So they strengthened the land of Judah, and made Rehoboam of Solomon strong for three years because they walked three years in the way of David and Solomon.
[18 -23] Rehoboam took a wife, Mahalath, the daughter of Jerimoth, son of David and Abihail, the daughter of Eliab, son of Jesse; and she had Jeush, Shemariah, and Zaham. After her he took Maacah, the daughter of Absalom; and she had Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith. Rehoboam loved Maacah, the daughter of Absalom, more than all his other wives and his mistresses; (for he took 18 wives, and 60 mistresss, and had 28 sons and 60 daughters.) Rehoboam made Abijah, of Maacah, to be leader, even the head of his family because he thought to make him ruler. He dealt wisely, and put all his sons throughout all the lands of Judah and Benjamin, in every protected city; and he gave them much food. He searched for them many wives.
12[1-4] When Rehoboam had set up his country and he was strong, he stopped following the law of Yahweh, and all Israel with him. In the 5th year of ruler Rehoboam, Shishak, ruler of Egypt, came up against Jerusalem because they had sinned against Yahweh, with 1200 war vehicles, 60,000 riders, and so many people they couldn’t be counted, who came with him out of Egypt; the Lubim, the Sukkiim, and the Ethiopians. He took the protected cities which belonged to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.
[5-8] Now Shemaiah, the preacher, came to Rehoboam, and to the leaders of Judah, who were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, saying to them, “Yahweh says, You’ve left Me, so I have also left you in the hand of Shishak.” Then the leaders of Israel and the ruler humbled themselves and said, “Yahweh is good.” When Yahweh saw that they humbled themselves, the word of Yahweh came to Shemaiah, saying, “They’ve humbled themselves, so I won’t destroy them; but I’ll give them some victory, and My anger won’t be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. But they’ll be his workers, that they may know the difference between My service, and the service of the nations.
[9-12] So Shishak ruler of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away all the treasures of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and all the treasures of the ruler’s house; he also took away the shields of gold which Solomon had made. Ruler Rehoboam made in their place shields of brass, and put them in the hands of the leaders of the guard, who kept the door of the ruler’s house. As often as the ruler went into the Place of Worship of Yahweh, the guard came and had them, and brought them back into the guard room. When he humbled himself, the anger of Yahweh turned from him, so as not to destroy him altogether; and everthing went well in Judah.
[13-16] So Ruler Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and ruled. Rehoboam was 41 years old when he began to rule, and he ruled 17 years in Jerusalem, the city which Yahweh had chosen out of all the family groups of Israel, where God’s Name was; and his mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonitess. He did what was evil, because he didn’t set his heart to worship Yahweh Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are written in the histories of Shemaiah, the preacher, and of Iddo, the preacher, which lists the genealogies. There were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually. Rehoboam died, and was buried in the city of David; and Abijah his son ruled in his place.