2 Chronicles 1
1 And Solomon the son of David strengthened himself in his kingdom, and Jehovah his
God was with him and highly magnified him.
2 And Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, to
the judges, and to every leader in all Israel, the heads of the fathers;
3 and Solomon, and all the assembly with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon;
for the tent of meeting of God, which Moses the servant of Jehovah had made in the
wilderness, was there.
4 But David had brought up the ark of God from Kirjath Jearim to the place David had
prepared for it, for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem.
5 And the bronze altar that Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, he put
before the tabernacle of Jehovah; and Solomon and the assembly sought it out.
6 And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before Jehovah, which was at the tent of
meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.
7 That night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, Ask what I shall give you.
8 And Solomon said to God: You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have
made me king in his place.
9 Now, O Jehovah God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You
have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth for multitude.
10 Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this
people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?
11 And God said to Solomon: Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked
riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life; but
have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over
whom I have made you king;
12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and
honor, such as none of the kings who were before you have had, nor shall any after you
have the like.
13 So Solomon came to Jerusalem from the high place that was at Gibeon, from before
the tent of meeting, and reigned over Israel.
14 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen; he had one thousand four hundred
chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with
the king in Jerusalem.
15 Also the king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made
cedars as abundant as the sycamores which are in the lowland.
16 And Solomon had horses exported out of Egypt and Mikveh; the king's merchants got
them at Mikveh for a price.
17 Now a chariot that came up and was brought out from Egypt was six hundred shekels
of silver, and a horse one hundred and fifty; and thus, by their hand, they brought them out
to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Syria.
2 Chronicles 2
1 And Solomon determined to build a house for the name of Jehovah, and a royal house
2 Solomon numbered seventy thousand men to bear burdens, eighty thousand to quarry
stone in the mountains, and three thousand six hundred to oversee them.
3 And Solomon sent to Huram king of Tyre, saying: As you have dealt with David my
father, and sent him cedars to build himself a house to dwell in,
4 behold, I am building a house for the name of Jehovah my God, to consecrate it to Him,
to burn before Him spiced incense, for the continual Bread in Rows, for the burnt
offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths, on the new moons, and on the set feasts
of Jehovah our God, continually in Israel;
5 and the house which I am building will be great, for our God is greater than all gods;
6 but who is able to build Him a house, since the heavens and the Heaven of heavens
cannot contain Him? Who am I then, that I should build Him a house, except to burn
sacrifices with smoke before Him?
7 Therefore now, send me a skilled man to work in gold and silver, in bronze and iron, in
purple and crimson and violet, who has skill to engrave carvings with the wise men who are
with me in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father has provided.
8 Also send me cedar, cypress and algum from Lebanon, for I know that your servants
know how to cut timber in Lebanon; and behold my servants will be with your servants,
9 to prepare timber for me in abundance, for the house which I am building shall be great
10 And behold, I will give to your servants, the cutters who are cutting timber, twenty
thousand kors of ground wheat, twenty thousand kors of barley, twenty thousand baths of
wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.
11 And Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon:
Because of Jehovah's love for His people, He has appointed you king over them.
12 Huram also said: Blessed is Jehovah the God of Israel, who has made the heavens and
earth, for He has given King David a wise son, endowed with prudence and understanding,
who will build a house for Jehovah and a royal house for himself.
13 And now I have sent a skillful man, having knowledge and understanding, Huram-abi,
14 (the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father, a man of Tyre), knowing
how to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, purple and violet, fine
linen and crimson, and to make any engraving and to accomplish any plan which may be
given to him, with your craftsmen and with the craftsmen of my lord David your father.
15 Now therefore, the wheat, the barley, the oil, and the wine of which my lord has
spoken, let him send to his servants.
16 And we will cut timber from Lebanon, as much as you need; we will bring it to you in
rafts by sea to Joppa, and you will carry it up to Jerusalem.
17 And Solomon numbered all the foreign men who were in the land of Israel, after the
census in which David his father had numbered them; and there were found to be one
hundred and fifty-three thousand six hundred.
18 And he made seventy thousand of them bearers of burdens, eighty thousand
stonecutters in the mountain, and three thousand six hundred overseers to make the people
2 Chronicles 3
1 Thus Solomon began to build the house of Jehovah at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah,
where He had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the
threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
2 And he began to build on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his
3 This is the foundation which Solomon laid for building the house of God: The length
was sixty cubits (by cubits according to the former measure) and the width twenty cubits.
4 And the porch that was in front of the sanctuary was twenty cubits long across the width
of the house, and the height was one hundred and twenty. He overlaid the inside with pure
5 The great house he paneled with cypress which he covered with fine gold, and he put
palm trees and chains on it.
6 And he overlaid the house with precious stones for beauty, and the gold was gold from
7 He also covered the house, the beams and thresholds, its walls and doors, with gold;
and he engraved cherubim on the walls.
8 And he made the house of the Holy of Holies. Its length was the same as the front of
the house, twenty cubits, and its width twenty cubits. He covered it with six hundred talents
of fine gold.
9 The weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold; and he covered the upper chambers
10 In the house of the Holy of Holies he made two cherubim of sculpted work, and
overlaid them with gold.
11 The wings of the cherubim were twenty cubits in length: one wing of the one cherub
was five cubits, touching the wall of the room, and the other wing was five cubits, touching
the wing of the other cherub;
12 one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, touching the wall of the room, and the
other wing also was five cubits, touching the wing of the other cherub.
13 The wings of these cherubim stretching out twenty cubits; standing on their feet, facing
14 And he made the veil of violet, purple, crimson, and fine linen, with raised cherubim.
15 He also made in front of the house two pillars thirty-five cubits high, and the capital
that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.
16 He made chains, as in the inner sanctuary, and put them on the tops of the pillars; and
he made a hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains.
17 And he set up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand and the other on the
left; he called the name of the one on the right hand Jachin, and the name of the one on the
2 Chronicles 4
1 Moreover he made a bronze altar: twenty cubits was its length, twenty cubits its width,
and ten cubits its height.
2 And he made the cast sea, ten cubits from brim to brim, a round circle. Its height was
five cubits, and a line of thirty cubits circled around it.
3 And underneath it were shapes like oxen encircling it all around, ten per cubit, all the
way around the Sea. The oxen were cast in two rows, when it was cast.
4 It stood on twelve oxen: three looking toward the north, three looking toward the west,
three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; the sea was set upon
them, with all their back parts inward.
5 It was a handbreadth thick; and its brim was shaped like the brim of a cup, like a lily
blossom. It could hold three thousand baths.
6 He also made ten basins, and put five on the right side and five on the left, to wash in
them; such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them, and the sea
was for the priests to wash in.
7 And he made ten lampstands of gold according to the ordinance, and set them in the
temple, five on the right side and five on the left.
8 He also made ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the right side and five
on the left. And he made one hundred bowls of gold.
9 Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court and doors for the
court; and he overlaid these doors with bronze.
10 He set the sea on the right side, toward the southeast.
11 And Huram made the pots and the shovels and the bowls. And Huram finished doing
the work that he was to do for King Solomon for the house of God:
12 the two pillars and the bowls and capitals that were on top of the two pillars; the two
networks covering the two bowls of the capitals which were on the tops of the pillars;
13 four hundred pomegranates for the two networks (two rows of pomegranates for each
network, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the pillars);
14 he also made the carts and the basins on the carts;
15 one sea and twelve oxen under it;
16 also the pots, the shovels, the forks, and all the utensils Huram-abi made of burnished
bronze for King Solomon for the house of Jehovah.
17 In the plain of Jordan the king had them cast, in the clay ground between Succoth and
18 And Solomon had all these vessels made in such great abundance that the weight of the
bronze was not ascertained.
19 Thus Solomon had all the furnishings made for the house of God: the altar of gold and
the tables on which was the Bread of the Presence,
20 the lampstands with their lamps of pure gold, to burn according to the ordinance in
front of the inner sanctuary,
21 with the flowers and the lamps and the snuffers of gold, of purest gold;
22 the snuffers, the bowls, the spoons, and the censers of pure gold. And the entrance of
the house, its inner doors to the Holy of Holies, and the doors of the house of the temple,
2 Chronicles 5
1 Thus all the work that Solomon had done for the house of Jehovah was finished; and
Solomon brought in the things which his father David had consecrated: the silver and the
gold and all the articles. And he put them in the treasuries of the house of God.
2 And Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the chief
fathers of the children of Israel, to Jerusalem, to bring the ark of the covenant of Jehovah
up from the City of David, which is Zion.
3 And all the men of Israel assembled to the king for the feast, which was in the seventh
4 And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark.
5 And they brought up the ark, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in
the tent; the priests, the Levites, brought them up.
6 Also King Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him
before the ark, were sacrificing sheep and oxen that could not be counted or numbered for
7 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of Jehovah to its place, into the inner
sanctuary of the house, to the Holy of Holies, under the wings of the cherubim.
8 For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim
covered over the ark and its poles from above.
9 And the poles were long enough that the ends of the poles of the ark could be seen from
in front of the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside. And they are there
to this day.
10 Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets which Moses had put there at Horeb,
when Jehovah had made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of
11 And it came to pass when the priests came out of the sanctuary (for all the priests who
were present had consecrated themselves, without observing their divisions),
12 and the Levites who were singing, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with
their sons and their brethren, were standing to the east of the altar, clothed in white linen,
having cymbals, lutes and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding
13 and those sounding the trumpets and those singing were as one, with one sound to be
heard in praising and thanking Jehovah, to raise their voices with the trumpets and cymbals
and instruments of song, to praise Jehovah, saying: For He is good, for His mercy is
eternal; that the house, the house of Jehovah, was filled with a cloud,
14 so that the priests could not remain standing to serve before the cloud; for the glory of
Jehovah had filled the house of God.
2 Chronicles 6
1 Then Solomon spoke: Jehovah has said He would dwell in the dark cloud.
2 I have built You an exalted house, and a place for You to dwell always.
3 And the king turned his face and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the
assembly of Israel was standing.
4 And he said: Blessed is Jehovah the God of Israel, who has fulfilled with His hands what
He has spoken with His mouth to my father David, saying,
5 Since the day that I brought My people out of the land of Egypt, I have chosen no city
from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, that My name might be there, nor have I
chosen any man to be a ruler over My people Israel.
6 Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there; and I have chosen David to
be over My people Israel.
7 Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a house for the name of Jehovah the
God of Israel.
8 But Jehovah said to my father David, Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for
My name, you did well in that it was in your heart.
9 Nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who will come from your loins,
he shall build the house for My name.
10 Thus Jehovah has fulfilled His word which He has spoken, and I have risen up in place
of my father David, and sit on the throne of Israel, as Jehovah has spoken; and I have built
the house for the name of Jehovah the God of Israel.
11 And there I have put the ark, in which is the covenant of Jehovah which He has made
with the children of Israel.
12 And Solomon stood before the altar of Jehovah in the presence of all the assembly of
Israel, and spread out his hands
13 (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three
cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his
knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward Heaven),
14 and he said: O Jehovah, God of Israel, there is no God in the heavens or on earth like
You, keeping Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all
15 You have kept what You have spoken to Your servant David my father; You have both
spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day.
