1 Kings 10-11 Bible in Basic English

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The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon

10 1  Now the queen of Sheba, hearing great things of Solomon, came to put his wisdom to the test with hard questions. 2  And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels weighted down with spices, and stores of gold and jewels: and when she came to Solomon she had talk with him of everything in her mind. 3  And Solomon gave her answers to all her questions; there was no secret which the king did not make clear to her. 4  And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, and the house which he had made, 5  And the food at his table, and all his servants seated there, and those who were waiting on him in their places, and their robes, and his wine-servants, and the burned offerings which he made in the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit in her. 6  And she said to the king, The account which was given to me in my country of your acts and your wisdom was true. 7  But I had no faith in what was said about you, till I came and saw for myself; and now I see that it was not half the story; your wisdom and your wealth are much greater than they said. 8  Happy are your wives, happy are these your servants whose place is ever before you, hearing your words of wisdom. 9  May the Lord your God be praised, whose pleasure it was to put you on the seat of the kingdom of Israel; because the Lord's love for Israel is eternal, he has made you king, to be their judge in righteousness. 10  And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and a great store of spices and jewels: never again was such a wealth of spices seen as that which the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon. 11  And the sea-force of Hiram, in addition to gold from Ophir, came back with much sandal-wood and jewels. 12  And from the sandal-wood the king made pillars for the house of the Lord, and for the king's house, and instruments of music for the makers of melody: never has such sandal-wood been seen to this day. 13  And King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatever she made request for, in addition to what he gave her freely from the impulse of his heart. So she went back to her country, she and her servants.

Solomon's Riches and Fame

14  Now the weight of gold which came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty-six talents; 15  In addition to what came to him from the business of the traders, and from all the kings of the Arabians, and from the rulers of the country. 16  And Solomon made two hundred body-covers of hammered gold, every one having six hundred shekels of gold in it. 17  And he made three hundred smaller body-covers of hammered gold, with three pounds of gold in every cover: and the king put them in the house of the Woods of Lebanon. 18  Then the king made a great ivory seat, plated with the best gold. 19  There were six steps going up to it, and the top of it was round at the back, there were arms on the two sides of the seat, and two lions by the side of the arms; 20  And twelve lions were placed on the one side and on the other side on the six steps: there was nothing like it in any kingdom. 21  And all King Solomon's drinking-vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the Woods of Lebanon were of the best gold; not one was of silver, for no one gave a thought to silver in the days of King Solomon. 22  For the king had Tarshish-ships at sea with the ships of Hiram; once every three years the Tarshish-ships came with gold and silver and ivory and monkeys and peacocks. 23  And King Solomon was greater than all the kings of the earth in wealth and in wisdom. 24  And from all over the earth they came to see Solomon and to give ear to his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. 25  And everyone took with him an offering, vessels of silver and vessels of gold, and robes, and coats of metal, and spices, and horses, and beasts of transport, regularly year by year.

Solomon's Trade in Horses and Chariots

26  And Solomon got together war-carriages and horsemen; he had one thousand, four hundred carriages and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he kept, some in the carriage-towns and some with the king at Jerusalem. 27  And the king made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem and cedars like the sycamore-trees of the lowlands in number. 28  And Solomon's horses came from Egypt and from Kue; the king's traders got them at a price from Kue. 29  A war-carriage might be got from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty; they got them at the same rate for all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram.

Solomon's Apostasy and Adversaries

11 1  Now a number of strange women were loved by Solomon, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: 2  The nations of which the Lord had said to the children of Israel, You are not to take wives from them and they are not to take wives from you; or they will certainly make you go after their gods: to these Solomon was united in love. 3  He had seven hundred wives, daughters of kings, and three hundred other wives; and through his wives his heart was turned away. 4  For it came about that when Solomon was old, his heart was turned away to other gods by his wives; and his heart was no longer true to the Lord his God as the heart of his father David had been. 5  For Solomon went after Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Zidonians, and Milcom, the disgusting god of the Ammonites. 6  And Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord, not walking in the Lord's ways with all his heart as David his father did. 7  Then Solomon put up a high place for Chemosh, the disgusting god of Moab, in the mountain before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the disgusting god worshipped by the children of Ammon. 8  And so he did for all his strange wives, who made offerings with burning of perfumes to their gods.

