2 Chronicles 9-12 Bible in Basic English

The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon

9 1  Now the queen of Sheba, hearing great things of Solomon, came to Jerusalem to put his wisdom to the test with hard questions; and with her came a very great train, and camels weighted down with spices, and great stores of gold and jewels: and when she came to Solomon she had talk with him of everything in her mind. 2  And Solomon gave her answers to all her questions; there was no secret which he did not make clear to her. 3  And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house which he had made, 4  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 their robes, and the burned offerings which he made in the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit in her. 5  And she said to the king, The account which was given to me in my country of your acts and your wisdom was true. 6  But I had no faith in what was said about you, till I came and saw for myself; and truly, word was not given me of half your great wisdom; you are much greater than they said. 7  Happy are your wives and happy these your servants whose place is ever before you, hearing your words of wisdom. 8  Praise be to the Lord your God whose pleasure it was to put you on the seat of his kingdom to be king for the Lord your God: because, in his love for Israel, it was the purpose of your God to make them strong for ever, he made you king over them, to be their judge in righteousness. 9  And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and a great store of spices and jewels: never had such spices been seen as the queen of Sheba gave to Solomon. 10  And the servants of Huram and the servants of Solomon, in addition to gold from Ophir, came back with sandal-wood and jewels. 11  And with the sandal-wood the king made steps for the house of the Lord and for the king's house, and instruments of music for the makers of melody; never before had such been seen in the land of Judah. 12  And King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatever she made request for, in addition to what she had taken to the king. So she went back to her country with her servants.

Solomon's Riches and Fame

13  Now the weight of gold which came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty-six talents; 14  And in addition to what he got from traders of different sorts, all the kings of Arabia and the rulers of the country gave gold and silver to Solomon. 15  And King Solomon made two hundred body-covers of hammered gold, every one having six hundred shekels of gold in it. 16  And he made three hundred smaller body-covers of hammered gold, using three hundred shekels of gold for every cover, and the king put them in the house of the Woods of Lebanon. 17  Then the king made a great ivory seat, plated with the best gold. 18  There were six steps up to it, and a foot-rest of gold fixed to it, and arms on the two sides of the seat, with two lions at the side of the arms. 19  And twelve lions were placed on one side and on the other side on the six steps: there was nothing like it in any kingdom. 20  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: no one gave a thought to silver in the days of Solomon. 21  For the king had Tarshish-ships sailing with the servants of Huram: once every three years the Tarshish-ships came back with gold and silver, ivory and monkeys and peacocks. 22  And King Solomon was greater than all the kings of the earth in wealth and in wisdom. 23  And all the kings of the earth came to see Solomon and to give ear to his wisdom, which God had put into his heart. 24  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 for transport, regularly year by year. 25  Solomon had four thousand buildings for his horses and his war-carriages, and twelve thousand horsemen whom he kept, some in the carriage-towns and some with the king in Jerusalem. 26  And he was ruler over all the kings from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the limit of Egypt. 27  The king made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem and cedars like the sycamore-trees of the lowlands in number. 28  They got horses for Solomon from Egypt and from every land.

The Death of Solomon

29  Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not recorded in the history of Nathan the prophet, and in the words of Ahijah the prophet of Shiloh, and in the visions of Iddo the seer about Jeroboam, the son of Nebat? 30  Solomon was king over Israel in Jerusalem for forty years. 31  And Solomon went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in the town of David his father; and Rehoboam his son became king in his place.

Israel's Revolt

10 1  And Rehoboam went to Shechem, where all Israel had come together to make him king. 2  And when Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, had news of it, (for he was in Egypt where he had gone in flight from King Solomon,) he came back from Egypt. 3  And they sent for him; and Jeroboam and all Israel came to Rehoboam and said, 4  Your father put a hard yoke on us: if you will make the conditions under which your father kept us down less cruel, and the weight of the yoke he put on us less hard, then we will be your servants. 5  And he said to them, Come to me again after three days. So the people went away. 6  Then King Rehoboam took the opinion of the old men who had been with Solomon his father when he was living, and said, In your opinion, what answer am I to give to this people? 7  And they said to him, If you are kind to this people, pleasing them and saying good words to them, then they will be your servants for ever. 8  But he gave no attention to the opinion of the old men, but went to the young men of his generation who were waiting before him. 9  And he said to them, What is your opinion? What answer are we to give to this people who have said to me, Make less the weight of the yoke which your father put on us? 10  And the young men of his generation said to him, This is the answer to give to the people who came to you saying, Your father put a hard yoke on us, but will you make it less; say to them, My little finger is thicker than my father's body; 11  If my father put a hard yoke on you, I will make it harder: my father gave you punishment with whips, but I will give you blows with snakes.

