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The Story So Far

(Category 13 of 16)

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CHAPTER 9 References

1 a1 Kin. 10:1;
Ps. 72:10;
[Matt. 12:42;
Luke 11:31] 4 aNeh. 1:11

The Queen of Sheba’s Praise of Solomon


1 Now awhen the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with hard 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 So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for Solomon that he could not explain it to her.
3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built,
4 the food on his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his acupbearers and their apparel, and his entryway by which he went up to the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her.
5 Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom.
6 “However I did not believe their words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You exceed the fame of which I heard.
7 “Happy are your men and happy

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are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!
8 “Blessed be the LORD your God, who delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be king for the LORD your God! Because your God has aloved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore He 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 never were any spices such as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
10 Also, the servants of Hiram and the servants of Solomon, awho brought gold from Ophir, brought 1algum wood and precious stones.
11 And the king made walkways of the 1algum wood for the house of the LORD and for the king’s house, also harps and stringed instruments for singers; and there were none such as these seen before in the land of Judah.
12 Now King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked, much more than she had brought to the king. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.

Solomon’s Great Wealth

13 aThe weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly 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 country 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; 1three hundred shekels of gold went into each shield. The king put them in the aHouse 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 1armrests on either side of the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the armrests.
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 this was accounted as nothing in the days of Solomon.
21 For the king’s ships went to

8 aDeut. 7:8;
2 Chr. 2:11;
[Ps. 44:3] 10 a2 Chr. 8:18
1almug, 1 Kin.
10:11, 12
11 1almug,
1 Kin. 10:11,
13 a1 Kin.
16 a1 Kin. 7:2
1three minas,
1 Kin. 10:17
18 1Lit. hands
21 a2 Chr.
20:36, 37; Ps.
72:10 1Heb.
Huram; cf.
1 Kin. 10:22
2Lit. ships of
deep-sea vessels
3Or peacocks
24 a1 Kin.
25 aDeut.
17:16; 1 Kin.
4:26; 10:26;
2 Chr. 1:14; Is.
26 a1 Kin. 4:21
bGen. 15:18;
Ps. 72:8 1The
27 a1 Kin.
10:27 b2 Chr.
28 a1 Kin.
10:28; 2 Chr.
29 a1 Kin.
11:41 b1 Kin.
11:29 c2 Chr.
12:15; 13:22
30 a1 Kin. 4:21;
11:42, 43;
1 Chr. 29:28
31 1Died and
joined his

CHAPTER 10 References

1 a1 Kin.
2 a1 Kin. 11:40

aTarshish with the servants of 1Hiram. Once every three years the 2merchant ships came, bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and 3monkeys.
22 So 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, aarmor, spices, horses, and mules, at a set rate year by year.
25 Solomon ahad 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 aSo he reigned over all the kings bfrom 1the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt.
27 aThe king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar trees bas abundant as the sycamores which are in the lowland.
28 aAnd they brought horses to Solomon from Egypt and from all lands.

Death of Solomon

29 aNow 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 bAhijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of cIddo the seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat?
30 aSolomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
31 Then Solomon 1rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.

The Revolt Against Rehoboam


1 And aRehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone to Shechem to make him king.
2 So it happened, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard it (he was in Egypt, awhere he had fled from the presence of King Solomon), that Jeroboam returned from Egypt.
3 Then they sent for him and called him. And Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying,
4 “Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father and his heavy yoke which he 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 Then 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?”

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7 And they spoke to him, saying, “If you are kind to these people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants forever.”
8 aBut he rejected the advice 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 put on us’?”
10 Then 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 waist!
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 1scourges!’ ”
12 So aJeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had directed, saying, “Come back to me the third day.”
13 Then the king answered them roughly. King Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders,
14 and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, 1“My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with 2scourges!”
15 So the king did not listen to the people; afor the turn of events was from God, that the LORD might fulfill His bword, which He had spoken by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying:

“What share 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!”

