2 Chronicles 9
1Now 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.
2And Solomon gave her answers to all her questions; there was no secret which he did not make clear to her.
3And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house which he had made,
4And 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.
5And she said to the king, The account which was given to me in my country of your acts and your wisdom was true.
6But 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.
7Happy are your wives and happy these your servants whose place is ever before you, hearing your words of wisdom.
8Praise 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.
9And 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.
10And the servants of Huram and the servants of Solomon, in addition to gold from Ophir, came back with sandal-wood and jewels.
11And 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.
12And 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.
13Now the weight of gold which came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty-six talents;
14And 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.
15And King Solomon made two hundred body-covers of hammered gold, every one having six hundred shekels of gold in it.
16And 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.
17Then the king made a great ivory seat, plated with the best gold.
18There 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.
19And twelve lions were placed on one side and on the other side on the six steps: there was nothing like it in any kingdom.
20All 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.
21For 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.
22And King Solomon was greater than all the kings of the earth in wealth and in wisdom.
23And all the kings of the earth came to see Solomon and to give ear to his wisdom, which God had put into his heart.
24And 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.
25Solomon 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.
26And he was ruler over all the kings from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the limit of Egypt.
27The king made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem and cedars like the sycamore-trees of the lowlands in number.
28They got horses for Solomon from Egypt and from every land.
29Now 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?
30Solomon was king over Israel in Jerusalem for forty years.
31And 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.
Maschil. Of Asaph.
1 Of God, why have you put us away from you for ever? why is the fire of your wrath smoking against the sheep who are your care?
2Keep in mind your band of worshippers, for whom you gave payment in the days which are past, whom you took for yourself as the people of your heritage; even this mountain of Zion, which has been your resting-place.
3Go up and see the unending destruction; all the evil which your haters have done in the holy place;
4Sending out their voices like lions among your worshippers; they have put up their signs to be seen.
5They are cutting down, like a man whose blade is lifted up against the thick trees.
6Your doors are broken down with hammers and iron blades.
7They have put on fire your holy place; they have made the place of your name unclean, pulling it down to the earth.
8They have said in their hearts, Let us put an end to them all together; they have given over to the fire all God’s places of worship in the land.
9We do not see our signs: there is no longer any prophet, or anyone among us to say how long.
10O God, how long will those who are against us say cruel things? will the hater go on looking down on your name for ever?
11Why are you keeping back your hand, and covering your right hand in your robe?
12For from the past God is my King, working salvation in the earth.
13The sea was parted in two by your strength; the heads of the great sea-beasts were broken.
14The heads of the great snake were crushed by you; you gave them as food to the fishes of the sea.
15You made valleys for fountains and springs; you made the ever-flowing rivers dry.
16The day is yours and the night is yours: you made the light and the sun.
17By you all the limits of the earth were fixed; you have made summer and winter.
18Keep this in mind, O Lord, that your haters have said cruel things, and that your name has been looked down on by a people of evil behaviour.
19O give not the soul of your dove to the hawk; let not the life of the poor go out of your memory for ever.
20Keep in mind your undertaking; for the dark places of the earth are full of pride and cruel acts.
21O let not the crushed be turned back in shame; let the low man and the poor give praise to your name.
22Up! O God, be the judge of your cause; keep in mind the bitter things which the man of evil behaviour says against you every day.
23Keep in mind the voice of your haters; the outcry of those who come against you goes up every day.
22Then came the feast of the opening of the Temple in Jerusalem: it was winter;
23And Jesus was walking in the Temple, in Solomon’s covered way.
24Then the Jews came round him, saying, how long are you going to keep us in doubt? If you are the Christ, say so clearly.
25Jesus said in answer, I have said it and you have no belief: the works which I do in my Father’s name, these give witness about me.
26But you have no belief because you are not of my sheep.
27My sheep give ear to my voice, and I have knowledge of them, and they come after me:
28And I give them eternal life; they will never come to destruction, and no one will ever take them out of my hand.
29That which my Father has given to me has more value than all; and no one is able to take anything out of the Father’s hand.
30I and my Father are one.
31Then the Jews took up stones again to send at him.
32Jesus said to them in answer, I have let you see a number of good works from the Father; for which of those works are you stoning me?
33This was their answer: We are not stoning you for a good work but for evil words; because being a man you make yourself God.
34In answer, Jesus said, Is there not a saying in your law, I said, You are gods?
35If he said they were gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Writings may not be broken),
36Do you say of him whom the Father made holy and sent into the world, Your words are evil; because I said, I am God’s Son?
37If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not have belief in me;
38But if I am doing them, then have belief in the works even if you have no belief in me; so that you may see clearly and be certain that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.
39Then again they made an attempt to take him; but he got away from them.
40And he went again to the other side of the Jordan, to the place where John first gave baptism; and he was there for a time.
41And a great number of people came to him, saying, John did no sign: but everything John said of this man was true.
42And a number came to have faith in him there.