The Book of the Rulers (Kings) 1 6-10


The Book of the Rulers (Kings) 1

 

     6[1-3] In the 480th year after the people of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, in the 4th year of Solomon’s rule over Israel (966 BC), in the month Ziv, which is the second month (Ziv, Iyar, Apr-May), that he began to build the Place of Worship of Yahweh. The house which Ruler Solomon built for Yahweh, its was 90’ long, 30’ wide, and 45 high. The porch in front of the house of the Place of Worship, was 30’ long, like the width of the house; and 15’ wide in front of the house.         For the house he made windows of  slanted lattice work.

[5-10] Against the wall of the house he built stories around, against the walls of the house all around, both of the Place of Worship and of the inner sanctuary; and he made side rooms all around. The first story was 7 ½’ wide, the middle was 9’ wide, and the third was 10 ½ ’ wide because on the outside he made offsets in the outside wall of the house all around, that the beams wouldn’t be put in the walls of the house. When the house was being built, it was built of stone made ready at the quarry; and there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house while it was being built. The door for the middle side rooms was in the right side of the house; and they went up by winding stairs into the middle story, and out of the middle into the third. So he built the house, and finished it; and he covered the house with posts and planks of cedar.        He built the stories against all the sides of the house, each 7 ½ ‘ high; and they rested on the house with cedar beams.

[11-16] The word of Yahweh came to Solomon, saying, “About this house which you’re building, if you’ll keep My laws, and follow My rules, and keep all My words to follow them; then I’ll confirm My word with you, which I said to David, your father. I’ll live among the people of Israel, and won’t leave My people Israel.” So Solomon built the house, and finished it. He built the walls of the house inside with posts of cedar; from the floor of the house to the walls of the ceiling, he covered them on the inside with wood; and he covered the floor of the house with planks of fir. He built a 30’ room on the back side of the house with posts of cedar from the floor to the walls of the ceiling; he built them for it inside, for an inner sanctuary, for the Most Holy Place.

[17-22] The house, that is, the Place of Worship, in front of the inner sanctuary was 60’ long. There was cedar on the inside, carved with buds and open flowers; all of it was cedar; no stone was seen. He made an inner sanctuary in the middle of the house inside, to put the Chest of Promise of Yahweh. Within the inner sanctuary was a space 30’ long, 30’ wide, and 30’ high; and he covered it with pure gold; and he covered the altar with cedar. Solomon covered the house inside with pure gold; and he pulled chains of gold across in front of the inner sanctuary and covered it with gold. The whole house he covered with gold, until all the house was finished; also the whole altar that was in the inner sanctuary he covered with gold.

[23-29] In the inner sanctuary he made two angelic winged creatures (cherubim)  of olive wood, each 15’ high. Each wing of the cherubwas 7 ½’ long; from the tip of the one wing to the tip of the other was 15’. The other cherub was 15’; both the angelic winged creatures were the same measure and form. They were 15 feet high. He set the cherubim within the inner room; and their wings were stretched out, so that the wing of the one touched one wall, and the wing of the other touched the other wall; and their wings touched each other in the middle of the room. He covered the cherubim with gold. He carved all the walls of the house around with carved figures of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, inside and outside.

[30-37] The floor of the house he covered with gold, inside and outside. For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood; the top beam and door posts were a fifth of the wall. So he made two doors of olive wood; and he carved on them carvings of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, and covered them with gold; and he spread the gold on the cherubim, and on the palm trees. So he made for the entrance of the Place of Worship door posts of olive wood, in a fourth of the wall; and two doors of fir wood; the two leaves of each door folded in the middle to make two folding doors.       He carved on it cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers; and he covered them with gold fitted on the engraved work. He built the inner court with three courses of cut stone, and a course of cedar posts. In the 4th year the foundation of the Place of Worship of Yahweh was laid, in the 2nd month Ziv. In the 11th year, in the month Bul (Cheshvan, Oct-Nov), which is the 8th month, the house was completely finished, according to its design. So he spent seven years building it.

 

     7[1-5] Solomon was building his own house 13 years, and he finished all his house. He built the house with wood from the forest of Lebanon; it was150’ long, 75’ wide, and 45’ high, on four rows of cedar pillars with cedar beams on the pillars.          It was covered with cedar above over the beams, that were on the 45 pillars; 15 to a row. There were posts in three rows, and window was opposite window in three stories. All the doors and posts were made square with the beams; and window was opposite window in three stories.

