1At that time four KINGS--KING Amraphel of Shinar, KING Arioch of Ellasar, KING Chedorlaomer of Elam, and KING Tidal of Goiim-- 2went to war against five KINGS--KING Bera of Sodom, KING Birsha of Gomorrah, KING Shinab of Admah, KING Shemeber of Zeboiim, and the KING of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3The five KINGS joined forces and met in the valley of Siddim (that is, the Dead Sea).
8Then the KINGS of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela (that is, Zoar) marched out and prepared for battle in the valley of Siddim. 9They fought against KING Chedorlaomer of Elam, KING Tidal of Goiim, KING Amraphel of Shinar, and KING Arioch of Ellasar--four KINGS against five. 10The valley of Siddim was full of tar pits. As the KINGS of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, they fell because of the tar pits, but the other KINGS fled to the hills. 11So the four KINGS took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, as well as all their food, and left.
14When Abram heard that his nephew had been captured, he armed his 318 trained men, born in his own household, and pursued the four KINGS all the way to Dan.
17After Abram came back from defeating Chedorlaomer and his allies, the KING of Sodom came out to meet him in the Shaveh Valley (that is, the KING’S Valley). 18Then KING Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was a priest of God Most High.
21The KING of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the people, and keep everything else for yourself." 22But Abram said to the KING of Sodom, "I now raise my hand and solemnly swear to the LORD God Most High, maker of heaven and earth,
6I will give you many descendants. Many nations and KINGS will come from you.
16I will bless her, and I will also give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she will become a mother of nations, and KINGS will come from her."
2Abraham told everyone that his wife Sarah was his sister. So KING Abimelech of Gerar sent men to take Sarah.
1There was a famine in the land in addition to the earlier one during Abraham's time. So Isaac went to KING Abimelech of the Philistines in Gerar.
8When he had been there a long time, KING Abimelech of the Philistines looked out of his window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah.
11God also said to him, "I am God Almighty. Be fertile, and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and KINGS will come from you.
31These were the KINGS who ruled Edom before any KING ruled the people of Israel:
33After Bela died, Jobab, son of Zerah from Bozrah, succeeded him as KING. 34After Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him as KING. 35After Husham died, Hadad, son of Bedad succeeded him as KING. Hadad defeated the Midianites in the country of Moab. The name of his capital city was Avith. 36After Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him as KING. 37After Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him as KING. 38After Shaul died, Baal Hanan, son of Achbor, succeeded him as KING. 39After Baal Hanan, son of Achbor, died, Hadar succeeded him as KING, and the name of his capital city was Pau. His wife's name was Mehetabel, daughter of Matred and granddaughter of Mezahab.
8Then his brothers asked him, "Are you going to be our KING or rule us?" They hated him even more for his dreams and his words.
20So Joseph's master arrested him and put him in the same prison where the KING’S prisoners were kept. While Joseph was in prison,
1Later the KING’S cupbearer and his baker offended their master, the KING of Egypt.
5both prisoners--the cupbearer and the baker for the KING of Egypt--had dreams one night. Each man had a dream with its own special meaning.
46Joseph was 30 years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt). He left Pharaoh and traveled all around Egypt.
20"Asher's food will be rich. He will provide delicacies fit for a KING.
8Then a new KING, who knew nothing about Joseph, began to rule in Egypt.
15Then the KING of Egypt told the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,
17However, the midwives feared God and didn't obey the KING of Egypt's orders. They let the boys live. 18So the KING of Egypt called for the midwives. He asked them, "Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?"
23After a long time passed, the KING of Egypt died. The Israelites still groaned because they were slaves. So they cried out, and their cries for help went up to God.
18"The leaders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the leaders must go to the KING of Egypt and say to him, 'The LORD God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us travel three days into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.' 19I know that the KING of Egypt will not let you go, even if he is forced to.
4The KING of Egypt said to them, "Moses and Aaron, why are you distracting the people from their work? Get back to work!"
11"Go tell Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt) to let the Israelites leave his country."
13The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron about the Israelites and Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt). He commanded them to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.
27They--this same Moses and Aaron--told Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt) to let the Israelites leave Egypt.
29He said to Moses, "I am the LORD. Tell Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt) everything I tell you."
5When Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt) was told that the people had fled, he and his officials changed their minds about them. They said, "What have we done? We've lost our slaves because we've let Israel go."
8The LORD made Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt) so stubborn that he pursued the Israelites, who were boldly leaving Egypt.
18The LORD will rule as KING forever and ever."
14Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the KING of Edom. He said, "This is what your brother Israel says: You know all the hardships we've had.
17Please let us go through your country. We won't go through any of your fields or vineyards, or drink any of the water from your wells. We'll stay on the KING’S highway and never leave it until we've passed through your territory."
1When the Canaanite KING of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that the Israelites were coming on the road to Atharim, he fought them and took some of them as prisoners.
21Then Israel sent messengers to say to KING Sihon of the Amorites, 22"Let us go through your country. We won't go through any of your fields or vineyards or drink any of the water from your wells. We'll stay on the KING’S highway until we've passed through your territory."
26Heshbon was the city of KING Sihon of the Amorites. He had fought the former KING of Moab and had taken all his land up to the Arnon Valley.
29How horrible it is for you, Moab! You are destroyed, you people of the god Chemosh. Chemosh let his sons become refugees and he let his daughters become prisoners of KING Sihon of the Amorites.
33Then they turned and followed the road that goes to Bashan. KING Og of Bashan and all his troops came out to fight the Israelites at Edrei. 34The LORD said to Moses, "Don't be afraid of him. I'll hand him, all his troops, and his land over to you. Do to him what you did to KING Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon."
4So the Moabites said to the leaders of Midian, "All those people will eventually eat up everything around us the same way an ox eats up the grass in a field." At that time Balak, son of Zippor, was KING of Moab.
10Balaam answered, "Balak, son of KING Zippor of Moab, sent them with this message:
7Then Balaam delivered this message: "Balak brought me from Aram. The KING of Moab summoned me from the eastern mountains. 'Come, curse Jacob for me,' he said. 'Come, condemn Israel.'
21He doesn't want any trouble for the descendants of Jacob. He sees no misfortune for the people of Israel. The LORD their God is with them, praised as their KING.
7Water will flow from their buckets, and their crops will have plenty of water. Their KING will be greater than Agag, and their KINGDOM will be considered the best.
8Among those killed were the five KINGS of Midian--Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba. They also killed Balaam, son of Beor, in battle.
33So Moses gave the tribes of Gad, Reuben, and half of the tribe of Manasseh, son of Joseph, the KINGDOMs of KING Sihon of the Amorites and KING Og of Bashan--the whole land with its cities and its surrounding territory.
40(The Canaanite KING of Arad, who lived in the Negev, which was in Canaan, heard that the Israelites were coming.)
4This was after he had defeated KING Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon, and KING Og of Bashan, who ruled in Ashtaroth and in Edrei.
24The LORD continued, "Now break camp. Cross the Arnon Valley. I'm going to hand KING Sihon of Heshbon, the Amorite, over to you. Fight him, and take possession of his country.
26From the desert of Kedemoth, I sent messengers to KING Sihon of Heshbon with the following offer of peace:
30But KING Sihon of Heshbon wouldn't allow us to pass through. The LORD your God made him stubborn and overconfident in order to hand him over to you, as he has now done.
1Next we turned and followed the road that goes to Bashan. KING Og of Bashan and all his troops came to fight us at Edrei. 2The LORD said to me, "Don't be afraid of him. I'll hand him, all his troops, and his land over to you. Do to him what you did to KING Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon." 3So the LORD our God also handed KING Og of Bashan and all his troops over to us. We defeated him, leaving no survivors.
6We claimed them all for God, destroying every city, including men, women, and children--as we did to KING Sihon of Heshbon.
8We took the land of the two Amorite KINGS east of the Jordan River, from the Arnon Valley to Mount Hermon.
11(Of the Rephaim only KING Og of Bashan was left. His bed was made of iron and was more than 13 feet long and 6 feet wide. It is still in the Ammonite city of Rabbah.)
21I also gave Joshua this command: "You have seen with your own eyes everything that the LORD your God has done to these two KINGS. The LORD will do the same to all of the KINGDOMs on the other side of the Jordan River where you're going.
46He gave these to the people when they were east of the Jordan River in the valley near Beth Peor, in the land of KING Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon. Moses and Israel defeated him after they left Egypt. 47They took possession of his land and the land of KING Og of Bashan, the two KINGS of the Amorites who were east of the Jordan River.
8You were chosen because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors. So he used his mighty hand to bring you out. He freed you from slavery under Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt).
24He will hand their KINGS over to you, and no one on earth will even remember their names. No one will be able to stop you. You will destroy them all.
3You saw the miraculous signs and deeds he did in Egypt to Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt) and to his whole country.
14You will enter the land that the LORD your God is giving you. You will take possession of it and live there. You will say, "Let's have our own KING like all the other nations around us." 15Be sure to appoint the KING the LORD your God will choose. He must be one of your own people. Never let a foreigner be KING, because he's not one of your own people. 16The KING must never own a large number of horses or make the people return to Egypt to get more horses. The LORD has told you, "You will never go back there again." 17The KING must never have a large number of wives, or he will turn away from God. And he must never own a lot of gold and silver. 18When he becomes KING, he should have the Levitical priests make him a copy of these teachings on a scroll.
36The LORD will lead you and the KING you choose to a nation that you and your ancestors never knew. There you will worship gods made of wood and stone.
7When you came to this place, KING Sihon of Heshbon and KING Og of Bashan came out to fight us, but we defeated them.
4The LORD will do to those nations what he did to KING Sihon and KING Og of the Amorites and to their lands when he destroyed them.
5The LORD was KING of Jeshurun when the leaders of the people assembled together with all the tribes of Israel.
2The KING of Jericho was told, "Some Israelites have entered the city tonight. They came to gather information about our land." 3So the KING of Jericho sent messengers to Rahab, who told her, "Bring out the men who came to your house. They came here to gather information about the entire land."
7The KING’S men pursued them on the road leading to a shallow place to cross the Jordan River. As soon as the KING’S men had left, the gate was closed.
10We've heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea in front of you when you left Egypt. We've also heard what you did to Sihon and Og, the two KINGS of the Amorites, who ruled east of the Jordan River. We've heard how you destroyed them for the LORD.
22The men went to the mountains and stayed there for three days until the KING’S men returned to Jericho. The KING’S men had searched for them all along the road but had not found them.
1All the Amorite KINGS west of the Jordan River and all the Canaanite KINGS along the Mediterranean Sea heard that the LORD had dried up the Jordan River so that the Israelites could cross. So they lost heart and had no courage left to face the people of Israel.
2The LORD said to Joshua, "I am about to hand Jericho, its KING, and its warriors over to you.
1The LORD said to Joshua, "Don't be terrified or afraid. Take all the troops with you, and march against Ai. I am about to hand the KING of Ai, his people, city, and land over to you. 2You will do the same thing to Ai and its KING that you did to Jericho and its KING. However, you may take its loot and livestock for yourselves. Set an ambush behind the city."
14When the KING of Ai saw the main camp, he and all his troops got up early in the morning. They rushed out toward the plains to meet Israel for battle, just where Joshua expected. However, the KING didn't know there were troops behind the city waiting to attack him.
23But they captured the KING of Ai alive and brought him to Joshua.
29Joshua hung the KING of Ai's dead body on a pole and left him there until evening. When the sun went down, Joshua gave the order to take his body down. They threw it in the entrance of the city and made a large pile of stones over it. That pile is still there today.
1When all the KINGS west of the Jordan River heard about these events, 2they joined together to fight Joshua and Israel. (They were the KINGS in the mountains, the foothills, and along the whole Mediterranean coast as far as Lebanon, the KINGS of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.)
10We also heard everything he did to the two KINGS of the Amorites east of the Jordan, KING Sihon of Heshbon and KING Og of Bashan in Ashtaroth.
1KING Adoni Zedek of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had captured Ai and claimed it for the LORD the same way he had destroyed Jericho and its KING. He also heard that the people of Gibeon had made peace with the people of Israel and were living with them.
3So KING Adoni Zedek of Jerusalem sent this message to KING Hoham of Hebron, KING Piram of Jarmuth, KING Japhia of Lachish, and KING Debir of Eglon:
5So the five Amorite KINGS of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon combined their armies. They marched to Gibeon, camped there, and attacked it. 6The men of Gibeon sent this message to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal: "Don't abandon us! Come quickly, and save us. Help us because all the Amorite KINGS who live in the mountains have united against us."
16The five KINGS ran away and hid in the cave at Makkedah. 17Someone told Joshua, "The five KINGS have been found. They are hiding in the cave at Makkedah."
22Joshua said, "Open the cave, and bring me the five KINGS!" 23So they brought him the KINGS of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon. 24When they brought them to Joshua, he called for all the men of Israel. He told the officers who had gone with him, "Come forward and put your feet on the necks of these KINGS." So that's what they did.
28That same day Joshua captured Makkedah, and the Israelites killed its people and KING with swords. He claimed them for the LORD by destroying them. There were no survivors. He did the same thing to the KING of Makkedah that he had done to the KING of Jericho.
30The LORD also handed Libnah and its KING over to Israel. He killed all the people. There were no survivors. He did the same thing to the KING of Libnah that he had done to the KING of Jericho.
33At that time KING Horam of Gezer had come to help Lachish. But Joshua killed him and his troops. There were no survivors.
37They captured it and its neighboring villages and killed its KING and all the people. There were no survivors, the same as at Eglon. He claimed the city and all its people for the LORD by destroying them.
39He captured it and its KING and all its neighboring villages and killed everyone. So they claimed them all for the LORD by destroying them. There were no survivors. He did the same thing to Debir and its KING that he had done to Hebron and Libnah and their KINGS.
42Joshua captured all these KINGS and their territories in one campaign because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel.
1KING Jabin of Hazor heard what had happened. So he sent messengers to KING Jobab of Madon and to the KINGS of Shimron and Achshaph. 2He also sent messengers to the northern KINGS in the mountains, the plains south of Chinneroth, the foothills, and Naphoth Dor in the west,
5All these KINGS camped together by the Springs of Merom in order to fight Israel.
10Then Joshua turned back and captured Hazor. He killed its KING with a sword. (Hazor was formerly the head of all these KINGDOMs.)
12So Joshua captured all these cities and their KINGS. He claimed them for the LORD by destroying them, as the LORD's servant Moses had commanded him.
17The land extended from Mount Halak which ascends to Seir as far as Baal Gad in the Lebanon Valley at the foot of Mount Hermon. He captured all their KINGS and killed them. 18Joshua waged war with all these KINGS for a long time.
1These are the KINGS of the land east of the Jordan River that the people of Israel defeated. Israel also took possession of their lands from the Arnon Valley to Mount Hermon, and all the eastern plains. 2Sihon was the Amorite KING who lived in Heshbon. His rule extended from Aroer on the edge of the Arnon Valley to the Jabbok River, which is the border of Ammon. This included the middle of the valley and half of Gilead.
4The territory of KING Og of Bashan who lived in Ashtaroth and Edrei was captured. He was the last of the Rephaim. 5He ruled Mount Hermon, Salecah, all of Bashan to the border of Geshur and Maacath, and half of Gilead to the border of KING Sihon of Heshbon.
7These are the KINGS of the land west of the Jordan River that Joshua and the people of Israel defeated. Their lands extended from Baal Gad in the valley of Lebanon to Mount Halak which rises toward Seir. Joshua gave it as a possession to Israel, dividing it among the tribes. 8It included the mountains, foothills, plains, slopes, desert, and the Negev that the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites had possessed. The KINGS were 9the KING of Jericho, the KING of Ai (near Bethel), 10the KING of Jerusalem, the KING of Hebron, 11the KING of Jarmuth, the KING of Lachish, 12the KING of Eglon, the KING of Gezer, 13the KING of Debir, the KING of Geder, 14the KING of Hormah, the KING of Arad, 15the KING of Libnah, the KING of Adullam, 16the KING of Makkedah, the KING of Bethel, 17the KING of Tappuah, the KING of Hepher, 18the KING of Aphek, the KING of Sharon, 19the KING of Madon, the KING of Hazor, 20the KING of Shimron Meron, the KING of Achshaph, 21the KING of Taanach, the KING of Megiddo, 22the KING of Kedesh, the KING of Jokneam in Carmel, 23the KING of Dor in Naphoth Dor, the KING of Goiim in Gilgal, 24the KING of Tirzah. The total was 31 KINGS.
10It included all the cities of KING Sihon of the Amorites up to the border of Ammon. Sihon's capital was Heshbon.
21It also included all the cities of the plateau, the whole KINGDOM of KING Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon. Moses defeated him and Midian's leaders--Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba. They were princes of Sihon, who lived in that country.
27In the Jordan Valley it included Beth Haram, Beth Nimrah, Succoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the KINGDOM of KING Sihon of Heshbon. The Jordan River served as its western border, extending to the end of the Sea of Galilee.
30Their territory extended from Mahanaim and included all of Bashan (the whole KINGDOM of KING Og of Bashan) and all 60 settlements of Jair that were in Bashan.
9Then Balak, son of KING Zippor of Moab, fought Israel. He summoned Balaam, son of Beor, to curse you.
12I sent hornets ahead of you to force out the two KINGS of the Amorites ahead of you. These things didn't happen because of your battle skills or fighting ability.
7Adoni Bezek said, "Seventy KINGS who had their thumbs and big toes cut off used to pick up food under my table. God has paid me back for what I did to them." Judah's troops brought Adoni Bezek to Jerusalem, where he died.
8The LORD became angry with the people of Israel. He used KING Cushan Rishathaim of Aram Naharaim to defeat them. So Israel served Cushan Rishathaim for eight years.
10When the LORD's Spirit came over him, he became the judge of Israel. He went out to war. The LORD handed KING Cushan Rishathaim of Aram Naharaim over to him, and Othniel overpowered him.
12Once again, the people of Israel did what the LORD considered evil. So the LORD made KING Eglon of Moab stronger than Israel, because Israel did what the LORD considered evil.
14The Israelites served KING Eglon of Moab for 18 years. 15Then the people of Israel cried out to the LORD for help. The LORD sent a savior to rescue them. It was Ehud, a left-handed man from the tribe of Benjamin. (Ehud was the son of Gera.) The people sent him with their tax payment to KING Eglon of Moab.
17Then he brought the tax payment to KING Eglon. (Eglon was a very fat man.)
19However, Ehud turned around at the stone idols near Gilgal and returned to Eglon. He said, "Your Majesty, I have a secret message for you." The KING replied, "Keep quiet!" Then all his advisers left the room. 20Ehud came up to him as he sat alone in his room on the roof. He said to the KING, "I have a message from God for you." As the KING rose from his throne,
2So the LORD used KING Jabin of Canaan, who ruled at Hazor, to defeat them. The commander of KING Jabin's army was Sisera, who lived at Harosheth Haggoyim. 3The people of Israel cried out to the LORD for help. KING Jabin had 900 chariots made of iron and had cruelly oppressed Israel for 20 years.
17Meanwhile, Sisera fled on foot toward the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite. Sisera did this because KING Jabin of Hazor and Heber's family were on peaceful terms.
23So on that day, God used the people of Israel to crush the power of KING Jabin of Canaan.
3Listen, you KINGS! Open your ears, you princes! I will sing a song to the LORD. I will make music to the LORD God of Israel.
19KINGS came and fought. Then the KINGS of Canaan fought. They fought at Taanach by the waters of Megiddo. But they didn't carry off any rich loot.
5So Gideon said to the men of Succoth, "Please give me some food for the men under my command. They're exhausted, and I'm pursuing KING Zebah and KING Zalmunna of Midian."
12Zebah and Zalmunna fled as Gideon pursued them. He captured KING Zebah and KING Zalmunna of Midian, and the whole Midianite army panicked.
18He asked Zebah and Zalmunna, "What kind of men did you kill at Tabor?" They answered, "They were like you. Each one looked like a KING’S son."
26The gold earrings Gideon had asked for weighed 40 pounds. This did not include the half-moon ornaments, the earrings, the purple clothes worn by the KINGS of Midian, and the chains from their camels' necks.
6All the citizens from Shechem and Beth Millo united. They went to the oak tree that was still standing in Shechem and proclaimed Abimelech KING.
8"The trees went to anoint someone to be KING over them. They said to the olive tree, 'Be our KING!'
10Then the trees said to the fig tree, 'You come and be our KING!'
12Then the trees said to the grapevine, 'You come and be our KING!'
14Then all the trees said to the thornbush, 'You come and be our KING!' 15But the thornbush responded to the trees, 'If you really want to anoint me to be your KING, then come and take shelter in my shade. But if not, fire will come out of the thornbush and burn up the cedars of Lebanon.' 16"If you acted with sincerity and integrity when you made Abimelech KING, be happy. If you treated Jerubbaal and his family well, if you treated him as he deserved, be happy.
18But today you have attacked my father's family. You have executed his 70 sons. You have made Abimelech, who is the son of my father's slave girl, KING over the citizens of Shechem just because he's your brother.
12Jephthah sent messengers to the KING of Ammon. They asked the KING, "Why did you invade my land and wage war against me?" 13The KING of Ammon answered Jephthah's messengers, "When the people of Israel left Egypt, they took my land. It stretched from the Arnon River to the Jabbok River and the Jordan River. Now give it back peacefully." 14Jephthah again sent messengers to the KING of Ammon.
17The people of Israel sent messengers to the KING of Edom. They said, 'Please let us go through your country.' But the KING of Edom wouldn't listen to them. They also sent messengers to the KING of Moab. But he wouldn't allow it, either. So the people of Israel remained at Kadesh.
19"Then the people of Israel sent messengers to KING Sihon of the Amorites. Sihon ruled from Heshbon. The people of Israel said to him, 'Please let us go through your land to our own.'
25You're not any better than Balak, son of KING Zippor of Moab, are you? Did he ever have a case against Israel? Or did he ever fight against Israel?
28But the KING of Ammon didn't listen to the message Jephthah sent him.
6In those days Israel didn't have a KING. Everyone did whatever he considered right.
1In those days Israel didn't have a KING. And in those days the tribe of Dan was looKING for a place to live. Up to that time they had not received land as an inheritance among the tribes of Israel as they should have.
1In those days when Israel didn't have a KING, there was a Levite who lived in a remote area in the mountains of Ephraim. He took a woman from Bethlehem in Judah to be his concubine.
25In those days Israel didn't have a KING. Everyone did whatever he considered right.
1 Samuel 2:10
10"Those who oppose the LORD are broken into pieces. He thunders at them from the heavens. The LORD judges the ends of the earth. He gives strength to his KING and lifts the head of his Messiah."
1 Samuel 8:5-6
5They told him, "You're old, and your sons aren't following your example. Now appoint a KING to judge us so that we will be like all the other nations." 6But Samuel considered it wrong for them to request a KING to judge them. So Samuel prayed to the LORD.
1 Samuel 8:9-11
9Listen to them now, but be sure to warn them and tell them about the rights of a KING." 10Then Samuel told the people who had asked him for a KING everything the LORD had said. 11Samuel said, "These are the rights of a KING: He will draft your sons, make them serve on his chariots and horses, and make them run ahead of his chariots.
1 Samuel 8:18-19
18"When that day comes, you will cry out because of the KING whom you have chosen for yourselves. The LORD will not answer you when that day comes." 19But the people refused to listen to Samuel. They said, "No, we want a KING!
1 Samuel 8:20
20Then we, too, will be like all the other nations. Our KING will judge us, lead us out to war, and fight our battles."
1 Samuel 8:22
22The LORD told him, "Listen to them, and give them a KING." Then Samuel told the people of Israel, "Go back to your own cities."
1 Samuel 10:16
16"He assured us the donkeys had been found," Saul answered his uncle. But Saul didn't tell him what Samuel said about his becoming KING.
1 Samuel 10:18-19
18He said to the Israelites, "This is what the LORD God of Israel says: I brought Israel out of Egypt and rescued you from the power of the Egyptians and all the KINGS who were oppressing you. 19But now you have rejected your God, who saves you from all your troubles and distresses. You said, 'No! Place a KING over us.' Now then, stand in front of the LORD by your tribes and family groups."
1 Samuel 10:24
24Samuel asked the people, "Do you see whom the LORD has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people." Then all the people shouted, "Long live the KING!"
1 Samuel 11:1
1KING Nahash of Ammon was severely oppressing the tribes of Gad and Reuben. He would poke out everyone's right eye and allow no one to rescue Israel. There was no one among the Israelites east of the Jordan River whose right eye KING Nahash of Ammon had not poked out. However, seven thousand men had escaped from the Ammonites and gone to Jabesh Gilead. About a month later Nahash the Ammonite blockaded Jabesh Gilead. All the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, "Make a treaty with us, and we'll serve you."
1 Samuel 11:15
15Then all the troops went to Gilgal, and there in the LORD's presence, they confirmed Saul as their KING. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings to the LORD. Saul and all of Israel's soldiers celebrated.
1 Samuel 12:1-3
1Then Samuel said to all Israel, "I have listened to everything you have said to me and appointed a KING over you. 2And now, here is the KING who will lead you. I am old and gray, but my sons are with you. I have led you from my youth until this day. 3Here I am. Testify against me in front of the LORD and in front of his anointed KING. Did I take anyone's ox? Did I take anyone's donkey? Did I cheat or oppress anyone? Did I take a bribe from anyone to look the other way? If so, I will give it all back."
1 Samuel 12:5
5Samuel told them, "The LORD is a witness to what you've said, and his anointed KING is a witness today that you've found nothing in my hands." "He is a witness," they answered.
1 Samuel 12:9
9But they forgot the LORD their God. So he handed them over to Sisera, who was the commander of the army of Hazor, to the Philistines, and to the KING of Moab. All of them fought against your ancestors.
1 Samuel 12:12-14
12But when you saw KING Nahash of Ammon coming to attack you, you told me, 'No, a KING should rule over us,' though the LORD your God was your KING. 13"Now, here is the KING you have chosen, the one you asked for. See, the LORD has put a KING over you. 14If you fear the LORD, serve him, obey him, and don't rebel against what he says, then you and your KING will follow the LORD your God.
1 Samuel 12:17
17Isn't the wheat being harvested today? I will call on the LORD, and he'll send thunder and rain. Then you will realize what a wicked thing you did in the LORD's presence when you asked for a KING."
1 Samuel 12:19
19All the people pleaded with Samuel, "Pray to the LORD your God for us so that we will not die. We have added another evil thing to all our other sins by asKING for a KING."
1 Samuel 12:25
25But if you go on doing what is evil, you and your KING will be wiped out."
1 Samuel 13:1
1Saul was thirty years old when he became KING, and he was KING of Israel forty-two years.
1 Samuel 14:47
47When Saul had taken over the KINGDOM of Israel, he fought against his enemies on every side--against Moab, the Ammonites, Edom, the KINGS of Zobah, and the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he was victorious.
1 Samuel 15:1
1Samuel told Saul, "The LORD sent me to anoint you KING of his people Israel. Now listen to the LORD's words.
1 Samuel 15:8
8He captured KING Agag of Amalek alive. But he claimed all the people for God by destroying them.
1 Samuel 15:11
11"I regret that I made Saul KING. He turned away from me and did not carry out my instructions." Samuel was angry, and he prayed to the LORD all night.
1 Samuel 15:17
17Samuel said, "Even though you don't consider yourself great, you were the head of Israel's tribes. The LORD anointed you KING of Israel.
