1 And Solomon made
affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter,
and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an
end of building his own house, and the house of the LORD, and
the wall of Jerusalem round about.
2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was
no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.
3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David
his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.
4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was
the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon
offer upon that altar.
5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night:
and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David
my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in
truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with
thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou
hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead
of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not
how to go out or come in.
8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast
chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted
9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge
thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who
is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this
11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing,
and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked
riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies;
but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given
thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none
like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like
13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked,
both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among
the kings like unto thee all thy days.
14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and
my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen
15 And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came
to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the
LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings,
and made a feast to all his servants.
16 Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king,
and stood before him.
17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell
in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the
18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered,
that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there
was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.
19 And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid
20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me,
while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid
her dead child in my bosom.
21 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold,
it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold,
it was not my son, which I did bear.
22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son,
and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is
thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the
23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth,
and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son
is the dead, and my son is the living.
24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword
before the king.
25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give
half to the one, and half to the other.
26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the
king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my
lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But
the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide
27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child,
and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged;
and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God
was in him, to do judgment.
1 So king Solomon
was king over all Israel.
2 And these were the princes which he had; Azariah the son of
Zadok the priest,
3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat
the son of Ahilud, the recorder.
4 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the host: and Zadok
and Abiathar were the priests:
5 And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and Zabud
the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king's friend:
6 And Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the son of
Abda was over the tribute.
7 And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided
victuals for the king and his household: each man his month
in a year made provision.
8 And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount Ephraim:
9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Beth-shemesh,
10 The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to him pertained Sochoh, and
all the land of Hepher:
11 The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; which had
Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife:
12 Baana the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo,
and all Beth-shean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from
Beth-shean to Abel-meholah, even unto the place that is beyond
13 The son of Geber, in Ramoth-gilead; to him pertained the
towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him
also pertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore
great cities with walls and brasen bars:
14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mahanaim:
15 Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the daughter
of Solomon to wife:
16 Baanah the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth:
17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar:
18 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin:
19 Geber the son of Uri was in the country of Gilead, in the
country of Sihon king of the Amorites, and of Og king of Bashan;
and he was the only officer which was in the land.
20 Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea
in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.
21 And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto
the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they
brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life.
22 And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of
fine flour, and threescore measures of meal,
23 Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an
hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and
24 For he had dominion over all the region on this side the
river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this
side the river: and he had peace on all sides round about him.
25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine
and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the
days of Solomon.
26 And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots,
and twelve thousand horsemen.
27 And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and
for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his
month: they lacked nothing.
28 Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought
they unto the place where the officers were, every man according
to his charge.
29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much,
and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea
30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children
of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
31 For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and
Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame
was in all nations round about.
32 And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were
a thousand and five.
33 And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon
even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake
also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of
34 And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.
1 And Hiram king
of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that
they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram
was ever a lover of David.
2 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,
3 Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house
unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were about
him on every side, until the LORD put them under the soles of
4 But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side,
so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.
5 And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of
the LORD my God, as the LORD spake unto David my father, saying,
Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall
build an house unto my name.
6 Now therefore command thou that they hew me cedar trees out
of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and
unto thee will I give hire for thy servants according to all
that thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest that there is not
among us any that can skill to hew timber like unto the Sidonians.
7 And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon,
that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the LORD this
day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great
8 And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the things
which thou sentest to me for: and I will do all thy desire concerning
timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir.
9 My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea:
and I will convey them by sea in floats unto the place that
thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be discharged
there, and thou shalt receive them: and thou shalt accomplish
my desire, in giving food for my household.
10 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees according
to all his desire.
11 And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat
for food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil:
thus gave Solomon to Hiram year by year.
12 And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and
there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made
a league together.
13 And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the
levy was thirty thousand men.
14 And he sent them to Lebanon ten thousand a month by courses:
a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home: and Adoniram
was over the levy.
15 And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens,
and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;
16 Beside the chief of Solomon's officers which were over the
work, three thousand and three hundred, which ruled over the
people that wrought in the work.
17 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly
stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.
18 And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did hew them,
and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to
build the house.
1 And it came to
pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children
of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth
year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which
is the second month, that he began to build the house of the
2 And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the length
thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty
cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits.
3 And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits
was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house;
and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.
4 And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.
5 And against the wall of the house he built chambers round
about, against the walls of the house round about, both of the
temple and of the oracle: and he made chambers round about:
6 The nethermost chamber was five cubits broad, and the middle
was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad:
for without in the wall of the house he made narrowed rests
round about, that the beams should not be fastened in the walls
of the house.
7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone
made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was
neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house,
while it was in building.
8 The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the
house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle
chamber, and out of the middle into the third.
9 So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house
with beams and boards of cedar.
10 And then he built chambers against all the house, five cubits
high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.
11 And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying,
12 Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou
wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep
all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my
word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father:
13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not
forsake my people Israel.
14 So Solomon built the house, and finished it.
15 And he built the walls of the house within with boards of
cedar, both the floor of the house, and the walls of the cieling:
and he covered them on the inside with wood, and covered the
floor of the house with planks of fir.
16 And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both
the floor and the walls with boards of cedar: he even built
them for it within, even for the oracle, even for the most holy
17 And the house, that is, the temple before it, was forty cubits
18 And the cedar of the house within was carved with knops and
open flowers: all was cedar; there was no stone seen.
19 And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there
the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
20 And the oracle in the forepart was twenty cubits in length,
and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the height
thereof: and he overlaid it with pure gold; and so covered the
altar which was of cedar.
21 So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold: and
he made a partition by the chains of gold before the oracle;
and he overlaid it with gold.
22 And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished
all the house: also the whole altar that was by the oracle he
overlaid with gold.
23 And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree,
each ten cubits high.
24 And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five
cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part
of the one wing unto the uttermost part of the other were ten
25 And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were
of one measure and one size.
26 The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it
of the other cherub.
27 And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they
stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing
of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub
touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another
in the midst of the house.
28 And he overlaid the cherubims with gold.
29 And he carved all the walls of the house round about with
carved figures of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers,
within and without.
30 And the floor of the house he overlaid with gold, within
31 And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive
tree: the lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the wall.
32 The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon
them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers,
and overlaid them with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims,
and upon the palm trees.
33 So also made he for the door of the temple posts of olive
tree, a fourth part of the wall.
34 And the two doors were of fir tree: the two leaves of the
one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door
35 And he carved thereon cherubims and palm trees and open flowers:
and covered them with gold fitted upon the carved work.
36 And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone,
and a row of cedar beams.
37 In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the
LORD laid, in the month Zif:
38 And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the
eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts
thereof, and according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven
years in building it.