9  And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had twice come to him in a vision; 10  And had given him orders about this very thing, that he was not to go after other gods; but he did not keep the orders of the Lord. 11  So the Lord said to Solomon, Because you have done this, and have not kept my agreement and my laws, which I gave you, I will take the kingdom away from you by force and will give it to your servant. 12  I will not do it in your life-time, because of your father David, but I will take it from your son. 13  Still I will not take all the kingdom from him; but I will give one tribe to your son, because of my servant David, and because of Jerusalem, the town of my selection.

14  So the Lord sent Hadad the Edomite to make trouble for Solomon: he was of the king's seed in Edom. 15  And when David had sent destruction on Edom, and Joab, the captain of the army, had gone to put the dead into the earth, and had put to death every male in Edom; 16  (For Joab and all Israel were there six months till every male in Edom had been cut off;) 17  Hadad, being still a young boy, went in flight to Egypt, with certain Edomites, servants of his father; 18  And they went on from Midian and came to Paran; and, taking men from Paran with them, they came to Egypt, to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who gave him a house and gave orders for his food and gave him land. 19  Now Hadad was very pleasing to Pharaoh, so that he gave him the sister of his wife, Tahpenes the queen, for his wife. 20  And the sister of Tahpenes had a son by him, Genubath, whom Tahpenes took care of in Pharaoh's house; and Genubath was living in Pharaoh's house among Pharaoh's sons. 21  Now when Hadad had news in Egypt that David had been put to rest with his fathers, and that Joab, the captain of the army, was dead, he said to Pharaoh, Send me back to my country. 22  But Pharaoh said to him, What have you been short of while you have been with me, that you are desiring to go back to your country? And he said, Nothing; but even so, send me back. 23  And God sent another trouble-maker, Rezon, the son of Eliada, who had gone in flight from his lord, Hadadezer, king of Zobah: 24  He got some men together and made himself captain of a band of outlaws; and went to Damascus and became king there. 25  He was a trouble to Israel all through the days of Solomon. And this is the damage Hadad did: he was cruel to Israel while he was ruler over Edom.

26  And there was Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, an Ephraimite from Zeredah, a servant of Solomon, whose mother was Zeruah, a widow; and his hand was lifted up against the king. 27  The way in which his hand came to be lifted up against the king was this: Solomon was building the Millo and making good the damaged parts of the town of his father David; 28  And Jeroboam was an able and responsible man; and Solomon saw that he was a good worker and made him overseer of all the work given to the sons of Joseph. 29  Now at that time, when Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite came across him on the road; now Ahijah had put on a new robe; and the two of them were by themselves in the open country. 30  And Ahijah took his new robe in his hands, parting it violently into twelve. 31  And he said to Jeroboam, Take ten of the parts, for this is what the Lord has said: See, I will take the kingdom away from Solomon by force, and will give ten tribes to you; 32  (But one tribe will be his, because of my servant David, and because of Jerusalem, the town which, out of all the tribes of Israel, I have made mine,) 33  Because they are turned away from me to the worship of Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Zidonians, and Chemosh, the god of Moab, and Milcom, the god of the Ammonites; they have not been walking in my ways or doing what is right in my eyes or keeping my laws and my decisions as his father David did. 34  But I will not take the kingdom from him; I will let him be king all the days of his life, because of David my servant, in whom I took delight because he kept my orders and my laws. 35  But I will take the kingdom from his son, and give it to you. 36  And one tribe I will give to his son, so that David my servant may have a light for ever burning before me in Jerusalem, the town which I have made mine to put my name there. 37  And you I will take, and you will be king over Israel, ruling over whatever is the desire of your soul. 38  And if you give attention to the orders I give you, walking in my ways and doing what is right in my eyes and keeping my laws and my orders as David my servant did; then I will be with you, building up for you a safe house, as I did for David, and I will give Israel to you. 39  (So that I may send trouble for this on the seed of David, but not for ever.) 40  And Solomon was looking for a chance to put Jeroboam to death; but he went in flight to Egypt, to Shishak, king of Egypt, and was in Egypt till the death of Solomon.

The Death of Solomon

41  Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all he did, and his wisdom, are they not recorded in the book of the acts of Solomon? 42  And the time Solomon was king in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. 43  And Solomon went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in the town of David his father: and Solomon went to rest with his fathers and Rehoboam his son became king in his place.

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