1 Samuel 15:20
20"But I did obey the LORD," Saul told Samuel. "I went where the LORD sent me, brought back KING Agag of Amalek, and claimed the Amalekites for God.
1 Samuel 15:23
23The sin of black magic is rebellion. Wickedness and idolatry are arrogance. Because you rejected the word of the LORD, he rejects you as KING."
1 Samuel 15:26
26Samuel told Saul, "I will not go back with you because you rejected what the LORD told you. So the LORD rejects you as KING of Israel."
1 Samuel 15:32
32"Bring me KING Agag of Amalek," Samuel said. Agag came to him trembling. "Surely, the bitterness of death is past," Agag said.
1 Samuel 15:35
35Samuel didn't see Saul again before he died, though Samuel mourned over Saul. And the LORD regretted that he had made Saul KING of Israel.
1 Samuel 16:1
1The LORD asked Samuel, "How long are you going to mourn for Saul now that I have rejected him as KING of Israel? Fill a flask with olive oil and go. I'm sending you to Jesse in Bethlehem because I've selected one of his sons to be KING."
1 Samuel 16:6
6When they came, he saw Eliab and thought, "Certainly, here in the LORD's presence is his anointed KING."
1 Samuel 17:25
25The men of Israel said, "Did you see that man coming from the Philistine lines? He keeps coming to challenge Israel. The KING will make the man who kills this Philistine very rich. He will give his daughter to that man to marry and elevate the social status of his family."
1 Samuel 17:56
56The KING said, "Find out whose son this young man is."
1 Samuel 18:6
6As they arrived, David was returning from a campaign against the Philistines. Women from all of Israel's cities came to meet KING Saul. They sang and danced, accompanied by tambourines, joyful music, and triangles.
1 Samuel 18:18
18"Who am I?" David asked Saul. "And how important are my relatives or my father's family in Israel that I should be the KING’S son-in-law?"
1 Samuel 18:22-23
22Saul ordered his officers, "Talk to David in private. Tell him, 'The KING likes you, and all his officers are fond of you. Become the KING’S son-in-law.'" 23When Saul's officers made it a point to say this, David asked, "Do you think it's easy to become the KING’S son-in-law? I am a poor and unimportant person."
1 Samuel 18:25-27
25Saul replied, "Tell David, 'The KING doesn't want any payment for the bride except 100 Philistine foreskins so that he can get revenge on his enemies.'" In this way Saul planned to have David fall into the hands of the Philistines. 26When his officers told David this, David concluded that it was acceptable to become the KING’S son-in-law. Before the time was up, 27David and his men went out and struck down 200 Philistines. David brought the foreskins, and they counted them out for the KING so that David could become the KING’S son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal as his wife.
1 Samuel 20:5
5David replied, "Tomorrow is the New Moon Festival, when I should sit and eat at the KING’S table. But let me go and hide in the countryside for two more nights.
1 Samuel 20:24
24So David hid in the countryside. When the New Moon Festival came, KING Saul sat down to eat the festival meal.
1 Samuel 20:31
31As long as Jesse's son lives on earth, neither you nor your right to be KING is secure. Now, send some men to bring him to me. He's a dead man!"
1 Samuel 21:2
2"The KING ordered me to do something," David answered the priest Ahimelech, "and he told me, 'No one must know anything about this mission I'm sending you on and about the orders I've given you. I've stationed my young men at a certain place.'"
1 Samuel 21:8
8David asked Ahimelech, "Don't you have a spear or a sword here? I didn't take either my spear or any other weapon because the KING’S business was urgent."
1 Samuel 21:10-12
10That day David left. He was still fleeing from Saul when he came to KING Achish of Gath. 11Achish's officers asked, "Isn't this David, the KING of his country? He's the one they used to sing about in the dances: 'Saul has defeated thousands but David tens of thousands.'" 12When David realized what they had said, he was terrified of KING Achish of Gath.
1 Samuel 22:3-4
3From there David went to Mizpah in Moab. He asked the KING of Moab, "Please let my father and mother stay with you until I know what God is going to do for me." 4He brought them to the KING of Moab, and they stayed with him as long as David was living in his fortified camp.
1 Samuel 22:11
11Then the KING sent for the priest Ahimelech, who was Ahitub's son, and his entire family who were the priests in Nob. All of them came to the KING.
1 Samuel 22:14
14Ahimelech asked the KING, "But whom among all your officials can you trust like David? Your Majesty, he's your son-in-law, the commander of your bodyguard. He's honored in your own household.
1 Samuel 22:17-18
17"Turn and kill the LORD's priests because they support David," the KING said to the runners standing around him. "When they knew David was fleeing, they didn't inform me." But the KING’S men refused to attack the LORD's priests. 18So the KING said to Doeg, "You turn and attack the priests." Doeg from Edom turned and attacked the priests, and that day he killed 85 men wearing the linen priestly ephod.
1 Samuel 24:6
6He said to his men, "It would be unthinkable for me to raise my hand against His Majesty, the LORD's anointed KING, since he is the LORD's anointed."
1 Samuel 24:14
14Against whom has the KING of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog? One flea?
1 Samuel 24:20
20Now I know that you certainly will rule as KING, and under your guidance the KINGDOM of Israel will prosper.
1 Samuel 25:36
36When Abigail came to Nabal, he was holding a banquet in his home. It was like a KING’S banquet. He was in a good mood and very drunk, so she didn't tell him anything until dawn.
1 Samuel 26:9
9"Don't kill him!" David told Abishai. "No one has ever attacked the LORD's anointed KING and remained free of guilt.
1 Samuel 26:11
11It would be unthinkable for me to attack the LORD's anointed KING. But please take that spear near his head and that jar of water, and let's go."
1 Samuel 26:14-16
14Then David called to the troops and to Ner's son Abner. "Won't you answer, Abner?" he asked. "Who is calling the KING?" Abner asked. 15David asked Abner, "Aren't you a man? Is there anyone like you in Israel? Then why didn't you guard your master, the KING? Someone came to kill His Royal Majesty. 16What you've done isn't good. I solemnly swear, as the LORD lives, you are dead men. You didn't guard your master, the LORD's anointed KING. Look at the KING’S spear and the jar of water that were near his head."
1 Samuel 26:20
20Don't let my blood fall to the ground, away from the LORD's presence. The KING of Israel has come to search for one flea like someone hunting a partridge in the hills."
1 Samuel 26:22-23
22David responded, "Here's the KING’S spear. One of the young men should come over and get it. 23The LORD will reward any person who is righteous and faithful. The LORD handed you over to me today, but I refused to attack the LORD's anointed KING.
1 Samuel 27:2
2So David went with his 600 men to KING Achish of Gath, Moach's son.
1 Samuel 27:6
6So Achish immediately gave him Ziklag. (This is why Ziklag still belongs to the KINGS of Judah today.)
1 Samuel 28:13
13"Don't be afraid," the KING said to her. "What do you see?" "I see a god rising from the ground," the woman answered.
1 Samuel 29:3
3The Philistine officers asked, "What are these Hebrews doing here?" Achish asked the Philistine officers, "Isn't this David, the servant of KING Saul of Israel, who has been with me now for a year or two? I've found nothing wrong with him from the day he defected until now."
2 Samuel 1:14
14David asked, "Why weren't you afraid to take it upon yourself to destroy the LORD's anointed KING?"
2 Samuel 1:16
16while David said, "You are responsible for spilling your own blood. You testified against yourself when you said, 'I killed the LORD's anointed KING.'"
2 Samuel 2:4
4Then the people of Judah came to Hebron and anointed David to be KING over the tribe of Judah. They told David, "The people of Jabesh Gilead were the ones who buried Saul."
2 Samuel 2:7
7Now, be strong and courageous. Because your master Saul is dead, the tribe of Judah has anointed me to be their KING."
2 Samuel 2:9-11
9Abner made him KING of Gilead, Asher, Jezreel, Ephraim, and Benjamin, that is, all Israel. 10Saul's son Ishbosheth was 40 years old when he became KING of Israel. He ruled for two years, but the tribe of Judah followed David. 11In Hebron David was KING over the tribe of Judah for seven years and six months.
2 Samuel 3:3
3The second was Chileab, born to Abigail (who had been Nabal's wife) from Carmel. The third was Absalom, whose mother was Maacah (the daughter of KING Talmai) from Geshur.
2 Samuel 3:17
17Meanwhile, Abner sent the following message to the leaders of Israel: "For some time now you've wanted to make David your KING.
2 Samuel 3:23-24
23When Joab came back with the whole army, he was told, "Ner's son Abner came to the KING, but David dismissed him, and Abner left peacefully." 24Then Joab went to the KING and asked, "What have you done? Abner came to see you. Why did you dismiss him and let him get away?
2 Samuel 3:31-33
31David told Joab and all the people with him, "Tear your clothes, put on sackcloth, and mourn for Abner." KING David followed the open casket. 32They buried Abner in Hebron. The KING cried loudly at Abner's grave, and all the people cried. 33The KING sang a funeral song for Abner: Should Abner die like a godless fool?
2 Samuel 3:36-39
36Then all the people understood and approved of this, as all the people approved of everything the KING did. 37That day all the people of Israel knew the KING wasn't responsible for killing Ner's son Abner. 38The KING said to his officers, "Don't you know that today a leader, a great man, has fallen in Israel? 39Today I'm weak, though I'm the anointed KING. These men, Zeruiah's sons, are too cruel for me. May the LORD repay this evildoer as his evil deeds deserve."
2 Samuel 4:8
8They brought Ishbosheth's head to David at Hebron. "Here is the head of Ishbosheth, the son of your enemy Saul who tried to kill you," they told the KING. "Today the LORD has given Your Royal Majesty revenge on Saul and his descendants."
2 Samuel 5:3-4
3All the leaders of Israel had come to Hebron. KING David made an agreement with them at Hebron in front of the LORD. So they anointed David KING of Israel. 4David was 30 years old when he became KING, and he ruled for 40 years.
2 Samuel 5:6
6The KING and his men went to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived in that region. The Jebusites told David, "You will never get in here. Even the blind and the lame could turn you away" (meaning that David could never get in there).
2 Samuel 5:11-12
11Then KING Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedarwood, carpenters, and stonemasons. They built a palace for David. 12So David realized that the LORD had established him as KING of Israel and made his KINGShip famous for the sake of Israel, the LORD's people.
2 Samuel 5:17
17When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed KING of Israel, all of them came to attack David. But David heard about it and went to the fortress.
2 Samuel 6:12
12KING David was told, "The LORD has blessed Obed Edom's home and everything he owns because of the ark of God." Then David joyfully went to get the ark of God from Obed Edom's house and bring it to the City of David.
2 Samuel 6:16
16When the ark of the LORD came to the City of David, Saul's daughter Michal looked out of a window and saw KING David leaping and dancing in the LORD's presence, so she despised him.
2 Samuel 6:20
20When David returned to bless his family, Saul's daughter Michal came out to meet him. "How dignified Israel's KING was today! He was exposing himself before the eyes of the slave girls of his palace staff--like a mindless fool might expose himself!"
2 Samuel 7:1-3
1While KING David was living in his house, the LORD gave him peace with all his enemies around him. 2So the KING said to the prophet Nathan, "Look, I'm living in a house made of cedar, while the ark of God remains in the tent." 3Nathan told the KING, "Do everything you have in mind, because the LORD is with you."
2 Samuel 7:18
18KING David went into the tent and sat in front of the LORD. "Who am I, Almighty LORD," he asked, "and why is my house so important that you have brought me this far?
2 Samuel 8:3
3When David went to restore his control over the territory along the Euphrates River, he defeated Zobah's KING Hadadezer, son of Rehob.
2 Samuel 8:5
5When the Arameans from Damascus came to help KING Hadadezer of Zobah, David killed 22,000 of them.
2 Samuel 8:8-12
8KING David also took a large quantity of bronze from Betah and Berothai, Hadadezer's cities.
9When KING Toi of Hamath heard that David had defeated Hadadezer's whole army, 10he sent his son Joram to greet KING David and congratulate him for fighting and defeating Hadadezer. (There had often been war between Hadadezer and Toi.) Joram brought articles of gold, silver, and bronze with him. 11KING David dedicated these articles to the LORD, along with the silver and gold he had dedicated from all the nations he conquered-- 12from Edom, Moab, Ammon, the Philistines, Amalek, and from the goods taken from Zobah's KING Hadadezer, son of Rehob.
2 Samuel 9:2
2Now, Saul's family had a servant whose name was Ziba. He was summoned to come to David. "Are you Ziba?" the KING asked him. "Yes, I am," he answered.
2 Samuel 9:4-5
4"Where is he?" the KING asked. Ziba replied, "He is at the home of Machir, Ammiel's son, in Lo Debar." 5So KING David sent men to get him from the home of Ammiel's son Machir in Lo Debar.
2 Samuel 9:9
9Then the KING called for Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "I have given your master's grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family.
2 Samuel 9:11
11Ziba responded, "I will do everything you've commanded, Your Majesty." From then on, Mephibosheth ate at David's table as one of the KING’S sons.
2 Samuel 9:13
13However, Mephibosheth, who was disabled, lived in Jerusalem. He always ate at the KING’S table.
2 Samuel 10:1
1Later the KING of Ammon died, and his son Hanun became KING in his place.
2 Samuel 10:5-6
5After David was told what had happened, he sent someone to meet them because they were deeply humiliated. The KING said to them, "Stay in Jericho until your beards have grown back, and then return to Jerusalem."
6The Ammonites realized that they had made themselves offensive to David. So they hired the Arameans from Beth Rehob and Zobah (20,000 foot soldiers), the army of the KING of Maacah (1,000 men), and the men of Tob (12,000 men).
2 Samuel 10:19
19When all the KINGS who were subject to Hadadezer saw that Israel had defeated them, they made peace with Israel and became their subjects. And the Arameans were afraid to help the Ammonites anymore.
2 Samuel 11:1
1In the spring, the time when KINGS go out to battle, David sent Joab, his mercenaries, and Israel's army to war. They destroyed the Ammonites and attacked Rabbah, while David stayed in Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 11:8
8"Go home," David said to Uriah, "and wash your feet." Uriah left the royal palace, and the KING sent a present to him.
2 Samuel 11:19-21
19And he commanded the messenger, "When you finish telling the KING about the battle, 20the KING may become angry. He might ask you, 'Why did you go so close to the city to fight? Didn't you know they would shoot from the wall? 21Who killed Jerubbesheth's son Abimelech? Didn't a woman on the wall of Thebez throw a small millstone at him and kill him? Why did you go so close to the wall?' If the KING asks this, then say, 'Your man Uriah the Hittite is also dead.'"
2 Samuel 12:7
7"You are the man!" Nathan told David. "This is what the LORD God of Israel says: I anointed you KING over Israel and rescued you from Saul.
2 Samuel 12:30
30He took the gold crown from the head of Rabbah's KING and put it on his own head. (The crown weighed 75 pounds and contained a precious stone.) David also took a lot of goods from the city.
2 Samuel 13:4
4He asked Amnon, "Why are you, the KING’S son, so worn out morning after morning? Won't you tell me?" "I'm in love with Absalom's sister Tamar," he answered.
2 Samuel 13:6
6So Amnon lay down and acted sick, and the KING came to see him. Amnon asked the KING, "Please let my sister Tamar come and make some bread in front of me, and she can feed me."
2 Samuel 13:13
13Where could I go in my disgrace? And you will be considered one of the godless fools in Israel! Speak to the KING. He won't refuse your request to marry me."
2 Samuel 13:18
18(She was wearing a long-sleeved gown. The KING’S virgin daughters wore this kind of robe.) So his servant took her out and bolted the door behind her.
2 Samuel 13:21
21When KING David heard about this, he became very angry. But David didn't punish his son Amnon. He favored Amnon because he was his firstborn son.
2 Samuel 13:23-27
23Two years later Absalom had sheepshearers at Baal Hazor near Ephraim. He invited all the KING’S sons. 24Absalom went to the KING and said, "Since I have sheepshearers, Your Majesty and your officials are invited to feast with me." 25"No, Son," the KING answered Absalom. "If we all go, we'll be a burden to you." Even when Absalom continued to urge him, David did not want to go, though he did give Absalom his blessing. 26So Absalom said, "If you won't go, then please let my brother Amnon go with us." "Why should he go with you?" the KING asked him. 27But when Absalom urged him, he let Amnon and all the rest of the KING’S sons go with him.
2 Samuel 13:29-33
29Absalom's servants did to Amnon as Absalom had ordered. Then all the KING’S sons got up, mounted their mules, and fled.
30While they were on their way, David heard this rumor: "Absalom has killed all the KING’S sons, and not a single one is left." 31The KING stood up, tore his clothes, and lay down on the ground. All his servants were standing beside him with their clothes torn to show their grief. 32Then Jonadab, the son of David's brother Shimea, said, "Sir, don't think that all the young men, all the KING’S sons, have been killed. Only Amnon is dead. Absalom decided to do this the day his half brother raped his sister Tamar. 33You shouldn't burden your heart with the idea that all the KING’S sons are dead, Your Majesty. Only Amnon is dead.
2 Samuel 13:35-37
35Then Jonadab told the KING, "The KING’S sons have come. It's just as I said." 36When he finished speaKING, the KING’S sons arrived and cried loudly. The KING and all his men also cried very bitterly. 37Absalom, however, fled to Geshur's KING Talmai, Ammihud's son. But the KING mourned for his son Amnon every day.
2 Samuel 13:39
39KING David began to long for Absalom once people had consoled him over Amnon's death.
2 Samuel 14:1
1Joab, Zeruiah's son, knew the KING was still thinKING about Absalom.
2 Samuel 14:3-5
3Go to the KING, and tell him this...." Then Joab told her exactly what to say. 4The woman from Tekoa came to the KING and immediately bowed down with her face touching the ground. "Help me, Your Majesty," she said. 5The KING asked her, "What can I do for you?" She answered, "I'm a widow; my husband is dead.
2 Samuel 14:8-10
8"Go home," the KING told the woman. "I will order someone to take care of this matter." 9The woman from Tekoa said to the KING, "Let me be held responsible for the sin, Your Majesty. Let my father's family be held responsible. Your Majesty and your throne are innocent." 10The KING said, "If anyone says anything against you, bring him to me. He'll never harm you again."
2 Samuel 14:15-16
15"I've come to say this to you because the people have frightened me. So I thought, 'I will speak to the KING about this. Maybe the KING will do something for me, his subject. 16Maybe the KING will listen and rescue me, his subject, from the man who wants to cut off both me and my son from our God-given inheritance.'
2 Samuel 14:18-19
18The KING said to the woman, "Please don't refuse to answer the question I'm going to ask you." The woman responded, "Please speak, Your Majesty." 19"Did Joab put you up to this?" the KING asked. The woman answered, "I solemnly swear on your life, Your Majesty, you are absolutely right. Yes, your servant Joab ordered me to do this. He told me to say exactly what I said.
2 Samuel 14:21-22
21Then the KING told Joab, "This is what you'll do. Bring back the young man Absalom." 22Joab quickly bowed down with his face touching the ground, and he blessed the KING. He said, "Today I know that you have been kind to me because you have done what I wanted."
2 Samuel 14:24
24But the KING said, "Absalom should return to his own house. He will not see me." So Absalom returned to his house and didn't see the KING.
2 Samuel 14:28-29
28Absalom stayed in Jerusalem two full years without seeing the KING. 29So Absalom sent for Joab in order to send him to the KING, but Joab refused to come. Absalom sent for him a second time, but he still refused to come.
2 Samuel 14:32-33
32Absalom answered Joab, "I sent someone to tell you to come here because I wanted to send you to the KING to ask him why I had to come from Geshur. It would be better for me if I were still there. Let me see the KING now! If I'm guilty of a sin, he should kill me." 33Joab went to the KING and told him this. The KING then called for Absalom, who came to the KING and bowed down with his face touching the ground. And the KING kissed Absalom.
2 Samuel 15:2-3
2Absalom used to get up early and stand by the road leading to the city gate. When anyone had a case to be tried by KING David, Absalom would ask, "Which city are you from?" After the person had told him which tribe in Israel he was from, 3Absalom would say, "Your case is good and proper, but the KING hasn't appointed anyone to hear it."
2 Samuel 15:6-7
6This is what he did for all Israelites who came to the KING to have him try their case. So Absalom stole the hearts of the people of Israel.
7Four years later Absalom said to the KING, "Let me go to Hebron and keep the vow I made to the LORD.
2 Samuel 15:9-10
9"Go in peace," the KING told him. So he went to Hebron. 10But Absalom sent his loyal supporters to all the tribes of Israel and said, "When you hear the sound of the ram's horn, say, 'Absalom has become KING in Hebron.'"
2 Samuel 15:15-19
15The KING’S servants told him, "No matter what happens, we are Your Majesty's servants." 16The KING left on foot, and his whole household followed him except ten concubines whom the KING left behind to take care of the palace. 17As the KING and his troops were leaving the city on foot, they stopped at the last house. 18All his mercenaries passed by him; all the Cherethites, all the Pelethites, Ittai, and all 600 men who had followed him from Gath were marching past the KING. 19The KING asked Ittai from Gath, "Why should you go with us? Go back, and stay with KING Absalom. You are a foreigner, an exile from your homeland.
2 Samuel 15:21
21But Ittai answered the KING, "I solemnly swear, as the LORD and the KING live: Wherever you are, whether you're dead or alive, I'll be there."
2 Samuel 15:23
23The whole country was crying loudly as all the troops were passing by. The KING was crossing the Kidron Valley, and all the people were moving down the road toward the desert.
2 Samuel 15:25
25The KING told Zadok, "Take God's ark back to the city. If the LORD looks favorably on me, he will allow me to come back and see both it and its dwelling place again.
2 Samuel 15:27
27"Aren't you a seer?" the KING asked Zadok the priest. "Go back to the city peacefully, and take your son Ahimaaz and Abiathar's son Jonathan with you.
2 Samuel 16:2-5
2"Why did you bring these?" David asked Ziba. "The donkeys are for the KING’S family to ride on," Ziba answered. "The bread and the ripe fruit are for your servants to eat. The wine is for those who become tired and thirsty in the desert." 3"Where is your master Saul's grandson?" the KING asked. "He's staying in Jerusalem," Ziba answered the KING. "He said, 'Today the house of Israel will give me back my grandfather's KINGDOM.'" 4The KING told Ziba, "In that case everything that belonged to Mephibosheth now belongs to you." "I sincerely thank you," said Ziba. "I hope to remain in your good graces, Your Majesty."
5When KING David came to Bahurim, a man who was a distant cousin of Saul came out cursing. His name was Shimei, son of Gera.
2 Samuel 16:8-10
8The LORD is paying you back for all the blood you spilled in the family of Saul, whom you succeeded as KING. The LORD is giving the KINGShip to your son Absalom. Now you're in trouble because you're a bloodthirsty man." 9Abishai, Zeruiah's son, asked the KING, "Why should this dead dog curse you, Your Majesty? Let me go over there and tear off his head." 10But the KING said, "You don't think like me at all, sons of Zeruiah. Let him curse. If the LORD has told him, 'Curse David,' should anyone ask, 'Why do you do that?'"
2 Samuel 16:14
14The KING and all the people with him finally arrived at their destination and rested there.
2 Samuel 16:16
16When David's friend Hushai from Archi's family came to Absalom, he said, "Long live the KING! Long live the KING!"
2 Samuel 17:17
17Jonathan and Ahimaaz were waiting at En Rogel. They could not risk being seen coming into the city, so a servant girl was to go and tell them, and they were to go and tell KING David.
2 Samuel 17:21
21After Absalom's servants left, both men came out of the cistern and went and told KING David. "Leave right away," they told David. "Cross the river quickly because this is what Ahithophel has advised against you...."
2 Samuel 18:2
2David put a third of the troops under Joab's command, another third under Joab's brother Abishai (Zeruiah's son), and the last third under Ittai from Gath. "I am going into battle with you," the KING said to the troops.
2 Samuel 18:4-5
4"I'll do what you think best," the KING responded. So the KING stood by the gate while all the troops marched out by battalions and regiments. 5The KING ordered Joab, Abishai, and Ittai, "Treat the young man Absalom gently for my sake." All the troops heard him give all the commanders this order regarding Absalom.
2 Samuel 18:12-13
12But the man told Joab, "Even if I felt the weight of 25 pounds of silver in my hand, I wouldn't raise my hand against the KING’S son. We heard the order the KING gave you, Abishai, and Ittai: 'Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.' 13If I had done something treacherous to him, would you have stood by me? Like everything else, it wouldn't stay hidden from the KING."
2 Samuel 18:18-21
18(While he was still living, Absalom had taken a rock and set it up for himself in the KING’S valley. He said, "I have no son to keep the memory of my name alive." He called the rock by his name, and it is still called Absalom's Monument today.)
19Then Ahimaaz, Zadok's son, said, "Let me run and bring the KING the good news that the LORD has freed him from his enemies." 20But Joab told him, "You won't be the man carrying good news today. You can carry the news some other day. You must not deliver the news today because the KING’S son is dead." 21Then Joab said to a man from Sudan, "Go, tell the KING what you saw." The messenger bowed down with his face touching the ground in front of Joab and then ran off.
2 Samuel 18:25
25The watchman called and alerted the KING. "If he's alone," the KING said, "he has good news to tell." The runner continued to come closer. 2 Samuel 18:26-30
26When the watchman saw another man running, the watchman called, "There's another man running alone." The KING said, "This one is also bringing good news." 27The watchman said, "It seems to me that the first one runs like Ahimaaz, Zadok's son." "He's a good man," the KING said. "He must be coming with good news." 28Then Ahimaaz came up to the KING, greeted him, and bowed down in front of him. Ahimaaz said, "May the LORD your God be praised. He has handed over the men who rebelled against Your Majesty." 29"Is the young man Absalom alright?" the KING asked. Ahimaaz answered, "I saw a lot of confusion when Joab sent me away, but I didn't know what it meant." 30"Step aside, and stand here," the KING said. He stepped aside and stood there.
2 Samuel 18:32-33
32"Is the young man Absalom alright?" the KING asked. The Sudanese messenger answered, "May your enemies and all who turned against you be like that young man!" 33The KING was shaken by the news. He went to the room above the gate and cried. "My son Absalom!" he said as he went. "My son, my son Absalom! I wish I had died in your place! Absalom, my son, my son!"
2 Samuel 19:1-2
1Joab was told, "The KING is crying and mourning for Absalom." 2The victory of that day was turned into mourning because all the troops heard that the KING was grieving for his son.
2 Samuel 19:4
4The KING covered his face and cried loudly, "My son Absalom! Absalom, my son, my son!"
2 Samuel 19:8-12
8The KING sat in the gateway. When all the troops were told, "The KING is sitting in the gateway," they came to the KING. Meanwhile, Israel had fled and went back to their own homes.
9All the people in all the tribes of Israel were arguing with one another, saying, "The KING rescued us from our enemies and saved us from the Philistines, but now he has fled from Absalom and left the country. 10However, Absalom, whom we anointed to rule us, has died in battle. Why is no one talKING about bringing back the KING?" 11What all Israel was saying reached the KING at his house. So KING David sent this message to the priests Zadok and Abiathar: "Ask the leaders of Judah, 'Why should you be the last tribe to bring the KING back to his palace? 12You are my relatives, my own flesh and blood. Why should you be the last to bring back the KING?'
2 Samuel 19:14-19
14All the people of Judah were in total agreement. So they sent the KING this message: "Come back with all your servants." 15The KING came back to the Jordan River, and the people of Judah came to Gilgal to meet the KING and bring him across the Jordan River.