So all Israel departed to their tents.
17 But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah.
18 Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was in charge of revenue; but the children of Israel stoned him with stones, and he died. Therefore King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Jerusalem.
19 aSo Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

8 a1 Kin.
11 1Scourges
with points or
barbs, lit.
12 a1 Kin.
14 1So with
many Heb.
mss., LXX,
Syr.,Vg. (cf. v.
10; 1 Kin.
12:14); MT I
2Lit. scorpions
15 aJudg. 14:4;
1 Chr. 5:22;
2 Chr. 11:4;
22:7 b1 Kin.
19 a1 Kin.

CHAPTER 11 References

1 a1 Kin.
2 a1 Chr. 12:5;
2 Chr. 12:15
14 aNum.
35:2–5 b1 Kin.
2 Chr. 13:9
15 a1 Kin.
12:31; 13:33;
14:9; [Hos.
13:2] b[Lev.
17:7; 1 Cor.
10:20] c1 Kin.
12:28 1Places
for pagan
16 a2 Chr. 14:7
b2 Chr. 15:9,
10; 30:11, 18
1Lit. after
17 a2 Chr. 12:1,



1 Now awhen Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled from the house of Judah and Benjamin one hundred and eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might restore the kingdom to Rehoboam.
2 But the word of the LORD came ato Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
3 “Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
4 ‘Thus says the LORD: “You shall not go up or fight against your brethren! Let every man return to his house, for this thing is from Me.” ’ ” Therefore they obeyed the words of the LORD, and turned back from attacking Jeroboam.

Rehoboam Fortifies the Cities

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 captains in them, and stores of food, oil, and wine.
12 Also in every city he put shields and spears, and made them very strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.

Priests and Levites Move to Judah

13 And from all their territories the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel took their stand with him.
14 For the Levites left atheir common- lands and their possessions and came to Judah and Jerusalem, for bJeroboam and his sons had rejected them from serving as priests to the LORD.
15 aThen he appointed for himself priests for the 1high places, for bthe demons, and cthe calf idols which he had made.
16 aAnd 1after the Levites left, those from all the tribes of Israel, such as set their heart to seek the LORD God of Israel, bcame to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the LORD God of their fathers.
17 So they astrengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong for three years, because they walked in the way of David and Solomon for three years.

The Family of Rehoboam

18 Then Rehoboam took for himself as wife Mahalath the daughter of

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Jerimoth the son of David, and of Abihail the daughter of aEliah the son of Jesse.
19 And she bore him children: Jeush, Shamariah, and Zaham.
20 After her he took aMaachah the 1granddaughter of bAbsalom; and she bore him cAbijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith.
21 Now Rehoboam loved Maachah the granddaughter of Absalom more than all his awives and his concubines; for he took eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and begot twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.
22 And Rehoboam aappointed bAbijah the son of Maachah as chief, to be leader among his brothers; for he intended to make him king.
23 He dealt wisely, and 1dispersed some of his sons throughout all the territories of Judah and Benjamin, to every afortified city; and he gave them provisions in abundance. He also sought many wives for them.

Egypt Attacks Judah


1 Now ait came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had strengthened himself, that bhe forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel along with him.
2 aAnd it happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the LORD,
3 with twelve hundred chariots, sixty thousand horsemen, and people without number who came with him out of Egypt—athe Lubim and the Sukkiim and the Ethiopians.
4 And he took the fortified cities of Judah and came to Jerusalem.
5 Then aShemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the leaders of Judah, who were gathered together in Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, “Thus says the LORD: ‘You have forsaken Me, and therefore I also have left you in the hand of Shishak.’ ”
6 So the leaders of Israel and the king ahumbled themselves; and they said, b“The LORD is righteous.”
7 Now when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, athe word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, “They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance. My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.
8 “Nevertheless athey will be his servants, that they may distinguish bMy service from the service of the kingdoms of the nations.”
9 aSo Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king’s

18 a1 Sam.
20 a2 Chr. 13:2
b1 Kin. 15:2
c1 Kin. 14:31
1Lit. daughter,
but in the
broader sense
of granddaughter
21 aDeut. 17:17
22 aDeut.
b2 Chr. 13:1
23 a2 Chr. 11:5