[6-12] He made the hall of pillars; it was 75’ long and 45’ wide; and a porch in front of them with pillars and a doorway in front.         He made the throneroom where he was to judge, the hall of judgment; and it was covered with cedar from floor to ceiling. His house where he was to live, the other court within the hall, was of the same work. He also made a house for the Ruler of Egypt’s daughter (whom Solomon had taken as wife), like this one. All these were of costly stones, of stone cut to size, sawed with saws, inside and outside, even from the foundation to the cap stones, and so on the outside to the great court.    The foundation was of costly stones, very large stones, some 15’, and some 12’.  Above them were costly stones, stones cut to size, and cedar wood. The great court had three courses of cut stone around it, and a course of cedar posts; like the inner court of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and the porch of the house.

[13-18] Ruler Solomon sent for Hiram out of Tyre. He was the son of a death survivor of the family group of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass; and he was very knowledgeable and skilfulll to make all kinds of things in brass. He came to Ruler Solomon, and did all his work. He designed the two pillars of brass, 27’ high; and an 18’ line  around them.                He made two capitals of molded brass, to set on the tops of the pillars; each capital was 7 ½’ high. There were nets of lattice, and circles of chain work, for the capitals which were on the top of the pillars; seven for each capital. So he made the pillars with two rows around on the lattice, to cover each of the capitals that were on top of the pillars.

[19-22] The capitals that were on the top of the pillars in the porch were 6’ and shaped like a lily. The two capitals above the two pillars had pomegranates close by the rounded belly which was beside the lattice; and there were 200 pomegranates in rows around each. He put up the pillars at the porch of the Place of Worship; and he put up the right pillar, and called its name Jachin; and he put up the left pillar, and called its name Boaz. The top of the pillars was shaped like a lily; so the work of the pillars was finished.

[23-26] He made the molded sea of 15’ from brim to brim, round, and it was 7 ½’ high; and it was 45’ around it. Under its brim, raised cows surrounded it, ten every 18”, surrounding the sea; the cows were put in two rows when it was made. It stood on 12 sculpted cows, three each looking north, west, south, and east; and the sea was set on top of them, and all their hinds were inward. It was a 3” thick; and its brim was made like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily; it held 12,000 gallons.

[27-39] He made the ten bases of brass; 6’ long, 6’ wide, and 4 ½’ high. The bases were made this way; they had borders, which were between the ledges; and on the borders that were between the ledges were lions, cows, and cherubim (angelic winged creatures); and on the ledges there was a pedestal above; and beneath the lions and cows were loops of hanging work.          Every base had four brass wheels and axles; and its four feet had supports; beneath the bowl were the supports decorated with loops at the side of each. The mouth of the capital was 18” and was round like the base, but 27”; and also on its mouth were engravings, and their borders were square, not round. The four wheels were underneath the borders; and the axles of the wheels were in the base; and the wheels were 27” high. The wheels were made like a war vehicle wheel; their axles, rims, spokes, and hubs were all molded brass. There were four supports at the four corners of each base; its supports were of the base itself. In the top of the base, it was a rounded 18” high; and on the top of the base its ledges and borders were the same. On the plates of its ledges and borders, he engraved cherubim (angelic winged creatures), lions, and palm trees, where there was space for each with the loops around it. In this way, he made the ten bases; all of them had one molding, one size, and one form. He made ten bowls of brass; one bowl contained 240 gallons; and every bowl was 6’; and on each of the ten bases one bowl. He set the bases, five on each side of the house; and he set the sea on the right side of the house in the southeast corner.

[40-47] Hiram also made the pots, shovels, and bowls. So Hiram finished doing all the work that he did for Ruler Solomon in the Place of Worship of Yahweh; the two pillars, and the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars; and the two lattices to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars; and the 400 pomegranates for the two lattices; two rows of pomegranates for each lattice, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the pillars; and the ten bases, and the ten bowls on the bases; and the sea, and the 12 cows under the sea; and the pots, shovels, and bowls; all the tools which Hiram made for Ruler Solomon, in the Place of Worship of Yahweh, were of bronzed brass. The Ruler made them in the field of the Jordan in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan. Solomon left all the pots unweighed, because there were so many; the weight of the brass couldn’t be measured.

[48-51] Solomon made all the tools that were in the Place of Worship of Yahweh; the golden altar, the golden tables where the holy bread was kept, and the lampstands, five on each side in front of the inner sanctuary, all of pure gold; and the flowers, lamps, and tongs, all of gold; and the cups, snuffers, bowls, spoons, and fire pans, all of pure gold; and the hinges, both for the doors of the inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place, and for the doors of the main hall, that is, of the Place of Worship, all of gold. So all the work that Ruler Solomon did in the Place of Worship of Yahweh was finished. Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated, the silver, gold, and pots, and put them in the treasuries of the Place of Worship of Yahweh.