16Shimei, Gera's son from the tribe of Benjamin and the town of Bahurim, hurried down with the people of Judah to meet KING David. 17One thousand people from Benjamin were with him. And Ziba, the servant of Saul's family, rushed to the Jordan River across from the KING. Ziba brought his 15 sons and 20 servants. 18They crossed the river to bring over the KING’S family and to do anything else the KING wanted. Shimei, Gera's son, bowed down in front of the KING as he was going to cross the Jordan River. 19He pleaded with the KING, "Don't remember the crime I committed the day you left Jerusalem. Don't hold it against me or even think about it, Your Majesty.
2 Samuel 19:21-26
21But Abishai, Zeruiah's son, replied, "Shouldn't Shimei be put to death for cursing the LORD's anointed KING?" 22David responded, "Are you sure we're from the same family, sons of Zeruiah? You are my enemies today. Should anyone in Israel be killed today? Don't I know that I'm KING of Israel again?" 23The KING promised Shimei, "You won't die," and the KING swore to it.
24Mephibosheth, Saul's grandson, went to meet the KING. He had not tended to his feet, trimmed his mustache, or washed his clothes from the day the KING left until he came home safely. 25When he came from Jerusalem to meet the KING, the KING asked him, "Why didn't you go with me, Mephibosheth?" 26He answered, "My servant deceived me, Your Majesty. Since I am disabled, I said, 'Saddle the donkey for me, and I'll ride on it and go with the KING.'
2 Samuel 19:28-33
28You could have killed anyone in my entire family, Your Majesty. Instead, you've seated me with those who eat at your table. So I no longer have the right to complain to the KING." 29The KING asked him, "Why do you keep talKING about it? I've said that you and Ziba should divide the land." 30"Let him take it all," Mephibosheth told the KING. "It's enough for me that you've come home safely."
31Barzillai, the man from Gilead, came from Rogelim with the KING to the Jordan River to send him on his way. 32Barzillai was an elderly man, 80 years old. Because he was a very rich man, he had provided the KING with food while he was staying at Mahanaim. 33The KING told Barzillai, "Cross the river with me. I'll provide for you in Jerusalem."
2 Samuel 19:38-43
38"Chimham will go across with me," the KING said. "I will do for him whatever you want. Anything you wish I'll do for you." 39All the troops crossed the Jordan River, and then the KING crossed. The KING kissed Barzillai and blessed him. Then Barzillai went back home.
40The KING crossed the river to Gilgal, and Chimham went with him. All the troops from Judah and half of the troops from Israel brought the KING across. 41Then all the people of Israel kept coming to the KING. They asked, "Why did our cousins, the people of Judah, kidnap you and bring Your Majesty and your family and men across the Jordan River?" 42All the people of Judah answered the people of Israel, "Because the KING is our relative. Why are you angry about this? Did we eat the KING’S food, or did he give us any gifts?" 43The people of Israel answered the people of Judah, "We have ten times your interest in the KING and a greater claim on David than you have. Why, then, do you despise us? Weren't we the first to suggest bringing back our KING?" But the people of Judah spoke even more harshly than the people of Israel.
2 Samuel 20:2
2So all the people of Israel left David to follow Sheba, Bichri's son. But the people of Judah remained loyal to their KING on his way from the Jordan River to Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 20:4
4The KING told Amasa, "Call the people of Judah together for me, and in three days be here yourself."
2 Samuel 20:21-22
21That isn't the case. A man from the mountains of Ephraim by the name of Sheba, son of Bichri, has rebelled against KING David. Give him to me, and I'll withdraw from the city." "That's fine," the woman told Joab. "His head will be thrown to you from the wall." 22Then the woman went to all the people with her clever plan. They cut off Sheba's head and threw it to Joab. He blew the ram's horn, and everyone scattered and withdrew from the city and went home. Joab went back to the KING in Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 21:2
2(The Gibeonites were not a part of Israel but were left over from the Amorites. Although the Israelites had sworn to spare them, Saul, in his eagerness, tried to destroy them for Israel and Judah.) The KING called the Gibeonites
2 Samuel 21:4-9
4"We do not want silver or gold from Saul's family," the Gibeonites answered him. "And none of us wants to kill anyone in Israel." The KING asked, "What are you saying that I should do for you?" 5They answered the KING, "Give us seven of the male descendants of the man who wanted to finish us off. He planned to wipe us out to keep us from staying anywhere in Israel's territory. 6We will execute them in the LORD's presence at Saul's town Gibeah." (It was Saul whom the LORD had chosen.) "I will give them to you," the KING said. 7But the KING spared Mephibosheth, Jonathan's son and Saul's grandson, because of the oath in the LORD's name between David and Jonathan, son of Saul. 8The KING took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons whom Rizpah (Aiah's daughter) gave birth to for Saul, and five sons whom Merab (Saul's daughter) gave birth to for Adriel, son of Barzillai from Meholah. 9The KING handed them over to the Gibeonites, who executed them on the mountain in the LORD's presence. All seven died together. They were killed at the beginning of the harvest, when people started harvesting barley.
2 Samuel 21:14
14Then they buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the land of Benjamin, in Zela, in the tomb of Saul's father Kish. They did everything the KING ordered. After that, God answered the prayers for the land.
2 Samuel 22:51
51He gives great victories to his KING. He shows mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his descendant forever.
2 Samuel 24:2-4
2KING David said to Joab, the commander of the army who was with him, "Go throughout the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beersheba and count the people. That way I will know how many there are." 3Joab responded to the KING, "May the LORD your God multiply the people a hundred times over, and may Your Majesty live to see it. But why does Your Majesty wish to do this?" 4However, the KING overruled Joab and the commanders of the army. So they left the KING in order to count the people of Israel.
2 Samuel 24:9
9Joab reported the census figures to the KING: In Israel there were 800,000 able-bodied men who could serve in the army, and in Judah there were 500,000.
2 Samuel 24:20
20When Araunah looked down and saw the KING and his men coming toward him, he went out and bowed down with his face touching the ground in front of the KING.
2 Samuel 24:23-24
23All this Araunah gave to the KING and said, "May the LORD your God accept you." 24"No!" the KING said to Araunah. "I must buy it from you at a fair price. I won't offer the LORD my God burnt sacrifices that cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for 1¼ pounds of silver.
1 KINGS 1:1
1KING David had grown old, and although he was covered with blankets, he couldn't get warm.
1 KINGS 1:3-5
3So they searched throughout Israel for a beautiful, young woman. They found Abishag from Shunem and brought her to the KING. 4The woman was very beautiful. She became the KING’S servant and took care of him, but the KING did not make love to her.
5Adonijah, son of Haggith, was very handsome. His mother gave birth to him after Maacah had Absalom. Adonijah was boasting that he was KING. So he got a chariot and horses and 50 men to run ahead of him.
1 KINGS 1:9
9Adonijah sacrificed sheep, cattle, and fattened calves at Zoheleth Rock near En Rogel. He had invited all his brothers, the KING’S other sons, all the men of Judah, and the KING’S officials.
1 KINGS 1:11
11Then Nathan asked Solomon's mother Bathsheba, "Haven't you heard that Adonijah, Haggith's son, has become KING, and our master David doesn't even know about it?
1 KINGS 1:13-19
13Go to KING David and ask him, 'Your Majesty, didn't you swear to me that my son Solomon will be KING after you, and that he will sit on your throne? Why is Adonijah acting as KING?' 14And while you're still there talKING to the KING, I'll come in and confirm what you have said." 15Bathsheba went to the KING in his private room. The KING was very old, and Abishag from Shunem was taKING care of him. 16Bathsheba knelt and bowed down in front of the KING. "What do you want?" the KING asked. 17"Sir," she answered, "You took an oath to the LORD your God. You said that my son Solomon will be KING after you, and that he will sit on your throne. 18But now, you see, Adonijah has become KING, and you don't even know anything about it, Your Majesty. 19He has sacrificed many fattened calves, bulls, and sheep. He has invited all the KING’S sons, Abiathar the priest, and Joab the commander of the army to his feast. But he hasn't invited your servant Solomon.
1 KINGS 1:22-25
22While she was still talKING to the KING, the prophet Nathan arrived. 23The servants told the KING, "The prophet Nathan is here." When he came to the KING, he bowed down in front of him. 24Nathan said, "Your Majesty, you must have said that Adonijah will be KING after you and that he will sit on your throne, 25because today he went and sacrificed many bulls, fattened calves, and sheep. He invited all the KING’S sons, the army's commanders, and the priest Abiathar to his feast. They are eating and drinKING with him and saying, 'Long live KING Adonijah!'
1 KINGS 1:28
28Then KING David answered, "Call Bathsheba in here." So she stood in front of him,
1 KINGS 1:30-32
30I will do today exactly what I swore to you by the LORD God of Israel. Your son Solomon will be KING after me. He will sit on my throne." 31Then Bathsheba bowed down with her face touching the ground in front of the KING. "May Your Majesty, KING David, live forever!" she said.
32KING David said, "Summon the priest Zadok, the prophet Nathan, and Benaiah, son of Jehoiada." So they came to the KING,
1 KINGS 1:34-39
34Have the priest Zadok and the prophet Nathan anoint him KING of Israel there. Then blow the ram's horn and say, 'Long live KING Solomon!' 35Follow him back here when he comes to sit on my throne. He will be KING in place of me. I have appointed him to be the leader of Israel and Judah." 36"So be it!" Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, answered the KING. "The LORD your God says so too. 37As the LORD has been with you, so may he be with Solomon. May Solomon be an even greater KING than you, KING David." 38Then the priest Zadok, the prophet Nathan, Benaiah (son of Jehoiada), the Cherethites, and the Pelethites put Solomon on KING David's mule and brought him to Gihon. 39The priest Zadok took the container of olive oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. They blew the ram's horn, and all the people said, "Long live KING Solomon!"
1 KINGS 1:43-45
43"Not at all," Jonathan answered Adonijah. "His Majesty KING David has made Solomon KING. 44The KING has sent the priest Zadok, the prophet Nathan, Benaiah (son of Jehoiada), the Cherethites, and the Pelethites with him. They have put him on the KING’S mule. 45The priest Zadok and the prophet Nathan have anointed him KING at Gihon. They have come from there celebrating, so the city is excited. That is the sound you heard.
1 KINGS 1:47
47Furthermore, the royal officials have come to congratulate His Majesty KING David, saying, 'May your God make Solomon's name more famous than yours and his reign greater than your reign.' The KING himself bowed down on his bed
1 KINGS 1:51
51Someone told Solomon, "Adonijah is afraid of you, KING Solomon. He is holding on to the horns of the altar and saying, 'Make KING Solomon swear to me today that he will not have me killed.'"
1 KINGS 1:53
53KING Solomon sent men to take him from the altar. Adonijah bowed down in front of KING Solomon. "Go home," Solomon told him.
1 KINGS 2:8
8"Shimei, son of Gera from Bahurim in Benjamin, is still with you. He cursed me repeatedly when I went to Mahanaim. But when he came to meet me at the Jordan River, I took an oath by the LORD and said, 'As long as I'm KING, I won't have you killed.'
1 KINGS 2:11
11He ruled as KING of Israel for 40 years. He ruled for 7 years in Hebron and for 33 years in Jerusalem.
1 KINGS 2:15
15He said, "You know the KINGShip was mine. All Israel expected me to be their KING. But the KINGShip has been turned over to my brother because the LORD gave it to him.
1 KINGS 2:17-20
17He said, "Please ask KING Solomon to give me Abishag from Shunem as my wife. He will not refuse you." 18"Very well," Bathsheba answered. "I will talk to the KING for you." 19Bathsheba went to KING Solomon to talk to him on Adonijah's behalf. The KING got up to meet her and bowed down in front of her. Then he sat on his throne. He had a throne brought for his mother, and she sat at his right side. 20"I'm asKING you for one little thing," she said. "Don't refuse me." "Ask, Mother," the KING told her. "I won't refuse you."
1 KINGS 2:22-23
22KING Solomon then said, "Why do you ask that Abishag from Shunem be given to Adonijah? That would be the same as giving him the KINGShip. After all, he is my older brother. The priest Abiathar and Joab (Zeruiah's son) are supporting him." 23KING Solomon took an oath by the LORD and said, "May God strike me dead if Adonijah doesn't pay with his life for this request!
1 KINGS 2:25-26
25KING Solomon gave this task to Benaiah, son of Jehoiada. Benaiah attacked and killed Adonijah.
26The KING told the priest Abiathar, "Go to your land in Anathoth. You deserve to die, but I won't kill you at this time because you carried the ark of the Almighty LORD ahead of my father David and because you shared all my father's sufferings."
1 KINGS 2:29-31
29After KING Solomon heard that Joab had fled to the altar in the tent of the LORD, Solomon sent Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, to kill Joab. 30When Benaiah came to the tent of the LORD, he told Joab, "The KING says, 'Come out.'" "No," Joab answered, "I'll die here." So Benaiah reported to the KING what Joab had said and how he had answered. 31The KING answered, "Do as he said. Kill him, and bury him. You can remove the innocent blood--the blood which Joab shed--from me and my father's family.
1 KINGS 2:35-36
35The KING then appointed Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, to replace Joab as commander of the army. KING Solomon also replaced Abiathar with the priest Zadok. 36The KING summoned Shimei and said to him, "Build a house for yourself in Jerusalem, and stay there. Don't leave the city to go anywhere else.
1 KINGS 2:39
39But after three years, two of Shimei's slaves fled to Gath's KING Achish, son of Maacah. Shimei was told that his slaves were in Gath,
1 KINGS 2:45-46
45But KING Solomon is blessed, and David's dynasty will always be firmly established by the LORD." 46Then the KING gave orders to Benaiah, son of Jehoiada. He went to attack and kill Shimei. Solomon's power as KING was now firmly established.
1 KINGS 3:1
1Solomon became the son-in-law of Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt). After marrying Pharaoh's daughter, Solomon brought her to the City of David until he finished building his own house, the LORD's house, and the wall around Jerusalem.
1 KINGS 3:4
4KING Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice because it was the most important place of worship. Solomon sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings on that altar.
1 KINGS 3:7
7"LORD my God, although I'm young and inexperienced, you've made me KING in place of my father David.
1 KINGS 3:13
13I'm also giving you what you haven't asked for--riches and honor--so that no other KING will be like you as long as you live.
1 KINGS 3:16
16A short time later two prostitutes came to the KING and stood in front of him.
1 KINGS 3:22-24
22The other woman said, "No! My son is alive--your son is dead." The first woman kept on saying, "No! Your son is dead--my son is alive." So they argued in front of the KING. 23The KING said, "This one keeps saying, 'My son is alive--your son is dead,' and that one keeps saying, 'No! Your son is dead--my son is alive.'" 24So the KING told his servants to bring him a sword. When they brought it,
1 KINGS 3:26-28
26Then the woman whose son was still alive was deeply moved by her love for the child. She said to the KING, "Please, sir, give her the living child. Please don't kill him!" But the other woman said, "He won't be mine or yours. Cut him in two." 27The KING replied, "Give the living child to the first woman. Don't kill him. She is his mother." 28All Israel heard about the decision the KING made. They respected the KING very highly, because they saw he possessed wisdom from God to do what was right.
1 KINGS 4:1
1When KING Solomon was the KING of all Israel,
1 KINGS 4:5
5Azariah, son of Nathan, was in charge of the district governors. Zabud, son of Nathan, was the KING’S adviser.
1 KINGS 4:7
7Solomon appointed 12 district governors in Israel. They were to provide food for the KING and his palace. Each one had to supply food for one month every year.
1 KINGS 4:19
19Geber, son of Uri, was in charge of Gilead, the territory of KING Sihon the Amorite and KING Og of Bashan. (There was only one governor in that territory.)
1 KINGS 4:24
24He controlled all the territory west of the Euphrates River from Tiphsah to Gaza and all of its KINGS. So he lived in peace with all the neighboring countries.
1 KINGS 4:27
27Each of the governors provided food for one month every year for KING Solomon and all who ate at his table. The governors saw to it that nothing was in short supply.
1 KINGS 4:34
34People came from every nation to hear his wisdom; they came from all the KINGS of the earth who had heard about his wisdom.
1 KINGS 5:1
1KING Hiram of Tyre sent his officials to Solomon when he heard that Solomon had been anointed KING to succeed his father. Hiram had always been David's friend.
1 KINGS 5:13
13KING Solomon forced 30,000 men from all over Israel to work for him.
1 KINGS 5:17
17The KING commanded them to quarry large, expensive blocks of stone in order to provide a foundation of cut stone for the temple.
1 KINGS 6:2
2The temple that KING Solomon built for the LORD was 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet high.
1 KINGS 7:13-14
13KING Solomon had Hiram brought from Tyre. 14Hiram was the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali. His father, a native of Tyre, was a skilled bronze craftsman. Hiram was highly skilled, resourceful, and knowledgeable about all kinds of bronze craftsmanship. He came to KING Solomon and did all his bronze work.
1 KINGS 7:40
40Hiram also made pots, shovels, and bowls. So Hiram finished all the work for KING Solomon on the LORD's temple:
1 KINGS 7:45-46
45pots, shovels, and bowls. Hiram made all these utensils out of polished bronze for the LORD's temple at KING Solomon's request. 46The KING cast them in foundries in the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zarethan.
1 KINGS 7:51
51All the work KING Solomon did on the LORD's temple was finished. He brought the holy things that had belonged to his father David--the silver, gold, and utensils--and put them in the storerooms of the LORD's temple.
1 KINGS 8:1-2
1Then Solomon assembled the respected leaders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes, and the leaders of the Israelite families. They came to KING Solomon in Jerusalem to take the ark of the LORD's promise from the City of David (that is, Zion). 2All the people of Israel gathered around KING Solomon at the Festival of Booths in the month of Ethanim, the seventh month.
1 KINGS 8:5
5while KING Solomon with the whole assembly from Israel were offering countless sheep and cattle sacrifices in front of the ark.
1 KINGS 8:14
14Then the KING turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel while they were standing.
1 KINGS 8:62-64
62Then the KING and all Israel offered sacrifices to the LORD. 63Solomon sacrificed 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep as fellowship offerings to the LORD. So the KING and all the people of Israel dedicated the LORD's temple. 64On that day the KING designated the courtyard in front of the LORD's temple as a holy place. He sacrificed the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and the fat from the fellowship offerings because the bronze altar in front of the LORD was too small to hold all of them.
1 KINGS 8:66
66On the eighth day he dismissed the people. They blessed the KING and went to their tents. They rejoiced with cheerful hearts for all the blessings the LORD had given his servant David and his people Israel.
1 KINGS 9:11
11When KING Solomon had finished, he gave KING Hiram of Tyre 20 cities in Galilee. (Hiram had supplied Solomon with as much cedar and cypress lumber and gold as he wanted.)
1 KINGS 9:14-16
14Hiram had sent the KING 9,000 pounds of gold.
15This is the record of the forced laborers whom KING Solomon drafted to build the LORD's house, his own house, the Millo, the walls of Jerusalem, and the cities of Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer. 16(The KING of Egypt captured Gezer, burned it down, and killed the Canaanites living there. Then he gave it to his daughter, Solomon's wife, as a wedding present.)
1 KINGS 9:26
26KING Solomon also built a fleet near the Red Sea coast at Ezion Geber by Elath in Edom.
1 KINGS 9:28
28they went to Ophir, got 31,500 pounds of gold, and brought it to KING Solomon.
1 KINGS 10:3
3Solomon answered all her questions. No question was too difficult for the KING to answer.
1 KINGS 10:6
6She told the KING, "What I heard in my country about your words and your wisdom is true!
1 KINGS 10:9-10
9Thank the LORD your God, who is pleased with you. He has put you on the throne of Israel. Because of your God's eternal love for the people of Israel, he has made you KING so that you would maintain justice and righteousness." 10She gave the KING 9,000 pounds of gold, a very large quantity of spices, and precious stones. Never again was such a large quantity of spices brought into Israel as those that the queen of Sheba gave KING Solomon.
1 KINGS 10:12-13
12With the sandalwood the KING made supports for the LORD's temple and the royal palace, and lyres and harps for the singers. Never again was sandalwood like this imported into Israel, nor has any been seen there to this day. 13KING Solomon gave the queen of Sheba anything she wanted, whatever she asked for, besides what he had given her out of his royal generosity. Then she and her servants went back to her country.
1 KINGS 10:15-18
15not counting the gold which came from the merchants, the traders' profits, all the Arab KINGS, and the governors of the country. 16KING Solomon made 200 large shields of hammered gold, using 15 pounds of gold on each shield. 17He also made 300 small shields of hammered gold, using four pounds of gold on each shield. The KING put them in the hall which he called the Forest of Lebanon. 18The KING also made a large ivory throne and covered it with fine gold.
1 KINGS 10:21-23
21All KING Solomon's cups were gold, and all the utensils for the hall which he called the Forest of Lebanon were fine gold. (Nothing was silver, because it wasn't considered valuable in Solomon's time.) 22The KING had a fleet headed for Tarshish with Hiram's fleet. Once every three years the Tarshish fleet would bring gold, silver, ivory, apes, and monkeys. 23In wealth and wisdom KING Solomon was greater than all the other KINGS of the world.
1 KINGS 10:27-29
27The KING made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedars as plentiful as fig trees in the foothills. 28Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and Kue. The KING’S traders bought them from Kue for a fixed price. 29Each chariot was imported from Egypt for 15 pounds of silver and each horse for 6 ounces of silver. For the same price they obtained horses to export to all the Hittite and Aramean KINGS.
1 KINGS 11:1
1KING Solomon loved many foreign women in addition to Pharaoh's daughter. He loved Hittite women and women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, and Sidon.
1 KINGS 11:18
18They left Midian and went to Paran. TaKING some men from Paran with them, they went to Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt). Pharaoh gave Hadad a home, a food allowance, and land.
1 KINGS 11:23
23God also raised up Rezon, son of Eliada, as a rival to Solomon. Rezon fled from his master, KING Hadadezer of Zobah,
1 KINGS 11:26-27
26There was also Jeroboam, who was the son of Nebat and an Ephrathite from Zeredah. His mother Zeruah was a widow. He was one of Solomon's officers, but he rebelled against the KING. 27This was the situation when he rebelled against the KING: Solomon was building the Millo and repairing a break in the wall of the City of David.
1 KINGS 11:37
37"I will choose you so that you can rule everything you desire. You will be KING of Israel.
1 KINGS 11:40
40Then Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, but Jeroboam fled to KING Shishak of Egypt. He stayed in Egypt until Solomon died.
1 KINGS 11:43
43Solomon lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. His son Rehoboam succeeded him as KING.
1 KINGS 12:1-2
1Rehoboam went to Shechem because all Israel had gone to Shechem to make him KING. 2Jeroboam (Nebat's son) was still in Egypt, where he had fled from KING Solomon. When he heard about Rehoboam, he returned from Egypt.
1 KINGS 12:6
6KING Rehoboam sought advice from the older leaders who had served his father Solomon while he was still alive. He asked, "What do you advise? How should I respond to these people?"
1 KINGS 12:12-13
12So Jeroboam and all the people came back to Rehoboam two days later, as the KING had instructed them. 13The KING answered the people harshly. He ignored the advice the older leaders gave him.
1 KINGS 12:15-16
15The KING refused to listen to the people because the LORD was directing these events to carry out the promise he had made to Jeroboam (Nebat's son) through Ahijah from Shiloh.
16When all Israel saw that the KING refused to listen to them, the people answered the KING, "What share do we have in David's KINGDOM? We won't receive an inheritance from Jesse's son. To your own tents, Israel! Now look after your own house, David!" So Israel went home to their own tents.
1 KINGS 12:18
18Then KING Rehoboam sent Adoram to Israel. He was in charge of forced labor, but they stoned him to death. So KING Rehoboam got on his chariot as fast as he could and fled to Jerusalem.
1 KINGS 12:20
20When all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent men to invite him to the assembly. They made him KING of all Israel. Only the tribe of Judah remained loyal to David's dynasty.
1 KINGS 12:23
23"Speak to Judah's KING Rehoboam, son of Solomon, and all the people of Judah and Benjamin, and the rest of the people.
1 KINGS 12:27-28
27KING Rehoboam of Judah, the former master of these people, will regain popularity if they go to sacrifice in the LORD's temple in Jerusalem. Then they will kill me and return to KING Rehoboam of Judah." 28After seeKING advice, the KING made two golden calves. He said, "You've been worshiping in Jerusalem long enough. Israel, here are your gods who brought you out of Egypt."
1 KINGS 13:4
4When KING Jeroboam heard the man of God condemning the altar in Bethel, he pointed to the man across the altar. "Arrest him," he said. But the arm that he used to point to the man of God was paralyzed so that he couldn't pull it back.
1 KINGS 13:6-8
6Then the KING asked the man of God, "Please make an appeal to the LORD your God, and pray for me so that I can use my arm again." So the man of God made an appeal to the LORD, and the KING was able to use his arm again, as he had earlier. 7The KING told the man of God, "Come home with me; have something to eat and drink, and I will give you a gift." 8The man of God told the KING, "Even if you gave me half of your palace, I would never go with you to eat or drink there.
1 KINGS 13:11
11An old prophet was living in Bethel. His sons told him everything the man of God did in Bethel that day and the exact words he had spoken to the KING. When they told their father,
1 KINGS 14:2
2Jeroboam told his wife, "Go to Shiloh, but disguise yourself so that people will not recognize you as my wife. The prophet Ahijah, who told me I would be KING of these people, is there.
1 KINGS 14:14
14The LORD will appoint a KING over Israel. That KING will destroy Jeroboam's house. This will happen today. It will happen right now.
1 KINGS 14:19-20
19Everything else concerning Jeroboam, his wars, and his reign is written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel. 20Jeroboam ruled for 22 years. Then he lay down in death with his ancestors. His son Nadab succeeded him as KING.
1 KINGS 14:25
25In the fifth year of Rehoboam's reign, KING Shishak of Egypt attacked Jerusalem.
1 KINGS 14:27
27So KING Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and put them by the entrance to the royal palace, where the captains of the guards were stationed. 1 KINGS 14:28-29
28Whenever the KING went into the LORD's temple, guards carried the shields and then returned them to the guardroom. 29Isn't everything else concerning Rehoboam--everything he did--written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah?
1 KINGS 14:31
31Rehoboam lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David. (His mother was an Ammonite woman named Naamah.) His son Abijam succeeded him as KING.
1 KINGS 15:7-9
7Isn't everything else about Abijam--everything he did--written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah? There was war between Abijam and Jeroboam. 8Abijam lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. His son Asa succeeded him as KING.
9In Jeroboam's twentieth year as KING of Israel, Asa began to rule as KING of Judah.
1 KINGS 15:16-20
16There was war between Asa and KING Baasha of Israel as long as they lived. 17KING Baasha of Israel invaded Judah and fortified Ramah to keep anyone from going to or coming from KING Asa of Judah. 18Then Asa took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the LORD's temple and the royal palace and turned them over to his officials. KING Asa sent them to Damascus to Aram's KING Benhadad, son of Tabrimmon and grandson of Hezion. 19He said, "There's a treaty between you and me as there was between your father and my father. I'm sending you a present of silver and gold. Now break your treaty with KING Baasha of Israel so that he will leave me alone." 20Benhadad did what KING Asa requested. He sent his generals and their armies to attack the cities of Israel. He conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maacah, and the entire area around Chinneroth with the entire territory of Naphtali.