16 Therefore, O Jehovah, God of Israel, now keep what You have spoken to Your servant
David my father, saying, You shall not fail to have a man sitting before Me on the throne
of Israel, only if your sons take heed to their way, to walk in My Law as you have walked
17 And now, O Jehovah, God of Israel, let Your Word be established, which You have spoken to Your servant David.
18 But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, the heavens and the Heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this house which I have built.
19 Yet have regard to the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Jehovah my
God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You:
20 that Your eyes may be open toward this house day and night, toward the place where
You have spoken to put Your name, that You may hear the prayer which Your servant
prays toward this place.
21 And may You hear the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when
they pray toward this place. Hear from Heaven Your dwelling place, and when You have
22 If anyone sins against his neighbor, and has been required to swear an oath, and has
come with an oath before Your altar in this house,
23 then hear from Heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, to bring retribution on the
wicked to bring his way upon his own head, and to justify the righteous to give him
according to his righteousness.
24 Or if Your people Israel are struck down before an enemy because they have sinned
against You, and have returned and confessed Your name, and prayed and made
supplication before You in this house,
25 then hear from Heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back
to the land which You have given to them and their fathers.
26 When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against
You, when they have prayed toward this place and confessed Your name, and turned from
their sin because You afflicted them,
27 then hear in Heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You
may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land
which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.
28 When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or
grasshoppers; when their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever the
plague or whatever the sickness;
29 whatever prayer or supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when
each one knows his own plague and his own grief, and has spread out his hands to this
30 then hear from Heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and give to everyone
according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone have known the hearts of
the sons of men),
31 that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways all the days they live on the face of the
land which You have given to our fathers.
32 Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but who has come
from a distant land because of Your great name and Your mighty hand and Your
outstretched arm, when they have come and prayed in this house;
33 then hear from Heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the
foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as
do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called
by Your name.
34 When Your people go out to battle against their enemies, wherever You send them,
and when they have prayed to You toward this city which You have chosen and the house
which I have built for Your name,
35 then hear from Heaven their prayer and their supplication, and do what is fitting.
36 When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You have
become angry with them and delivered them to the enemy, and they have taken them
captive to a land far or near;
37 yet when they have returned in their hearts in the land where they have been carried
captive, and have turned back, and sought Your favor in the land of their captivity, saying,
We have sinned, we have done perversely, and have acted wickedly;
38 and when they have returned to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the
land of their captivity, where they have been carried captive, and prayed toward their land
which You have given to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and toward the
house which I have built for Your name:
39 then hear from Heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplications, and
bring about justice, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You.
40 Now, my God, I pray, let Your eyes be open and Your ears attentive to the prayer of
41 Now therefore, Arise, O Jehovah God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your
strength. Let Your priests, O Jehovah God, be clothed with salvation, and let Your saints
rejoice in goodness.
42 O Jehovah God, do not turn away the face of Your anointed; remember the
faithfulness of Your servant David.
2 Chronicles 7
1 And when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from the heavens and
consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of Jehovah filled the house.
2 And the priests were not able to enter the house of Jehovah, because the glory of
Jehovah had filled the house of Jehovah.
3 When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of Jehovah
upon the house, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and prostrated
themselves and gave thanks unto Jehovah, saying: For He is good, for His mercy is
4 And the king and all the people offered sacrifices before Jehovah.
5 King Solomon offered sacrifices of twenty-two thousand bulls and one hundred and
twenty thousand sheep. Thus the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.
6 The priests were stationed at their posts; the Levites also with instruments of song unto
Jehovah, (which King David had made to give praise unto Jehovah, saying, For His mercy
is eternal, whenever David offered praise by their hand), and the priests sounded trumpets
opposite them, while all Israel were standing.
7 Furthermore Solomon consecrated the middle of the court that was in front of the house
of Jehovah; for there he offered burnt offerings and the fat of the peace offerings, because
the bronze altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, the
grain offerings, and the fat.
8 At that time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great
assembly from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt.
9 And on the eighth day they held a solemn assembly, for they observed the dedication of
the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.
10 On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their tents,
joyful and glad of heart for the good that Jehovah had done to David, to Solomon, and to
His people Israel.
11 Thus Solomon finished the house of Jehovah and the king's house; and Solomon
brought to successful conclusion all that came into his heart to make in the house of
Jehovah and in his own house.
12 And Jehovah appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: I have heard your
prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.
13 When I shut up the heavens and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the
land, or send pestilence among My people,
14 if My people who have been called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and
seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from the heavens, and will
forgive their sin and heal their land.
15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayers of this place.
16 For now I have chosen and consecrated this house, that My name may be there always;
and My eyes and My heart shall be there all the days.
17 As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David has walked, and do according
to all that I have commanded you, and keep My statutes and My judgments,
18 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom, as I have covenanted with David your
father, saying, You shall not fail to have a man ruling in Israel.
19 But if you turn back and have forsaken My statutes and My commandments which I
have set before you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed down to them,
20 then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them; and this house which I
have consecrated for My name I will cast out from before My face, and will make it a
proverb and a byword among all peoples.
21 And as for this lofty house, everyone who passes by it will be appalled and say, Why
has Jehovah done thus to this land and this house?
22 Then they will answer, Because they have forsaken Jehovah the God of their fathers,
who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and taken hold on other gods, and bowed
down to them and served them; therefore He has brought all this evil upon them.
2 Chronicles 8
1 It came to pass at the end of twenty years, in which Solomon had built the house of
Jehovah and his own house,
2 that the cities which Huram had given to Solomon, Solomon built them; and he caused
the children of Israel to dwell there.
3 And Solomon went to Hamath Zobah and captured it.
4 He also built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the storage cities which he built in
5 He built upper Beth Horon and lower Beth Horon, fortified cities with walls, gates, and
6 also Baalath and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.
7 All the people who were left of the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites,
who were not of Israel;
8 that is, their sons who were left in the land after them, whom the sons of Israel had not
finished off; from these Solomon raised forced labor, as it is to this day.
9 But Solomon did not make slaves for his work from the sons of Israel. They were men of war, commanders of his officers, commanders of his chariots, and his horsemen.
10 And others were chiefs of the deputies of King Solomon: two hundred and fifty, who
ruled over the people.
11 And Solomon brought the daughter of Pharaoh up from the City of David to the house
he had built for her; for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David, king of
Israel, because the places to which the ark of Jehovah has come are holy.
12 And Solomon offered burnt offerings unto Jehovah on the altar of Jehovah which he
had built before the porch,
13 according to the matter of each day, offering according to the commandment of
Moses, for the Sabbaths, the new moons, and the three appointed yearly feasts; the Feast
of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Booths.
14 And, according to the ordinance of David his father, he appointed the divisions of the
priests for their service, the Levites for their charges, to praise and serve before the priests,
as the charge of each day required, and the gatekeepers by their divisions at each gate; for
thus was the commandment of David the man of God.
15 They did not depart from the command of the king to the priests and Levites
concerning any matter or concerning the treasuries.
16 And all the work of Solomon was steadfast from the day of the foundation of the
house of Jehovah until it was finished. Thus the house of Jehovah was completed.
17 Then Solomon went to Ezion Geber and Elath on the seacoast, in the land of Edom.
18 And Huram sent him ships by the hand of his servants, and servants who knew the sea.
They went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and carried away four hundred and fifty
talents of gold from there, and brought it to King Solomon.
2 Chronicles 9
1 Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem
to test Solomon with difficult questions, having a very great retinue, camels that bore
spices, gold in abundance, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she
spoke with him about all that was in her heart.
2 And Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from Solomon, that
he could not explain it to her.
3 And when the queen of Sheba saw the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built,
4 the food of his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their
apparel, his cupbearers and their apparel, and his chamber by which he went up to the
house of Jehovah, it took her breath away.
5 And she said to the king: The word was true which I have heard in my own land, about
your words and your wisdom.
6 However I did not believe their words until I had come and my eyes saw it; and behold,
the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You exceed the reports which I
7 Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before
you and hear your wisdom.
8 Blessed is Jehovah your God, who has delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be
king for Jehovah your God. In your God's love for Israel, to establish them forever, He has
made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness.
9 And she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold, spices in great
abundance, and precious stones; there had never been any spices such as those the queen
of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
10 Also, the servants of Huram and the servants of Solomon, who brought gold from
Ophir, brought algum wood and precious stones.
11 And the king made terraces of the algum wood for the house of Jehovah and for the
king's house, also harps and lutes for the singers; and there had never before been seen such as
these in the land of Judah.
12 And King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked,
besides what she had brought to the king. So she turned and went to her own land, she and
13 The weight of gold that came to Solomon each year was six hundred and sixty-six
talents of gold,
14 besides what the traveling merchants and traders brought. And all the kings of Arabia
and governors of the land brought gold and silver to Solomon.
15 And King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred
shekels of hammered gold went into each shield.
16 He also made three hundred shields of hammered gold; three hundred shekels of gold
went into each shield. The king put them in the house of the Forest of Lebanon.
17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.
18 The throne had six steps, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne;
there were armrests on either side of the place of the seat, with two lions standing beside
19 Twelve lions stood there, one on each side of the six steps; nothing like this had been
made for any other kingdom.
20 All King Solomon's drinking vessels were gold, and all the vessels of the house of the
Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Not one was silver, for it was accounted as nothing in
the days of Solomon.
21 For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram. Once every three
years the ships came from Tarshish, bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.
22 Thus King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom,
which God had put in his heart.
24 Each man brought his present: articles of silver and gold, garments, weapons, spices,
horses, and mules, the matter year by year.
25 Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand
horsemen whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.
26 And he reigned over all the kings from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as
the border of Egypt.
27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar trees as
abundant as the sycamores which are in the lowland.
28 And they brought horses to Solomon from Egypt and from all lands.
29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of
Nathan the prophet, in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the
seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
30 Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
31 And Solomon rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David his father.
And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.
2 Chronicles 10
1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him
2 And it happened, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard it, where he was in Egypt,
where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon, that Jeroboam returned from
3 And they sent for him and called him. And Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to
4 Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of
your father and his heavy yoke which he has put on us, and we will serve you.
5 So he said to them, Come back to me after three days. And the people departed.
6 And King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while
he still lived, saying, How do you advise me to answer these people?
7 And they spoke to him, saying, If you are kind to the people, and please them, and speak
good words to them, they will be your servants forever.
8 But he rejected the counsel which the elders had given him, and consulted the young
men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.
9 And he said to them, What advice do you give? How should we answer this people who
have spoken to me, saying, Lighten the yoke which your father had put on us?
10 And the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, Thus you
should speak to the people who have spoken to you, saying, Your father made our yoke
heavy, but you make it lighter on us; thus you shall say to them: My little finger shall be
thicker than my father's loins!
11 And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my
father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions!
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had
spoken, saying, Come back to me the third day.
13 And the king answered them harshly. King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the
14 and he spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying, My father
made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father chastised you with whips, but I will
chastise you with scorpions!
15 So the king did not consent to the people; for the turn of events was from God, that
Jehovah might fulfill His word, which He had spoken by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite
to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 And when all Israel saw that the king did not consent to them, the people answered the
king, saying: What portion have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.
Every man to your tents, O Israel! Now see to your own house, O David! And all Israel
departed to their tents.
