11 But aking Solomon loved bmany strange women, ||together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and cHittites; 2 Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, dYe shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. 4 *For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that ehis wives turned away his heart after other gods: and fhis heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, gas was the heart of David his father. 5 For Solomon went after hAshtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after ||Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and †went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father. 7 Then did Solomon ibuild an high place for jChemosh, the abomination of Moab, in kthe hill that is before Jerusalem, and for lMolech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
9 And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because mhis heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him ntwice, 10 And ohad commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded. 11 Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this †is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, pI will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. 12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. 13 qHowbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give rone tribe to thy son for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake swhich I have chosen.
14 And the Lord stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king’s seed in Edom. 15 tFor it came to pass, when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the host was gone up to bury the slain, after he had smitten every male in Edom; 16 (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until he had cut off every male in Edom:) 17 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father’s servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child. 18 And they arose out of uMidian, and came to vParan: and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; which gave him an house, and appointed him victuals, and gave him land. 19 And Hadad found great favour in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him to wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the wqueen. 20 And the sister of Tahpenes bare him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh’s house: and Genubath was in Pharaoh’s household among the sons of Pharaoh. 21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that xDavid slept with his fathers, and that Joab the captain of the host was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, †Let me depart, that I may go to mine own country. 22 Then Pharaoh said unto him, But what hast thou lacked with me, that, behold, thou seekest to go to thine own country? And he answered, †Nothing: howbeit let me go in any wise.
23 And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord yHadadezer king of Zobah: 24 And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band, when David slew them zof Zobah: and they went to aDamascus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus. 25 And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did: and he abhorred Israel, and reigned over Syria.
26 And bJeroboam the son of Nebat, an cEphrathite of dZereda, Solomon’s servant, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he elifted up his hand against the king. 27 And this was the cause that he elifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built fMillo, and †repaired the breaches of the city of David his father. 28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he †was industrious, he made him ruler over all the †charge of the house of Joseph. 29 *And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet gAhijah the hShilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field: 30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and irent it in twelve pieces: 31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, jBehold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee: 32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:) 33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped kAshtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, lChemosh the god of the Moabites, and kMilcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father. 34 Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but mI will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant’s sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes: 35 But nI will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes. 36 And unto his son will I give oone tribe, that David my servant may have a †light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city pwhich I have chosen me to put my name there. 37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel. 38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that qI will be with thee, and rbuild thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee. 39 And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever. 40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto sShishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.
41 And tthe rest of the ||acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the ||acts of Solomon? 42 And the †time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. 43 *And Solomon uslept with his fathers, and uwas buried in the city of David his father: and xRehoboam his son reigned in his stead.
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