1 KINGS 15:22-25
22Then KING Asa drafted everyone in Judah and excused no one. He made them carry the stones and lumber from Ramah. Baasha had been using those to fortify the city. KING Asa used the materials to fortify Geba in Benjamin and Mizpah. 23Isn't everything else about Asa--all his heroic acts, everything he did, and the cities he fortified--written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah? But when he was old, he had a foot disease. 24Asa lay down in death with his ancestors. He was buried with his ancestors in the city of his ancestor, David. His son Jehoshaphat succeeded him as KING.
25Nadab, son of Jeroboam, began to rule Israel in Asa's second year as KING of Judah. He ruled for two years.
1 KINGS 15:28-29
28The assassination happened in Asa's third year as KING of Judah. Baasha succeeded Nadab as KING of Israel. 29As soon as he was KING, he killed everyone else in Jeroboam's family. He did not spare a soul, as the LORD had spoken through his servant Ahijah from Shiloh.
1 KINGS 15:31
31Isn't everything else about Nadab--everything he did--written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel?
1 KINGS 15:33
33In Asa's third year as KING of Judah, Baasha, son of Ahijah, began to rule Israel in Tirzah. He ruled for 24 years.
1 KINGS 16:5-6
5Isn't everything else about Baasha--what he did and his heroic acts--written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel? 6Baasha lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried in Tirzah. His son Elah succeeded him as KING.
1 KINGS 16:8
8Elah, son of Baasha, began to rule Israel in Asa's twenty-sixth year as Judah's KING. He ruled in Tirzah for two years.
1 KINGS 16:10
10Zimri entered Arza's house, attacked Elah, and killed him in Asa's twenty-seventh year as KING of Judah. Zimri succeeded Elah as KING of Israel.
1 KINGS 16:14-16
14Isn't everything else about Elah--everything he did--written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel?
15In Asa's twenty-seventh year as Judah's KING, Zimri ruled for seven days in Tirzah while the army was camped near the Philistine city of Gibbethon. 16When the army heard that Zimri had plotted against the KING and killed him, the Israelite troops in the camp made Omri, the commander of the army, KING of Israel.
1 KINGS 16:20-23
20Isn't everything else about Zimri and his plot written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel? 21Then the army of Israel was divided into two factions. Half of the army followed Tibni, son of Ginath, and wanted to make him KING. The other half followed Omri. 22But the half which followed Omri was stronger than the half which followed Tibni, Ginath's son. Tibni died, and Omri became KING. 23Omri began to rule Israel in Asa's thirty-first year as KING of Judah. He ruled for 12 years, 6 of them in Tirzah.
1 KINGS 16:25
25Omri did what the LORD considered evil. He did more evil things than all the KINGS before him.
1 KINGS 16:27-31
27Isn't everything else about Omri--what he did and his heroic acts--written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel? 28Omri lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria. His son Ahab succeeded him as KING.
29Ahab, son of Omri, began to rule Israel in Asa's thirty-eighth year as KING of Judah. He ruled for 22 years in Samaria. 30Ahab, son of Omri, did what the LORD considered evil. He was worse than all the KINGS who were before him. 31It wasn't enough that he committed the same sins as Jeroboam (Nebat's son). He also married Jezebel, daughter of KING Ethbaal of Sidon. Ahab then served and worshiped Baal.
1 KINGS 16:33
33Ahab made poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah. He did more to make the LORD God of Israel furious than all the KINGS of Israel who came before him.
1 KINGS 19:15-16
15The LORD told him, "Go back to the wilderness near Damascus, the same way you came. When you get there, anoint Hazael as KING of Aram. 16Anoint Jehu, son of Nimshi, as KING of Israel. And anoint Elisha, son of Shaphat, from Abel Meholah as prophet to take your place.
1 KINGS 20:1-2
1KING Benhadad of Aram gathered together his whole army. With him were 32 KINGS along with their horses and chariots. He went to blockade Samaria and fight against it. 2He sent messengers into the city to KING Ahab of Israel. They told Ahab, "This is what Benhadad says:
1 KINGS 20:4
4The KING of Israel answered, "As you say, Your Majesty. I and everything I have are yours."
1 KINGS 20:7
7Then the KING of Israel called for all the leaders of the country. He said, "You can see how this man is looKING for trouble. When he sent for my wives, children, silver, and gold, I didn't refuse him."
1 KINGS 20:11
11The KING of Israel answered, "The saying goes, 'Don't brag about a victory before you have even dressed for battle.'"
1 KINGS 20:13
13Then a prophet came to KING Ahab of Israel and said, "This is what the LORD says: Have you seen this large army? I will hand it over to you today. Then you will know that I am the LORD."
1 KINGS 20:16
16They attacked at noon, when Benhadad was in his tent getting drunk with the 32 KINGS who were his allies.
1 KINGS 20:20-24
20Each officer killed his opponent. The Arameans fled, and Israel pursued them. KING Benhadad of Aram escaped on a horse with the cavalry. 21The KING of Israel went out and destroyed the horses and chariots and decisively defeated the Arameans.
22Then the prophet came to the KING of Israel and said, "Reinforce your army. Consider what you have to do. When spring comes, the KING of Aram will attack again." 23Meanwhile, the officers of KING Benhadad of Aram told him, "Their god is a god of the hills. That is why they were stronger than we were. However, if we fight them on the plain, we will be stronger than they are. 24This is what we must do: Remove all of the KINGS from their positions, and substitute governors for them.
1 KINGS 20:28
28The man of God came again. He said to the KING of Israel, "This is what the LORD says: Because the Arameans said that the LORD is a god of the hills but not a god of the valleys, I will hand over their entire army to you. Then you will know that I am the LORD."
1 KINGS 20:31-32
31His officers told him, "We have heard that the KINGS of Israel are merciful. Allow us to dress in sackcloth, put ropes around our necks, and go to the KING of Israel. Maybe he'll let you live." 32So they dressed in sackcloth and put ropes around their necks. They went to the KING of Israel and said, "Your servant Benhadad says, 'Please let me live.'" Ahab asked, "He's still alive? He's my brother."
1 KINGS 20:38-41
38Then the prophet, disguised with a bandage over his eyes, waited for the KING by the road. 39When the KING passed by, the disciple called to him. "I went to fight in the battle. A man turned around and brought a prisoner to me. He said, 'Guard this prisoner. If he gets away, you will pay for his life with your own life or be fined 75 pounds of silver.' 40But while I was busy doing other things, he got away." The KING of Israel told him, "That's your own penalty. You have determined it yourself." 41Then he quickly took the bandage off his eyes. The KING of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets.
1 KINGS 20:43
43Resentful and upset, the KING of Israel went home to Samaria.
1 KINGS 21:1
1This is what happened next. Naboth from Jezreel had a vineyard in Jezreel next to the palace of KING Ahab of Samaria.
1 KINGS 21:7
7His wife Jezebel said to him, "Aren't you KING of Israel? Get up, eat, and cheer up. I'll give you the vineyard belonging to Naboth from Jezreel."
1 KINGS 21:10
10Have two good-for-nothing men sit opposite him and accuse him of cursing God and the KING. Then stone him to death outside the city."
1 KINGS 21:13
13The two good-for-nothing men came in and sat opposite him. In front of the people, these men accused Naboth of cursing God and the KING. So the people stoned him to death outside the city.
1 KINGS 21:18
18"Go, meet KING Ahab of Israel, who lives in Samaria. He went to confiscate Naboth's vineyard.
1 KINGS 22:2-6
2In the third year KING Jehoshaphat of Judah went to visit the KING of Israel. 3The KING of Israel asked his staff, "Do you know that Ramoth in Gilead belongs to us, and we are doing nothing to take it back from the KING of Aram?" 4Then he asked Jehoshaphat, "Will you go with me to fight at Ramoth in Gilead?" Jehoshaphat told the KING of Israel, "I will do what you do. My troops will do what your troops do. My horses will do what your horses do." 5Then Jehoshaphat said to the KING of Israel, "But first, find out what the word of the LORD is in this matter." 6So the KING of Israel called 400 prophets together. He asked them, "Should I go to war against Ramoth in Gilead or not?" "Go," they said. "The Lord will hand over Ramoth to you."
1 KINGS 22:8-10
8The KING of Israel told Jehoshaphat, "We can ask the LORD through Micaiah, son of Imlah, but I hate him. He doesn't prophesy anything good about me, only evil." Jehoshaphat answered, "The KING must not say that." 9The KING of Israel called for an officer and said, "Quick! Get Micaiah, son of Imlah!" 10The KING of Israel and KING Jehoshaphat of Judah were dressed in royal robes and seated on thrones. They were on the threshing floor at the entrance to the gate of Samaria. All the prophets were prophesying in front of them.
1 KINGS 22:13
13The messenger who went to call Micaiah told him, "The prophets have all told the KING the same good message. Make your message agree with their message. Say something good."
1 KINGS 22:15-16
15When he came to the KING, the KING asked him, "Micaiah, should we go to war against Ramoth in Gilead or not?" Micaiah said to him, "Attack and you will win. The LORD will hand it over to you." 16The KING asked him, "How many times must I make you take an oath in the LORD's name to tell me nothing but the truth?"
1 KINGS 22:18
18The KING of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Didn't I tell you he wouldn't prophesy anything good about me, only evil?"
1 KINGS 22:26-27
26The KING of Israel then said, "Send Micaiah back to Amon, the governor of the city, and to Joash, the prince. 27Say, 'This is what the KING says: Put this man in prison, and feed him nothing but bread and water until I come home safely.'"
1 KINGS 22:29-35
29So the KING of Israel and KING Jehoshaphat of Judah went to Ramoth in Gilead. 30The KING of Israel told Jehoshaphat, "I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you should wear your royal robes." So the KING of Israel disguised himself and went into battle. 31The KING of Aram had given orders to the 32 chariot commanders. He said, "Don't fight anyone except the KING of Israel." 32When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they said, "He must be the KING of Israel." So they turned to fight him. But when Jehoshaphat cried out, 33the chariot commanders realized that he wasn't the KING of Israel. They turned away from him. 34One man aimed his bow at random and hit the KING of Israel between his scale armor and his breastplate. Ahab told his chariot driver, "Turn around, and get me away from these troops. I'm badly wounded." 35But the battle got worse that day, and the KING was kept propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans. He died that evening. The blood from the wound had flowed into the chariot.
1 KINGS 22:37
37When the KING was dead, he was brought to Samaria to be buried.
1 KINGS 22:39-41
39Isn't everything else about Ahab--everything he did, the ivory palace he built, and all the cities he fortified--written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel? 40Ahab lay down in death with his ancestors. His son Ahaziah succeeded him as KING.
41Jehoshaphat, son of Asa, became KING of Judah in Ahab's fourth year as KING of Israel.
1 KINGS 22:44-45
44But the illegal worship sites were not torn down. The people continued to sacrifice and burn incense at these worship sites. Jehoshaphat made peace with the KING of Israel. 45Isn't everything else about Jehoshaphat--the heroic acts he did and the wars he fought--written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah?
1 KINGS 22:47
47There was no KING in Edom; instead, a deputy ruled.
1 KINGS 22:50-51
50Jehoshaphat lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried with them in the city of his ancestor David. His son Jehoram succeeded him as KING. 51Ahaziah, son of Ahab, became KING of Israel in Samaria during Jehoshaphat's seventeenth year as KING of Judah. Ahaziah ruled Israel for two years.
2 KINGS 1:2-3
2During the rebellion KING Ahaziah fell through a window lattice in his upstairs room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers to Ekron. He had told them, "Go ask Baalzebub, the god of Ekron, if I will recover from this injury." 3Then the angel of the LORD said to Elijah from Tishbe, "Meet the messengers of the KING of Samaria, and ask them, 'Do you seek advice from Baalzebub, the god of Ekron, because you think there is no God in Israel?
2 KINGS 1:5-9
5When the messengers returned, the KING asked them, "Why have you come back so soon?" 6They told him that a man came to meet them and said to them, "Go back to the KING who sent you. Tell him, 'This is what the LORD says: Do you send messengers to seek advice from Baalzebub, the god of Ekron, because you think there is no God in Israel? You will not get up from the bed you are lying on. Instead, you will die there.'" 7The KING asked them, "What was the man who told you this like?" 8They replied, "He was hairy and had a leather belt around his waist." "That's Elijah from Tishbe," the KING answered.
9The KING sent an army officer with 50 men to Elijah. When the officer found Elijah sitting on top of a hill, he told Elijah, "Man of God, the KING says, 'Come down.'"
2 KINGS 1:11
11The KING sent another officer with 50 men to Elijah. The officer said, "Man of God, this is what the KING says: Come here right away!"
2 KINGS 1:13
13The KING sent a third officer with 50 men. The officer of the third group went up the hill and knelt in front of Elijah. The officer begged him, "Man of God, please treat my life and the lives of these 50 servants of yours as something precious.
2 KINGS 1:15-18
15The angel of the LORD told Elijah, "Go with him. Don't be afraid of him." So Elijah got up and went with him to the KING. 16Elijah told the KING, "This is what the LORD says: You sent messengers to seek advice from Baalzebub, the god of Ekron. Is this because you think there is no God in Israel whose word you can seek? You will not get up from the bed you are lying on. Instead, you will die there." 17So Ahaziah died as the LORD had predicted through Elijah. Joram succeeded him as KING because Ahaziah had no son. 18Isn't everything else about Ahaziah--the things he did--written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel?
2 KINGS 3:1
1Joram, son of Ahab, became KING of Israel in Samaria during Jehoshaphat's eighteenth year as KING of Judah. He ruled for 12 years.
2 KINGS 3:4-7
4KING Mesha of Moab raised sheep. Each year he had to pay the KING of Israel 100,000 male lambs and the wool from 100,000 rams. 5But when Ahab died, the KING of Moab rebelled against the new KING of Israel.
6KING Joram immediately left Samaria to prepare Israel's army for war. 7He sent this message to KING Jehoshaphat of Judah: "The KING of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you fight Moab with me?" Jehoshaphat answered, "I'll go. I will do what you do. My troops will do what your troops do. My horses will do what your horses do."
2 KINGS 3:9-14
9So the KING of Israel, the KING of Judah, and the KING of Edom took an indirect route to Moab. After seven days they ran out of water for the army and the animals. 10The KING of Israel said, "Oh no! The LORD has put the three of us at the mercy of the people of Moab." 11But Jehoshaphat asked, "Isn't there a prophet of the LORD whom we could ask?" One of the officials of the KING of Israel answered, "Elisha, the son of Shaphat, is here. He used to be Elijah's assistant." 12Jehoshaphat said, "The LORD's word is with him." So KING Jehoshaphat of Judah, the KING of Israel, and the KING of Edom went to Elisha. 13Elisha asked the KING of Israel, "Why did you come to me? Go to your father's prophets or your mother's prophets." The KING of Israel answered him, "No. The LORD has called the three of us in order to put us at Moab's mercy." 14Elisha answered, "I solemnly swear, as the LORD of Armies whom I serve lives, I wouldn't even bother to look at you or notice you if it weren't for my respect for KING Jehoshaphat of Judah.
2 KINGS 3:21
21All the people of Moab heard that the KINGS had come to fight them. So all men old enough to bear arms were called to fight. They stood at the border.
2 KINGS 3:23
23They said, "It's blood! The KINGS have been fighting one another and have killed each other. Now, Moabites, let's take their goods!"
2 KINGS 3:26-27
26When the KING of Moab saw he was losing the battle, he took 700 swordsmen to try to break through to the KING of Edom. But they couldn't do it. 27Then he took his firstborn son, who would have succeeded him as KING, and sacrificed him on the wall as a burnt offering. There was bitter anger against the Israelites. So they went home to their own country.
2 KINGS 4:13
13Elisha said to Gehazi, "Ask her what we can do for her, since she has gone to a lot of trouble for us. Maybe she would like us to speak to the KING or the commander of the army for her." She answered, "I'm already living among my own people."
2 KINGS 5:1
1Naaman, the commander of the Aramean KING’S army, was respected and highly honored by his master. The LORD had given Aram a victory through Naaman. This man was a good soldier, but he had a skin disease.
2 KINGS 5:5-8
5The KING of Aram said, "You may go. I will also send a letter to the KING of Israel." When Naaman left, he took 750 pounds of silver, 150 pounds of gold, and 10 sets of clothing with him. 6He brought the letter to the KING of Israel. It read, "I'm sending my officer Naaman with this letter. Cure him of his skin disease." 7When the KING of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothesin distress. He asked, "Am I God? Can I kill someone and then bring him back to life? This man sends someone to me so that I can cure his skin disease! All of you should realize and understand that he's trying to pick a fight with me." 8But when Elisha, the man of God, heard that the KING of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a messenger to the KING. He asked, "Why did you tear your clothes? Please let Naaman come to me and find out that there is a prophet in Israel."
2 KINGS 6:8-14
8Whenever the KING of Aram was fighting against Israel, he asked for advice from his officers about where they were to camp. 9So the man of God would send a message to the KING of Israel, "Be careful not to go by that place. The Arameans are hiding there." 10Then the KING of Israel would send someone to the place that the man of God told him about. Elisha warned them so that they would be on their guard. He did this repeatedly. 11The KING of Aram was very angry about this. He called his officers and asked them, "Won't you tell me who among us is a spy for the KING of Israel?" 12One of his officers answered, "No one, Your Majesty. Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the KING of Israel everything you say--even what you say in your bedroom."
13The KING said, "Find out where he is. Then I will send men to capture him." The KING was told, "He is in Dothan." 14So the KING sent horses and chariots and a large fighting unit there. They came at night and surrounded the city.
2 KINGS 6:21
21When the KING of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, "Master, should I kill them? Should I kill them?"
2 KINGS 6:23-24
23So the KING prepared a great feast for them. They ate and drank, and then he sent them back to their master. After this, Aramean troops didn't raid Israel's territory anymore.
24Later KING Benhadad of Aram assembled his whole army. They went to Samaria and blockaded it.
2 KINGS 6:26
26As the KING of Israel was walKING on the city wall, a woman cried to him, "Help me, Your Majesty!"
2 KINGS 6:28
28Then the KING asked her, "What's the matter?" She answered, "This woman told me, 'Give up your son. Let's eat him today. We'll eat my son tomorrow.'
2 KINGS 6:30
30When the KING heard the woman say this, he tore his clothes in distress. As he was walKING on the city wall, the people saw that he was wearing sackcloth under his clothes.
2 KINGS 6:32
32Elisha was sitting in his home with the city's leaders. The KING had sent one of his men ahead of him to Elisha's house. But before the messenger arrived, Elisha asked the leaders, "Do you see how this murderer has sent someone to tear off my head? When the messenger comes, close the door. Hold it shut because the KING will be following him."
2 KINGS 7:2
2The servant on whose arm the KING was leaning answered the man of God, "Could this happen even if the LORD poured rain through windows in the sky?" Elisha replied, "You will see it with your own eyes, but you won't eat any of it."
2 KINGS 7:6
6(The LORD had made the Aramean army hear what sounded like chariots, horses, and a large army. The Aramean soldiers said to one another, "The KING of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian KINGS to attack us!"
2 KINGS 7:12
12So the KING got up at night and told his officers what the Arameans had planned for them. He said, "They know we're starving, so they've left the camp to hide in the countryside. They're thinKING, 'When they've left the city, we'll capture them alive and get into the city.'"
2 KINGS 7:14-15
14So they took two chariots with horses, and the KING sent them to follow the Aramean army and told them to find out what happened. 15They followed them as far as the Jordan River and saw how the whole road was littered with clothes and equipment that the Arameans had thrown away in their hurry. The messengers returned and told the KING about it.
2 KINGS 7:17-18
17The KING appointed the servant on whose arm he used to lean to be in charge of the gate. But the people trampled him to death in the gateway, as the man of God had predicted when the KING came to him. 18(It happened exactly as the man of God told the KING, "Forty-eight cups of barley will sell for half an ounce of silver. And twenty-four cups of the best flour will sell for half an ounce of silver. This will happen about this time tomorrow in the gateway to Samaria."
2 KINGS 7:20
20So this is what happened to the KING’S servant: The people trampled him to death in the gateway.
2 KINGS 8:3-9
3At the end of seven years, the woman came home from Philistine territory but left again to make an appeal to the KING about her house and land. 4The KING was talKING to Gehazi, the servant of the man of God. He said, "Please tell me about all the great things Elisha has done." 5While Gehazi was telling the KING how Elisha brought a dead child back to life, the mother came to make an appeal to the KING about her house and land. Gehazi said, "Your Majesty, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha brought back to life." 6When the KING asked the woman about this, she told him the story. So the KING assigned to her an attendant to whom he said, "Restore all that is hers, including whatever her property produced from the day she left the country until now."
7Elisha went to Damascus. KING Benhadad of Aram, who was sick, was told, "The man of God has come here." 8The KING told Hazael, "Take a present, and meet the man of God. Ask the LORD through him, 'Will I recover from this illness?'" 9Hazael went to meet Elisha. He took with him a present and all kinds of goods from Damascus. He had loaded the goods on 40 camels. He stood in front of Elisha and said, "Your humble servant KING Benhadad of Aram has sent me to you. He asks whether he will recover from this illness."
2 KINGS 8:13
13But Hazael asked, "How can a dog like me do such a significant thing?" Elisha answered, "The LORD has shown me that you will become KING of Aram."
2 KINGS 8:15-16
15But the next day Hazael took a blanket, soaked it in water, and smothered the KING with it. Hazael ruled as KING in his place.
16Joram (Ahab's son) was in his fifth year as KING of Israel when Jehoram, son of KING Jehoshaphat of Judah, began to rule. Jehoram ruled while Jehoshaphat was still KING of Judah.
2 KINGS 8:18
18He followed the ways of the KINGS of Israel, as Ahab's family had done, because his wife was Ahab's daughter. So he did what the LORD considered evil.
2 KINGS 8:20
20During Jehoram's time Edom rebelled against Judah and chose its own KING.
2 KINGS 8:23-26
23Isn't everything else about Jehoram--everything he did--written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah? 24Jehoram lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David. His son Ahaziah succeeded him as KING.
25Joram (Ahab's son) was in his twelfth year as KING of Israel when Jehoram's son Ahaziah became KING of Judah. 26Ahaziah was 22 years old when he began to rule, and he ruled for one year in Jerusalem. His mother was Athaliah, the granddaughter of KING Omri of Israel.
2 KINGS 8:28-29
28Ahaziah went with Ahab's son Joram to fight against KING Hazael of Aram at Ramoth Gilead. There the Arameans wounded Joram. 29KING Joram returned to Jezreel to let his wounds heal. (He had been wounded by the Arameans at Ramah when he fought against KING Hazael of Aram.) Then Jehoram's son Ahaziah went to Jezreel to see Ahab's son Joram, who was sick.
2 KINGS 9:3
3Take the flask of oil, pour it on his head, and say, 'This is what the LORD says: I have anointed you KING of Israel.' Then open the door and leave immediately."
2 KINGS 9:6
6Jehu got up and went into the house. The prophet poured olive oil on his head and told him, "This is what the LORD God of Israel says: I have anointed you KING of the LORD's people, KING of Israel.
2 KINGS 9:12-16
12They said, "That's not an answer. Please tell us." Jehu replied, "We talked for a while, and he said to me, 'This is what the LORD says: I have anointed you KING of Israel.'" 13Then each one of them immediately took off his coat and laid it on the stairs below him. They blew a ram's horn and said, "Jehu is KING!" 14So Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat and grandson of Nimshi, plotted against Joram. (Joram and all Israel were guarding Ramoth Gilead against KING Hazael of Aram. 15But KING Joram had returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received while fighting KING Hazael of Aram.) Then Jehu said, "If you want me to be KING, don't let anyone escape from the city to take the news to Jezreel."
16So Jehu got on his chariot and drove to Jezreel because Joram was lying in bed there. (KING Ahaziah of Judah had come to see Joram.)
2 KINGS 9:18-19
18So a chariot driver rode off, met Jehu, and said, "The KING asks, 'Is everything alright?'" Jehu replied, "Why should that matter to you? Follow me." So the watchman announced, "The messenger you sent has reached them, but he isn't coming back." 19Then Joram sent out a second driver. When he came to them, he said, "The KING asks, 'Is everything alright?'" Jehu replied, "Why should that matter to you? Follow me."
2 KINGS 9:21
21"Hitch the horses to the chariot," Joram ordered. When that was done, KING Joram of Israel and KING Ahaziah of Judah went to meet Jehu, each in his own chariot. They found him in the field that belonged to Naboth from Jezreel.
2 KINGS 9:27
27When KING Ahaziah of Judah saw this, he fled on the road leading to Beth Haggan. Jehu pursued him and ordered, "Shoot him down in his chariot." They shot him at Gur Pass, which is near Ibleam. Ahaziah continued to flee until he got to Megiddo, where he died.
2 KINGS 9:29
29(Ahaziah had become KING of Judah in the eleventh year that Joram, Ahab's son, was KING of Israel.)
2 KINGS 9:34
34He went inside, ate, and drank. Then he said, "Take care of this woman who had a curse on her. After all, she was a KING’S daughter."
2 KINGS 10:4-5
4But they panicked. They said, "If two KINGS couldn't stand up to him, how can we stand up to him?" 5So the official in charge of the palace, the mayor of the city, the respected leaders, and the guardians sent this message to Jehu: "We are your servants. We'll do everything you tell us. We won't make anyone KING. Do what you think is best."
2 KINGS 10:8
8A messenger told him, "They've brought the heads of the KING’S heirs." Jehu said, "Put them in two piles at the entrance to the gateway until morning."
2 KINGS 10:13
13he found some relatives of KING Ahaziah of Judah. "Who are you?" he asked. They answered, "We're Ahaziah's relatives. We've come to greet the families of the KING and the queen mother."
2 KINGS 10:34-36
34Isn't everything else about Jehu--everything he did, all his heroic acts--written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel? 35Jehu lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria. His son Jehoahaz succeeded him as KING. 36Jehu ruled as KING of Israel in Samaria for 28 years.
2 KINGS 11:2
2But Jehosheba, daughter of KING Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, took Ahaziah's son Joash. She saved him from being killed with the KING’S other sons, and in a bedroom she hid him and his nurse from Athaliah. So Joash wasn't killed
2 KINGS 11:4
4In the seventh year of Athaliah's reign, Jehoiada sent for the company commanders of the Carites and the guards and had them come to him in the LORD's temple. He made an agreement with them, put them under oath in the LORD's temple, and showed them the KING’S son.
2 KINGS 11:6-8
6Another third must be at Sur Gate. And another third must be at the gate behind the guards. You will guard the KING’S residence. 7Then your two groups who normally go off duty on the day of worship must guard the KING at the LORD's temple. 8Surround the KING. Each man should have his weapons in his hand. Kill anyone who tries to break through your ranks. Stay with the KING wherever he goes."
2 KINGS 11:10-12
10He gave the commanders the spears and the shields that had belonged to KING David but were now in the LORD's temple. 11The guards stood with their weapons in their hands. They were stationed around the KING and around the altar and the temple (from the south side to the north side of the temple). 12Then Jehoiada brought out the KING’S son, gave him the crown and the religious instructions, and made him KING by anointing him. As the guards clapped their hands, they said, "Long live the KING!"
2 KINGS 11:14
14She looked, and the KING was standing by the pillar according to custom. The commanders and the trumpeters were by his side. All the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets. As Athaliah tore her clothes in distress, she cried, "Treason, treason!"