17 But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Israel dwelling in the cities of Judah.
18 And King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was over the labor force; but the sons of
Israel stoned him with stones, and he died. So King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in
haste to flee to Jerusalem.
19 Thus Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.
2 Chronicles 11
1 Now when Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he summoned up from the house of Judah
and Benjamin one hundred and eighty thousand choice men who were warriors, to fight
against Israel, that he might restore the kingdom to Rehoboam.
2 But the Word of Jehovah came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
3 Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and
4 Thus says Jehovah: You shall not go up or fight against your brethren. Let every man
return to his house, for this thing has come about from Me. And they obeyed the words of
Jehovah, and turned back from going against Jeroboam.
5 So Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defense in Judah.
6 And he built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,
7 Beth Zur, Sochoh, Adullam,
8 Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
9 Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,
10 Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and Benjamin, fortified cities.
11 And he fortified the strongholds, and put commanders in them, and stores of food, oil,
12 Also in every city he put shields and spears, and made them very strong, having Judah
and Benjamin on his side.
13 And from all their territories the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel stood
14 For the Levites left their common lands and their possessions and came to Judah and
Jerusalem, for Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them from serving as priests unto
15 And he appointed for himself priests for the high places, for the satyrs, and the calves
which he had made.
16 And those from all the tribes of Israel, such as set their hearts to seek Jehovah the God
of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice to Jehovah the God of their fathers.
17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and spent three years making Rehoboam
the son of Solomon strong, because they walked in the ways of David and Solomon for
18 And Rehoboam took for himself as wife Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of
David, and of Abihail the daughter of Eliah the son of Jesse.
19 And she bore him sons: Jeush, Shamariah, and Zaham.
20 After her he took Maacah the daughter of Absalom; and she bore him Abijah, Attai,
Ziza, and Shelomith.
21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the granddaughter of Absalom more than all his wives
and his concubines; for he took eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and begot twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.
22 And Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maachah as head, as prince among his
brothers; to make him king.
23 He dealt with discernment, and dispersed some of his sons throughout all the territories
of Judah and Benjamin, to every fortified city; and he gave them provisions in abundance.
He also sought many wives for them.
2 Chronicles 12
1 Now it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had
strengthened himself, that he and all Israel with him forsook the Law of Jehovah.
2 And it happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came
up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against Jehovah,
3 with twelve hundred chariots, sixty thousand horsemen, and people without number who
came with him out of Egypt; the Lubim and the Sukkiim and the Ethiopians.
4 And he took the fortified cities of Judah and came to Jerusalem.
5 Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the rulers of Judah, who were
gathered together in Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, Thus says Jehovah:
You have forsaken Me, and therefore I also have forsaken you to the hand of Shishak.
6 So the rulers of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, Jehovah is
7 And when Jehovah saw that they had humbled themselves, the Word of Jehovah came
to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but
I will grant them a little deliverance. My wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by
the hand of Shishak.
8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants, that they may distinguish between My service
and the service of the kingdoms of the earth.
9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the
house of Jehovah and the treasures of the king's house; he took everything. He also carried
away the gold shields which Solomon had made.
10 Then King Rehoboam made bronze shields in their place, and committed them to the
hands of the commanders of the runners, who guarded the doorway of the king's house.
11 And whenever the king entered the house of Jehovah, the runners went and brought
them out; then they returned them to the guardroom.
12 When he humbled himself, the wrath of Jehovah turned back from him, so as not to
destroy him completely; and also, conditions were good in Judah.
13 Thus Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem and reigned. Now Rehoboam was
forty-one years old when he became king; and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the
city which Jehovah had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put His name there. His
mother's name was Naamah, an Ammonitess.
14 And he did evil, because he had not fixed his heart to seek Jehovah.
15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah
the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies. And there were wars between
Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.
16 So Rehoboam rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David. And Abijah
his son reigned in his place.
2 Chronicles 13
1 In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, Abijah became king over Judah.
2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Michaiah the daughter of
Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.
3 Abijah began the battle with an army of mighty men of war, four hundred thousand
choice men. Jeroboam also drew up in battle formation against him with eight hundred
thousand choice men, mighty men of valor.
4 And Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim in the mountains of Ephraim, and said, Hear me,
Jeroboam and all Israel:
5 Should you not know that Jehovah the God of Israel gave the dominion over Israel to
David forever, to him and his sons, by a covenant of salt?
6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, rose up and
rebelled against his lord.
7 And worthless men gathered to him, and strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the
son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted and could not withstand
8 And now you think to prevail before the kingdom of Jehovah in the hand of the sons of
David; and you are a great multitude, and with you are the gold calves which Jeroboam
made for you as gods.
9 Have you not cast out the priests of Jehovah, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and
made for yourselves priests, like the peoples of other lands, so that whoever comes to
consecrate himself with a young bull and seven rams may be a priest of things that are not
10 But as for us, Jehovah is our God, and we have not forsaken Him; and the priests who
serve Jehovah are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites in their service.
11 And they burn with smoke unto Jehovah every morning and every evening, the burnt
sacrifices and spiced incense; they also set the Bread in Rows in order on the pure gold
table, and the lampstand of gold with its lamps to burn every evening; for we are keeping
the command of Jehovah our God, but you have forsaken Him.
12 Now behold, God Himself is with us as our head, and His priests with sounding trumpets to sound the alarm against you. O sons of Israel, do not fight against Jehovah the God of your fathers, for you shall not prosper.
13 But Jeroboam caused an ambush to go around behind them; so they were in front of
Judah, and the ambush was behind them.
14 And when Judah looked around, behold the battle was before and behind them; and
they cried out unto Jehovah, and the priests were sounding the trumpets.
15 And the men of Judah gave a shout; and as the men of Judah shouted, it happened that
God struck Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.
16 And the sons of Israel fled before Judah, and God delivered them into their hand.
17 And Abijah and his people struck them with a great slaughter; and five hundred thousand choice men of Israel fell slain.
18 Thus the sons of Israel were subdued at that time; and the sons of Judah prevailed,
because they had trusted on Jehovah the God of their fathers.
19 And Abijah pursued Jeroboam and took cities from him: Bethel with its daughter-villages, Jeshanah with its daughter-villages, and Ephron with its daughter-villages.
20 And Jeroboam did not recover strength again in the days of Abijah; and Jehovah struck
him, and he died.
21 But Abijah became mighty, married fourteen wives, and begot twenty-two sons and
22 Now the rest of the acts of Abijah, his ways, and his sayings are written in the midrash
of the prophet Iddo.
2 Chronicles 14
1 So Abijah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. And Asa
his son reigned in his place. In his days the land was quiet for ten years.
2 Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of Jehovah his God,
3 for he removed the foreign altars and the high places, and broke down the sacred pillars
and chopped down the groves.
4 He commanded Judah to seek Jehovah the God of their fathers, and to do the Law and
5 He also removed the high places and the incense altars from all the cities of Judah, and
the kingdom was quiet before him.
6 And he built fortified cities in Judah, for the land had rest; he had no war in those years,
because Jehovah had given him rest.
7 Therefore he said to Judah, Let us build these cities and make walls around them, and
towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us, because we have sought Jehovah
our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side. So they built and
8 And Asa had an army of three hundred thousand from Judah who carried shields and
spears, and from Benjamin two hundred and eighty thousand men who carried shields and
drew bows; all these were mighty men of valor.
9 Then Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and
three hundred chariots, and he came to Mareshah.
10 And Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the Valley of
Zephathah at Mareshah.
11 And Asa cried out unto Jehovah his God, and said, Jehovah, it is nothing for You to
help, whether with many or with those who have no strength; help us, O Jehovah our
God, for we have trusted on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O
Jehovah, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You.
12 So Jehovah struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.
13 And Asa and the people who were with him pursued them to Gerar. So the Ethiopians
fell, and they could not recover, for they were broken before Jehovah and His army. And
they carried away very much spoils.
14 And they struck all the cities around Gerar, for the fear of Jehovah had come upon
them; and they plundered all the cities, for there was exceedingly much spoils in them.
15 They also struck the tents of the livestock, and carried off sheep and camels in
abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 15
1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded.
2 And he went out before Asa, and said to him: Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and
Benjamin. Jehovah is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found
by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
3 For many days Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and
4 but when in their trouble they turned to Jehovah the God of Israel, and sought Him, He
was found by them.
5 And in those times there was no peace to the one going out, nor to the one coming in,
but great turmoil was on all the inhabitants of the lands.
6 And nation has been destroyed by nation, and city by city; for God has vexed them with
7 But you, be strong and do not let your hands relax, for there is reward for your work.
8 And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took
courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and
from the cities which he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim; and he restored the altar
of Jehovah that was before the porch of Jehovah.
9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those sojourning with them from
Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon, for they had fallen out to him in great numbers from
Israel when they saw that Jehovah his God was with him.
10 And they gathered together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the
reign of Asa.
11 And they offered to Jehovah at that time seven hundred bulls and seven thousand
sheep from the spoils they had brought.
12 And they entered into a covenant to seek Jehovah the God of their fathers with all their
heart and with all their soul;
13 and whoever would not seek Jehovah the God of Israel was put to death, whether
small or great, man or woman.
14 And they swore unto Jehovah with a loud voice, with shouting and trumpets and
15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought
Him with all their will; and He was found by them, and Jehovah gave them rest all around.
16 He also removed Maachah, the mother of Asa the king, from being queen mother,
because she had made a horrible thing for the grove; and Asa cut down her horrible thing,
and crushed and burned it by the Brook Kidron.
17 But the high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was
perfect all his days.
18 He also brought into the house of God the things that his father had consecrated and
that he himself had consecrated: silver and gold and vessels.
19 And there was no war until the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asa.
2 Chronicles 16
1 In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah
and built Ramah, that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
2 And Asa brought silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of Jehovah and of the
king's house, and sent to Ben-Hadad king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus, saying,
3 Let there be a treaty between you and me, as there was between my father and your
father. Behold, I have sent you silver and gold; come, break your treaty with Baasha king
of Israel, so that he will withdraw from me.
4 So Ben-Hadad heeded King Asa, and sent the commanders of his forces against the
cities of Israel; and they struck Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim, and all the storage cities of Naphtali.
5 And it happened, when Baasha heard it, that he stopped building Ramah and ceased his
6 And King Asa took all Judah, and they carried away the stones and timber of Ramah,
which Baasha had used for building; and with them he built Geba and Mizpah.
7 At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him: Because you
have leaned on the king of Syria, and have not trusted on Jehovah your God, therefore the
army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand.
8 Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and
horsemen? Yet, because you trusted on Jehovah, He delivered them into your hand.
9 For the eyes of Jehovah run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on there will be wars for you.
10 Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in the prison house, for he was enraged
at him for this; and Asa oppressed some of the people at the same time.
11 And so, the acts of Asa, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings
of Judah and Israel.
12 And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his
sickness was severe; yet in his sickness he did not seek Jehovah, but the physicians.
13 So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign.
14 And they buried him in his own tomb, which he had made for himself in the City of
David; and they laid him in the bed which was filled with spices and various ingredients
prepared in a mixture of ointments; and they made a very great burning for him.
2 Chronicles 17
1 Then Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place, and strengthened himself against Israel.
2 And he placed forces in all the fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of
Judah and in the cities of Ephraim which Asa his father had taken.
