1 Kings 11
Solomon's wives and concubines.
1 Kings 11:1 Bvt kynge Salomon loued manye outlandysh wemen: the doughter of Pharao: and of the Moabytes, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonytes and Hethites, 1 Kings 11:2 even of nacyons of whiche the Lorde sayde vnto the chyldren of Israell, se ye come not at them, nor let them come to you: for surely they wyll turne youre hertes after theyr Goddes. Neuerthelesse to such Salomon claue and fell in loue with them. 1 Kings 11:3 And he had seuen hundred very Quenes and thre hundred concubynes whiche turned away his hert.
In his old age they draw him to idolatry.
1 Kings 11:4 For when Salomon was olde, hys wyues turned hys herte after other Goddes: so þt hys herte was not perfecte wyth the Lorde hys God, as was the herte of Dauid hys father. 1 Kings 11:5 And Salomon folowed Astaroth the God of the Zidons, & Milcom the abhominacyon of the Ammonytes. 1 Kings 11:6 And Salomon wrought wickednesse in the syght of the Lorde, & continued not after the Lorde as dyd Dauid his father. 1 Kings 11:7 After that Salomon buylt an aulter for Chamos the abhomynacyon of the Moabytes in the hyll that standeth before Ierusalem, & vnto Moloch the abhomynacyon of the chyldren of Ammon. 1 Kings 11:8 And lykewyse dyd he for all hys outlandyshe wyues which burnte cense, and offered vnto theyr Goddes.
God threateneth him.
1 Kings 11:9 Then was the Lorde angrye wyth Salomon because hys hert turned from the Lord God of Israel which appered vnto him twyse, 1 Kings 11:10 & gaue him a charge of this thinge that he shulde not folowe other Goddes. But he kept not that which the Lord commaunded hym: 1 Kings 11:11 wherevpon the Lord said to Salomon: for as muche as thys is done of the, and thou haste not kepte myne appoyntement & myne ordinaunces which I haue commaunded the, therfore I wyll rent the kyngedome from the, & wil geue it to thy seruaunt. 1 Kings 11:12 Not wythstandynge in thy dayes I wyll not do it, because of Dauid thy father: but wyl take it from thy sonne. 1 Kings 11:13 How be it I wyll not take awaye all: But wyll geue one trybe to thy sonne, because of Dauid my seruaunt and because of Ierusalem which I haue chosen.
Solomon's adversaries were Hadad, who was entertained in Egypt,
1 Kings 11:14 And the Lord stered vp an aduersary vnto Salomon, one Hadad an Edomyte and of the kinges lignage of Edom. 1 Kings 11:15 For when Dauid was in Edom, & Ioab the captayne of the hoste was gone vp to burye them that were slayne: and had slayne all the men children in Edom. 1 Kings 11:16 For .vi. monethes dyd Ioab remayne there & al Israel, tyll he had destroyed all the men children in Edom. 1 Kings 11:17 And this Hadad fled and certen other Edomites of his fathers seruauntes with him, to go to Egypt Hadad beyng yet a lytle lad. 1 Kings 11:18 And they arose oute of Madyan and went to Pharan, and toke men wyth them out of Pharan, and came to Egypte vnto Pharao kyng thereof, whiche gave hym an house, & appointed hym vytayles. and gaue hym landes. 1 Kings 11:19 And Hadad had great fauoure in the syght of Pharao, so that he gaue hym to wyfe the syster of hys owne lyfe, the syster of Thahaphnes the Quene. 1 Kings 11:20 And the syster of Taphahnes bare hym Senubath hys sonne. And Thahaphnes wened hym in Pharaos house. And he was in Pharaos house amonge the sonnes of Pharao. 1 Kings 11:21 And when Hadad hearde saye in Egypt that Dauid was layde to slepe with hys fathers, and that Ioab the captayne of the host was dead also, he sayd to Pharao: let me departe, that I may go to myne owne countrey. 1 Kings 11:22 Then sayd Pharao vnto him: what lackest thou here wyth me, that thou woldeste go to thyne owne countreye? And he sayde, nothyng: how be it let me go.