2 KINGS 11:17
17Jehoiada made a promise to the LORD on behalf of the KING and his people that they would be the LORD's people. He made other promises between the KING and the people.
2 KINGS 11:19
19He took the company commanders of the Carites and the guards and all the people of the land, and they brought the KING from the LORD's temple. They went down the street that goes through Guards' Gate to the royal palace. Then Joash sat on the royal throne.
2 KINGS 12:1
1Joash began to rule in Jehu's seventh year as KING of Israel, and he ruled for 40 years in Jerusalem. His mother was Zibiah from Beersheba. 2 KINGS 12:6-7
6But by Joash's twenty-third year as KING, the priests still had not repaired the temple. 7So KING Joash called for Jehoiada and the other priests and asked them, "Why aren't you repairing the damage in the temple? Don't take any more money from the donors for your own use. Instead, use it to make repairs on the temple."
2 KINGS 12:10
10Whenever they saw a lot of money in the box, the KING’S scribe and the chief priest would collect and count the money that was donated in the LORD's temple.
2 KINGS 12:17-19
17At this time KING Hazael of Aram fought against Gath and conquered it. He was also determined to attack Jerusalem. 18So KING Joash of Judah took all the gifts his ancestors KINGS Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah of Judah, had dedicated to the LORD, the things he had dedicated to the LORD, and all the gold that could be found in the storerooms of the LORD's temple and the royal palace. He sent these things to KING Hazael of Aram, who called off the attack on Jerusalem. 19Isn't everything else about Joash--everything he did--written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah?
2 KINGS 12:21
21Joash's officials Jozacar, son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad, son of Shomer, executed him. They buried him with his ancestors in the City of David. His son Amaziah succeeded him as KING.
2 KINGS 13:1
1Ahaziah's son KING Joash of Judah was in his twenty-third year as KING of Judah when Jehoahaz, son of Jehu, began to rule in Samaria as KING of Israel. He ruled for 17 years.
2 KINGS 13:3-4
3So the LORD became angry with Israel and put it at the mercy of KING Hazael of Aram and Hazael's son Benhadad as long as they lived. 4Then Jehoahaz pleaded with the LORD, and the LORD heard him because he saw how the Aramean KING was oppressing Israel.
2 KINGS 13:7-10
7Jehoahaz had no army left except for 50 horses, 10 chariots, and 10,000 foot soldiers because the KING of Aram had destroyed the rest. He had made them like dust that people trample. 8Isn't everything else about Jehoahaz--everything he did, his heroic acts--written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel? 9Jehoahaz lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria. His son Jehoash ruled as KING in his place.
10In Joash's thirty-seventh year as KING of Judah, Jehoahaz's son Jehoash began to rule Israel in Samaria. He ruled for 16 years.
2 KINGS 13:12-14
12Isn't everything else about Jehoash--everything he did, his heroic acts when he fought against KING Amaziah of Judah--written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel? 13Jehoash lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried with the KINGS of Israel in Samaria. Then Jeroboam claimed the throne. 14Elisha became fatally ill. KING Jehoash of Israel visited him, cried over him, and said, "Master! Master! Israel's chariot and horses!"
2 KINGS 13:16-18
16Then Elisha told the KING of Israel, "Take the bow in your hand." So the KING picked up the bow. Elisha laid his hands on the KING’S hands. 17Elisha said, "Open the window that faces east." So the KING opened it. "Shoot," Elisha said, and the KING shot. Then Elisha said, "That is the arrow of the LORD's victory, the arrow of victory against Aram. You will completely defeat the Arameans at Aphek." 18Then Elisha said, "Take the arrows." So the KING took them. "Stomp on them," he told the KING of Israel. The KING stomped three times and stopped.
2 KINGS 13:22
22KING Hazael of Aram oppressed Israel as long as Jehoahaz ruled.
2 KINGS 13:24
24KING Hazael of Aram died, and his son Benhadad succeeded him as KING.
2 KINGS 14:1
1Jehoahaz's son KING Jehoash was in his second year as KING of Israel when KING Amaziah, son of Joash of Judah, began to rule.
2 KINGS 14:5
5As soon as he had a firm control over the KINGDOM, he executed the officials who had killed his father, the former KING.
2 KINGS 14:8-9
8Then Amaziah sent messengers to KING Jehoash, son of Jehoahaz and grandson of Jehu of Israel, to declare war on Israel. 9KING Jehoash of Israel sent this message to KING Amaziah of Judah: "A thistle in Lebanon sent a message to a cedar in Lebanon. It said, 'Let your daughter marry my son,' but a wild animal from Lebanon came along and trampled the thistle.
2 KINGS 14:11
11But Amaziah wouldn't listen. So KING Jehoash of Israel attacked, and KING Amaziah of Judah met him in battle at Beth Shemesh in Judah.
2 KINGS 14:13
13KING Jehoash of Israel captured KING Amaziah, son of Joash and grandson of Ahaziah of Judah, at Beth Shemesh and went to Jerusalem. He tore down a 600-foot section of the wall around Jerusalem from Ephraim Gate to Corner Gate.
2 KINGS 14:15-18
15Isn't everything else about Jehoash--what he did, his heroic acts when he fought against KING Amaziah of Judah--written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel? 16Jehoash lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried with the KINGS of Israel in Samaria. His son Jeroboam succeeded him as KING. 17Joash's son KING Amaziah of Judah lived 15 years after the death of Jehoahaz's son KING Jehoash of Israel. 18Isn't everything else about Amaziah written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah?
2 KINGS 14:21-23
21All the people of Judah took Azariah, who was 16 years old, and made him KING in place of his father Amaziah. 22Azariah rebuilt Elath and returned it to Judah after KING Amaziah lay down in death with his ancestors.
23Joash's son Amaziah was in his fifteenth year as KING of Judah when Jehoash's son KING Jeroboam of Israel began to rule in Samaria. Jeroboam ruled for 41 years.
2 KINGS 14:28-29
28Isn't everything else about Jeroboam--everything he did, his heroic acts when he fought, how he recovered Damascus and Hamath for Israel --written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel? 29Jeroboam lay down in death with his ancestors, the KINGS of Israel. His son Zechariah succeeded him as KING.
2 KINGS 15:1
1In Jeroboam's twenty-seventh year as KING of Israel, Amaziah's son Azariah began to rule as KING of Judah.
2 KINGS 15:5-8
5The LORD inflicted the KING with a skin disease that lasted until the day the KING died. So the KING lived in a separate house. The KING’S son Jotham was in charge of the palace and governed the country. 6Isn't everything else about Azariah--everything he did--written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah? 7Azariah lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David. His son Jotham succeeded him as KING.
8In Azariah's thirty-eighth year as KING of Judah, Jeroboam's son Zechariah was KING of Israel in Samaria for six months.
2 KINGS 15:10-11
10Shallum, son of Jabesh, plotted against Zechariah, attacked him at Kabal Am, killed him, and succeeded him as KING. 11Everything else about Zechariah is written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel.
2 KINGS 15:13-15
13Shallum, son of Jabesh, became KING in Azariah's thirty-ninth year as KING of Judah. Shallum ruled for an entire month in Samaria. 14Then Menahem, son of Gadi, came from Tirzah to Samaria, attacked Shallum (son of Jabesh), killed him, and succeeded him as KING. 15Everything else about Shallum--all about his conspiracy--is written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel.
2 KINGS 15:17
17In Azariah's thirty-ninth year as KING of Judah, Menahem, son of Gadi, began to rule as KING of Israel. He ruled for 10 years in Samaria.
2 KINGS 15:19-23
19KING Pul of Assyria came to attack the country. So Menahem gave Pul 75,000 pounds of silver to gain his support and help strengthen his hold on the KINGDOM. 20Menahem raised the money from all the wealthy men in Israel. Each gave 20 ounces of silver for the KING of Assyria. Then the KING of Assyria left the country. 21Isn't everything else about Menahem--everything he did--written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel? 22Menahem lay down in death with his ancestors, and his son Pekahiah succeeded him as KING. 23In Azariah's fiftieth year as KING of Judah, Menahem's son Pekahiah began to rule. Pekahiah was KING of Israel in Samaria for two years.
2 KINGS 15:25-27
25His officer Pekah, son of Remaliah, plotted against him. With 50 men from Gilead, Pekah attacked Pekahiah, Argob, and Arieh in the fortress of the royal palace in Samaria. Pekah killed him and succeeded him as KING. 26Everything else about Pekahiah--everything he did--is written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel. 27In Azariah's fifty-second year as KING of Judah, Pekah, son of Remaliah, began to rule Israel in Samaria. He ruled for 20 years.
2 KINGS 15:29-32
29In the days of KING Pekah of Israel, KING Tiglath Pileser of Assyria took Ijon, Abel Beth Maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, Galilee, and the entire territory of Naphtali. He also took the people away to Assyria as captives. 30Hoshea, son of Elah, plotted against Pekah, son of Remaliah. Hoshea attacked him and killed him. Hoshea began to rule as KING in his place in the twentieth year that Jotham, son of Azariah, was KING of Judah. 31Everything else about Pekah--everything he did--is written in the official records of the KINGS of Israel.
32In the second year that KING Pekah, son of Remaliah, ruled Israel, Jotham, son of Azariah, began to rule as KING of Judah.
2 KINGS 15:36-38
36Isn't everything else about Jotham--everything he did--written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah? 37In those days the LORD began to use KING Rezin of Aram and Pekah, son of Remaliah, to attack Judah. 38Jotham lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried with them in the city of his ancestor David. His son Ahaz succeeded him as KING.
2 KINGS 16:1
1Pekah, son of Remaliah, was in his seventeenth year as KING of Israel when KING Ahaz, son of Jotham, began to rule as KING of Judah.
2 KINGS 16:3
3He followed the example of the KINGS of Israel and even sacrificed his son by burning him alive. Sacrificing children was one of the disgusting things done by the nations that the LORD had forced out of the Israelites' way.
2 KINGS 16:5-12
5Then KING Rezin of Aram and KING Pekah, son of Remaliah of Israel, came to wage war against Jerusalem. They blockaded Ahaz but couldn't get him to fight. 6At that time KING Rezin of Aram drove the Judeans out of Elath and gave it back to Edom. The Edomites came to Elath and still live there today. 7Ahaz sent messengers to KING Tiglath Pileser of Assyria to say, "I'm your servant, your son. Come and save me from the KINGS of Aram and Israel who are attacKING me." 8Ahaz took the silver and gold he found in the LORD's temple and in the treasury in the royal palace and sent them to the KING of Assyria as a present. 9The KING of Assyria listened to him and attacked Damascus. He captured it, took the people to Kir as captives, and killed Rezin.
10Then KING Ahaz went to Damascus to meet KING Tiglath Pileser of Assyria. He saw an altar there in Damascus. So KING Ahaz sent the priest Urijah a model of the altar and a set of detailed plans. 11Urijah built an altar exactly like the model KING Ahaz sent from Damascus. He finished it before Ahaz returned home from Damascus. 12When the KING came from Damascus, he saw the altar. The KING approached the altar and went up to it.
2 KINGS 16:15-20
15KING Ahaz gave this command to the priest Urijah: "On this great altar you must burn the morning burnt offerings and the evening grain offering, the KING’S burnt offerings and grain offerings, and the burnt offerings, grain offerings, and wine offerings of all the people of the land. Sprinkle all the blood of the burnt offerings and other sacrifices on it. I will use the bronze altar for prayer." 16The priest Urijah did what KING Ahaz had commanded.
17KING Ahaz cut off the side panels of the bronze stands used in the temple and removed the basin from each of them. He took the bronze pool down from the bronze bulls that were under it and set it on a stone base. 18Ahaz removed the covered walkway used on the day of worship. This walkway had been built in the temple. He also removed the outer entrance for the KING from the LORD's temple. He did this to please the KING of Assyria. 19Isn't everything else about Ahaz--the things he did--written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah? 20Ahaz lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David. His son Hezekiah succeeded him as KING.
2 KINGS 17:1-8
1In Ahaz's twelfth year as KING of Judah, Hoshea, son of Elah, began to rule as KING of Israel in Samaria. He ruled for nine years. 2He did what the LORD considered evil, but he didn't do what the KINGS of Israel before him had done. 3KING Shalmaneser of Assyria defeated Hoshea, who became his servant and was required to make annual payments to him. 4The KING of Assyria found Hoshea to be a traitor. (Hoshea had sent messengers to KING Dais of Egypt and had stopped maKING annual payments to the KING of Assyria.) So the KING of Assyria arrested him and put him in prison. 5Then the KING of Assyria attacked the entire country. He attacked Samaria and blockaded it for three years. 6In Hoshea's ninth year as KING of Israel, the KING of Assyria captured Samaria and took the Israelites to Assyria as captives. He settled them in Halah, along the Habor River in Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
7The Israelites sinned against the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt and rescued them from the power of Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt). They worshiped other gods 8and lived by the customs of the nations that the LORD had forced out of the Israelites' way. They also did what their KINGS wanted them to do.
2 KINGS 17:21
21When he tore Israel away from the family of David, the people of Israel made Jeroboam (Nebat's son) KING. Jeroboam forced Israel away from the LORD and led them to commit a serious sin.
2 KINGS 17:24
24The KING of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim and settled them in the cities of Samaria in place of the Israelites. They took over Samaria and lived in its cities.
2 KINGS 17:26-27
26Then someone said to the KING of Assyria, "The people you took as captives and settled in the cities of Samaria don't know the customs of the god of that country, so he sent lions. Now the lions are killing them because they don't know the customs of the god of this country." 27The KING of Assyria gave this command: "Bring one of the priests you captured from there. Let him go back to teach them the customs of the god of that country."
2 KINGS 18:1
1KING Hoshea, son of Elah, had been KING in Israel for three years when KING Hezekiah, son of Ahaz of Judah, began to rule as KING.
2 KINGS 18:5
5Hezekiah trusted the LORD God of Israel. No KING among all the KINGS of Judah was like Hezekiah.
2 KINGS 18:7
7so the LORD was with him. He succeeded in everything he tried: He rebelled against the KING of Assyria and wouldn't serve him anymore.
2 KINGS 18:9-11
9In Hezekiah's fourth year as KING (which was the seventh year in the reign of KING Hoshea, son of Elah of Israel) KING Shalmaneser of Assyria attacked Samaria, blockaded it, 10and captured it at the end of three years. Samaria was taken in Hezekiah's sixth year as KING (which was Hoshea's ninth year as KING of Israel). 11The KING of Assyria took the Israelites to Assyria as captives. He put them in Halah, along the Habor River in Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
2 KINGS 18:13-14
13In Hezekiah's fourteenth year as KING, KING Sennacherib of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. 14Then KING Hezekiah of Judah sent this message to the KING of Assyria at Lachish: "I have done wrong. Go away, and leave me alone. I'll pay whatever penalty you give me." So the KING of Assyria demanded that KING Hezekiah of Judah pay 22,500 pounds of silver and 2,250 pounds of gold.
2 KINGS 18:16-19
16At that time Hezekiah stripped the gold off the doors and doorposts of the LORD's temple. (Earlier Hezekiah had them covered with gold.) He gave the gold to the KING of Assyria.
17Then the KING of Assyria sent his commander-in-chief, his quartermaster, and his field commander with a large army from Lachish to KING Hezekiah at Jerusalem. They came there and stood at the channel for the Upper Pool on the road to the Laundryman's Field. 18When they called for KING Hezekiah, Eliakim, who was in charge of the palace and was the son of Hilkiah, Shebnah the scribe, and Joah, who was the royal historian and the son of Asaph, went out to the field commander. 19He said to them, "Tell Hezekiah, 'This is what the great KING, the KING of Assyria, says: What makes you so confident?
2 KINGS 18:21
21Now, look! When you trust Egypt, you're trusting a broken stick for a staff. If you lean on it, it stabs your hand and goes through it. This is what Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt) is like for everyone who trusts him.
2 KINGS 18:23
23"Now, make a deal with my master, the KING of Assyria. I'll give you 2,000 horses if you can put riders on them.
2 KINGS 18:28-31
28Then the field commander stood and shouted loudly in the Judean language, "Listen to the great KING, the KING of Assyria. 29This is what the KING says: Don't let Hezekiah deceive you. He can't rescue you from me. 30Don't let Hezekiah get you to trust the LORD by saying, 'The LORD will certainly rescue us, and this city will not be put under the control of the KING of Assyria.' 31Don't listen to Hezekiah, because this is what the KING of Assyria says: Make peace with me! Come out and give yourselves up to me! Everyone will eat from his own grapevine and fig tree and drink from his own cistern.
2 KINGS 18:33
33Did any of the gods of the nations rescue their countries from the KING of Assyria?
2 KINGS 18:36
36But the people were silent and didn't say anything to him because the KING commanded them not to answer him.
2 KINGS 19:1
1When KING Hezekiah heard the message, he tore his clothes in grief, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the LORD's temple.
2 KINGS 19:4-6
4The LORD your God may have heard all the words of the field commander. His master, the KING of Assyria, sent him to defy the living God. The LORD your God may punish him because of the message that the LORD your God heard. Pray for the few people who are left." 5So KING Hezekiah's men went to Isaiah. 6Isaiah answered them, "Say this to your master, 'This is what the LORD says: Don't be afraid of the message that you heard when the Assyrian KING’S assistants slandered me.
2 KINGS 19:8-11
8The field commander returned and found the KING of Assyria fighting against Libnah. He had heard that the KING left Lachish. 9Now, Sennacherib heard that KING Tirhakah of Sudan was coming to fight him. Sennacherib sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10"Tell KING Hezekiah of Judah, 'Don't let the god whom you trust deceive you by saying that Jerusalem will not be put under the control of the KING of Assyria. 11You heard what the KINGS of Assyria did to all countries, how they totally destroyed them. Will you be rescued?
2 KINGS 19:13
13Where is the KING of Hamath, the KING of Arpad, and the KING of the cities of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?'"
2 KINGS 19:17
17It is true, LORD, that the KINGS of Assyria have leveled nations.
2 KINGS 19:20
20Then Isaiah, son of Amoz, sent a message to Hezekiah, "This is what the LORD God of Israel says: You prayed to me about KING Sennacherib of Assyria. I have heard you.
2 KINGS 19:32
32"This is what the LORD says about the KING of Assyria: He will never come into this city, shoot an arrow here, hold a shield in front of it, or put up dirt ramps to attack it.
2 KINGS 19:36-37
36Then KING Sennacherib of Assyria left. He went home to Nineveh and stayed there. 37While he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, Adrammelech and Sharezer assassinated him and escaped to the land of Ararat. His son Esarhaddon succeeded him as KING.
2 KINGS 20:6-7
6I'll give you 15 more years to live. I'll rescue you and defend this city from the control of the KING of Assyria for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.'" 7Then Isaiah said, "Get a fig cake, and put it on the boil so that the KING will get well."
2 KINGS 20:12
12At that time Baladan's son, KING Merodach Baladan of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah because he heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
2 KINGS 20:14
14Then the prophet Isaiah came to KING Hezekiah and asked, "What did these men say? And where did they come from?" Hezekiah answered, "They came to me from the distant country of Babylon."
2 KINGS 20:18
18Some of your own descendants will be taken away. They will become officials in the palace of the KING of Babylon.'"
2 KINGS 20:20-21
20Isn't everything else about Hezekiah, all his heroic acts and how he made the pool and tunnel to bring water into the city, written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah? 21Hezekiah lay down in death with his ancestors. His son Manasseh succeeded him as KING.
2 KINGS 21:3
3He rebuilt the illegal places of worship that his father Hezekiah had destroyed. He set up altars dedicated to Baal and made a pole dedicated to the goddess Asherah as KING Ahab of Israel had done. Manasseh, like Ahab, worshiped and served the entire army of heaven.
2 KINGS 21:11
11"KING Manasseh of Judah has done disgusting things, things more evil than what the Amorites who were here before him had done. Manasseh has also made Judah sin by worshiping his idols.
2 KINGS 21:17-18
17Isn't everything else about Manasseh--everything he did, the sins he committed--written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah? 18Manasseh lay down in death with his ancestors. He was buried in the garden of his own palace, in the garden of Uzza. His son Amon succeeded him as KING.
2 KINGS 21:24-26
24Then the people of the land killed everyone who had plotted against KING Amon. They made his son Josiah KING in his place. 25Isn't everything else about Amon--the things he did--written in the official record of the KINGS of Judah? 26He was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza. His son Josiah succeeded him as KING.
2 KINGS 22:1
1Josiah was 8 years old when he began to rule, and he was KING for 31 years in Jerusalem. His mother was Jedidah, daughter of Adaiah from Bozkath.
2 KINGS 22:3
3In Josiah's eighteenth year as KING of Judah, he sent the scribe Shaphan, son of Azaliah and grandson of Meshullam, to the LORD's temple with these instructions:
2 KINGS 22:9-12
9The scribe Shaphan went to the KING and reported, "We have taken the money donated in the temple and have given it to the workmen who are in charge of the LORD's temple." 10Then the scribe Shaphan told the KING, "The priest Hilkiah has given me a book." And Shaphan read it to the KING.
11When the KING heard what the book of the Teachings said, he tore his clothes in distress. 12Then the KING gave an order to the priest Hilkiah, to Ahikam (son of Shaphan), Achbor (son of Micaiah), the scribe Shaphan, and the royal official Asaiah. He said,
2 KINGS 22:16
16'This is what the LORD says: I'm going to bring disaster on this place and on the people living here according to everything written in the book that the KING of Judah has read.
2 KINGS 22:18
18Huldah added, "But tell Judah's KING who sent you to me to ask the LORD a question, 'This is what the LORD God of Israel says about the words you heard:
2 KINGS 22:20
20That is why I'm going to bring you to your ancestors. I'm going to bring you to your grave in peace, and your eyes will not see any of the disaster I'm going to bring on this place.'" So they reported this to the KING.
2 KINGS 23:1-5
1Then the KING sent for all the respected leaders of Judah and Jerusalem to join him. 2The KING, everyone in Judah, everyone living in Jerusalem, the priests, the prophets, and all the people (young and old) went to the LORD's temple. Josiah read everything written in the Book of the Promise found in the LORD's temple so that they could hear it. 3The KING stood beside the pillar and made a promise to the LORD that he would follow the LORD and obey his commands, instructions, and laws with all his heart and soul. He confirmed the terms of the promise written in this book. And all the people joined in the promise.
4Then the KING ordered the chief priest Hilkiah, the priests who served under Hilkiah, and the doorkeepers to take out of the LORD's temple all the utensils that had been made for Baal, Asherah, and the entire army of heaven. Josiah burned the utensils outside Jerusalem in an open field near the Kidron Brook. Then he carried their ashes to Bethel. 5He got rid of the pagan priests whom the KINGS of Judah had appointed to sacrifice at the illegal places of worship in the cities of Judah and all around Jerusalem. They had been sacrificing to Baal, the sun god, the moon god, the zodiac, and the entire army of heaven.
2 KINGS 23:11-13
11He removed the horses that Judah's KINGS had dedicated to the sun god at the entrance of the LORD's temple. They were in the temple courtyard near the room of the eunuch Nathan Melech. He also burned the chariots of the sun god, 12the altars that Judah's KINGS had made and placed on the roof of Ahaz's upstairs room, and the altars Manasseh had made in the two courtyards of the LORD's temple. The KING tore them down from there, crushed them, and dumped their rubble in the Kidron Valley. 13The KING made the illegal places of worship east of Jerusalem unclean. They were on the southern part of the Hill of Destruction. KING Solomon of Israel had built them for Astarte (the disgusting goddess of the Sidonians), Chemosh (the disgusting god of Moab), and Milcom (the disgusting god of the Ammonites).
2 KINGS 23:19
19Josiah also got rid of all the temples at the illegal places of worship in the cities of Samaria. The KINGS of Israel had built these places to make the LORD furious. He did to them everything that he had done to the worship places at Bethel.
2 KINGS 23:21-23
21The KING ordered all the people to celebrate the Passover for the LORD their God as it is written in this Book of the Promise. 22The Passover had never been celebrated like this during the time of the judges who governed Israel or during the entire time of the KINGS of Israel and Judah. 23But in the eighteenth year of KING Josiah's reign, this Passover was celebrated in Jerusalem for the LORD.
2 KINGS 23:25
25No KING before Josiah had turned to the LORD with all his heart, soul, and strength, as directed in Moses' Teachings. No other KING was like Josiah.
2 KINGS 23:28-31
28Isn't everything else about Josiah--everything he did--written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah? 29In Josiah's days Pharaoh Necoh (the KING of Egypt) came to help the KING of Assyria at the Euphrates River. KING Josiah went to attack Necoh. When Pharaoh saw him at Megiddo, Pharaoh killed him. 30His officers put his dead body in a chariot and brought it from Megiddo to Jerusalem. They buried Josiah in his tomb. Then the people of the land took Josiah's son Jehoahaz, anointed him, and made him KING in place of his father.
31Jehoahaz was 23 years old when he became KING, and he was KING for 3 months in Jerusalem. His mother was Hamutal, daughter of Jeremiah from Libnah.
2 KINGS 23:34
34Then Pharaoh Necoh made Josiah's son Eliakim KING in place of his father Josiah and changed Eliakim's name to Jehoiakim. He took Jehoahaz away to Egypt, where he died.
2 KINGS 23:36
36Jehoiakim was 25 years old when he began to rule, and he was KING for 11 years in Jerusalem. His mother was Zebidah, daughter of Pedaiah from Rumah.
2 KINGS 24:1
1During Jehoiakim's reign KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked Judah, and Jehoiakim became subject to him for three years. Then Jehoiakim turned against him and rebelled.
2 KINGS 24:5-8
5Isn't everything else about Jehoiakim--everything he did--written in the official records of the KINGS of Judah? 6Jehoiakim lay down in death with his ancestors, and his son Jehoiakin succeeded him as KING. 7The KING of Egypt didn't leave his own country again because the KING of Babylon had taken all the territory from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates River. This territory had belonged to the KING of Egypt.
8Jehoiakin was 18 years old when he began to rule as KING. He was KING for three months in Jerusalem. His mother was Nehushta, daughter of Elnathan from Jerusalem.
2 KINGS 24:10-13
10At that time the officers of KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked Jerusalem. (The city was blockaded.) 11KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon arrived while his officers were blockading the city. 12KING Jehoiakin of Judah, his mother, officials, generals, and eunuchs surrendered to the KING of Babylon. In the eighth year of his reign, the KING of Babylon captured Jehoiakin. 13He also took away all the treasures in the LORD's temple and the royal palace. As the LORD had predicted, Nebuchadnezzar stripped the gold off all the furnishings that KING Solomon of Israel had made for the LORD's temple.
2 KINGS 24:15-17
15He took Jehoiakin to Babylon as a captive. He also took the KING’S mother, wives, eunuchs, and the leading citizens of the land from Jerusalem as captives to Babylon. 16The KING of Babylon brought all 7,000 of the prominent landowners, 1,000 craftsmen and smiths, and all the men who could fight in war as captives to Babylon. 17The KING of Babylon made KING Jehoiakin's Uncle Mattaniah KING in his place and changed Mattaniah's name to Zedekiah.
2 KINGS 24:20
20The LORD became angry with Jerusalem and Judah and threw the people out of his sight. Zedekiah rebelled against the KING of Babylon.
2 KINGS 25:1-2
1On the tenth day of the tenth month of the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign, KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked Jerusalem with his entire army. They set up camp and built dirt ramps around the city walls. 2The blockade of the city lasted until Zedekiah's eleventh year as KING.