3 And Jehovah was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the former ways of his father
David; he did not seek the Baals,
4 but sought the God of his father, and walked in His commandments and not according
to the deeds of Israel.
5 Therefore Jehovah established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah gave tribute to
Jehoshaphat, and he had riches and honor in abundance.
6 And his heart was exalted in the ways of Jehovah; moreover he removed the high places
and groves out of Judah.
7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent his rulers, Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah,
Nethanel, and Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah.
8 And with them he sent Levites: Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth,
Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah, the Levites; and with them Elishama
and Jehoram, the priests.
9 So they taught in Judah, and had the Book of the Law of Jehovah with them; they went
throughout all the cities of Judah and taught the people.
10 And the fear of Jehovah was on all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah,
so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat.
11 Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat gifts and tribute of silver; and the
Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand
seven hundred male goats.
12 So Jehoshaphat went on to become highly magnified, and he built fortresses and
storage cities in Judah.
13 He had much property in the cities of Judah; and the men of war, mighty men of valor,
were in Jerusalem.
14 These are their numbers, according to their fathers' houses. Of Judah, the
commanders of thousands: Adnah the commander, and with him three hundred thousand
mighty men of valor;
15 and next to him was Jehohanan the commander, and with him two hundred and eighty
16 and next to him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto
Jehovah, and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valor.
17 Of Benjamin: Eliada a mighty man of valor, and with him two hundred thousand men
armed with bow and shield;
18 and next to him was Jehozabad, and with him one hundred and eighty thousand
prepared for war.
19 These served the king, besides those the king put in the fortified cities throughout all
2 Chronicles 18
1 Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and allied himself with Ahab and
became his son-in-law.
2 At the end of some years he went down to visit Ahab in Samaria; and Ahab killed sheep
and oxen in abundance for him and the people with him, and enticed him to go up with
him to Ramoth Gilead.
3 So Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Will you go with me against
Ramoth Gilead? And he answered him, I am as you are, and my people as your people;
also with you in the war.
4 And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Please inquire for the Word of Jehovah
5 So the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said to
them, Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain? And they said, Go up,
for God will deliver it into the king's hand.
6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not still a prophet of Jehovah here, that we may inquire of
7 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is still one man by whom to inquire of
Jehovah; but I hate him, because he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil.
He is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
8 So the king of Israel summoned one of his officers and said, Bring Micaiah the son of
9 The king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah, clothed in their robes, were sitting
each on his throne; and they were sitting at a threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of
Samaria; and all the prophets were prophesying before them.
10 Now Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made horns of iron for himself; and he said,
Thus says Jehovah: With these you shall thrust at the Syrians to finish them off.
11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth Gilead and prosper, for
Jehovah has delivered it into the king's hand.
12 And the messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah spoke to him, saying, Behold,
the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Therefore please let
your word be like the word of one of them, and speak of good things.
13 And Micaiah said, As Jehovah lives, whatever my God says, that I will speak.
14 And he came to the king; and the king said to him, Micaiah, shall we go to war against
Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain? And he said, Go and prosper, and they shall be delivered
into your hand!
15 And the king said to him, How many times shall I make you swear that you tell me
nothing but the truth in the name of Jehovah?
16 Then he said, I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no
shepherd. And Jehovah said, These have no master. Let each return to his house in peace.
17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell you he would not prophesy
good concerning me, but evil?
18 Then Micaiah said, Therefore hear the Word of Jehovah: I have seen Jehovah sitting
on His throne, and all the host of the heavens standing on His right hand and His left.
19 And Jehovah said, Who will persuade Ahab king of Israel to go up, that he may fall at
Ramoth Gilead? So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner.
20 Then a spirit came forward and stood before Jehovah, and said, I will persuade him.
Jehovah said to him, In what way?
21 So he said, I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the
Lord said, You shall seduce him and also succeed; go out and do so.
22 Therefore behold, Jehovah has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these prophets of
yours, and Jehovah has spoken evil against you.
23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near and struck Micaiah on the cheek, and
said, Which way has the spirit from Jehovah gone from me to speak to you?
24 And Micaiah said, Behold, you shall see on that day when you go into an inner
chamber to hide.
25 And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and return him to Amon the ruler of the city
and to Joash the king's son;
26 and say, Thus says the king: Put this one in prison, and feed him with bread of
affliction and water of affliction until I return in peace.
27 And Micaiah said, If indeed you do return in peace, Jehovah has not spoken by me.
And he said, Pay attention, all you people!
28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead.
29 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself and go into battle; but
you put on your robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself, and they went into battle.
30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the commanders of the chariots who were with
him, saying, Fight with no one small or great, but only with the king of Israel.
31 So it was, when the commanders of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is
the king of Israel! Therefore they surrounded him to engage in battle; but Jehoshaphat
cried out, and Jehovah helped him, and God drew them away from him.
32 For so it was, when the commanders of the chariots saw that it was not the king of
Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.
33 Now a certain man drew a bow at random, and struck the king of Israel between the
joints of his armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, Turn your hand and bring me
out of the battle, for I am wounded.
34 The battle increased that day, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot in
view of the Syrians until evening; and about the time of sunset he died.
2 Chronicles 19
1 And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned in peace to his house in Jerusalem.
2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out before him, and said to King
Jehoshaphat, Should you help the wicked and love those hating Jehovah? Therefore wrath
is upon you from before Jehovah.
3 Nevertheless good things have been found in you, in that you have burned the groves
from the land, and have fixed your heart to seek God.
4 So Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem; and he went out again among the people from Beer-sheba to the mountains of Ephraim, and brought them back to Jehovah the God of their
5 And he appointed judges throughout the land in all the fortified cities of Judah, city by
6 and said to the judges, Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man
but for Jehovah, who is with you in the words of judgment.
7 Now therefore, let the fear of Jehovah be upon you; take heed and do it, for there is no
injustice with Jehovah our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.
8 Moreover in Jerusalem, for the judgment of Jehovah and for disputes, Jehoshaphat
appointed some of the chief fathers of Israel of the Levites and priests, who were brought
back to Jerusalem.
9 And he commanded them, saying, You shall do this in the fear of Jehovah, in
faithfulness and with a perfect heart:
10 Whatever case comes to you from your brethren who dwell in their cities, whether of
bloodshed or offenses against Law or commandment, against statutes or ordinances, you
shall warn them, that they not trespass against Jehovah and wrath come upon you and your
brethren. Do this, and you shall not be guilty.
11 And behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of Jehovah; and
Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters; also
the Levites will be officials before you. Deal firmly, and Jehovah will be with the good.
2 Chronicles 20
1 And it happened after this that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, along with
others besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat.
2 And some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, A great multitude is coming
against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar (which is En
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set his face to seek Jehovah, and proclaimed a fast
throughout all Judah.
4 So Judah gathered together to seek the face of Jehovah; and from all the cities of Judah
they came to seek the face of Jehovah.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of
Jehovah, before the new court,
6 and said: O Jehovah the God of our fathers, are You not God in Heaven, and do You
not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and
might, so that no one is able to withstand You?
7 Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people
Israel, and gave it to the seed of Abraham Your friend forever?
8 And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying,
9 If evil comes upon us; sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine; we will stand before this
house and before Your face (for Your name is in this house), and cry out to You in our
affliction, and You will hear and save.
10 And now, behold, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, whom You would not
let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned aside from them
and have not destroyed them.
11 Behold, they are rewarding us by coming to drive us out of Your possession which
You have given us to inherit.
12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great
multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon
13 Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, were standing
14 Then the Spirit of Jehovah came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of
Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst
of the assembly.
15 And he said, Give attention, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, O King Jehoshaphat. Thus says Jehovah to you: Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's.
16 Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they are coming up by the ascent of Ziz,
and you shall find them at the end of the valley before the wilderness of Jeruel.
17 You shall not fight in this battle. Station yourselves, stand your ground and see the
salvation of Jehovah for you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not fear or be dismayed;
tomorrow go out before them, for Jehovah is with you.
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before Jehovah to prostrate themselves before Jehovah.
19 And the Levites of the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites stood up
to praise Jehovah the God of Israel with loud voices on high.
20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa; and as
they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Listen to me, O Judah and you inhabitants of
Jerusalem: Trust in Jehovah your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets,
and you shall prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing unto
Jehovah, and who should praise the glory of holiness, as they went out before the army
and were saying: Give thanks unto Jehovah, for His mercy is eternal.
22 And when they began to cry out in songs of praise, Jehovah set ambushes against the
sons of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were
23 For the sons of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to
utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir,
they helped to destroy one another.
24 So when Judah had come to the lookout point at the wilderness, they looked toward
the multitude; and behold, the corpses, fallen to the earth. No one had escaped.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to plunder the spoils, they found among
them an abundance of property on the corpses, with precious jewelry, which they stripped
off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days plundering
the spoils because there was so much.
26 And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed
Jehovah; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah to this day.
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat at the head
of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy; for Jehovah had made them rejoice over their
28 So they came to Jerusalem, with lutes and harps and trumpets, to the house of
29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of the lands when they heard that
Jehovah had fought against the enemies of Israel.
30 So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.
31 So Jehoshaphat was king over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became
king, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Azubah the
daughter of Shilhi.
32 And he walked in the way of his father Asa, and did not turn aside from it, to do what
was right in the eyes of Jehovah.
33 Nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for as yet the people had not fixed
their hearts to the God of their fathers.
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold they are written in the
book of Jehu the son of Hanani, which is brought up in the book of the kings of Israel.
35 After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah had made an alliance with Ahaziah king of Israel,
who acted very wickedly.
36 And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the
ships in Ezion Geber.
37 But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying,
Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, Jehovah has broken your works. And the
ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
2 Chronicles 21
1 And Jehoshaphat rested with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the City of
David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his place.
2 He had brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariah, Michael,
and Shephatiah; all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.
3 Their father gave them many gifts of silver and gold and precious things, with fortified
cities in Judah; but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram, because he was the firstborn.
4 Now when Jehoram rose to power over the kingdom of his father, he strengthened
himself and killed all his brothers with the sword, and also others of the rulers of Israel.
5 Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in
6 And he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done,
for he had the daughter of Ahab as a wife; and he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah.
7 Yet Jehovah would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that He had
made with David, and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons
8 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king over
9 So Jehoram went out with his commanders, and all his chariots with him. And he rose
up by night and struck the Edomites who had surrounded him and the commanders of the
10 Thus Edom has been in revolt from under the hand of Judah to this day. At that time
Libnah revolted from under his hand, because he had forsaken Jehovah the God of his
11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants
of Jerusalem to commit harlotry, and thrust Judah aside.
12 And a writing came to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus says Jehovah the
God of your father David: Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your
father, or in the ways of Asa king of Judah,
13 but have walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and have made Judah and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot like the harlotry of the house of Ahab, and also
have killed your brothers, those of your father's household, who were better than yourself,
14 behold, Jehovah is striking your people with a great blow; your children, your wives,
and all your possessions;
15 and you shall have great sickness with a disease of your intestines, until your intestines
come out by reason of the sickness, day by day.
16 Moreover Jehovah stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines and the
Arabians who were near the Ethiopians.