 

      8[1-4] Then Ruler Solomon gathered the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the family groups, the leaders of the ancestors’ houses of the people of Israel, to Jerusalem, to bring up the Chest of Promise of Yahweh out of the city of David, which is Zion. All the people of Israel came to Ruler Solomon at the celebration, in the month Ethanim (Tishri, Sept.-Oct.), which is the 7th month. All the elders of Israel came, and the preachers took up the Chest. They brought up the Chest of God, and the Place of Worship, and all the holy pots that were in the Holy Tent; the preachers and Levites brought all these up.  

      [5-11] Ruler Solomon and all the people of Israel, who were gathered to him, were together before the Chest, sacrificing so many sheep and cows, that they couldn’t all be counted. The preachers brought in the Chest of Promise of Yahweh to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the house, to the Most Holy Place, even under the angelic winged creatures (cherubim). The cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the Chest, and the cherubim covered the Chest and its poles. The poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the holy place before the inner sanctuary; but they weren’t seen outside; and there they’re until today. There wasn’t anything in the Chest except the two slabs of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when Yahweh made an agreement with the people of Israel when they came out of the land of Egypt.

When the preachers had come out of the holy place, the cloud filled the Place of Worship of Yahweh, so that the preachers couldn’t stand to minister because the cloud which surrounded the glory of Yahweh filled the Place of Worship.

[12-21] Then Solomon said, “Yahweh, You have said, ‘I will live in the dark cloud.’” I’ve Truly built You a house to live in, a place for You to stay forever.” The Ruler turned around, and blessed all the assembly of Israel; and all the assembly of Israel stood.     He said, “Happy is Yahweh, the God of Israel, Who said to David, my father, and has done it, saying, ‘Since the day that I brought My people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the family groups of Israel to build a house, that My Name would be there; but I chose David to be over My people Israel.’ Now it was in the heart of David, my father, to build a house for the Name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. But Yahweh said to David, my father, ‘Since it was in your heart to build a house for My Name, you did well that it was in your heart; but you won’t build the house; your son who will come out of your own body, he’ll build the house for My Name.’ Yahweh’s word is proven because I’m sitting in the place of David, my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as Yahweh promised, and have built the house for the Name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. I’ve set a place there for the Chest, in which is the promised agreement of Yahweh, which was made with our ancestors when God brought them out of the land of Egypt.”

[22-30] Solomon stood before the altar of Yahweh in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven; and he said, “Yahweh, God of Israel, there’s no God like you, in heaven above, or on earth beneath; who keeps promises and shows loving kindness to Your followers, who walk before you with all their heart. You have kept what You promised to Your follower David, my father; yes, You said it, and have done it, as it is today. So now, Yahweh, God of Israel, keep the promise You made with Your follower David, my father, saying, There won’t fail to be someone to sit on the throne of Israel before me for you, if only your children be careful to watch their way, to follow me as you’ve followed me.                So now, God of Israel, please let Your word be proven, which you said to Your follower, David, my father. But will God, in fact, live on the earth? See, heaven and the heaven of heavens can’t contain You; how much less this house that I’ve built! But still have respect for the prayer of Your follower, and for his prayer, Yahweh, my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your follower prays before you today; that Your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which You’ve said, ‘My Name will be there;’ to listen to the prayer which Your follower will pray toward this place. Listen to the prayer of Your follower, and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place; yes, hear in heaven, where You are; and when You hear, forgive them.

[31-40] If anyone sins against their neighbor, and they are made to make a promise, and they come and make a promise before Your altar in this house; then hear them in heaven, and do, and judge Your followers, punishing the sinful, to bring their  sin on their own head, and clearing the good, to give them what their goodness deserves.        When Your people Israel are beaten by the enemy, because they’ve sinned against You; if they turn back to You, and call on Your Name, and pray and say their prayers to You in this house; then hear them in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them again to the land which You gave to their ancestors. When the sky is shut up, and there’s no rain, because they’ve sinned against You; if they pray toward this place, and call on Your Name, and turn from their sin when You trouble them; then hear them in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your followers, and of Your people Israel when you teach them the good way they should go; and send rain on your land, which You’ve given to Your people for an inheritance. If there’s a lack of food in the land, if there’s disease, if there’s blight or mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemy takes their cities in the land; whatever disease, whatever sickness there is; whatever prayer and request is made by someone, or by all Your people Israel, who will know the sin sickness of their own heart, and spread out their hands toward this house; then hear them in heaven, where You are, and forgive, and do, and give to everyone what their ways deserve, whose hearts you know; (for You, and You only, know the hearts of all people;) that they may respect You all the days that they live in the land which You gave to our ancestors.