2 KINGS 25:4-6
4The enemy broke through the city walls that night. All Judah's soldiers left on the road of the gate between the two walls beside the KING’S garden. While the Babylonians were attacKING the city from all sides, the KING took the road to the plain of Jericho. 5The Babylonian army pursued KING Zedekiah and caught up with him in the plain of Jericho. His entire army had deserted him. 6The Babylonians captured the KING, brought him to the KING of Babylon at Riblah, and passed sentence on him.
2 KINGS 25:8
8On the seventh day of the fifth month of Nebuchadnezzar's nineteenth year as KING of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, who was the captain of the guard and an officer of the KING of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
2 KINGS 25:11
11Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, captured the few people left in the city, those who surrendered to the KING of Babylon, and the rest of the population.
2 KINGS 25:19-25
19From the city he also took an army commander, 5 men who had access to the KING whom he found in the city, the scribe who was in charge of the militia, and 60 of the common people whom he found in the city. 20Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took them and brought them to the KING of Babylon at Riblah. 21The KING of Babylon executed them at Riblah in the territory of Hamath. So the people of Judah were captives when they left their land.
22KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon appointed Gedaliah, son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, to govern the remaining people in the land of Judah. 23When all the army commanders and their men heard that the KING of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah, they went to Gedaliah at Mizpah. They were Ishmael (son of Nethaniah), Johanan (son of Kareah), Seraiah (son of Tanhumeth from Netophah), and Jaazaniah from Beth Maacah and their men. 24Gedaliah swore an oath to them and their men. He said, "Don't be afraid of the Babylonian officers. Live in this country, serve the KING of Babylon, and you will prosper." 25In the seventh month Ishmael (son of Nethaniah and grandson of Elishama, a descendant of the KINGS) went with ten men to kill Gedaliah and the Judeans and Babylonians who were with him at Mizpah.
2 KINGS 25:27-30
27On the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month of the thirty-seventh year of the imprisonment of KING Jehoiakin of Judah, KING Evil Merodach of Babylon, in the first year of his reign, freed KING Jehoiakin of Judah from prison. 28He treated him well and gave him a special position higher than the other KINGS who were with him in Babylon. 29Jehoiakin no longer wore prison clothes, and he ate his meals in the KING’S presence as long as he lived. 30The KING of Babylon gave him a daily food allowance as long as he lived.
1 Chronicles 1:43-44
43These were the KINGS who ruled Edom before any KING ruled the people of Israel: Bela, son of Beor, and the name of his capital city was Dinhabah. 44After Bela died, Jobab, son of Zerah from Bozrah, succeeded him as KING. 1 Chronicles 1:45-50
45After Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him as KING. 46After Husham died, Hadad, son of Bedad, who defeated the Midianites in the country of Moab, succeeded him as KING, and the name of his capital city was Avith. 47After Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him as KING. 48After Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him as KING. 49After Shaul died, Baal Hanan, son of Achbor, succeeded him as KING. 50After Baal Hanan died, Hadad succeeded him as KING, and the name of his capital city was Pai. His wife's name was Mehetabel, daughter of Matred and granddaughter of Mezahab.
1 Chronicles 3:2
2The third was Absalom, born to Maacah (the daughter of KING Talmai) from Geshur. The fourth was Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith.
1 Chronicles 4:23
23They were the potters who lived at Netaim and Gederah. They lived there with the KING and did his work.
1 Chronicles 4:31
31Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susim, Beth Biri, and Shaaraim. These were their cities until David became KING.
1 Chronicles 4:41
41In the days of KING Hezekiah of Judah, the men listed here knocked down tents and killed the Meunites. They claimed the Meunites for God and destroyed them. (Even today no Meunites live there.) They lived in that land in place of the Meunites in order to have pasture for their flocks.
1 Chronicles 5:6
6Baal's son was Beerah. KING Tiglath Pilneser of Assyria took him away as a captive. He was leader of the tribe of Reuben.
1 Chronicles 5:17
17All these people were recorded in genealogical records in the days of KING Jotham of Judah and KING Jeroboam of Israel.
1 Chronicles 5:26
26Then the God of Israel led KING Pul of Assyria (KING Tiglath Pilneser of Assyria) to take Reuben, Gad, and half of the tribe of Manasseh into captivity. He brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the Gozan River. They are still there today.
1 Chronicles 9:1
1All Israel was recorded in the genealogies in the Book of the KINGS of Israel and Judah. The Israelites were taken away to Babylon as captives because they had sinned.
1 Chronicles 9:18
18Formerly, they were stationed at the KING’S gate on the east side. They were the gatekeepers for the Levite quarters.
1 Chronicles 11:3
3All the leaders of Israel had come to Hebron. David made an agreement with them at Hebron in front of the LORD. So they anointed David KING of Israel, as the LORD had spoken through Samuel.
1 Chronicles 11:10
10Now, these were the commanders of David's fighting men, who exercised power with him in his KINGDOM, and with all Israel they made him KING according to the LORD's word to Israel.
1 Chronicles 12:31
31From half of the tribe of Manasseh there were 18,000 who had been designated by name to make David KING.
1 Chronicles 12:38
38All of these soldiers, who were prepared for battle, came with a single purpose to Hebron--to make David KING of all Israel. The rest of Israel also had agreed to make David KING.
1 Chronicles 13:3
3Then we'll bring back our God's ark, which we ignored while Saul was KING."
1 Chronicles 14:1-2
1KING Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedarwood, masons, and carpenters to build a palace for David. 2So David realized that the LORD had established him as KING of Israel and that his KINGDOM was made famous for the sake of Israel, the LORD's people.
1 Chronicles 14:8
8When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed KING of Israel, all of them came to attack David. But David heard about it and went out to meet them.
1 Chronicles 15:29
29When the ark of the LORD's promise came to the City of David, Saul's daughter Michal looked out of a window and saw KING David dancing and celebrating, so she despised him.
1 Chronicles 16:21
21He didn't permit anyone to oppress them. He warned KINGS about them:
1 Chronicles 16:31
31Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad. Say to the nations, 'The LORD rules as KING!'
1 Chronicles 17:16
16Then KING David went into the tent and sat in front of the LORD. "Who am I, LORD God," he asked, "and why is my house so important that you have brought me this far?
1 Chronicles 18:3
3When David went to establish his control over the territory along the Euphrates River, he defeated KING Hadadezer at Hamath.
1 Chronicles 18:5
5When the Arameans from Damascus came to help KING Hadadezer of Zobah, David killed 22,000 of them.
1 Chronicles 18:9-11
9When KING Tou of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of Zobah's KING Hadadezer, 10he sent his son Hadoram to greet KING David and congratulate him for fighting and defeating Hadadezer. (There had often been war between Hadadezer and Tou.) 11KING David dedicated all the articles of gold, silver, and bronze to the LORD, along with the silver and gold he had taken from other nations--from Edom, Moab, Ammon, the Philistines, and Amalek.
1 Chronicles 19:1
1Later KING Nahash of Ammon died, and his son became KING in his place.
1 Chronicles 19:5
5After people told David what had happened to the men, he sent someone to meet them because they were deeply humiliated. The KING said to them, "Stay in Jericho until your beards have grown back, and then return to Jerusalem."
1 Chronicles 19:7
7They hired 32,000 chariots and the KING of Maacah with his army. They camped near Medeba. The Ammonites gathered for the battle from their cities.
1 Chronicles 19:9
9The Ammonites formed a battle line at the entrance of the city, while the Arameans from Zobah and Rehob and the KINGS who had come remained by themselves in the open country.
1 Chronicles 19:16
16Realizing that Israel had defeated them, the KINGS sent messengers to get other Arameans from beyond the Euphrates River. Shophach, the commander of Hadadezer's army, led them.
1 Chronicles 19:19
19When all the KINGS who were subject to Hadadezer saw that Israel had defeated them, they made peace with David and became his subjects. And the Arameans were no longer willing to help the Ammonites.
1 Chronicles 20:1-2
1In the spring, the time when KINGS go out to battle, Joab led the army to war. They destroyed the Ammonites and came to Rabbah to attack it, while David stayed in Jerusalem. Joab defeated Rabbah and tore it down. 2He took the gold crown from the head of Rabbah's KING and put it on David's head. (The crown was found to weigh 75 pounds, and in it was a precious stone.) David also took a lot of goods from the city.
1 Chronicles 21:4
4However, the KING overruled Joab. So Joab left, went throughout Israel, and returned to Jerusalem.
1 Chronicles 21:6
6Joab didn't include Levi and Benjamin in the number because he was disgusted with the KING’S order.
1 Chronicles 21:24
24"No," KING David told Ornan, "I insist on buying it for the full price. I won't take what is yours for the LORD and offer burnt sacrifices that cost me nothing."
1 Chronicles 23:1
1When David had grown old and had lived out his years, he made his son Solomon KING of Israel.
1 Chronicles 24:6
6The scribe Shemaiah was a son of Nethanel and a descendant of Levi. Shemaiah recorded their names in the presence of the KING, the princes, the priest Zadok, Ahimelech (son of Abiathar), and the family leaders of the priests and Levites. One family was chosen for Eleazar, another for Ithamar.
1 Chronicles 24:31
31They drew lots as their relatives, Aaron's descendants, had done. They drew them in front of KING David, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the leaders of the families of the priests and Levites. The families of the oldest brother were treated the same way as those of the youngest.
1 Chronicles 25:2
2From the sons of Asaph were Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah. (They were directed by Asaph, who served as a prophet under the KING’S direction.)
1 Chronicles 25:5-6
5(All of them were the sons of the KING’S seer Heman. They were given to him to make him prominent, as God had promised. So God gave Heman 14 sons and 3 daughters.) 6All these Levites sang at the LORD's temple under the direction of their fathers Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman. They played cymbals, lyres, and harps for worship in God's temple under the direction of the KING.
1 Chronicles 26:26
26He and his relatives were in charge of all the treasuries of the gifts dedicated to God that KING David, the heads of families, the commanders of regiments and battalions, and the commanders of the army had donated.
1 Chronicles 26:30
30From Hebron's descendants Hashabiah and his 1,700 skilled, male relatives were appointed to serve Israel west of the Jordan River. They did everything the LORD wanted them to do, and they served the KING.
1 Chronicles 26:32
32Jeriah's relatives were 2,700 skilled men, who were heads of families. KING David appointed them to be overseers in every matter involving God or the KING for the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of the tribe of Manasseh.
1 Chronicles 27:1
1This is a list of Israelite family heads, regiment and battalion commanders, and officers who were serving the KING in all the army's units. Throughout each year they came for a month at a time and then left. Each unit consisted of 24,000 men.
1 Chronicles 27:24-25
24Joab, son of Zeruiah, started to count them but didn't finish. God was angry with Israel because of this, and the report from it was never included in the official records of KING David. 25These were all the commanders in charge of KING David's property: for the royal treasuries Azmaveth, son of Adiel for the goods in the fields, cities, villages, and watchtowers Jonathan, son of Uzziah
1 Chronicles 27:32-33
32David's uncle Jonathan, an educated man who possessed insight, was David's adviser. Jonathan and Jehiel, son of Hachmoni, were in charge of the KING’S sons. 33Ahithophel was the KING’S adviser. Hushai, a descendant of Archi, was the KING’S friend.
1 Chronicles 28:1
1David held a meeting in Jerusalem for all the leaders of Israel--the leaders of the tribes, the leaders of the army units that served the KING, the commanders of regiments and battalions, the officials in charge of all the property and livestock belonging to the KING and his sons, the palace officials, the soldiers, and the fighting men.
1 Chronicles 28:4
4Yet, from my entire family the LORD God of Israel chose me to be KING of Israel permanently. He had chosen the tribe of Judah to lead Israel. From the families of Judah he chose my father's family. From among my father's sons he was pleased to make me KING of all Israel.
1 Chronicles 29:1
1Then KING David said to the whole assembly, "My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced. Yet, the work is important because this palace is not for a person but for the LORD God.
1 Chronicles 29:6
6Then the leaders of the families, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of regiments and battalions, and the officials in charge of the KING’S work gave generously.
1 Chronicles 29:9
9The people were overjoyed that the leaders gave so generously and wholeheartedly to the LORD. KING David was also overjoyed, and
1 Chronicles 29:20
20Then David said to the whole assembly, "Praise the LORD your God!" So the whole assembly praised the LORD God of their ancestors and knelt in front of the LORD and the KING.
1 Chronicles 29:22-25
22That day they ate and drank as they joyfully celebrated in front of the LORD. For the second time they made David's son Solomon KING. On the LORD's behalf they anointed Solomon to be leader and Zadok to be the priest.
23Then Solomon sat on the LORD's throne as KING in place of his father David. Solomon was successful and all Israel obeyed him. 24All the leaders and soldiers and all of KING David's sons pledged their loyalty to KING Solomon. 25The LORD made Solomon extremely powerful, as all Israel could see. The people of Israel gave him royal honor like no KING of Israel before him ever had.
1 Chronicles 29:27-29
27He ruled as KING of Israel for 40 years. He ruled for 7 years in Hebron and for 33 in Jerusalem. 28He died at a very old age. His long life was full of wealth and honor. Then his son Solomon succeeded him as KING. 29Everything about KING David from first to last is written in the records of the seer Samuel, the prophet Nathan, and the seer Gad.
2 Chronicles 1:8-9
8Solomon responded to God, "You've shown great love to my father David, and you've made me KING in his place. 9Now, LORD God, you've kept the promise you made to my father David. You've made me KING of people who are as numerous as specks of dust on the ground.
2 Chronicles 1:11-12
11God replied to Solomon, "I know this request is from your heart. You didn't ask for riches, fortunes, honor, or the death of those who hate you. You didn't even ask for a long life. Instead, you've asked for wisdom and knowledge to judge my people, over whom I made you KING. 12So wisdom and knowledge will be given to you. I will also give you riches, fortunes, and honor like no other KING before or after you."
2 Chronicles 1:15-17
15The KING made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedars as plentiful as fig trees in the foothills. 16Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and Kue. The KING’S traders bought them from Kue for a fixed price. 17They imported each chariot from Egypt for 15 pounds of silver and each horse for 6 ounces of silver. For the same price they obtained horses to export to all the Hittite and Aramean KINGS.
2 Chronicles 2:3
3Solomon sent word to KING Huram of Tyre by saying, "Do what you did for my father David. You sent him cedar so that he could build a palace to live in.
2 Chronicles 2:11-12
11Then KING Huram of Tyre responded to Solomon by sending a letter that said, "Because the LORD loves his people, he made you their KING." 12Huram added, "May the LORD God of Israel be praised. He made the heavens and the earth and has given KING David a wise son who has insight and intelligence and can build the LORD's temple and a royal palace.
2 Chronicles 4:11
11Huram also made the pots, shovels, and bowls. So Huram finished the work for KING Solomon in God's temple:
2 Chronicles 4:16-17
16pots, shovels, and three-pronged forks. Huram made all of them out of polished bronze for the LORD's temple at KING Solomon's request. 17The KING cast them in foundries in the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zeredah.
2 Chronicles 5:3
3All the men of Israel gathered around the KING at the Festival of Booths in the seventh month.
2 Chronicles 5:6
6while KING Solomon and the whole assembly from Israel were offering countless sheep and cattle sacrifices in front of the ark.
2 Chronicles 6:3
3Then the KING turned around and blessed the whole assembly from Israel while they were standing.
2 Chronicles 7:4-6
4Then the KING and all the people offered sacrifices to the LORD. 5KING Solomon offered 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep as sacrifices to the LORD. So the KING and all the people dedicated God's temple. 6The priests were standing at their posts. So were the Levites who had the LORD's musical instruments which KING David made for praising the LORD with "his mercy endures forever" and which he used to offer praise. The priests were opposite the Levites blowing trumpets while all Israel was standing there.
2 Chronicles 8:10-11
10These were the officers in charge of KING Solomon's projects: 250 foremen for the people who did the work. 11Solomon brought Pharaoh's daughter from the City of David to a palace he had built for her. He said, "My wife will not live in the palace of KING David of Israel because these places where the LORD's ark has come are holy."
2 Chronicles 8:15
15No one neglected the KING’S orders to the priests or the Levites in any matter, including the temple's finances.
2 Chronicles 8:18
18Huram sent his own servants and his experienced sailors with ships to Solomon. They went with Solomon's servants to Ophir, got 33,750 pounds of gold, and brought it to KING Solomon.
2 Chronicles 9:5
5She told the KING, "What I heard in my country about your words and your wisdom is true!
2 Chronicles 9:8-9
8Thank the LORD your God, who is pleased with you. He has put you on his throne to be KING on behalf of the LORD your God. Because of your God's love for the people of Israel, he has established them permanently and made you KING over them so that you would maintain justice and righteousness." 9She gave the KING 9,000 pounds of gold, a very large quantity of spices, and precious stones. Never was there such a large quantity of spices in Israel as those that the queen of Sheba gave KING Solomon.
2 Chronicles 9:11-12
11With the sandalwood the KING made gateways to the LORD's temple and the royal palace, and lyres and harps for the singers. No one had ever seen anything like them in Judah. 12KING Solomon gave the queen of Sheba anything she wanted, whatever she asked for, more than what she had brought him. Then she and her servants went back to her country.
2 Chronicles 9:14-17
14not counting the gold which the merchants and traders brought. All the Arab KINGS and governors of the land also brought gold and silver to Solomon. 15KING Solomon made 200 large shields of hammered gold, using 15 pounds of gold on each shield. 16He also made 300 small shields of hammered gold, using 7½ pounds of gold on each shield. The KING put them in the hall named the Forest of Lebanon. 17The KING also made a large ivory throne and covered it with pure gold.
2 Chronicles 9:20-23
20All KING Solomon's cups were gold, and all the utensils for the hall named the Forest of Lebanon were fine gold. (Silver wasn't considered valuable in Solomon's time.) 21The KING had ships going to Tarshish with Huram's sailors. Once every three years the Tarshish ships would bring gold, silver, ivory, apes, and monkeys. 22In wealth and wisdom KING Solomon was greater than all the other KINGS of the world. 23All the KINGS of the world wanted to listen to the wisdom that God gave Solomon.
2 Chronicles 9:26-27
26He ruled all the KINGS from the Euphrates River to the country of the Philistines and as far as the Egyptian border. 27The KING made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedars as plentiful as fig trees in the foothills.
2 Chronicles 9:31
31Solomon lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. His son Rehoboam succeeded him as KING.
2 Chronicles 10:1-2
1Rehoboam went to Shechem because all Israel had gone to Shechem to make him KING. 2Jeroboam (Nebat's son) was still in Egypt, where he had fled from KING Solomon. When he heard about Rehoboam, he returned from Egypt.
2 Chronicles 10:6
6KING Rehoboam sought advice from the older leaders who had served his father Solomon while he was still alive. He asked, "What do you advise? How should I respond to these people?"
2 Chronicles 10:12-13
12So Jeroboam and all the people came back to Rehoboam two days later, as the KING had instructed them. 13The KING answered them harshly. He ignored the older leaders' advice.
2 Chronicles 10:15-16
15The KING refused to listen to the people because the LORD was directing these events to carry out the promise he had made to Jeroboam (Nebat's son) through Ahijah from Shiloh. 16When all Israel saw that the KING refused to listen to them, the people answered the KING, "What share do we have in David's KINGDOM? We won't receive an inheritance from Jesse's son. Everyone to his own tent, Israel! Now look after your own house, David!" So all Israel went home to their own tents.
2 Chronicles 10:18
18Then KING Rehoboam sent Hadoram to the Israelites. He was in charge of forced labor, but they stoned him to death. So KING Rehoboam got on his chariot as fast as he could and fled to Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 11:3
3"Speak to Judah's KING Rehoboam, son of Solomon, and all Israel in Judah and Benjamin.
2 Chronicles 11:22
22Rehoboam appointed Abijah, son of Maacah, as family head and prince among his brothers. By doing this, Rehoboam could make him KING.
2 Chronicles 12:2
2In the fifth year of Rehoboam's reign, KING Shishak of Egypt attacked Jerusalem. This happened because all Israel was not loyal to the LORD.
2 Chronicles 12:6
6Then the commanders of Israel and the KING humbled themselves. "The LORD is right!" they said.
2 Chronicles 12:8-11
8But they will become his servants so that they can learn the difference between serving me and serving foreign KINGS." 9KING Shishak of Egypt attacked Jerusalem and took the treasures from the LORD's temple and the royal palace. He took them all. He took the gold shields Solomon had made. 10So KING Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and put them by the entrance to the royal palace, where the captains of the guards were stationed. 11Whenever the KING went into the LORD's temple, guards carried the shields and then returned them to the guardroom.
2 Chronicles 12:13
13KING Rehoboam strengthened his position in Jerusalem and ruled. He was 41 years old when he began to rule. He ruled for 17 years in Jerusalem, the city that the LORD chose from all the tribes of Israel, the city where the LORD put his name. (Rehoboam's mother was an Ammonite woman named Naamah.)
2 Chronicles 12:16
16Rehoboam lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. His son Abijah succeeded him as KING.
2 Chronicles 14:1
1Abijah lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. His son Asa succeeded him as KING. In Asa's time the land had peace for ten years.
2 Chronicles 15:16
16KING Asa also removed his grandmother Maacah from the position of queen mother because she made a statue of the repulsive goddess Asherah. Asa cut the statue down, crushed it, and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
2 Chronicles 16:1-4
1In the thirty-sixth year of Asa's reign, KING Baasha of Israel invaded Judah and fortified Ramah to keep anyone from going to or coming from KING Asa of Judah. 2Then Asa brought out all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the LORD's temple and the royal palace. He sent them to Damascus to Aram's KING Benhadad. 3He said, "There's a treaty between you and me as there was between your father and my father. I'm sending you silver and gold. Now break your treaty with KING Baasha of Israel so that he will leave me alone." 4Benhadad did what KING Asa requested. He sent his generals and their armies to attack the cities of Israel. He conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim, and all the storage cities in the territory of Naphtali.
2 Chronicles 16:6-7
6Then KING Asa took everyone in Judah to Ramah. He made them carry the stones and lumber from Ramah. Baasha had been using those to fortify the city. Asa used the materials to fortify Geba in Benjamin and Mizpah.
7At that time the seer Hanani came to KING Asa of Judah and said to him, "Because you depended on the KING of Syria and did not depend on the LORD your God, the army of the KING of Aram has escaped your grasp.
2 Chronicles 16:11
11Everything about Asa from first to last is written in the Book of the KINGS of Judah and Israel.
2 Chronicles 17:1
1Asa's son Jehoshaphat succeeded him as KING. Jehoshaphat strengthened himself to wage war against Israel.
2 Chronicles 17:19
19These were the men who served the KING in addition to those whom the KING put in the fortified cities throughout Judah.
2 Chronicles 18:3-5
3KING Ahab of Israel asked KING Jehoshaphat of Judah, "Will you go with me to Ramoth in Gilead?" Jehoshaphat told the KING of Israel, "I will do what you do. My troops will do what your troops do. We will join your troops in battle."
4Then Jehoshaphat said to the KING of Israel, "But first, find out what the word of the LORD is in this matter." 5So the KING of Israel called 400 prophets together. He asked them, "Should we go to war against Ramoth in Gilead or not?" "Go," they said. "God will hand over Ramoth to you."
2 Chronicles 18:7-9
7The KING of Israel told Jehoshaphat, "We can ask the LORD through Micaiah, son of Imla, but I hate him. Nothing he prophesies about me is good; it's always evil." Jehoshaphat answered, "The KING must not say that." 8The KING of Israel called for an officer and said, "Quick! Get Micaiah, son of Imla!" 9The KING of Israel and KING Jehoshaphat of Judah were dressed in royal robes and seated on thrones. They were sitting on the threshing floor at the entrance to the gate of Samaria. All the prophets were prophesying in front of them.
2 Chronicles 18:12
12The messenger who went to call Micaiah told him, "The prophets have all told the KING the same good message. Make your message agree with their message. Say something good."
2 Chronicles 18:14-15
14When he came to the KING, the KING asked him, "Micaiah, should we go to war against Ramoth in Gilead or not?" Micaiah said, "Attack and you will win. They will be handed over to you." 15The KING asked him, "How many times must I make you take an oath in the LORD's name to tell me nothing but the truth?"
2 Chronicles 18:17
17The KING of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Didn't I tell you he wouldn't prophesy anything good about me?"
2 Chronicles 18:19
19The LORD asked, 'Who will deceive KING Ahab of Israel so that he will attack and be killed at Ramoth in Gilead?' Some answered one way, while others were saying something else.
2 Chronicles 18:25-26
25The KING of Israel then said, "Send Micaiah back to Amon, the governor of the city, and to Joash, the prince. 26Say, 'This is what the KING says: Put this man in prison, and feed him nothing but bread and water until I return home safely.'"
2 Chronicles 18:28-34
28So the KING of Israel and KING Jehoshaphat of Judah went to Ramoth in Gilead. 29The KING of Israel told Jehoshaphat, "I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you should wear your royal robes." So the KING of Israel disguised himself and went into battle. 30The KING of Aram had given orders to the chariot commanders. He said, "Don't fight anyone except the KING of Israel." 31When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they said, "He must be the KING of Israel." So they surrounded him in order to fight him. But when Jehoshaphat cried out, the LORD helped him. God drew them away from him, 32and the chariot commanders realized that Jehoshaphat wasn't the KING of Israel. Then they turned away from him. 33One man aimed his bow at random and hit the KING of Israel between his scale armor and his breastplate. Ahab told the chariot driver, "Turn around, and get me away from these troops. I'm badly wounded." 34But the battle got worse that day, and the KING propped himself up in his chariot facing the Arameans until evening. At sundown he died.
2 Chronicles 19:1-2
1KING Jehoshaphat of Judah returned safely to his home in Jerusalem. 2Jehu, son of the seer Hanani, asked KING Jehoshaphat, "Why do you help wicked people and love those who hate the LORD? The LORD's anger is directed toward you because you have done this.
2 Chronicles 19:11
11Now, the chief priest Amariah will be in charge of you in every matter involving the LORD. Zebadiah, who is the son of Ishmael and the leader of the tribe of Judah, will be in charge of every matter involving the KING. The Levites will serve as officers of the court. Be strong, and do your job. May the LORD be with those who do right."
2 Chronicles 20:15
15Jahaziel said, "Pay attention to me, everyone from Judah, everyone living in Jerusalem, and KING Jehoshaphat. This is what the LORD says to you: Don't be frightened or terrified by this large crowd. The battle isn't yours. It's God's.
2 Chronicles 20:31
31Jehoshaphat ruled as KING of Judah. He was 35 years old when he began to rule, and he ruled for 25 years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Azubah, daughter of Shilhi.
2 Chronicles 20:34-35
34Everything else about Jehoshaphat from first to last is written in the records of Jehu, son of Hanani, which is included in the Book of the KINGS of Israel. 35After this, KING Jehoshaphat of Judah allied himself with KING Ahaziah of Israel, who led him to do evil.
2 Chronicles 21:1-2
1Jehoshaphat lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David. His son Jehoram succeeded him as KING. 2He had the following brothers, sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariahu, Michael, and Shephatiah. All were the sons of KING Jehoshaphat of Israel.
2 Chronicles 21:5-6
5Jehoram was 32 years old when he became KING, and he ruled for 8 years in Jerusalem. 6He followed the ways of the KINGS of Israel, as Ahab's family had done, because his wife was Ahab's daughter. So he did what the LORD considered evil.