17 And they came up into Judah and broke through, and carried away all the possessions
that were found in the king's house, and also his sons and his wives, so that there was not a
son left to him except Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.
18 And after all this Jehovah struck him in his intestines with an incurable disease.
19 And it happened in the course of time, after the end of two years, that his intestines
came out because of his sickness; so he died from the miserable disease. And his people
made no burning for him, like the burnings for his fathers.
20 He was thirty-two years old when he became king. He reigned in Jerusalem eight years
and, and departed unloved. And they buried him in the City of David, but not in the tombs
of the kings.
2 Chronicles 22
1 Then the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his place, for
the raiders who came with the Arabians into the camp had killed all the older sons. So
Ahaziah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, reigned.
2 Ahaziah was forty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in
Jerusalem. His mother's name was Athaliah the daughter of Omri.
3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was counseling him to
4 Therefore he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, like the house of Ahab; for they were his
counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction.
5 He also followed their counsel, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to
war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth Gilead; and the Syrians struck Joram.
6 And he returned to Jezreel to heal from the wounds with which he was struck at Ramah,
when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehoram, king of
Judah, went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.
7 Now Ahaziah's destruction, when he went to Joram, was from God; for when he came,
he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom Jehovah had anointed to
cut off the house of Ahab.
8 And it happened, when Jehu was executing judgment upon the house of Ahab, and
found the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah's brothers who served Ahaziah, that he
9 He also sought for Ahaziah; and they caught him (he was hiding in Samaria), and
brought him to Jehu. When they had killed him, they buried him, because, they said, he is
the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought Jehovah with all his heart. So the house of Ahaziah
had no one to retain power over the kingdom.
10 Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and
commanded to destroy all the royal seed of the house of Judah.
11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole
him away from among the king's sons who were being killed, and put him and his nurse in
a bedroom. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the
priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah), hid him from Athaliah so that she did not kill
12 And he was hiding with them in the house of God for six years, while Athaliah reigned
over the land.
2 Chronicles 23
1 In the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and made a covenant with the
commanders of hundreds: Azariah the son of Jeroham, Ishmael the son of Jehohanan,
Azariah the son of Obed, Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri.
2 And they went throughout Judah and gathered the Levites from all the cities of Judah,
and the chief fathers of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.
3 And all the assembly made a covenant with the king in the house of God. And he said
to them, Behold, the king's son shall reign, as Jehovah has spoken of the sons of David.
4 This is what you shall do: One-third of you entering on the Sabbath, of the priests and
the Levites, shall be gatekeepers of the doors;
5 one-third shall be at the king's house; and one-third at the gate of the foundation. All the
people shall be in the courts of the house of Jehovah.
6 But let no one come into the house of Jehovah except the priests and those of the
Levites who serve. They may go in, for they are holy; but all the people shall keep the
watch of Jehovah.
7 And the Levites shall surround the king on all sides, every man with his weapons in his
hand; and whoever comes into the house, let him be put to death. You are to be with the
king when he comes in and when he goes out.
8 So the Levites and all Judah did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded.
And each man took his men who were to come in on the Sabbath, with those who were
going out on the Sabbath; for Jehoiada the priest had not dismissed the divisions.
9 And Jehoiada the priest gave to the commanders of hundreds the spears and the large
and small shields which had belonged to King David, that were in the house of God.
10 And he stationed all the people, every man with his weapon in his hand, from the right
side of the house to the left side of the house, along by the altar and by the house, all
around the king.
11 And they brought out the king's son, put the crown on him, gave him the Testimony,
and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, Long live the king!
12 Now when Athaliah heard the sound of the people running and praising the king, she
came to the people into the house of Jehovah.
13 When she looked, behold, the king was standing by his pillar at the entrance; and the
rulers and the trumpeters were by the king. All the people of the land were joyful, blowing
trumpets, and singing with instruments of song, and leading in praise. So Athaliah tore her
clothes and said, Treason! Treason!
14 And Jehoiada the priest brought out the commanders of hundreds who mustered the
forces, and said to them, Bring her out of the area of the house, and slay with the sword
whoever follows her. For the priest had said, Do not kill her in the house of Jehovah.
15 So they laid hands on her, and she came by way of the entrance of the Horse Gate by
the king's house, and they killed her there.
16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between himself, the people, and the king, to be the
people of Jehovah.
17 And all the people went to the house of Baal, and tore it down. They broke in pieces its
altars and images, and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
18 Jehoiada also appointed the oversight of the house of Jehovah into the hand of the
priests, the Levites, whom David had assigned to the house of Jehovah, to offer the burnt
offerings of Jehovah, as it is written in the Law of Moses, with gladness and song, by the
hands of David.
19 And he stationed the gatekeepers at the gates of the house of Jehovah, so that no one
who was in any way unclean could enter.
20 And he took the commanders of hundreds, the nobles, the rulers of the people, and all
the people of the land, and brought the king down from the house of Jehovah; and they
came through the Upper Gate to the king's house, and made the king sit on the throne of
21 So all the people of the land rejoiced; and the city was quiet, for they had slain Athaliah
with the sword.
2 Chronicles 24
1 Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years in
Jerusalem. His mother's name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.
2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of Jehovah all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
3 And Jehoiada took two wives for him, and he begot sons and daughters.
4 Now it happened after this that Joash set his heart to repair the house of Jehovah.
5 And he gathered the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out to the cities of
Judah, and gather from all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year,
and see that you do it quickly. However the Levites did not do it quickly.
6 So the king called Jehoiada the chief priest, and said to him, Why have you not required
the Levites to bring in from Judah and from Jerusalem the offering of Moses the servant of
Jehovah and of the assembly of Israel, for the tent of witness?
7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken into the house of God, and
had also offered all the consecrated things of the house of Jehovah to the Baals.
8 So at the king's command they made a chest, and set it outside at the gate of the house
9 And they made a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to bring to Jehovah the
offering that Moses the servant of God had laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
10 And all the rulers and all the people rejoiced, brought and threw into the chest until
they were all finished.
11 So it was, at that time, when the chest was brought to the king's official by the hand of
the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, that the king's scribe and the
high priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it and returned it to its place.
Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.
12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to those who did the work of the service of the
house of Jehovah; and they hired masons and craftsmen to repair the house of Jehovah,
and also craftsmen in iron and bronze to restore the house of Jehovah.
13 So the workmen labored, and the work of restoration excelled in their hands; they built
up the house of God to its proper measure and strengthened it.
14 When they had finished, they brought the rest of the money before the king and
Jehoiada; they made from it vessels for the house of Jehovah, utensils for serving and
offering, spoons and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the
house of Jehovah continually all the days of Jehoiada.
15 And Jehoiada grew old and satisfied with days, and died; he was one hundred and
thirty years old at his death.
16 And they buried him in the City of David among the kings, because he had done good
in Israel, both toward God and His house.
17 And after the death of Jehoiada the rulers of Judah came and bowed down to the king.
And the king gave heed to them.
18 And they forsook the house of Jehovah the God of their fathers, and served the groves
and idols; and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem because of their trespass.
19 And He sent prophets to them, to bring them back to Jehovah; and they testified
against them, but they would not listen.
20 And the Spirit of God clothed Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood
above the people, and said to them, Thus says God: Why do you transgress the
commandments of Jehovah, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken
Jehovah, He also has forsaken you.
21 So they conspired against him, and at the command of the king they stoned him with
stones in the court of the house of Jehovah.
22 Thus Joash the king did not remember the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done
to him, but killed his son; and as he died, he said, May Jehovah take notice, and require it!
23 So it happened at the turning of the year that the army of Syria came up against him;
and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the rulers of the people from
among the people, and sent all their spoils to the king of Damascus.
24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men; but Jehovah delivered
a very great army into their hand, because they had forsaken Jehovah the God of their
fathers. Thus they executed judgment against Joash.
25 And when they had withdrawn from him (for they left him severely wounded), his own
servants conspired against him because of the blood of the son of Jehoiada the priest, and
killed him on his bed. So he died. And they buried him in the City of David, but they did
not bury him in the tombs of the kings.
26 These are the ones who conspired against him: Zabad the son of Shimeath the
Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith the Moabitess.
27 Now concerning his sons, and the great many tributes to him, and the repairing of the
house of God, behold, they are written in the midrash of the book of the kings. And
Amaziah his son reigned in his place.
2 Chronicles 25
1 Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine
years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
2 And he did what was right in the eyes of Jehovah, but not with a perfect heart.
3 Now it happened, when the kingdom had been secured to him, that he executed his
servants who had killed his father the king.
4 However he did not execute their children, but did as it is written in the Law in the Book
of Moses, where Jehovah had commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death
for their sons, nor shall the sons be put to death for their fathers; but each shall die for his
5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together and set over them commanders of
thousands and commanders of hundreds, according to their fathers' houses, throughout all
Judah and Benjamin; and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found
them to be three hundred thousand choice men, able to go to war, handling spear and
6 He also hired one hundred thousand mighty men of valor from Israel for one hundred
talents of silver.
7 But a man of God came to him, saying, O king, do not let the army of Israel go with
you, for Jehovah is not with Israel; with any of the sons of Ephraim.
8 But if you do go, do it. Be strong in battle. But even so, God shall make you stumble
before the enemy; for God has power to help and to overthrow.
9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do about the hundred talents
which I have given to the troops of Israel? And the man of God answered, Jehovah has
much more than this to give you.
10 So Amaziah dismissed the troops that had come to him from Ephraim, to go back to
their place. Therefore their anger burned greatly against Judah, and they returned to their
place in burning anger.
11 And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led his people and went to the Valley of Salt
and killed ten thousand of the sons of Seir.
12 And the sons of Judah took captive ten thousand alive, brought them to the top of the
rock, and cast them down from the top of the rock, so that they all were ripped to pieces.
13 But as for the troops which Amaziah had dismissed, so that they should not go with
him to battle, they raided the cities of Judah from Samaria to Beth Horon, killed three
thousand in them, and plundered much spoils.
14 And it came about, after Amaziah came from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he
brought the gods of the children of Seir, set them up to be his gods, and bowed down
before them and burned incense to them.
15 Therefore the anger of Jehovah burned against Amaziah, and He sent him a prophet
who said to him, Why have you sought the gods of the people, which could not rescue
their own people from your hand?
16 So it was, as he spoke with him, that the king said to him, Have we made you the
king's counselor? Stop! Why should you be killed? So the prophet stopped, and said, I
know that God has given counsel to destroy you, because you have done this and have not
heeded my counsel.
17 Now Amaziah king of Judah took counsel and sent to Joash the son of Jehoahaz, the
son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look each other in the face.
18 And Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in
Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give your daughter to my son as
wife; and a wild beast that was in Lebanon passed by and trampled the thistle.
19 Behold, you say that you have struck the Edomites, and your heart is lifted up to boast.
Stay at home now; why should you excite yourself to evil, that you should fall; you and
Judah with you?
20 But Amaziah would not listen, for it was from God, to deliver them into the hand of
their enemies, because they had resorted to the gods of Edom.
21 So Joash king of Israel went out; and he and Amaziah king of Judah looked one
another in the face at Beth Shemesh, which belongs to Judah.