Rezon, who reigned in Damascus,
1 Kings 11:23 And God stered vp another aduersarye, one Razon the sonne of Eliada, whiche fled from Hadadezer king of Zobah hys mayster. 1 Kings 11:24 Which Razon gathered men vnto hym, & be came captayne ouer the companye, when Dauid slue them. And they went to Damasco, and dwelt therein, & raygned in Damasco. 1 Kings 11:25 And he was an aduersary to Israel all the dayes of Salomon, with the euyll that Hadad dyd, which abhorred Israel and raygned in Syrya.
and Jeroboam, to whom Ahijah prophesied.
1 Kings 11:26 And Ieroboam the sonne of Nabat an Ephrathite of Zaredah (whose mother was called Zeruah & was a wydowe & he Salomons seruaunt) lyfte vp hys hand agaynst the kynge. 1 Kings 11:27 And hereof came it, that he lyft vp hys hande agaynste the kyng. Salomon built Melo and mended broken places in the cytye of Dauid hys father. 1 Kings 11:28 And thys felowe Ieroboam was an actyue man. And when Salomon sawe the younge man, that he wroughte so lustelye in the worke, he made hym ruler ouer all the charges of the house of Ioseph. 1 Kings 11:29 And it chaunged at that ceason, as Ieroboam was gone oute of Ierusalem, that the Prophet Ahiah the Sylonite met hym by the way hauyng a newe mantell on hym, and they two alone in the felde. 1 Kings 11:30 And Ahiah caught the newe mantell that was on hym, & rent it in twelue peces, 1 Kings 11:31 and sayde to Ieroboam: take þe ten peces. For thys sayth the Lord God of Israel: beholde, I wyll rent the kyngedome out of the handes of Salomon, and will geue ten trybes to the, 1 Kings 11:32 and he shall haue one, for my seruaunt Dauids sake and for Ierusalem the cytye whiche I haue chosen out of al the trybes of Israel: 1 Kings 11:33 because they haue forsaken me, and haue bowed them selues vnto Astaroth the God of the Zydons, and to Camos the God of the Moabytes, and to Milcom þe god of the chyldren of Ammon, and haue not walked in my wayes, to do that pleaseth me, and myne ordynaunces and customes, as dyd Dauid hys father. 1 Kings 11:34 Howe be it I wyll take none of the kyngedome out of hys hand: but wyll make him cheaffe al his lyfe long, for Dauid my seruauntes sake, which I chose: because he kept my commaundementes and ordinaunces. 1 Kings 11:35 But I wyl take the kyngedome out of his sonnes hande and wyl geue unto the ten trybes of it: 1 Kings 11:36 & wyll geue hys sonne one, that Dauid my seruaunte maye haue a lyght alwaye before me in Ierusalem, the cytye whiche I haue chosen me, to put my name there. 1 Kings 11:37 And I wyll take the, and thou shalt raygne vpon all that thy soule desyreth, and shalt be king ouer Israel. 1 Kings 11:38 And yf thou shalte herken vnto al that I commaunde the, & shalte walke in my wayes, & do that is ryght in my sight, that thou kepe myne ordynaunces & commaundementes as Dauid my seruaunt dyd: then wil I be with the & buyld the an house þt shal continue, as I buylt for my seruaunt Dauid, & wil geue Israel vnto the. 1 Kings 11:39 And therwith wil I vexe the seede of Dauid, but not for euer. 1 Kings 11:40 And Salomon sought to kyll Ieroboam, wherfore Ieroboam arose & fleed into Egypt vnto Sesak kynge of Egypte & contynued there vntil the death of Salomon.
Solomon's acts, reign, and death: Rehoboam succeedeth him.
1 Kings 11:41 And the rest of the actes of Salomon & all that he dyd, and hys wysdome are writen in the boke of the actes of Salomon. 1 Kings 11:42 And the tyme that Salomon raygned in Ierusalem vpon all Israel, was fourtye yeare. 1 Kings 11:43 And then he laid him to rest with hys fathers, and was buryed in þe cytye of Dauid hys father, and Rehoboam hys sonne raygned in hys steade.