12  So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had given orders, saying, Come to me again on the third day. 13  And the king gave them a rough answer. So King Rehoboam gave no attention to the suggestion of the old men, 14  But gave them the answer put forward by the young men, saying, My father made your yoke hard, but I will make it harder; my father gave you punishment with whips, but I will give it with snakes. 15  So the king did not give ear to the people; for this came about by the purpose of God, so that the Lord might give effect to his word which he had said by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam, the son of Nebat. 16  And when all Israel saw that the king would give no attention to them, the people in answer said to the king, What part have we in David? what is our heritage in the son of Jesse? every man to your tents, O Israel; now see to your house, David. So all Israel went to their tents. 17  But Rehoboam was still king over those of the children of Israel who were living in the towns of Judah. 18  Then Rehoboam sent Adoniram, the overseer of the forced work; and he was stoned to death by all Israel. And King Rehoboam went quickly and got into his carriage to go in flight to Jerusalem. 19  So Israel was turned away from the family of David to this day.

11 1  And Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, and got together the men of Judah and Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand of his best fighting-men, to make war against Israel and get the kingdom back for Rehoboam. 2  But the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, the man of God, saying, 3  Say to Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, 4  The Lord has said, You are not to go to war against your brothers: let every man go back to his house, for this thing is my purpose. So they gave ear to the words of the Lord and were turned back from fighting against Jeroboam.

The Prosperity of Rehoboam

5  Now Rehoboam kept in Jerusalem, building walled towns in Judah. 6  He was the builder of Beth-lehem and Etam and Tekoa 7  And Beth-zur and Soco and Adullam 8  And Gath and Mareshah and Ziph 9  And Adoraim and Lachish and Azekah 10  And Zorah and Aijalon and Hebron, walled towns in Judah and Benjamin. 11  And he made the walled towns strong, and he put captains in them and stores of food, oil, and wine. 12  And in every town he put stores of body-covers and spears, and made them very strong. And Judah and Benjamin were his.

13  And the priests and Levites who were in all Israel came together to him from every part of their country. 14  For the Levites gave up their living-places and their property, and came to Judah and Jerusalem; for Jeroboam and his sons had sent them away, not letting them be priests to the Lord; 15  And he himself made priests for the high places, and for the images of he-goats and oxen which he had made. 16  And after them, from all the tribes of Israel, all those whose hearts were fixed and true to the Lord, the God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to make offerings to the Lord, the God of their fathers. 17  So they went on increasing the power of the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, strong for three years; and for three years they went in the ways of David and Solomon. 18  And Rehoboam took as his wife Mahalath, the daughter of Jerimoth, the son of David and of Abihail, the daughter of Eliab, the son of Jesse; 19  And she had sons by him, Jeush, Shemariah, and Zaham. 20  And after her he took Maacah, the daughter of Absalom; and she had Abijah and Attai and Ziza and Shelomith by him. 21  Maacah, the daughter of Absalom, was dearer to Rehoboam than all his wives and his servant-wives: (for he had eighteen wives and sixty servant-wives, and was the father of twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.) 22  Rehoboam made Abijah, the son of Maacah, chief and ruler among his brothers, for it was his purpose to make him king. 23  And in his wisdom he had his sons stationed in every walled town through all the lands of Judah and Benjamin; and he gave them a great store of food, and took wives for them.

Shishak's Invasion of Judah

12 1  Now when Rehoboam's position as king had been made certain, and he was strong, he gave up the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him. 2  Now in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak, king of Egypt, came up against Jerusalem, because of their sin against the Lord, 3  With twelve hundred war-carriages and sixty thousand horsemen: and the people who came with him out of Egypt were more than might be numbered: Lubim and Sukkiim and Ethiopians. 4  And he took the walled towns of Judah, and came as far as Jerusalem. 5  Now Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the chiefs of Judah, who had come together in Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, The Lord has said, Because you have given me up, I have given you up into the hands of Shishak. 6  Then the chiefs of Israel and the king made themselves low and said, The Lord is upright. 7  And the Lord, seeing that they had made themselves low, said to Shemaiah, They have made themselves low: I will not send destruction on them, but in a short time I will give them salvation, and will not let loose my wrath on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. 8  But still they will become his servants, so that they may see how different my yoke is from the yoke of the kingdoms of the lands. 9  So Shishak, king of Egypt, came up against Jerusalem and took away all the stored wealth of the house of the Lord and the king's house: he took everything away, and with the rest the gold body-covers which Solomon had made. 10  And in their place King Rehoboam had other body-covers made of brass and gave them into the care of the captains of the armed men who were stationed at the door of the king's house. 11  And whenever the king went into the house of the Lord, the armed men went with him taking the body-covers, and then took them back to their room. 12  And when he made himself low, the wrath of the Lord was turned back from him, and complete destruction did not come on him, for there was still some good in Judah.

13  So King Rehoboam made himself strong in Jerusalem and was ruling there. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king, and he was ruling for seventeen years in Jerusalem, the town which the Lord had made his out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there; and his mother's name was Naamah, an Ammonite woman. 14  And he did evil because his heart was not true to the Lord. 15  Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not recorded in the words of Shemaiah the prophet and Iddo the seer? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days. 16  And Rehoboam went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in the town of David; and Abijah his son became king in his place.


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