22 And Judah was struck down before Israel, and every man fled to his tent.
23 And Joash the king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son
of Jehoahaz, at Beth Shemesh; and he brought him to Jerusalem, and broke down the wall
of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate; four hundred cubits.
24 And he took all the gold and silver, all the vessels that were found in the house of God
with Obed-Edom, the treasures of the king's house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.
25 And Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, lived fifteen years after the death of
Joash the son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel.
26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, from first to last, behold, are they not written in
the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
27 After the time that Amaziah turned away from following Jehovah, they conspired
treason against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish
and killed him there.
28 And they brought him on horses and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.
2 Chronicles 26
1 And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him
king instead of his father Amaziah.
2 He built Elath and restored it to Judah, after the king rested with his fathers.
3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in
Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem.
4 And he did what was right in the eyes of Jehovah, according to all that his father
Amaziah had done.
5 He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God;
and in the days that he sought Jehovah, God made him prosper.
6 And he went out and made war against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of Gath,
the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod; and he built cities around Ashdod and among
7 God helped him against the Philistines, against the Arabians who lived in Gur-Baal, and against the Meunim.
8 The Ammonites also brought tribute to Uzziah. His fame spread as far as the entrance of
Egypt, for he became exceedingly strong.
9 And Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate, and at the
corner of the wall, and fortified them.
10 He also built towers in the wilderness, and dug many wells, for he had much livestock,
both in the lowlands and in the plains; he also had farmers and vinedressers in the
mountains and in Carmel, for he loved the soil.
11 Moreover Uzziah had forces making war who went out to war by divisions, according
to the number of their muster by the hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the officer,
under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king's commanders.
12 The total number of heads of fathers of the mighty men of valor was two thousand six
13 And under their hand was a military force of three hundred and seven thousand five
hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.
14 And Uzziah provided for them, for the entire army, shields, spears, helmets, body
armor, bows, and stones for the slings.
15 And he made devices in Jerusalem, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and
the corners, to shoot arrows and large stones. And his fame spread far and wide, for he
was marvelously helped till he became strong.
16 But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed
against Jehovah his God to enter the temple of Jehovah to burn incense on the altar of
17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him were eighty priests of Jehovah;
18 And they withstood King Uzziah, and said to him, It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn
incense unto Jehovah, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn
incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have trespassed! You shall have no honor from
19 And Uzziah became enraged; and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And
while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in
the house of Jehovah, beside the incense altar.
20 And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked towards him, and behold, on his
forehead he was leprous; so they hurried him out of that place. Indeed he also hurried to
get out, because Jehovah had struck him.
21 And King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death. He dwelt in a separate house,
because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of Jehovah. And Jotham his son
was over the king's house, judging the people of the land.
22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, from first to last, the prophet Isaiah the son of
Amoz has written.
23 So Uzziah rested with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of
burial which belonged to the kings, for they said, He is a leper. And Jotham his son reigned
in his place.
2 Chronicles 27
1 Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jerusha the daughter of Zadok.
2 And he did what was right in the eyes of Jehovah, according to all that his father Uzziah
had done (although he did not enter the temple of Jehovah). But the people continued to
3 He built the upper gate of the house of Jehovah, and he built extensively on the wall of
4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built fortresses
5 He also fought with the king of the Ammonites and prevailed over them. And the
children of Ammon gave him in that year one hundred talents of silver, ten thousand kors
of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. The children of Ammon paid this to him in the
second and third years also.
6 Thus Jotham became mighty, because he had directed his ways before Jehovah his God.
7 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars and his ways, behold they are
written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
8 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in
9 So Jotham rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. And Ahaz
his son reigned in his place.
2 Chronicles 28
1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in
Jerusalem; and he did not do what was right in the eyes of Jehovah, like his father David.
2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made molten images for the Baals.
3 He burned incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burned his children in the
fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom Jehovah had cast out before the
children of Israel.
4 And he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places, on the hills, and under every
5 Therefore Jehovah his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria. They struck
him, and carried away a great multitude of them as captives, and brought them to
Damascus. Then he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who struck him
down with a great slaughter.
6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah killed one hundred and twenty thousand in Judah in
one day, all valiant men, because they had forsaken Jehovah the God of their fathers.
7 Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, killed Maaseiah the king's son, Azrikam the officer
over the house, and Elkanah who was second to the king.
8 And the sons of Israel carried away captive of their brethren two hundred thousand
women, sons, and daughters; and they also took away much spoils from them, and brought
the spoils to Samaria.
9 But a prophet of Jehovah was there, whose name was Oded; and he went out before the
army that came to Samaria, and said to them: Behold, because Jehovah the God of your
fathers was angry with Judah, He has delivered them into your hand; but you have killed
them in a rage that reaches up to the heavens.
10 And now you propose to subject the children of Judah and Jerusalem to be your male
and female slaves; but do you not also have guilt of your own before Jehovah your God?
11 Now listen to me, therefore, and return the captives, whom you have taken captive
from your brethren, for the fierce wrath of Jehovah is upon you.
12 Then some of the heads of the sons of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan,
Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of
Hadlai, stood up against those who came from the war,
13 and said to them, You shall not bring the captives here, for we are already guilty before
Jehovah. You intend to add to our sins and to our guilt; for our guilt is great, and there is
fierce wrath against Israel.
14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoils before the rulers and all the assembly.
15 Then the men who were designated by name rose up and took the captives, and from
the spoils they clothed all who were naked among them, dressed them and gave them
sandals, gave them food and drink, and anointed them; and they let all the feeble ones ride
on donkeys. So they brought them to their brethren at Jericho, the city of palm trees; and
returned to Samaria.
16 At that time King Ahaz had sent to the king of Assyria to help him,
17 for again the Edomites had come, struck Judah, and carried away captives.
18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the lowland and of the south of Judah,
and had taken Beth Shemesh, Aijalon, Gederoth, Sochoh with its daughter-villages,
Timnah with its daughter-villages, and Gimzo with its daughter-villages; and dwelt there.
19 For Jehovah had humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he had led Judah
into lack of restraints, and to trespass in unfaithfulness unto Jehovah.
20 And Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came to him and distressed him, and did not help
21 For Ahaz took part of the treasures from the house of Jehovah, from the house of the
king, and from the rulers, and he gave it to the king of Assyria; but he did not help him.
22 And in the time of his distress he became increasingly unfaithful to Jehovah; this King
23 For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus which had struck him, saying, Because the
gods of the kings of Syria help them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me. But
they were the ruin of him and of all Israel.
24 So Ahaz gathered the vessels of the house of God, cut in pieces the utensils of the
house of God, shut up the doors of the house of Jehovah, and made for himself altars in
every corner of Jerusalem.
25 And in every single city of Judah he made high places to burn incense to other gods,
and provoked to anger Jehovah the God of his fathers.
26 Now the rest of his acts and all his ways, from first to last, behold they are written in
the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
27 So Ahaz rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, in Jerusalem; but they
did not bring him into the tombs of the kings of Israel. And Hezekiah his son reigned in his
2 Chronicles 29
1 Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine
years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah.
2 And he did what was right in the eyes of Jehovah, according to all that his father David
3 In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of
Jehovah and repaired them.
4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together in the east
5 and said to them: Hear me, you Levites. Now consecrate yourselves, consecrate the
house of Jehovah the God of your fathers, and carry out the filth from the holy place.
6 For our fathers have been unfaithful and done evil in the eyes of Jehovah our God; they
have forsaken Him, have turned their faces away from the dwelling place of Jehovah, and
turned their backs on Him.
7 They have also shut up the doors of the porch, put out the lamps, and have not burned
incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.
8 Therefore the wrath of Jehovah is upon Judah and Jerusalem, and He has given them up
to trembling and terror, to horror, and to hissing, as you see with your eyes.
9 For behold, because of this our fathers have fallen by the sword; and our sons, our
daughters, and our wives are in captivity.
10 Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with Jehovah the God of Israel, that His
fierce wrath may turn away from us.
11 Now my sons, do not be negligent, for Jehovah has chosen you to stand before Him, to
serve Him, and that you should serve Him and burn incense.
12 Then these Levites rose up: Mahath the son of Amasai and Joel the son of Azariah, of
the sons of the Kohathites; of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi and Azariah the
son of Jehallelel; of the Gershonites, Joah the son of Zimmah and Eden the son of Joah;
13 of the sons of Elizaphan, Shimri and Jeiel; of the sons of Asaph, Zechariah and
14 of the sons of Heman, Jehiel and Shimei; and of the sons of Jeduthun, Shemaiah and
15 And they gathered their brethren, consecrated themselves, and went according to the
commandment of the king, by the words of Jehovah, to cleanse the house of Jehovah.
16 And the priests went into the inner part of the house of Jehovah to cleanse it, and
brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of Jehovah, to the court of
the house of Jehovah. And the Levites took it out and carried it to the Brook Kidron.
17 And they began to consecrate on the first day of the first month, and on the eighth day
of the month they came to the porch of Jehovah. Then they consecrated the house of
Jehovah in eight days, and by the sixteenth day of the first month they had finished.
18 And they went in to King Hezekiah and said, We have cleansed all the house of
Jehovah, the altar of burnt offerings with all its utensils, and the table of the Bread in Rows
with all its utensils.
19 Moreover all the articles which King Ahaz in his reign had cast aside in his
unfaithfulness we have prepared and consecrated; and behold, they are before the altar of
20 Then King Hezekiah arose early, gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to the
house of Jehovah.
21 And they brought seven bulls, seven rams, seven lambs, and seven male goats for a sin
offering for the kingdom, for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests,
the sons of Aaron, to offer them on the altar of Jehovah.
22 So they killed the bulls, and the priests received the blood and sprinkled it on the altar.
Likewise they killed the rams and sprinkled the blood on the altar. They also killed the
lambs and sprinkled the blood on the altar.
23 Then they brought out the male goats for the sin offering before the king and the
assembly, and they laid their hands on them.
24 And the priests killed them; and they offered their blood on the altar as a sin offering to
make atonement for all Israel; for the king had commanded the burnt offering and the sin
offering for all Israel.
25 And he stationed the Levites in the house of Jehovah with cymbals, with lutes, and
with harps, according to the commandment of David, of Gad the king's seer, and of
Nathan the prophet; for thus was the commandment of Jehovah by the hand of his
26 The Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.
27 And Hezekiah commanded them to offer the burnt offering on the altar. And when the
burnt offering began, the song of Jehovah also began, with the trumpets and by the hand
of the instruments of David, king of Israel.
28 So all the assembly bowed down, the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded; all this
until the burnt offering was finished.
29 And when they had finished offering, the king and all who were present with him
bowed down and prostrated themselves.
30 Moreover King Hezekiah and the rulers commanded the Levites to praise Jehovah with
the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they praised with gladness, and they bowed
down and prostrated themselves.
31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now that you have confirmed your hands unto
Jehovah, come near, and bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the house of Jehovah. And
the assembly brought in sacrifices and thank offerings, and as many as were of a willing
heart brought burnt offerings.
32 And the number of the burnt offerings which the assembly brought was seventy bulls,
one hundred rams, and two hundred lambs; all these for a burnt offering unto Jehovah.