[41-53] Besides this, about the foreigner who isn’t of Your people Israel, when they come out of another country for Your Name’s sake (for they’ll hear of Your Great Name, and of Your strong hand, and of Your outstretched arm); when they come and pray toward this house; hear them in heaven, where You are, and do what the foreigner asks You; that all the peoples of the earth may know Your Name, to respect You, as does Your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I’ve built is called by Your Name. If Your people go out to fight against their enemy, by whatever way You send them, and they pray to Yahweh toward the city which You’ve chosen, and toward the house which I’ve built for Your Name;  then hear in heaven their prayer and request, and take their case. If they sin against You (for there’s no one who doesn’t sin), and You’re angry with them, and hand them over to the enemy, so that they take them away prisoner to the land of the enemy, far away or near; still if they change their ways in the land where they’re taken prisoner, and turn back, and pray to You in the land of those who took them prisoner, saying, ‘We’ve sinned, and have done wrong, we’ve done evil;’ if they come back to You with all their heart and soul in the land of their enemies, who took them prisoner, and pray to You toward their land, which You gave to their ancestors, the city which You’ve chosen, and the house which I’ve built for Your Name; then hear their prayer and request in heaven, where You are, and take their case;                and forgive Your people, who have sinned against You, and all their sins which they’ve sinned against you; and give them compassion by those who took them prisoner, that they may have compassion on them (for they’re Your people, and Your inheritance, which you brought out of Egypt, from the middle of the iron furnace); that Your eyes may be open to the prayer of Your follower, and to the prayer of Your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they cry to you. You set them apart from among all the peoples of the earth, to be Your inheritance, as You said,  by Moses Your follower, when you brought our ancestors out of Egypt, Yahweh God.”

[54-66] When Solomon had finished praying all this prayer and making requests to Yahweh, he got up from before the altar of Yahweh, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread out toward heaven. He stood, and blessed all the assembly of Israel loudly, saying, “Happy is Yahweh, who has given rest to the people of Israel, like what God promised; there hasn’t failed one word of all God’s good promise which was promised to Moses, God’s follower. Yahweh our God is with us, like with our ancestors; let God not leave us, nor turn from us; and turn our hearts toward God, to follow God’s ways, and to keep God’s Words, laws, and rules, which God told our ancestors. Let these words, which I’ve prayed before Yahweh, be near to Yahweh, our God, day and night, Who will maintain the cause of God’s follower, and the cause of God’s people Israel, as everyday needs; that all the peoples of the earth may know that Yahweh is God; and that there’s no one else. Let your heart be true to Yahweh our God, to keep God’s laws, and to keep God’s words, as today. The Ruler and all Israel offered sacrifices before Yahweh. Solomon offered for the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to Yahweh, 22,000 cows, and 120,000 sheep. So the Ruler and all the people of Israel dedicated the Place of Worship of Yahweh. The same day, the Ruler made the middle of the court holy that was before the Place of Worship of Yahweh because there he offered the burnt offering, the meal offering, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brass altar that was before Yahweh was too little to receive the burnt offering, the meal offering, and the fat of the peace offerings.So Solomon and all Israel held the celebration at that time, a great assembly, from the entrance of Hamath to the River of Egypt, before Yahweh our God, seven days and seven more days, 14 days in all. On the 8th day he sent the people away; and they blessed the Ruler, and went home happy and gladhearted for all the goodness that Yahweh had shown to David, God’s follower, and to Israel, God’s people.

 

     9[1-9] When Solomon had finished building the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and the Ruler’s house, and all that Solomon wanted to do, Yahweh appeared to Solomon a second time, who had appeared to him at Gibeon. Yahweh said to him, “I’ve heard your prayer and request that you’ve made before me; I’ve made this house holy, which you’ve built, to put My Name there forever; and Me and My heart will be there continually. As for you, if you follow Me, as David your father followed Me, with a true heart, and in goodness, to do what I’ve told you, and will keep My laws and rules; then I’ll set up your throne over Israel forever, like I promised to David your father, saying, ‘There won’t fail to be someone for you on the throne of Israel.’ But if you turn away from following me, you or your children, and don’t keep My words and laws which I’ve set before you, but go and serve the false gods, and worship them; then I’ll take Israel out of the 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 Israel will be a saying and a byword among all peoples. Though this house stands high, still everyone who passes by it will be shocked, and will mock; and they’ll say, ‘Why has Yahweh done this to this land, and to this house?’ and they’ll answer, ‘Because they left Yahweh their God who brought their ancestors out of the land of Egypt, and took other gods, and worshiped them, and served them; so Yahweh has brought all this evil on them.’”