CHAPTER 12 References

1 a2 Chr. 11:17
b1 Kin.
2 a1 Kin.
11:40; 14:25
3 a2 Chr. 16:8;
Nah. 3:9
5 a2 Chr. 11:2
6 a[James
4:10] bEx.
9:27; [Dan.
9:14] 7 a1 Kin.
21:28, 29
8 aIs. 26:13
b[Deut. 28:47,
48] 9 a1 Kin.
14:25, 26
b1 Kin. 10:16,
17; 2 Chr.
9:15, 16
10 a1 Kin.
13 a1 Kin.
14:21 b2 Chr.
6:6 c1 Kin.
11:1, 5
15 a2 Chr. 9:29;
13:22 b1 Kin.
16 a2 Chr.
1Died and
joined his
1 Kin. 14:31

house; he took everything. He also carried away the gold shields which Solomon had bmade.
10 Then King Rehoboam made bronze shields in their place, and committed them ato the hands of the captains of the guard, who guarded the doorway of the king’s house.
11 And whenever the king entered the house of the LORD, the guard would go and bring them out; then they would take them back into the guardroom.
12 When he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, so as not to destroy him completely; and things also went well in Judah.

The End of Rehoboam’s Reign

13 Thus King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem and reigned. Now aRehoboam was fortyone years old when he became king; and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, bthe city which the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put His name there. His mother’s name was Naamah, an cAmmonitess.
14 And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the LORD.
15 The acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, aand of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? bAnd there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.
16 So Rehoboam 1rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David. Then aAbijah2 his son reigned in his place.

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Psalms 73—89


The Tragedy of the Wicked, and the Blessedness of Trust in God

A Psalm of aAsaph.

1 TRULY God is good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly aslipped.
3 aFor I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the bwicked.

4 For there are no 1pangs in their death, But their strength is firm.
5 aThey are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like other men.
6 Therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them alike a garment.
7 aTheir 1eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish.
8 aThey scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; They bspeak 1loftily.
9 They set their mouth aagainst the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth.

10 Therefore his people return here, aAnd waters of a full cup are drained by them.
11 And they say, a“How does God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the ungodly, Who are always at ease; They increase in riches.
13 Surely I have 1cleansed my heart in avain, And washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all day long I have been plagued, And chastened every morning.

PSALM 73 References

title aPs. 50:
2 aJob 12:5
3 aPs. 37:1, 7;
[Prov. 23:17] bJob 21:5–16;
Jer. 12:1
4 1pains
5 aJob 21:9
6 aPs. 109:18
7 aJob 15:27;
Jer. 5:28 1Tg.
face bulges;
LXX, Syr.,Vg.
8 aPs. 53:1
b2 Pet. 2:18;
Jude 16
9 aRev. 13:6
10 a[Ps. 75:8] 11 aJob 22:13
13 aJob 21:15;
35:3; Mal. 3:14
1kept my
heart pure in
16 1troublesome
in my
17 a[Ps. 37:38;
55:23] 18 aPs. 35:6
21 1Lit. pierced
in my kidneys
22 aPs. 92:6
24 aPs. 32:8;
48:14; Is.
25 a[Phil. 3:8] 26 aPs. 84:2
bPs. 16:5 1Lit.
27 a[Ps.
119:155] 1Are
unfaithful to
28 a[Heb.
10:22; James
4:8] bPs.
116:10; 2 Cor.

15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children.
16 When I thought how to understand this, It was 1too painful for me—
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their aend.

18 Surely aYou set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.
19 Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.
20 As a dream when one awakes, So, Lord, when You awake, You shall despise their image.

21 Thus my heart was grieved, And I was 1vexed in my mind.
22 aI was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.
24 aYou will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.

25 aWhom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
26 aMy flesh and my heart fail; But God is the 1strength of my heart and my bportion forever.

27 For indeed, athose who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who 1desert You for harlotry.
28 But it is good for me to adraw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may bdeclare all Your works.




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