33 The consecrated things were six hundred bulls and three thousand sheep.
34 But the priests were too few, so that they were not able to flay all the burnt offerings;
therefore their brethren the Levites supported them until the work was ended and until the
other priests had consecrated themselves, for the Levites were more upright in heart to
consecrate themselves than the priests.
35 Also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings and
with the drink offerings for the burnt offerings. Thus the service of the house of Jehovah
was set in order.
36 And Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people, since the
thing came about suddenly.
2 Chronicles 30
1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and also wrote letters to Ephraim and
Manasseh, that they should come to the house of Jehovah at Jerusalem, to keep the
Passover unto Jehovah the God of Israel.
2 For the king and his rulers and all the assembly in Jerusalem had taken counsel to keep
the Passover in the second month.
3 For they could not keep it at the regular time, because a sufficient number of priests had
not consecrated themselves, nor had the people gathered together at Jerusalem.
4 And the matter was right in the eyes of the king and all the assembly.
5 So they established a decree throughout all Israel, from Beer-sheba to Dan, that they
should come to keep the Passover unto Jehovah the God of Israel at Jerusalem, for they
had not done it for many days as it is written.
6 And the runners went throughout all Israel and Judah with the letters from the king and
his rulers, and spoke according to the command of the king: O Children of Israel, return
unto Jehovah the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel; then He will return to the remnant of
you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria.
7 And do not be like your fathers and your brethren, who have been unfaithful to Jehovah
the God of their fathers, so that He gave them up to desolation, as you see.
8 Now do not stiffen your necks, like your fathers, but give your hands unto Jehovah; and
enter His sanctuary, which He has consecrated for all time, and serve Jehovah your God,
that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you.
9 For if you return to Jehovah, your brethren and your children shall find compassion
before those holding them captive, to come back to this land; for Jehovah your God is
gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him.
10 So the runners passed from city to city through the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, as
far as Zebulun; but they laughed at them, mocking them.
11 Nevertheless some from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came
12 Also the hand of God was on Judah to give them singleness of heart to obey the
command of the king and the rulers, at the Word of Jehovah.
13 And many people, a very great assembly, gathered at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of
Unleavened Bread in the second month.
14 They arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and they took away all the
incense altars and cast them into the Brook Kidron.
15 Then they slaughtered the Passover on the fourteenth day of the second month. The
priests and the Levites were ashamed, and consecrated themselves, and brought the burnt
offerings to the house of Jehovah.
16 They stood in their place according to the ordinance, according to the Law of Moses
the man of God; the priests were sprinkling the blood from the hand of the Levites.
17 For many in the assembly had not sanctified themselves; therefore the Levites had
charge of the slaughter of the Passover for everyone who was not clean, to consecrate
them to Jehovah.
18 For a multitude of the people, many from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun,
had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover contrary to what was written. But
Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, O good Jehovah, provide atonement for everyone
19 who has prepared his heart to seek God, Jehovah the God of his fathers, though not
according to the purification of the sanctuary.
20 And Jehovah gave heed to Hezekiah and healed the people.
21 So the children of Israel found at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread
seven days with great joy; and the Levites and the priests were praising Jehovah day by
day, with loud instruments unto Jehovah.
22 And Hezekiah spoke to the heart of all the Levites who were teaching the good
understanding of Jehovah; and they ate throughout the feast seven days, offering peace
offerings and making confession unto Jehovah the God of their fathers.
23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep the feast another seven days, and they
kept it another seven days with joy.
24 For Hezekiah king of Judah had given to the assembly a thousand bulls and seven
thousand sheep, and the rulers had given to the assembly a thousand bulls and ten thousand
sheep; and a great number of priests consecrated themselves.
25 The whole assembly of Judah rejoiced, along with the priests and Levites, all the
assembly that came from Israel, the sojourners who came from the land of Israel, and those
dwelling in Judah.
26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon the son of David,
king of Israel, there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.
27 Then the priests, the Levites, rose up and blessed the people, and their voice was
heard; and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, to the heavens.
2 Chronicles 31
1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of
Judah and broke the sacred pillars in pieces, chopped down the groves, and threw down
the high places and the altars; from all Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh; until
they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned to their own
cities, each to his possession.
2 And Hezekiah appointed the divisions of the priests and the Levites according to their
divisions, each man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and
peace offerings, to serve, to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the camp of Jehovah.
3 The king also appointed a portion of his possessions for the burnt offerings: for the
morning and evening burnt offerings, the burnt offerings for the Sabbaths and the new
moons and the set feasts, as it is written in the Law of Jehovah.
4 Moreover he commanded the people who dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion for the
priests and the Levites, that they might grow strong in the Law of Jehovah.
5 As soon as the word spread, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of
grain and wine, oil and honey, and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in
abundantly the tithe of everything.
6 And the children of Israel and Judah, who dwelt in the cities of Judah, brought the tithe
of oxen and sheep; also the tithe of holy things which were consecrated to Jehovah their
God they laid in heaps upon heaps.
7 In the third month they began laying them in heaps, and they finished in the seventh
8 And when Hezekiah and the rulers came and saw the heaps, they blessed Jehovah and
His people Israel.
9 And Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps.
10 And Azariah the chief priest, from the house of Zadok, answered him and said, Since
the people began to bring the offerings into the house of Jehovah, we have had enough to
eat and have plenty left, for Jehovah has blessed His people; and what is left is this great
11 And Hezekiah commanded them to prepare rooms in the house of Jehovah, and they
12 And they faithfully brought in the offerings, the tithes, and the consecrated things;
Cononiah the Levite had charge of them, and Shimei his brother was next.
13 Jehiel, Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad, Eliel, Ismachiah, Mahath, and
Benaiah were overseers under the hand of Cononiah and Shimei his brother, at the
appointment of Hezekiah the king and Azariah the ruler of the house of God.
14 Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the keeper of the east gate, was over the freewill
offerings to God, to distribute the offerings of Jehovah and the set apart, holy things.
15 And under him were Eden, Miniamin, Jeshua, Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah,
trusted in the cities of the priests, to distribute to the divisions by the hand of their brethren,
to the great as well as the small.
16 Besides those males from three years old and up who were reckoned by genealogy,
they distributed to everyone who entered the house of Jehovah his portion day by day for
the service of his charge, according to his division,
17 and to the priests who were reckoned by genealogy according to their father's house,
and to the Levites from twenty years old and up according to their charge, by their
18 and to all who were reckoned by genealogy; their little ones and their wives, their sons
and daughters, the whole company of them; for in their faithfulness they sanctified
themselves in holiness.
19 Also for the sons of Aaron the priests, who were in the fields of the common lands of
their cities, in each city, there were men who were designated by name to distribute
portions to all the males among the priests and to all who were reckoned by genealogy
among the Levites.
20 Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true
before Jehovah his God.
21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the Law and in
the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
2 Chronicles 32
1 After these deeds of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered Judah;
he encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to break through for himself.
2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come, and that his purpose was to make
war against Jerusalem,
3 he took counsel with his rulers and mighty men to stop the water from the springs which
were outside the city; and they helped him.
4 So, many people gathered together who stopped all the springs and the brook that ran
through the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come and find much water?
5 And he strengthened himself, built up all the wall that was broken, raised it up to the
towers, and built another wall outside; he also restored the Millo in the City of David, and
made weapons and shields in abundance.
6 And he assigned commanders of war over the people, gathered them together to him in
the open place of the city gate, and spoke to their heart, saying,
7 Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor
before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him.
8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is Jehovah our God, to help us and to fight our
battles. And the people were bolstered by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
9 After this, Sennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants to Jerusalem (but he and all
the forces with him laid siege against Lachish), to Hezekiah king of Judah, and to all Judah
who were in Jerusalem, saying,
10 Thus says Sennacherib king of Assyria: In what are you trusting, that you remain under
siege in Jerusalem?
11 Is not Hezekiah enticing you to give yourselves over to die by famine and by thirst,
saying, Jehovah our God will deliver us from the hand of the king of Assyria?
12 Has not the same Hezekiah taken away His high places and His altars, and commanded
Judah and Jerusalem, saying, You shall bow down before one altar and burn incense on it?
13 Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of other lands?
Were the gods of the nations of those lands in any way able to deliver their lands out of my
14 Who among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed was able to
deliver his people out of my hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of my
15 Now therefore, do not let Hezekiah deceive you nor entice you like this, and do not believe him; for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of my hand or the hand of my fathers. How much less will your God deliver you out of my hand.
16 Furthermore, his servants spoke against Jehovah God and against His servant
17 He had also written letters to reproach Jehovah the God of Israel, and to speak against
Him, saying, As the gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered their people from
my hand, so the God of Hezekiah will not deliver His people from my hand.
18 Then they called out with a loud voice in the Jewish language to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to frighten them and terrify them, that they might capture the city.
19 And they spoke against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the peoples of the
lands; the work of men's hands.
20 Now because of this King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, prayed
and cried out to the heavens.
21 And Jehovah sent an angel who cut down every mighty man of valor, rulers, and
commanders in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned shamefaced to his own
land. And when he went into the house of his god, he fell by the sword of some of the
offspring of his own body.
22 Thus Jehovah saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of
Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all others, and guided them on
23 And many brought gifts unto Jehovah at Jerusalem, and choice things to Hezekiah king
of Judah, so that he was exalted in the eyes of all the nations thereafter.
24 In those days Hezekiah was sick unto death, and he prayed to Jehovah; and He spoke
to him and gave him a sign.
25 But Hezekiah did not return according to the favor shown him, for his heart had
become haughty; therefore wrath was over him and over Judah and Jerusalem.
26 Then Hezekiah humbled himself for the haughtiness of his heart, he and the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of Jehovah did not come upon them in the days of
27 Hezekiah had very great riches and honor. And he made himself treasuries for silver,
for gold, for precious stones, for spices, for shields, and for all kinds of desirable objects;
28 storehouses for the harvest of grain, wine, and oil; and stalls for all kinds of livestock,
and folds for flocks.
29 Moreover he provided cities for himself, and possessions of flocks and herds in
abundance; for God had given him very much property.
30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the water outlet of upper Gihon, and brought the
water by tunnel to the west side of the City of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his
31 However, regarding the ambassadors of the rulers of Babylon, who were sent to him to
inquire about the wonder that had happened in the land, God left him alone, to test him, to
know all his heart.
32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness, behold they are written in the
vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and
33 So Hezekiah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the upper tombs of the
sons of David; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem honored him at his death.
And Manasseh his son reigned in his place.
2 Chronicles 33
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in
2 And he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, according to the abominations of the nations
whom Jehovah had cast out before the children of Israel.
3 For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down; he raised up
altars for the Baals, and made groves; and he bowed down to all the host of the heavens
and served them.
4 He also built altars in the house of Jehovah, of which Jehovah had said, In Jerusalem
shall My name be always.
5 And he built altars for all the host of the heavens in the two courts of the house of
6 He also caused his sons to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom; he
practiced fortunetelling, witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and necromancers.
He did much evil in the eyes of Jehovah, to provoke Him to anger.
7 And he set a graven image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God, of which
God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house and in Jerusalem, which I
have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name always;
8 and I will not again remove the foot of Israel from the land which I have appointed for
your fathers; only if they take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the
whole Law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.
9 So Manasseh caused Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go astray, to do more
evil than the nations whom Jehovah had destroyed before the children of Israel.
