The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE SECOND BOOK OF CHRONICLES

SOLOMON'S PRAYER AND ITS
ANSWER, 1:1-17

NOW Solomon, the son of Da-1 vid, established himself over his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him and greatly exalted him. Accordingly Solo-2 mon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, to the judges and to every prince in all Israel, heads of families. Then Solomon3 accompanied by the whole assembly went to the high place that was at Gibeon, for there was the tent of meeting of God, which Moses, the servant of the LORD, had made in the desert. But David had brought up the ark of4 God from Kirjathjearim to the place that David had prepared for it, for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem. Moreover the bronze altar, that Be-5 zalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, was there before the dwelling of the LORD, and Solomon and the as-6 sembly resorted to it. Solomon accordingly made an offering there on the bronze altar before the LORD which was at the tent of meeting, and offered upon it a thousand burnt-offerings.

The following night God appeared to7 Solomon, and said to him, "Ask what I shall do for you."

Then Solomon said to God8,

"Thou hast shown great kindness to David my father and hast made me king in his stead. Now O LORD God9, let thy promise to David my father be established; for thou hast made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me now wisdom10 and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of thine?"

Then God said to Solomon11,

"Because this was in your mind and you have not asked for riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of those who hate you, and have not asked for long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are 12 granted to you, and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who have been before you, nor shall any after you have the like."

So Solomon came from the high place 13 which was at Gibeon from before the tent of meeting to Jerusalem; and he reigned over Israel.

Now Solomon gathered together 14 chariots and horsemen until he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horsemen that he placed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem. Likewise the king made sil- 15 ver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamores in the lowland. Now Solomon's 16 import of horses was from Egypt and from Kue, the king's dealers being accustomed to receive them for a price. Also they brought up and took from 17 Egypt a chariot for six hundred shekels of silver and a horse for a hundred and fifty; and so for all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram, they were brought out through their agency.


SOLOMON PREPARES TO BUILD
THE TEMPLE, 2:1-18

Now Solomon directed that a house 2 be built for the name of the LORD, and a house for his kingdom. So Solomon2 told off seventy thousand men as forced laborers, and eighty thousand woodcutters in the mountains, besides three thousand six hundred to oversee them. Moreover Solomon sent to Hi- 3 ram, king of Tyre, saying,

"As you dealt with David my father when you sent him cedars to build himself a house for his residence, so now I 4 am about to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him incense of sweet spices, and for the continual array of layers of bread and for the burnt

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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