2 Chronicles 21:8
8During Jehoram's time Edom rebelled against Judah and chose its own KING.
2 Chronicles 21:12-13
12Then a letter came to him from the prophet Elijah. It read, "This is what the LORD God of your ancestor David says: You haven't followed the ways of your father Jehoshaphat or the ways of KING Asa of Judah. 13Instead, you have followed the ways of the KINGS of Israel. You, like Ahab's family, have caused Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to chase after foreign gods as if they were prostitutes. You have killed your brothers, your father's family. Your brothers were better than you.
2 Chronicles 21:20
20He was 32 years old when he became KING, and he ruled for 8 years in Jerusalem. No one was sorry to see him die. He was buried in the City of David but not in the tombs of the KINGS.
2 Chronicles 22:1
1The people of Jerusalem made Jehoram's youngest son Ahaziah KING in his place, because the raiders who came to the camp with the Arabs had killed all the older sons. So Jehoram's son Ahaziah became KING of Judah.
2 Chronicles 22:5-6
5Ahaziah followed their advice and went with Ahab's son KING Joram of Israel to fight against KING Hazael of Aram at Ramoth Gilead. There the Arameans wounded Joram. 6Joram returned to Jezreel to let his wounds heal. (He had been wounded by the Arameans at Ramah when he fought against KING Hazael of Aram.) Then Jehoram's son Ahaziah went to Jezreel to see Ahab's son Joram, who was sick.
2 Chronicles 22:9
9He searched for Ahaziah, and Jehu's men captured him while he was hiding in Samaria. They brought him to Jehu and killed him. Then they buried him. They explained, "Ahaziah is Jehoshaphat's grandson. Jehoshaphat dedicated his life to serving the LORD with all his heart." But no one in Ahaziah's family was able to rule as KING.
2 Chronicles 22:11
11But Jehoshebath, daughter of the KING and sister of Ahaziah, took Ahaziah's son Joash. She saved him from being killed with the KING’S other sons, and she put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Jehoshebath was the daughter of KING Jehoram and wife of Jehoiada the priest. Because she was also Ahaziah's sister, she hid Joash from Athaliah. So he wasn't killed.
2 Chronicles 23:3
3The whole assembly made an agreement with the KING in God's temple. Then Jehoiada said to them, "Here is the KING’S son. He should be KING, as the LORD said about David's descendants.
2 Chronicles 23:7
7The Levites should surround the KING. Each man should have his weapon in his hand. Kill anyone who tries to come into the temple. Stay with the KING wherever he goes."
2 Chronicles 23:9-13
9Jehoiada gave the commanders the spears and the small and large shields that had belonged to KING David but were now in God's temple. 10All the troops stood with their weapons drawn. They were stationed around the KING and around the altar and the temple (from the south side to the north side of the temple). 11Then they brought out the KING’S son, gave him the crown and the religious instructions, and Jehoiada and his sons made him KING by anointing him. They said, "Long live the KING!"
12When Athaliah heard the people running and praising the KING, she went into the LORD's temple, where the people were. 13She looked, and the KING was standing by the pillar at the entrance. The commanders and the trumpeters were by his side. All the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets. The singers were leading the celebration with songs accompanied by musical instruments. As Athaliah tore her clothes in distress, she said, "Treason, treason!"
2 Chronicles 23:16
16Jehoiada made a promise to the LORD on behalf of the KING and his people that they would be the LORD's people.
2 Chronicles 23:20
20He took the company commanders, the nobles, the people's governors, and all the people of the land, and they brought the KING from the LORD's temple. They went through Upper Gate to the royal palace and seated the KING on the royal throne. The nobles, the governors of the people, and
2 Chronicles 24:6
6So the KING called for the chief priest Jehoiada and asked him, "Why didn't you require the Levites to bring the contributions from Judah and Jerusalem? The LORD's servant Moses and the assembly had required Israel to give contributions for the use of the tent containing the words of God's promise."
2 Chronicles 24:8
8The KING issued an order, and they made a box and placed it outside the gate of the LORD's temple.
2 Chronicles 24:11-12
11Whenever the Levites brought the box to the KING’S officers and they saw a lot of money, the KING’S scribe and the chief priest's officer would empty the box and put it back in its place. They would do this every day, so they collected a lot of money. 12The KING and Jehoiada would give the money to the foremen who were worKING on the LORD's temple, and they hired masons and carpenters to renovate the LORD's temple. They also hired men who worked with iron and bronze to repair the LORD's temple.
2 Chronicles 24:14
14When they finished, they brought the rest of the money to the KING and Jehoiada, who used it to make utensils for the LORD's temple. They made dishes and gold and silver utensils for the service and for the offerings. As long as Jehoiada lived, they sacrificed burnt offerings in the LORD's temple.
2 Chronicles 24:16-17
16He was buried in the City of David with the KINGS because of the good he had done in Israel for God and the temple. 17After he died, the officials of Judah bowed in front of the KING with their faces touching the ground. Then the KING listened to their advice.
2 Chronicles 24:21-23
21But they plotted against Zechariah, and by the KING’S order they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the LORD's temple. 22KING Joash did not remember how kind Zechariah's father, Jehoiada, had been to him. Instead, he killed Jehoiada's son. As Zechariah died, he said, "May the LORD see this and get revenge!" 23At the end of the year, the Aramean army attacked Joash. They came to Judah and Jerusalem and destroyed all the people's leaders. The Arameans sent all the loot they took from Judah and Jerusalem to the KING of Damascus.
2 Chronicles 24:25
25When the Arameans withdrew, they left him suffering from many wounds. His own officials plotted against him for murdering the son of the priest Jehoiada. They killed Joash in his bed. When he died, they buried him in the City of David, but they didn't bury him in the tombs of the KINGS.
2 Chronicles 24:27
27The record about his sons, the many divine revelations against him, and the rebuilding of God's temple is in the notes made in the Book of the KINGS. His son Amaziah succeeded him as KING.
2 Chronicles 25:3
3As soon as he had firm control over the KINGDOM, he executed the officials who killed his father, the former KING. 2 Chronicles 25:16-18
16As he was talKING, the KING asked him, "Did we make you an adviser to the KING? Stop! Do you want me to have you killed?" The prophet stopped. He said, "I know that God has decided to destroy you because you did this, but you refuse to listen to my advice."
17After getting advice from his advisers, KING Amaziah of Judah sent messengers to KING Jehoash, son of Jehoahaz and grandson of Jehu of Israel, to declare war on Israel. 18KING Jehoash of Israel sent this message to KING Amaziah of Judah: "A thistle in Lebanon sent a message to a cedar in Lebanon. It said, 'Let your daughter marry my son,' but a wild animal from Lebanon came along and trampled the thistle.
2 Chronicles 25:21
21So KING Jehoash of Israel attacked, and KING Amaziah of Judah met him in battle at Beth Shemesh in Judah.
2 Chronicles 25:23
23KING Jehoash of Israel captured KING Amaziah, son of Joash and grandson of Ahaziah of Judah, at Beth Shemesh and brought him to Jerusalem. He tore down a 600-foot section of the wall around Jerusalem from Ephraim Gate to Corner Gate.
2 Chronicles 25:25-26
25Joash's son KING Amaziah of Judah lived 15 years after the death of Jehoahaz's son KING Jehoash of Israel. 26Isn't everything else about Amaziah, from beginning to end, written in the Book of the KINGS of Judah and Israel?
2 Chronicles 26:1-2
1All the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was 16 years old, and made him KING in place of his father Amaziah. 2Uzziah rebuilt Elath and returned it to Judah after KING Amaziah lay down in death with his ancestors.
2 Chronicles 26:11
11Uzziah had an army of professional soldiers. They were ready to go to war in their companies based on the number organized by the scribe Jeiel and the officer Maaseiah. They were commanded by Hananiah, one of the KING’S officials.
2 Chronicles 26:13
13Under them was an army of 307,500 soldiers. They were a powerful force that could support the KING against the enemy.
2 Chronicles 26:18
18They opposed KING Uzziah. They said to him, "Uzziah, you have no right to burn incense as an offering to the LORD. That right belongs to the priests, Aaron's descendants, who have been given the holy task of burning incense. Get out of the holy place because you have been unfaithful. The LORD God will not honor you for this."
2 Chronicles 26:21
21KING Uzziah had a skin disease until the day he died. Since he had a skin disease, he lived in a separate house and was barred from the LORD's temple. His son Jotham was in charge of the royal palace and governed the country.
2 Chronicles 26:23
23Uzziah lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried with them in a field containing tombs that belonged to the KINGS. People said, "He had a skin disease." His son Jotham succeeded him as KING.
2 Chronicles 27:5
5He fought with the KING of the Ammonites and conquered them. That year the Ammonites gave him 7,500 pounds of silver, 60,000 bushels of wheat, and 60,000 bushels of barley. The Ammonites gave him the same amount for two more years.
2 Chronicles 27:7-9
7Everything else about Jotham--all his wars and his life--is written in the Book of the KINGS of Israel and Judah. 8He was 25 years old when he began to rule as KING. He ruled for 16 years in Jerusalem. 9Jotham lay down in death with his ancestors, and they buried him in the City of David. His son Ahaz succeeded him as KING.
2 Chronicles 28:2
2He followed the example of the KINGS of Israel and even made metal idols for worshiping other gods--the Baals.
2 Chronicles 28:5
5So the LORD his God handed him over to the KING of Aram, who defeated him, captured many prisoners, and brought them to Damascus. He also handed him over to the KING of Israel, who decisively defeated him.
2 Chronicles 28:7
7Zichri, a fighting man from Ephraim, killed Maaseiah, who was the KING’S son, Azrikam, who was in charge of the palace, and Elkanah, who was the KING’S second-in-command.
2 Chronicles 28:16
16At that time KING Ahaz sent for help from the KINGS of Assyria.
2 Chronicles 28:19-23
19The LORD humbled Judah because of KING Ahaz of Israel. Ahaz had spread sin throughout Judah and was unfaithful to the LORD. 20KING Tillegath Pilneser of Assyria attacked Ahaz. Instead of strengthening Ahaz, Tillegath Pilneser made trouble for him. 21Ahaz took some of the things from the LORD's temple, the royal palace, and the princes, and he gave them to the KING of Assyria. But that didn't help him. 22When he had this trouble, KING Ahaz became more unfaithful to the LORD. 23He sacrificed to the gods of Damascus, the gods who had defeated him. He thought, "The gods of the KINGS of Aram are helping them. I'll sacrifice to them so that they will help me." But they ruined him and all Israel.
2 Chronicles 28:26-27
26Everything else about him--everything from beginning to end--is written in the Book of the KINGS of Judah and Israel. 27Ahaz lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried in the city of Jerusalem because they didn't put him into the tombs of the KINGS of Israel. His son Hezekiah succeeded him as KING.
2 Chronicles 29:1
1Hezekiah began to rule as KING when he was 25 years old. He ruled for 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother was Abijah, daughter of Zechariah.
2 Chronicles 29:3
3In the first month of his first year as KING, he opened the doors of the LORD's temple and repaired them.
2 Chronicles 29:15
15These men gathered their relatives and performed the ceremonies to make themselves holy. Then they obeyed the KING’S order from the LORD's word and entered the temple to make it clean.
2 Chronicles 29:18-19
18Then they went to KING Hezekiah. They said to him, "We have made all of the LORD's temple clean. This includes the altar for burnt offerings, all its utensils, the table for the rows of bread and all its utensils, 19and all the utensils KING Ahaz refused to use during his reign when he was unfaithful. We have restored them and made them holy. They are in front of the LORD's altar."
2 Chronicles 29:23-25
23Then they brought the male goats for the offering for sin in front of the KING and the assembly, who laid their hands on them. 24The priests slaughtered the goats and made their blood an offering for sin at the altar to make peace with the LORD for Israel. The KING had said that the burnt offerings and offerings for sin should be for all Israel. 25He had the Levites stand in the LORD's temple with cymbals, harps, and lyres as David, the KING’S seer Gad, and the prophet Nathan had ordered. This command came from the LORD through his prophets.
2 Chronicles 29:27
27Then Hezekiah ordered the sacrificing of burnt offerings on the altar. When the burnt offerings started, the songs to the LORD started. These songs were accompanied by trumpets and the instruments of KING David of Israel.
2 Chronicles 29:29-30
29When the burnt offerings were finished, the KING and everyone who was with him kneeled and bowed down. 30Then KING Hezekiah and the leaders told the Levites to praise the LORD with the words of David and the seer Asaph. They joyfully sang praises, bowed down, and worshiped.
2 Chronicles 30:2
2The KING, his officials, and the whole assembly in Jerusalem decided to celebrate the Passover in the second month.
2 Chronicles 30:4
4The KING and the whole assembly considered their plan to be the right thing to do.
2 Chronicles 30:6
6Messengers took letters from the KING and his officials throughout Israel and Judah. The KING’S order said, "Israelites, return to the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. Then he will return to the few of you who escaped from the power of the KINGS of Assyria.
2 Chronicles 30:12
12Also, God guided the people of Judah so that they united to carry out the command which the KING and the leaders gave from the LORD's word.
2 Chronicles 30:24
24KING Hezekiah of Judah provided 1,000 bulls and 7,000 sheep as sacrifices for the assembly. The leaders provided 1,000 bulls and 10,000 sheep for the assembly. So a large number of priests were able to perform the ceremonies to make themselves holy.
2 Chronicles 30:26
26The city of Jerusalem was filled with joy. Nothing like this had happened in Jerusalem since the days of KING Solomon of Israel.
2 Chronicles 31:3
3He set aside part of the KING’S property for burnt offerings, the morning and evening offerings, burnt offerings on the weekly worship days, the New Moon Festivals, and the annual festivals, as it is written in the LORD's Teachings.
2 Chronicles 31:13
13KING Hezekiah and Azariah, who was in charge of God's temple, appointed Jehiel, Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad, Eliel, Ismachiah, Mahath, and Benaiah to serve under Conaniah and his brother Shimei.
2 Chronicles 32:1
1After everything Hezekiah had done so faithfully, KING Sennacherib of Assyria came to invade Judah. He set up camp to attack the fortified cities. He intended to conquer them himself.
2 Chronicles 32:4
4A large crowd gathered as they stopped all the springs and the brook that flowed through the land. They said, "Why should the KINGS of Assyria find plenty of water?"
2 Chronicles 32:7-11
7"Be strong and courageous. Don't be frightened or terrified by the KING of Assyria or the crowd with him. Someone greater is on our side. 8The KING of Assyria has human power on his side, but the LORD our God is on our side to help us and fight our battles." So the people were encouraged by what KING Hezekiah of Judah said.
9After this, while KING Sennacherib of Assyria and all his royal forces were attacKING Lachish, he sent his officers to KING Hezekiah of Judah and to all of the people in Judah who were in Jerusalem to say: 10"This is what KING Sennacherib of Assyria says: Why are you so confident as you live in Jerusalem while it is blockaded? 11Isn't Hezekiah misleading you and abandoning you to die from hunger and thirst when he says, 'The LORD our God will rescue us from the KING of Assyria?'
2 Chronicles 32:20-23
20Then KING Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, prayed about this and called to heaven. 21The LORD sent an angel who exterminated all the soldiers, officials, and commanders in the Assyrian KING’S camp. Humiliated, Sennacherib returned to his own country. When he went into the temple of his god, some of his own sons killed him with a sword. 22So the LORD saved Hezekiah and the people living in Jerusalem from KING Sennacherib of Assyria and from everyone else. The LORD gave them peace with all their neighbors. 23Many people still went to Jerusalem to bring gifts to the LORD and expensive presents to KING Hezekiah of Judah. From then on, he was considered important by all the nations.
2 Chronicles 32:32-33
32Everything else about Hezekiah, including his devotion to God, is written in the vision of the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, and in the records of the KINGS of Judah and Israel. 33Hezekiah lay down in death with his ancestors. He was buried in the upper tombs of David's descendants. When Hezekiah died, all of Judah and the people in Jerusalem honored him. His son Manasseh succeeded him as KING.
2 Chronicles 33:3
3He rebuilt the illegal places of worship that his father Hezekiah had torn down. He set up altars dedicated to other gods--the Baals--and made a pole dedicated to the goddess Asherah as KING Ahab of Israel had done. Manasseh, like Ahab, worshiped and served the entire army of heaven.
2 Chronicles 33:11
11So the LORD made the army commanders of the KING of Assyria invade Judah. They took Manasseh captive, put a hook in his nose, put him in bronze shackles, and brought him to Babylon.
2 Chronicles 33:18
18Everything else about Manasseh--including his prayer to his God and the words that the seers spoke to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel--are in the records of the KINGS of Israel.
2 Chronicles 33:20
20Manasseh lay down in death with his ancestors. They buried him in his own palace. His son Amon succeeded him as KING.
2 Chronicles 33:25
25Then the people of the land killed everyone who had plotted against KING Amon. They made his son Josiah KING in his place.
2 Chronicles 34:1
1Josiah was 8 years old when he began to rule, and he was KING for 31 years in Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 34:3
3In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still a boy, he began to dedicate his life to serving the God of his ancestor David. In his twelfth year as KING, he began to make Judah and Jerusalem clean by destroying the illegal places of worship, poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah, carved idols, and metal idols.
2 Chronicles 34:11
11(These workers included carpenters and builders.) They were to buy quarried stones and wood for the fittings and beams of the buildings that the KINGS of Judah had allowed to become run-down.
2 Chronicles 34:16
16Shaphan took the book to the KING and reported, "We are doing everything you told us to do.
2 Chronicles 34:18-20
18Then the scribe Shaphan told the KING, "The priest Hilkiah has given me a book." And Shaphan read it to the KING. 19When the KING heard what the Teachings said, he tore his clothes in distress. 20Then the KING gave an order to Hilkiah, Ahikam (son of Shaphan), Abdon (son of Micah), the scribe Shaphan, and the royal official Asaiah. He said,
2 Chronicles 34:22
22So Hilkiah and the KING’S officials went to talk to the prophet Huldah about this matter. She was the wife of Shallum, son of Tokhath and grandson of Hasrah. Shallum was in charge of the royal wardrobe. Huldah was living in the Second Part of Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 34:24
24'This is what the LORD says: I'm going to bring disaster on this place and on the people living here according to the curses written in the book that was read to the KING of Judah.
2 Chronicles 34:26
26Huldah added, "Tell Judah's KING who sent you to me to ask the LORD a question, 'This is what the LORD God of Israel says about the words you heard:
2 Chronicles 34:28-31
28That is why I'm going to bring you to your ancestors. I'm going to bring you to your grave in peace, and your eyes will not see any of the disaster I'm going to bring on this place and those who live here.'" So they reported this to the KING.
29Then the KING sent for all the respected leaders of Judah and Jerusalem to join him. 30The KING, everyone in Judah, everyone living in Jerusalem, the priests, the Levites, and all the people (young and old) went up to the LORD's temple. He read everything written in the Book of the Promise found in the LORD's temple so that they could hear it. 31The KING stood in his place and made a promise to the LORD that he would follow the LORD and obey his commands, instructions, and laws with all his heart and soul. He said he would live by the terms of the promise written in this book.
2 Chronicles 35:3-4
3He told the Levites, who instructed all Israel and performed ceremonies to make themselves holy to the LORD, "Put the holy ark in the temple that Solomon, son of David and KING of Israel, built. It shouldn't be carried on your shoulders any longer. Serve the LORD your God and his people Israel. 4Get yourselves ready with the family groups of your divisions, which are listed in the records of KING David of Israel and the records of his son Solomon.
2 Chronicles 35:7
7Josiah provided the people with 33,000 sheep and goats to be sacrificed as Passover offerings for all who were present. In addition, he provided 3,000 bulls. (These animals were the KING’S property.)
2 Chronicles 35:10
10So the service was prepared. The priests took their positions with the Levites according to their divisions, as the KING had ordered.
2 Chronicles 35:15-16
15The singers (Asaph's descendants) were in their places as David, Asaph, Heman, and the KING’S seer Jeduthun had commanded. The gatekeepers were stationed at each gate. They didn't need to leave their work, because their relatives, the Levites, prepared animals for them. 16So everything was arranged that day for the worship of the LORD. The Passover was celebrated, and the burnt offerings were sacrificed on the LORD's altar as KING Josiah had commanded.
2 Chronicles 35:18
18Never had a Passover like this been celebrated in Israel during the time of the prophet Samuel or the KINGS of Israel. They did not celebrate the Passover as Josiah celebrated it with priests, Levites, all of Judah, the people of Israel who could be found, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 35:20-21
20After all this, when Josiah had repaired the temple, KING Neco of Egypt came to fight a battle at Carchemish at the Euphrates River. Josiah went to attack him. 21But Neco sent messengers to Josiah to say, "What's your quarrel with me, KING of Judah? I'm not attacKING you. I've come to fight those who are at war with me. God told me to hurry. God is with me, so stop now or else he will destroy you."
2 Chronicles 35:23
23Some archers shot KING Josiah. The KING told his officers, "Take me away because I'm badly wounded."
2 Chronicles 35:27
27and his acts from first to last--are written in the records of the KINGS of Israel and Judah.
2 Chronicles 36:1-4
1Then people of the land took Josiah's son Jehoahaz and made him KING in Jerusalem in place of his father. 2Jehoahaz was 23 years old when he became KING, and he was KING in Jerusalem for 3 months. 3The KING of Egypt removed him from office in Jerusalem and fined the country 7,500 pounds of silver and 75 pounds of gold. 4The KING of Egypt made Jehoahaz's brother Eliakim KING of Judah and Jerusalem and changed Eliakim's name to Jehoiakim. Neco took Jehoahaz away to Egypt.
2 Chronicles 36:6
6KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked Jehoiakim and put him in bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.
2 Chronicles 36:8-10
8Everything else about Jehoiakim--the disgusting things he did and all the charges against him--is written in the Book of the KINGS of Israel and Judah. His son Jehoiakin succeeded him as KING. 9Jehoiakin was eight years old when he began to rule as KING. He was KING for three months and ten days in Jerusalem. He did what the LORD considered evil. 10In the spring KING Nebuchadnezzar sent for Jehoiakin and brought him to Babylon with the valuable utensils from the LORD's temple. Nebuchadnezzar made Jehoiakin's uncle Zedekiah KING of Judah and Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 36:13
13Zedekiah also rebelled against KING Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar had made Zedekiah swear an oath of allegiance to him in God's name. But Zedekiah became so stubborn and so impossible to deal with that he refused to turn back to the LORD God of Israel.
2 Chronicles 36:17-18
17So he had the Babylonian KING attack them and execute their best young men in their holy temple. He didn't spare the best men or the unmarried women, the old people or the sick people. God handed all of them over to him. 18He brought to Babylon each of the utensils from God's temple, the treasures from the LORD's temple, and the treasures of the KING and his officials.
2 Chronicles 36:20
20The KING of Babylon took those who weren't executed to Babylon to be slaves for him and his sons. They remained captives until the Persian Empire began to rule.
2 Chronicles 36:22-23
22The promise the LORD had spoken through Jeremiah was about to come true in Cyrus' first year as KING of Persia. The LORD inspired the KING to make this announcement throughout his whole KINGDOM and then to put it in writing. 23This is what KING Cyrus of Persia says: The LORD God of heaven has given me all the KINGDOMs of the world. Then he ordered me to build a temple for him in Jerusalem (which is in Judah). May the LORD God be with all of you who are his people. You may go.
1The promise the LORD had spoken through Jeremiah was about to come true in Cyrus' first year as KING of Persia. The LORD inspired the KING to make this announcement throughout his whole KINGDOM and then to put it in writing. 2This is what KING Cyrus of Persia says: The LORD God of heaven has given me all the KINGDOMs of the world. Then he ordered me to build a temple for him in Jerusalem (which is in Judah).
7KING Cyrus brought out the utensils belonging to the LORD's temple. Nebuchadnezzar had taken these utensils from Jerusalem and put them in the temple of his own god. 8KING Cyrus of Persia put the treasurer Mithredath in charge of bringing them out. So Mithredath made a list of them for Prince Sheshbazzar of Judah.
1These were the people in the province. They were the ones who left the place where the exiles had been taken captive. (KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had taken them to Babylon.) These exiles returned to Jerusalem and Judah. All of them went to their own cities.
7So they gave money to the stonecutters and carpenters. Then they gave food, drink, and olive oil to the men from Sidon and Tyre in exchange for cedar, which the men would bring by sea from Lebanon to Joppa as KING Cyrus of Persia had authorized them to do.
10The builders laid the foundation of the LORD's temple. Then the priests who were dressed in their robes took their places with trumpets, and the Levites who were Asaph's descendants took their places with cymbals to praise the LORD according to the instructions of KING David of Israel.
2they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of the families. They told them, "We want to help you build because we worship the same God you worship. We have been sacrificing to him since the time of KING Esarhaddon of Assyria, who brought us here." 3But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of Israel's families told them, "It isn't right for your people and our people to build a temple for our God together. We must build it alone for the LORD God of Israel, as KING Cyrus of Persia ordered us to do."
5They bribed officials to keep the people of Judah from carrying out their plans throughout the reign of KING Cyrus of Persia until the reign of KING Darius of Persia.
7Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their group wrote to him when Artaxerxes was KING of Persia. The letter was written with the Aramaic script and translated into the Aramaic language. 8Rehum the commander and Shimshai the scribe wrote another letter against the people of Jerusalem to KING Artaxerxes.
11This is the copy of the letter they sent to him: To KING Artaxerxes, From your servants, the people west of the Euphrates:
13You should also know that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are finished, the Jews will no longer pay taxes, fees, and tolls. Ultimately, this will hurt the KING’S income. 14Now, because we are paid by your palace, it isn't right for us to watch something happen that will dishonor the KING. So we are sending this letter to inform you 15that you should search the official records of your predecessors. You will find in those official records that this city has been rebellious and has been a threat to KINGS and provinces. This city has a history of rebelliousness. That's why this city was destroyed. 16We want the KING to know that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are finished, you will have nothing left of your province west of the Euphrates River.
17Then the KING sent this reply: To Rehum the commander, Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their group living in Samaria, and to others west of the Euphrates River: I wish you peace and prosperity!
19I gave the order, and a search was made. I discovered that this city has a long history of uprisings against KINGS. Its inhabitants are guilty of treason and rebellion. 20Jerusalem has had powerful KINGS who have ruled the whole province west of the Euphrates. Taxes, fees, and tolls were paid to them.
22Be careful not to neglect your duty in this matter. Why should I, the KING, suffer any more harm? 23Rehum the commander, Shimshai the scribe, and their group hurried to Jerusalem after hearing a copy of KING Artaxerxes' letter. They forced the Jews to stop rebuilding. 24Then the work on God's temple in Jerusalem was stopped. Nothing more was done until Darius' second year as KING of Persia.
6Here is a copy of the letter Governor Tattenai from the province west of the Euphrates River, Shethar Bozenai and his group (the Persians west of that river) sent to KING Darius. 7They sent him the following report: To KING Darius, We wish you peace and prosperity in everything you do.
11This was their reply to us: "We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth. We are rebuilding the temple that was originally built many years ago by a great KING of Israel. 12But because our ancestors made the God of heaven angry, he handed them over to KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (a Chaldean). So Nebuchadnezzar destroyed this temple and deported its people to Babylon. 13"However, in the first year of the reign of KING Cyrus of Babylon, Cyrus gave permission for God's temple to be rebuilt.