10 And Jehovah spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen.
11 Therefore Jehovah brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of
Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him
off to Babylon.
12 And when he was in distress, he entreated Jehovah his God, and humbled himself
greatly before the God of his fathers,
13 and prayed to Him; and He was entreated of him, heard his supplication, and brought
him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh recognized that Jehovah was
14 After this he built a wall outside the City of David on the west side of Gihon, in the
valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate; and it encircled Ophel, and he raised it to a
very great height. And he stationed commanders of the forces in all the fortified cities of
15 He took away the foreign gods and the idol out of the house of Jehovah, and all the
altars that he had built in the mount of the house of Jehovah and in Jerusalem; and he cast
them out of the city.
16 He also repaired the altar of Jehovah, sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings on
it, and commanded Judah to serve Jehovah the God of Israel.
17 However the people still sacrificed on the high places; nevertheless to Jehovah their
18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, his prayer to his God, and the words of the seers
who spoke to him in the name of Jehovah the God of Israel, behold, they are written in the
book of the kings of Israel.
19 Also his prayer and his entreaty, and all his sin and unfaithfulness, and the places
where he built high places and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled,
behold, they are written among the sayings of the seers.
20 So Manasseh rested with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house. And his
son Amon reigned in his place.
21 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned two years in
22 And he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, as his father Manasseh had done; for Amon
sacrificed to all the graven images which his father Manasseh had made, and served them.
23 And he did not humble himself before Jehovah, as his father Manasseh had humbled
himself, but Amon exceeded his guilt.
24 Then his servants conspired against him, and killed him in his own house.
25 But the people of the land executed all those who had conspired against King Amon.
And the people of the land made his son Josiah king in his place.
2 Chronicles 34
1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in
2 And he did what was right in the eyes of Jehovah, and walked in the ways of his father
David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of
his father David; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high
places, the groves, the graven images, and the molten images.
4 They broke down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and the incense altars which
were above them he cut down; and the groves, the graven images, and the molten images
he broke in pieces, and pulverized them and scattered them on the graves of those who had
sacrificed to them.
5 He also burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and cleansed Judah and
6 and also in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, as far as Naphtali and all
around; with chopping tools.
7 When he had broken down the altars and the groves, had beaten the carved images into
powder, and cut down all the incense altars throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to
8 In the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the house, he sent
Shaphan the son of Azaliah, Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz
the recorder, to repair the house of Jehovah his God.
9 And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered the money that was
brought into the house of God, which the Levites who kept the doors had gathered from
the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, from all the remnant of Israel, from all Judah and
Benjamin, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
10 And they gave it into the hand of the workmen who had the oversight of the house of
Jehovah; and they gave it to the workmen who worked in the house of Jehovah, to repair
and restore the house.
11 They gave it to the craftsmen and builders to buy hewn stone and timber for couplings,
and to make beams for the houses which the kings of Judah had destroyed.
12 And the men did the work faithfully. Their overseers were Jahath and Obadiah the
Levites, of the sons of Merari, and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the
Kohathites, to supervise. Others of the Levites were teaching the instruments of song,
13 were over the burden bearers, and were overseers of all who did work in any kind of
service. And some of the Levites were scribes, officers, and gatekeepers.
14 Now when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of Jehovah,
Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of Jehovah given by the hand of Moses.
15 And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the Book of the Law in the house of Jehovah. And Hilkiah gave the Book to Shaphan.
16 So Shaphan carried the Book to the king, bringing the king word, saying, All that was committed to your servants they are doing.
17 And they have gathered the money that was found in the house of Jehovah, and have given it into the hand of the overseers and the workmen.
18 Then Shaphan the scribe reported to the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest has given me a Book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
19 And it came about, when the king heard the Words of the Law, that he tore his clothes.
20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of
Micah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king, saying,
21 Go, inquire of Jehovah for me, and for those who are left in Israel and Judah, concerning the Words of the Book that has been found; for great is the wrath of Jehovah that has been poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the Word of Jehovah, to do according to all that is written in this Book.
22 So Hilkiah and those from the king went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum
the son of Tokhath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe. (She was living in
Jerusalem in the Second Quarter.) And they spoke to her regarding this.
23 And she answered them, Thus says Jehovah the God of Israel, Tell the man who has
sent you to Me,
24 Thus says Jehovah: Behold, I am bringing evil upon this place and upon its inhabitants, all the curses that are written in the Book which they have read before the king of Judah,
25 because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other gods, to provoke Me to
anger with all the works of their hands. Therefore My wrath shall be poured out upon this
place, and shall not be quenched.
26 But as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of Jehovah, thus you shall speak
to him, Thus says Jehovah the God of Israel, whose Words you have heard:
27 Because your heart has been tender, and you humbled yourself before God when you
heard His Words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself
before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you, says
28 Behold, I am gathering you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in
peace; and your eyes shall not see all the evil which I am bringing upon this place and its
inhabitants. So they brought back word to the king.
29 Then the king sent and gathered all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.
30 And the king went up to the house of Jehovah, with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the priests and the Levites, and all the people, great and small. And he read in their ears all the Words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of Jehovah.
31 And the king stood in his place and made a covenant before Jehovah, to walk after
Jehovah, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his
heart and all his soul, to do the Words of the covenant that were written in this Book.
32 And he caused all who were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it. So the
inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.
33 And Josiah removed all the abominations from all the land of the children of Israel, and
caused all who were found in Israel to serve, being subject unto Jehovah their God. All his
days they did not depart from following Jehovah the God of their fathers.
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1 And Josiah kept a Passover unto Jehovah in Jerusalem, and they slaughtered the
Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
2 And he stationed the priests at their charges and encouraged them in the service of the house of Jehovah.
3 And he said to the Levites who were teaching all Israel, who were set apart unto
Jehovah: Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, has
built. It shall not be a burden on your shoulders. Now serve Jehovah your God and His
4 Prepare yourselves according to your fathers' houses, according to your divisions,
according to the writings of David king of Israel and the writings of Solomon his son.
5 And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the fathers' houses of your
brethren, the sons of the people, and according to the division of the father's house of the
6 Now slaughter the Passover, consecrate yourselves, and prepare them for your brethren,
that they may do according to the Word of Jehovah by the hand of Moses.
7 And Josiah gave the sons of the people lambs and young goats from the flock, all for
Passover for all who were present, to the number of thirty thousand, as well as three
thousand oxen; these were from the king's possessions.
8 And his rulers contributed willingly to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites.
Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave to the priests two thousand
six hundred Passover lambs, and three hundred oxen.
9 Also Conaniah, his brothers Shemaiah and Nethanel, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and
Jozabad, chief of the Levites, contributed to the Levites five thousand Passover lambs, and
five hundred oxen.
10 Thus the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their places, and the Levites in their divisions, according to the king's command.
11 And they slaughtered the Passover lambs; and the priests sprinkled the blood with their
hands, while the Levites were flaying.
12 And they removed the burnt offerings to distribute them by the divisions of the fathers'
houses to the sons of the people, to offer unto Jehovah, as it is written in the Book of
Moses; and also with the oxen.
13 They also roasted the Passover with fire according to the ordinance; and the other holy
things they boiled in pots, in kettles, and in pans, and brought them quickly to all the sons
of the people.
14 Then afterward they prepared for themselves and for the priests, because the priests,
the sons of Aaron, were busy in offering burnt offerings and fat until night; therefore the
Levites prepared for themselves and for the priests, the sons of Aaron.
15 And the singers, the sons of Asaph, were in their places, according to the command of
David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun the king's seer. Also the gatekeepers were at each
gate; they did not leave their service, because their brethren the Levites prepared for them.
16 Thus all the service of Jehovah was prepared the same day, to keep the Passover and to offer burnt offerings on the altar of Jehovah, according to the command of King Josiah.
17 And the children of Israel found there, kept the Passover at that time, and the Feast of
Unleavened Bread seven days.
18 And there had not been kept in Israel any Passover like that since the days of Samuel
the prophet; and none of the kings of Israel had kept such a Passover as Josiah kept, with
the priests and the Levites, all Judah and Israel found there, and the inhabitants of
19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah this Passover was kept.
20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the house, Necho king of Egypt came up to
fight against Carchemish by the Euphrates; and Josiah went out to meet him.
21 But he sent messengers to him, saying, What have I to do with you, O king of Judah? I
have not come against you this day, but against the house with which I have war; for God
has commanded me to make haste. Refrain from meddling with God, who is with me, that
you not be destroyed.
22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself so that he
might fight with him, and did not heed the words of Necho from the mouth of God. So he
came to fight in the Valley of Megiddo.
23 And the archers shot King Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Take me away, for
I am severely wounded.
24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot and put him in the second chariot
that he had, and they brought him to Jerusalem. So he died, and was buried in the tombs
of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.
25 Jeremiah also lamented for Josiah. And to this day all the singing men and the singing
women speak of Josiah in their lamentations. They made it an ordinance in Israel; and
behold, they are written in the Lamentations.
26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah and his goodness, according to what was written in
the Law of Jehovah,
27 and his deeds from first to last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of
Israel and Judah.
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1 And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his
father's place in Jerusalem.
2 Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months
3 And the king of Egypt deposed him at Jerusalem; and he fined the land one hundred
talents of silver and a talent of gold.
4 Then the king of Egypt made Jehoahaz's brother Eliakim king over Judah and
Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother and
brought him to Egypt.
5 Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years
in Jerusalem. And he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah his God.
6 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him, and bound him in bronze fetters
to carry him to Babylon.
7 Nebuchadnezzar also brought away some of the vessels from the house of Jehovah to
Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.
8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, the abominations which he had done, and what
was found against him, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and
Judah. And Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place.
9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three
months and ten days. And he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah.
10 At the turn of the year King Nebuchadnezzar sent and brought him to Babylon, with
the precious vessels from the house of Jehovah, and made Zedekiah, Jehoiakim's brother,
king over Judah and Jerusalem.
11 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven
years in Jerusalem.
12 And he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah his God, and did not humble himself before
Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of Jehovah.
13 And he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had adjured him by God; but
he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to Jehovah the God of Israel.
14 Moreover all the rulers of the priests and the people trespassed with great
unfaithfulness, according to all the abominations of the nations, and defiled the house of
Jehovah which He had consecrated in Jerusalem.
15 And Jehovah the God of their fathers sent to them by the hand of His messengers,
rising early to send them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling
16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His
prophets, to make the wrath of Jehovah swell up against His people, till there was no
17 Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young
men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man
or virgin, on the aged or the weak; He gave them all into his hand.
18 And all the vessels from the house of God, great and small, the treasures of the house
of Jehovah, and the treasures of the king and of his rulers, all these he carried away to
19 And they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its
palaces with fire, and destroyed every desirable thing.
20 And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they
became servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia;
21 to fulfill the Word of Jehovah by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its
Sabbaths. All the days to lay desolate, it kept the Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.
22 And in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, to fulfill the Word of Jehovah by the
mouth of Jeremiah, Jehovah stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a
proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,
23 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: Jehovah the God of the heavens has given to me all the kingdoms of the earth; and He has laid a charge upon me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Whoever among you of all His people: Jehovah his God be with him, and let him go up.