     [10-14]  At the end of 20 years, in which Solomon had built the two houses, the Place of Worship of Yahweh and the Ruler’s house (now Hiram, the Ruler of Tyre, had furnished Solomon with cedar trees and fir trees, and with all the gold he wanted), then Ruler Solomon gave Hiram 20 cities in the land of Galilee. Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities, which Solomon had given him; and he didn’t like them. He said, “What cities are these which you’ve given me, my brother? He called them the land of Cabul (Good for Nothing) until today. Hiram sent to the Ruler 9,000 lbs of gold.

     [15-19] This is the reason for the work force, which Ruler Solomon made, to build the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer. TheRuler of Egypt had gone up and taken Gezer, and burnt it with fire, and killed the Canaanites, who lived in the city, and gave it for a present to his daughter, Solomon’s wife. Solomon built Gezer, and Beth Horon the lower, and Baalath, and Tamar in the countryside in the land of Judah, and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and the cities for his war vehicles, and the cities for his riders, and what Solomon wanted to build for his pleasure in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land he ruled.

[20-28] As for all the people who were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, who weren’t of the people of Israel; their children who were left after them in the land, whom the people of Israel weren’t able to completely destroy, Solomon made a work force until today. But Solomon made no workers of the people of Israel; but they were the soldiers, his personal workers, his leaders, his captains, and the drivers and riders of his war vehicles. These were the leading officials who were over Solomon’s work, 550 who had rule over the people who did the work. But the Ruler of Egypt’s daughter came up out of the city of David to her house, which Solomon had built for her; then he built Millo. Three times a year Solomon offered burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar, which he built to Yahweh, burning incense with it, on the altar that was before Yahweh. So he finished the house. Ruler Solomon also made a navy of ships in Ezion Geber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red Sea in the land of Edom. Hiram sent his workers and sailors, who had knowledge of the sea for the navy to work with the workers of Solomon. They came to Ophir, and got 31,000 lbs of gold from there, and brought it to Ruler Solomon.

 

     10[1-5] When the Ruler of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon about the Name of Yahweh, she came to test him with hard questions. She came to Jerusalem with a very great caravan of camels that had spices, 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; Solomon didn’t keep any secrets from her. When the Ruler of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built, and the food on the table, and the seating of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their clothing, and his cup bearers, and the steps by which he went up to the Place of Worship of Yahweh; there was no more spirit in her.

[6-10] 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 I had seen it; and see, the half wasn’t told me; your wisdom and wealth are more famous than I had heard. Happy are your people and your followers, who stand continually before you, and hear your wisdom. Happy is 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 treasure of spices like the Ruler of Sheba gave to the Ruler Solomon.

[11-13] The navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir a great many 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. Ruler Solomon gave to the Ruler of Sheba everything she wanted, whatever she asked for, besides what Solomon gave her of his royal trasures. So she went back to her own land, she and her workers.

[14-20] 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 traders brought; and all the Rulers of Arabia and the governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.    Ruler 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 this, the Ruler made a great throne of ivory, and covered it with pure gold; and there were six steps to the throne, and the top of the throne was rounded behind the seat, and it had armrests on either side of the seat, and two lions standing beside them.  There were12 lions that stood on each side of the six steps; there wasn’t anything like it made in any country.

     [21- ] 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 merchant ships that went to Tarshish with the ships of Hiram; 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 taxes, pots of silver and gold, clothing, armor, spices, horses, and mules, at a set rate each year.

     [26Solomon gathered together war vehicles and riders; and he had 1,400 war vehicles, and 12,000 riders, that he put in the war vehicle cities, and with the Ruler at Jerusalem. The Ruler made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones and cedars as common as the sycamore trees that are in the lowland. The horses which Solomon had were brought out of Egypt; and the Ruler’s traders got them in herds, each at a set price.  A war vehicle was bought out of Egypt for 600 silver coins, and a horse for 150; and so they sold them by their traders to all the Rulers of the Hittites, and the Syrians.

 

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I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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