1 Kings 11:1-40
King James Version (KJV)
11Â But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:
2Â Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.
3Â And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
4Â For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.
5Â For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
6Â And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.
7Â Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
8Â And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
9Â And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,
10Â And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded.
11Â Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
12Â Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.
13Â Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen.
14Â And the Lord stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king’s seed in Edom.
15Â For it came to pass, when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the host was gone up to bury the slain, after he had smitten every male in Edom;
16Â (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until he had cut off every male in Edom:)
17Â That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father’s servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child.
18Â And they arose out of Midian, and came to Paran: and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; which gave him an house, and appointed him victuals, and gave him land.
19Â And Hadad found great favour in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him to wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen.
20Â And the sister of Tahpenes bare him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh’s house: and Genubath was in Pharaoh’s household among the sons of Pharaoh.
21Â And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers, and that Joab the captain of the host was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, that I may go to mine own country.
22Â Then Pharaoh said unto him, But what hast thou lacked with me, that, behold, thou seekest to go to thine own country? And he answered, Nothing: howbeit let me go in any wise.
23Â And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah:
24Â And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band, when David slew them of Zobah: and they went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus.
25Â And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did: and he abhorred Israel, and reigned over Syria.
26Â And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon’s servant, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king.
27Â And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breaches of the city of David his father.
28Â And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.
29Â And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field:
30Â And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces:
31Â And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:
32Â (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:)
33Â Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.
34Â Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant’s sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes:
35Â But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes.
36Â And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.
37Â And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.
38Â And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.
39Â And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.
40Â Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.
1Â The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2Â Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
3Â What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
4Â One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
5Â The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
6Â The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
7Â All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
8Â All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
9Â The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
10Â Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
11Â There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
12Â I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13Â And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
14Â I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
15Â That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
16Â I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
17Â And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
18Â For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
2Â I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.
2Â I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?
3Â I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.
4Â I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards:
5Â I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:
6Â I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:
7Â I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:
8Â I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.
9Â So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.
10Â And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.
11Â Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
12Â And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.
13Â Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.
14Â The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.
15Â Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.
16Â For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.
17Â Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
18Â Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
19Â And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
20Â Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.
21Â For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.
22Â For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?
23Â For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.
24Â There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
25Â For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?
26Â For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.