17If it pleases Your Majesty, allow someone to search the KING’S archives in Babylon to determine whether KING Cyrus gave permission for the temple of God to be rebuilt in Jerusalem. Then please send us Your Majesty's decision on this matter.
1Then KING Darius gave the order to search the library where the archives were stored in Babylon.
3Date: Cyrus' first year as KING From: KING Cyrus Subject: God's temple in Jerusalem. The temple should be rebuilt as a place to offer sacrifices. Its foundation should be laid. It should be 90 feet high and 90 feet wide 4with three rows of large stones and a row of wood. The KING’S palace will pay for it.
8I am issuing this decree about how you must help the Jewish leaders rebuild God's temple: The cost for this should be paid out of the KING’S own money from the taxes on the province west of the Euphrates. Full payment should be made to these men so that the work is not interrupted.
10Then they can offer sacrifices that please the God of heaven and pray for the life of the KING and his sons.
12May the God whose name is worshiped there cause the downfall of each KING and nation who tries to tamper with my orders or tries to destroy the temple of the God in Jerusalem. I, Darius, have issued a decree. It's to be carried out exactly as ordered.
13Then Governor Tattenai from the province west of the Euphrates River, Shethar Bozenai, and their group did exactly what KING Darius had ordered. 14So the Jewish leaders continued to make progress because of the message from the prophet Haggai and Zechariah, the grandson of Iddo. They finished building as the God of Israel had ordered and as Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes (the KINGS of Persia) had ordered. 15This temple was finished on the third day of the month of Adar in the sixth year of KING Darius' reign.
22So for seven days they celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread because the LORD had made them joyful. The LORD had made the KING of Assyria change his mind so that he supported the people in their work on the temple of God, the God of Israel.
1After these things, during the reign of KING Artaxerxes of Persia, Ezra left Babylon. Ezra was the son of Seraiah, who was the son of Azariah, who was the son of Hilkiah,
6As a scribe, Ezra was an expert in Moses' Teachings, which the LORD God of Israel had given. The KING gave Ezra everything he requested because the LORD his God was guiding him. 7Some Israelites (including priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, and temple servants) went to Jerusalem in Artaxerxes' seventh year as KING.
11This is a copy of the letter that KING Artaxerxes gave Ezra the priest and scribe, a man with a thorough knowledge of the LORD's commands and laws for Israel: 12From: Artaxerxes, KING of KINGS To: Ezra the priest, a scribe for the Teachings of the God of Heaven: I wish you peace and prosperity!
14I, the KING, and my seven advisers are sending you to evaluate the situation in Judah and Jerusalem on the basis of your God's Teachings, which you hold in your hands. 15Also, you must take the silver and gold that the KING and his advisers willingly contributed to the God of Israel, the God whose temple is in Jerusalem.
20You may use the KING’S treasury to pay for anything else that you must provide for your God's temple. 21I, KING Artaxerxes, order all the treasurers in the province west of the Euphrates River to do exactly what Ezra the priest, a scribe for the Teachings of the God of Heaven, asks you to do.
23Whatever the God of heaven has commanded must be carried out in detail for the temple of the God of heaven. Why should God become angry with the KING’S empire and his sons?
26Whoever will not strictly follow your God's Teachings and the KING’S orders should be promptly exiled, have his goods confiscated, be imprisoned or be sentenced to die.
27I, Ezra, said: Thanks be to the LORD God of our ancestors. He put this into the KING’S mind to make the LORD's temple in Jerusalem beautiful. 28He made the KING, his advisers, and all the KING’S powerful officials treat me kindly. I was encouraged because the LORD my God was guiding me. So I gathered leaders in Israel to go with me.
1These are the leaders of the families and the genealogy of those who left Babylon with me during the reign of KING Artaxerxes:
22I was ashamed to ask the KING for an armed escort with cavalry to help us against an enemy attack on the way. We had already told the KING, "Our God works things out for the good of everyone who dedicates his life to serving him, but his power and his anger oppose everyone who abandons him."
25I weighed for them the silver, the gold, and the utensils. These were the contributions that the KING, his advisers, his officials, and all the Israelites had contributed for our God's temple.
36The exiles delivered the KING’S orders to the KING’S satraps and governors in the province west of the Euphrates River. These officials then gave their support to the people and the temple of God.
7From our ancestors' days until now, we have been deep in guilt. Our KINGS and our priests have been handed over to foreign KINGS to be executed. We have been taken captive, robbed, and humiliated, as we still are today because of our sins.
9We are slaves, but our God hasn't abandoned us in our slavery. Instead, he has made the KINGS of Persia treat us kindly. He did this to give us an opportunity to rebuild our God's temple and restore its ruins and to give us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem.
1These are the words of Nehemiah, son of Hacaliah: During the month of Chislev, in Artaxerxes' twentieth year as KING, while I was in the fortress at Susa,
11Lord, please pay attention to my prayer and to the prayers of all your other servants who want to worship your name. Please give me success today and make this man, KING Artaxerxes, show me compassion." I was cupbearer to the KING at this time.
1In the month of Nisan, in Artaxerxes' twentieth year as KING, after some wine was brought for the KING, I picked up the cup of wine and gave it to the KING. I had never been sad in his presence before. 2The KING asked me, "Why do you look so sad? You aren't sick, are you? You must be troubled about something." (I was really afraid.) 3"May the KING live forever!" I said to the KING. "Why shouldn't I look sad when the city, the place where my ancestors are buried, is in ruins and its gates are burned down?" 4"What do you want?" the KING asked me. So I prayed to the God of heaven, 5and I asked the KING, "If it pleases Your Majesty, and you are willing to grant my request, let me go to Judah, to the city where my ancestors are buried, so that I can rebuild it." 6Then, while the queen was sitting beside him, the KING asked me, "How long will you be gone, and when will you come back?" When I gave him a specific date, he was willing to let me go. 7I also asked the KING, "If it pleases Your Majesty, let me have letters addressed to the governors of the province west of the Euphrates River. In the letters tell them to grant me safe conduct until I arrive in Judah. 8Also, let me have a letter addressed to Asaph, the supervisor of Your Majesty's forest. In the letter order him to give me wood for the gates of the fortress near the temple, for the city wall, and for the house I'll move into." (The KING let me have the letters, because God was guiding me.)
9I went to the governors of the province west of the Euphrates River and gave them the KING’S letters. (The KING had sent army officers and cavalry to be with me.)
14Passing through Fountain Gate, I arrived at KING’S Pool, but the animal I was riding couldn't get through.
18Then I told them that my God had been guiding me and what the KING had told me. They replied, "Let's begin to rebuild." So they encouraged one another to begin this God-pleasing work. 19When Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite servant, and Geshem the Arab heard about this, they made fun of us and ridiculed us. They asked, "What are you doing? Are you going to rebel against the KING?"
15Shallun, Col Hozeh's son, the official in charge of the district of Mizpah, repaired Fountain Gate. He rebuilt it, put a roof over it, and set its doors, locks, and bars in place. He also made repairs on the wall of the Pool of Shelah by the KING’S Garden as far as the stairs going down from the City of David.
25Palal, Uzai's son, made repairs across from the Angle and the upper tower that projects from the KING’S palace to the guards' courtyard. After him Pedaiah, Parosh's son,
4Others said, "We've had to borrow money to pay the KING’S taxes on our fields and vineyards.
14During the 12 years that I was governor of Judah, from the twentieth year of KING Artaxerxes' reign to the thirty-second year of his reign, my brothers and I never ate any food that was paid for by the governor's food allowance.
6In it was written: It has been reported throughout the nations, and Geshem has confirmed it, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel. That's why you're rebuilding the wall. According to this report, you want to become their KING. 7You've appointed prophets to announce about you in Jerusalem, 'There's a KING in Judah!' This report will get back to the KING. So let's talk about this.
6These were the people in the province. They were the ones who left the place where the exiles had been taken captive. KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had taken them captive. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah. All of them went to their own cities.
22You gave KINGDOMs and nations to the Israelites and assigned them their boundaries. So they took possession of the land of Sihon, the land of the KING of Heshbon, and the land of KING Og of Bashan.
24Their children took possession of the land. You defeated for them the Canaanites, who lived in the land. You handed the Canaanite KINGS and their people over to them to do whatever they wanted with the Canaanites.
32And now, our God, you are the great, mighty, and awe-inspiring God. You faithfully keep your promises. Do not consider all the hardships that we have been going through as unimportant. The hardships have come to our KINGS, leaders, priests, prophets, ancestors, and all your people from the time of the KINGS of Assyria until now.
34Our KINGS, leaders, priests, and ancestors didn't obey your teachings. They didn't pay attention to your commandments or the warnings that you gave them.
37The many products from our land go to the KINGS you put over us. This is because of our sins. These KINGS have control over our bodies, and they do as they please with our livestock. We are in agony.
23They were under orders from the KING, orders that determined which duties they should perform day by day. 24Pethahiah, son of Meshezabel, one of the descendants of Zerah, Judah's son, was the KING’S adviser on all matters concerning the people.
6While all of this was taKING place, I wasn't in Jerusalem. In the thirty-second year of KING Artaxerxes' reign in Babylon, I returned to the KING.Later, I asked the KING for permission to return.
26I said, "Wasn't it because of marriages like these that KING Solomon of Israel sinned? There wasn't a KING like him among all nations. God loved him, and God made him KING of all Israel. But his non-Israelite wives led him to sin.
2At the time when KING Xerxes sat on the royal throne in the fortress of Susa,
5When those days were over, the KING held a banquet lasting seven days. This banquet was held in the enclosed garden of the KING’S palace for all people in the fortress of Susa, whatever their rank.
7People drank from golden cups. No two cups were alike. The KING also provided plenty of royal wine out of his royal generosity. 8The drinKING followed this rule: Drink as you please. (The KING had ordered all the waiters in his palace to let everyone do as he pleased.) 9Queen Vashti also held a banquet for the women at the royal palace of KING Xerxes.
10On the seventh day when the KING was drunk on wine, he ordered Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven eunuchs who served under KING Xerxes, 11to bring Queen Vashti in front of the KING, wearing her royal crown. He wanted to show the people, especially the officials, her beauty, because she was very attractive. Esther 1:12-19
12But Queen Vashti refused the KING’S command that the eunuchs delivered to her. As a result, the KING became very angry, and his rage burned inside him. 13Now, the KING usually asked for advice from all the experts in royal decrees and decisions, 14from those closest to him--Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan. These seven officials of the Persians and Medes had access to the KING and held the highest rank in the KINGDOM. The KING asked these wise men who knew the times, 15"According to the royal decrees, what must we do with Queen Vashti since she did not obey KING Xerxes' command, which the eunuchs delivered?" 16Then Memucan spoke up in the presence of the KING and the officials, "Queen Vashti has done wrong, not only against the KING but also against all the officials and all the people in every province of KING Xerxes. 17The news of what the queen has done will spread to all women, and they will despise their husbands. They will say, 'KING Xerxes ordered Queen Vashti to be brought to him, but she would not come.' 18Today the wives of the officials in Persia and Media who have heard what the queen did will talk back to all the KING’S officials. There will be contempt and short tempers. 19If it pleases you, Your Majesty, issue a royal decree. It should be recorded in the decrees of the Persians and Medes, never to be repealed, that Vashti may never again appear in front of KING Xerxes. Furthermore, Your Majesty, you should give her royal position to another woman who is more worthy than she.
21The KING and his officials approved of this, and so the KING did as Memucan suggested. 22He sent official documents to all the KING’S provinces, to each province in its own script and to the people in each province in their own language: "Let every husband be the ruler in his own house and speak with authority."
1Later, when KING Xerxes got over his raging anger, he remembered Vashti, what she had done, and what had been decided against her. 2So the KING’S personal staff said to him, "Search for attractive young virgins for the KING. 3And appoint scouts in all the provinces of your KINGDOM to gather all the attractive young virgins and bring them to the fortress of Susa, to the women's quarters. There, in the care of the KING’S eunuch Hegai, the guardian of the women, they will have their beauty treatment. 4Then the young woman who pleases you, Your Majesty, will become queen instead of Vashti." The KING liked the suggestion, and so he did just that.
6(Kish had been taken captive from Jerusalem together with the others who had gone into exile along with Judah's KING Jehoiakin, whom KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had carried away.)
8When the KING’S announcement and decree were heard, many young women were gathered together and brought to the fortress of Susa. They were placed in the care of Hegai. Esther also was taken to the KING’S palace and placed in the care of Hegai, the guardian of the women. 9The young woman pleased him and won his affection. So he immediately provided her with the beauty treatment, a daily supply of food, and seven suitable female servants from the KING’S palace. Then he moved her and her servants to the best place in the women's quarters.
12Each young woman had her turn to go to KING Xerxes after she had completed the required 12-month treatment for women. The time of beauty treatment was spent as follows: six months using oil of myrrh and six months using perfumes and other treatments for women. 13After that, the young woman would go to the KING. Anything she wanted to take with her from the women's quarters to the KING’S palace was given to her. 14She would go in the evening and come back in the morning to the other quarters for women. There she would be in the care of the KING’S eunuch Shaashgaz, the guardian of the concubines. She never went to the KING again unless the KING desired her and requested her by name. 15(Esther was the daughter of Abihail, Mordecai's uncle. Mordecai had adopted her as his own daughter.) When Esther's turn came to go to the KING, she asked only for what the KING’S eunuch Hegai, the guardian of the women, advised. Everyone who saw Esther liked her. 16So Esther was taken to KING Xerxes in his royal palace in the month of Tebeth, the tenth month, in the seventh year of his reign. 17Now, the KING loved Esther more than all the other women and favored her over all the other virgins. So he put the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. 18Then the KING held a great banquet for Esther. He invited all his officials and his advisers. He also declared that day a holiday in the provinces, and he handed out gifts from his royal generosity. 19When the virgins were gathered a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the KING’S gate.
21In those days, while Mordecai was sitting at the KING’S gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the KING’S eunuchs who guarded the entrance, became angry and planned to kill KING Xerxes. 22But Mordecai found out about it and informed Queen Esther. Then Esther told the KING, on behalf of Mordecai. 23When the report was investigated and found to be true, the dead bodies of Bigthan and Teresh were hung on a pole. The matter was written up in the KING’S presence in his official record of daily events.
1Later, KING Xerxes promoted Haman. (Haman was the son of Hammedatha and was from Agag.) He gave Haman a position higher in authority than all the other officials who were with him. 2All the KING’S advisers were at the KING’S gate, kneeling and bowing to Haman with their faces touching the ground, because the KING had commanded it. But Mordecai would not kneel and bow to him. 3Then the KING’S advisers at the KING’S gate asked Mordecai, "Why do you ignore the KING’S command?"
6Because the KING’S advisers had informed him about Mordecai's nationality, he thought it beneath himself to kill only Mordecai. So Haman planned to wipe out Mordecai's people--all the Jews in the entire KINGDOM of Xerxes.
7In Xerxes' twelfth year as KING, Pur (which means the lot) was thrown in front of Haman for every day of every month, from Nisan, the first month, until Adar, the twelfth month. 8Now, Haman told KING Xerxes, "Your Majesty, there is a certain nationality scattered among--but separate from--the nationalities in all the provinces of your KINGDOM. Their laws differ from those of all other nationalities. They do not obey your decrees. So it is not in your interest to tolerate them, Your Majesty.
10At that, the KING removed his signet ring and gave it to Haman, the enemy of the Jews. (Haman was the son of Hammedatha and was from Agag.) 11The KING told Haman, "You can keep your silver and do with the people whatever you like." 12On the thirteenth day of the first month the KING’S scribes were summoned. All Haman's orders were written to the KING’S satraps, the governors of every province, and the officials of every people. They wrote to each province in its own script and to the people in each province in their own language. The orders were signed in the name of KING Xerxes and sealed with the KING’S ring. 13Messengers were sent with official documents to all the KING’S provinces. The people were ordered to wipe out, kill, and destroy all the Jews--young and old, women and children--on a single day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar. Their possessions were also to be seized.
15The messengers hurried out as the KING told them. The decree was also issued at the fortress of Susa. So the KING and Haman sat down to drink a toast, but the city of Susa was in turmoil.
2He even went right up to the KING’S gate. (No one could enter it wearing sackcloth.) 3In every province touched by the KING’S command and decree, the Jews went into mourning, fasting, weeping, and wailing. Many put on sackcloth and ashes.
5Then Esther called for Hathach, one of the KING’S eunuchs appointed to serve her. She commanded him to go to Mordecai and find out what was going on and why. 6So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the city square in front of the KING’S gate. 7Mordecai informed him about everything that had happened to him. He told him the exact amount of silver that Haman had promised to pay into the KING’S treasury to destroy the Jews. 8He also gave him a copy of the decree that was issued in Susa. The decree gave permission to exterminate the Jews. Hathach was supposed to show it to Esther to inform and command her to go to the KING, beg him for mercy, and appeal to him for her people.
11"All the KING’S advisers and the people in the KING’S provinces know that no one approaches the KING in the throne room without being summoned. By law that person must be put to death. Only if the KING holds out the golden scepter to him will he live. I, myself, have not been summoned to enter the KING’S presence for 30 days now."
13Mordecai sent this answer back to Esther, "Do not imagine that just because you are in the KING’S palace you will be any safer than all the rest of the Jews.
16"Assemble all the Jews in Susa. Fast for me: Do not eat or drink at all for three entire days. My servants and I will also fast. After that, I will go to the KING, even if it is against a royal decree. If I die, I die."
1On the third day Esther put on her royal robes. She stood in the courtyard of the KING’S palace, facing the KING’S throne room. The KING was sitting on the royal throne inside the palace, facing the entrance. 2When the KING saw Queen Esther standing in the entrance, she won his favor. So the KING held out the golden scepter that was in his hand to Esther. Esther went up to him and touched the top of the scepter. 3Then the KING asked her, "What is troubling you, Queen Esther? What would you like? Even if it is up to half of the KINGDOM, it will be granted to you."
5The KING replied, "Bring Haman right away, and do whatever Esther asks." So the KING and Haman came to the dinner that Esther had prepared. 6While they were drinKING wine, the KING asked Esther, "What is your request? It will be granted to you. What would you like? Even if it is up to half of the KINGDOM, it will be granted."
9When Haman left that day, he was happy and feeling good. But when Haman saw Mordecai at the KING’S gate, neither getting up nor trembling in his presence, Haman was furious with Mordecai.
11Then Haman began to relate in detail to them how very rich he was, the many sons he had, and all about how the KING promoted him to a position over the officials and the KING’S advisers. 12Haman went on to say, "What's more, Queen Esther allowed no one except me to come with the KING to the dinner she had prepared. And again tomorrow I am her invited guest together with the KING. 13Yet, all this is worth nothing to me every time I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the KING’S gate." 14Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, "Have a pole set up, 75 feet high, and in the morning ask the KING to have Mordecai's dead body hung on it. Then go with the KING to the dinner in good spirits." Haman liked the idea, so he had the pole set up.
1That night the KING could not sleep. So he told a servant to bring the official daily records, and they were read to the KING. 2The records showed how Mordecai had informed him that Bigthan and Teresh, two of the KING’S eunuchs who guarded the entrance, had plotted a rebellion against KING Xerxes. 3The KING asked, "How did I reward and promote Mordecai for this?" The KING’S personal staff replied, "Nothing was done for him."
4The KING asked, "Who is in the courtyard?" At that moment, Haman came through the courtyard to the KING’S palace to ask the KING about hanging Mordecai on the pole he had prepared for him. 5The KING’S staff answered him, "Haman happens to be standing in the courtyard." "Let him come in," the KING said. 6So Haman came in. The KING then asked him, "What should be done for the man whom the KING wishes to reward?" Haman thought to himself, "Whom would the KING wish to reward more than me?" 7So Haman told the KING, "This is what should be done: 8The servants should bring a royal robe that the KING has worn and a horse that the KING has ridden, one that has a royal crest on its head. 9Give the robe and the horse to one of the KING’S officials, who is a noble. Put the robe on the man whom the KING wishes to reward and have him ride on the horse in the city square. The KING’S servants are also to shout ahead of him, 'This is what is done for the man whom the KING wishes to reward.'" 10The KING told Haman, "Hurry, take the robe and the horse as you said. Do this for Mordecai the Jew who sits at the KING’S gate. Do not omit anything you have said." 11So Haman took the robe and the horse. He put the robe on Mordecai and had him ride in the city square, shouting ahead of him, "This is what is done for the man whom the KING wishes to reward."
12After that, Mordecai returned to the KING’S gate, but Haman hurried home. He was in despair and covered his head.
14While they were still speaKING with him, the KING’S eunuchs arrived and quickly took Haman to the dinner Esther had prepared.
1So the KING and Haman came to have dinner with Queen Esther. 2On the second day, while they were drinKING wine, the KING asked Esther, "What is your request, Queen Esther? It will be granted to you. And what would you like? Even if it is up to half of the KINGDOM, it will be granted."
5Then KING Xerxes interrupted Queen Esther and said, "Who is this person? Where is the person who has dared to do this?" 6Esther answered, "Our vicious enemy is this wicked man Haman!" Then Haman became panic-stricken in the presence of the KING and queen.
7The KING was furious as he got up from dinner and went into the palace garden. But Haman stayed to beg Queen Esther for his life, because he saw that the KING had a terrible end in mind for him. 8When the KING returned from the palace garden to the palace dining room, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was lying. The KING thought, "Is he even going to rape the queen while I'm in the palace?" Then the KING passed sentence on him, and servants covered Haman's face. 9Harbona, one of the eunuchs present with the KING, said, "What a coincidence! The 75-foot pole Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke up for the well-being of the KING, is still standing at Haman's house." The KING responded, "Hang him on it!" 10So servants hung Haman's dead body on the very pole he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the KING got over his raging anger.
1On that same day KING Xerxes gave the property of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, to Queen Esther. Also, Mordecai came to the KING because Esther had told him how Mordecai was related to her. 2Then the KING took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther put Mordecai in charge of Haman's property.
3Esther spoke again to the KING. She fell down at his feet crying and begged him to have mercy and to undo the evil plot of Haman, who was from Agag, and his conspiracy against the Jews. 4The KING held out his golden scepter to Esther, and Esther got up and stood in front of the KING.
7KING Xerxes said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, "I have given Haman's property to Esther, and Haman's dead body was hung on the pole because he tried to kill the Jews. 8You write what you think is best for the Jews in the KING’S name. Seal it also with the KING’S signet ring, because whatever is written in the KING’S name and sealed with the KING’S signet ring cannot be canceled." 9At that time on the twenty-third day of Sivan, the third month, the KING’S scribes were summoned. What Mordecai had ordered was written to the Jews and to the satraps, governors, and officers of the 127 provinces from India to Sudan. It was written to each province in its own script, to each people in their own language, and to the Jews in their own script and their own language. 10Mordecai wrote in KING Xerxes' name and sealed the official documents with the KING’S signet ring. Then he sent them by messengers who rode special horses bred for speed. He wrote 11that the KING had given permission for the Jews in every city to assemble, to defend themselves, to wipe out, to kill, and to destroy every armed force of the people and province that is hostile to them, even women and children, and to seize their goods. 12This was permitted on one day in all the provinces of KING Xerxes, on the thirteenth day of Adar, the twelfth month.
14The messengers rode the KING’S fastest horses. They left quickly, in keeping with the KING’S command. The decree was issued also in the fortress of Susa.
15Mordecai went out from the presence of the KING wearing the royal violet and white robe, a large gold crown, and a purple outer robe of fine linen. And the city of Susa cheered and rejoiced.
17In every province and every city where the KING’S message and decree arrived, the Jews were happy and joyful, feasting and enjoying a holiday. Then many common people pretended to be Jews because they were terrified of the Jews.
1On the thirteenth day of Adar, the twelfth month, the KING’S command and decree were to be carried out. On that very day, when the enemies of the Jews expected to overpower them, the exact opposite happened: The Jews overpowered those who hated them. 2The Jews assembled in their cities throughout all the provinces of KING Xerxes to kill those who were planning to harm them. No one could stand up against them, because all the people were terrified of them. 3All the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, and the KING’S treasurers assisted the Jews because they were terrified of Mordecai. 4Mordecai was an important man in the KING’S palace. Moreover, his reputation was spreading to all the provinces, since Mordecai was becoming more and more powerful.
11On that day the number of those killed in the fortress of Susa was reported to the KING. 12So the KING said to Queen Esther, "In the fortress of Susa the Jews have killed and wiped out 500 men and Haman's 10 sons. What must they have done in the rest of the KING’S provinces! Now, what is your request? It will be granted to you. And what else would you like? It, too, will be granted."
14The KING commanded this, issuing a decree in Susa. And so they hung Haman's ten sons on poles.
16The other Jews who were in the KING’S provinces had also assembled to defend and free themselves from their enemies. They killed 75,000 of those who hated them, but they did not seize any of their possessions.
20Now, Mordecai wrote these things down and sent official letters to all the Jews in all the provinces of KING Xerxes, near and far.
25But when this came to the KING’S attention, he ordered, in the well-known letter, that the evil plan Haman had plotted against the Jews should turn back on his own head. As a result, they hung Haman and his sons on poles.
1KING Xerxes levied a tax on the country and the islands of the sea. 2All his acts of power and might along with the whole account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the KING had promoted, are recorded in the history of the KINGS of the Medes and Persians. 3Mordecai the Jew was ranked second only to KING Xerxes. He was greatly respected by, and popular with, all of the other Jews, since he provided for the good of his people and spoke for the welfare of his fellow Jews.
14I would be with the KINGS and the counselors of the world who built for themselves what are now ruins.
18He loosens KINGS' belts and strips them of their pants.
24"The day of darkness troubles him. Distress and anguish terrify him like a KING ready for battle.
14He is dragged from the safety of his tent and marched off to the KING of terrors.
25I decided how they should live. I sat as their leader. I lived like a KING among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.
18Should anyone even say to a KING, 'You good-for-nothing scoundrel!' or to nobles, 'You wicked people!'
7He doesn't take his eyes off righteous people. He seats them on thrones with KINGS to honor them forever.
34It looks down on all high things. It is KING of everyone who is arrogant."
2KINGS take their stands. Rulers make plans together against the LORD and against his Messiah by saying,
6"I have installed my own KING on Zion, my holy mountain."
10Now, you KINGS, act wisely. Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
2Pay attention to my cry for help, my KING and my God, because I pray only to you.
16The LORD is KING forever and ever. The nations have vanished from his land.
50He gives great victories to his KING. He shows mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his descendant forever.
6Now I know that the LORD will give victory to his anointed KING. He will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty deeds of his powerful hand.
9Give victory to the KING, O LORD. Answer us when we call.
1The KING finds joy in your strength, O LORD. What great joy he has in your victory!
7Indeed, the KING trusts the LORD, and through the mercy of the Most High, he will not be moved.
7Lift your heads, you gates. Be lifted, you ancient doors, so that the KING of glory may come in. 8Who is this KING of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty! The LORD, heroic in battle! 9Lift your heads, you gates. Be lifted, you ancient doors, so that the KING of glory may come in. 10Who, then, is this KING of glory? The LORD of Armies is the KING of glory! Selah
10The LORD sat enthroned over the flood. The LORD sits enthroned as KING forever.
16No KING achieves a victory with a large army. No warrior rescues himself by his own great strength.
4You alone are my KING, O God. You won those victories for Jacob.
1My heart is overflowing with good news. I will direct my song to the KING. My tongue is a pen for a skillful writer.
5Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the KING’S enemies. Nations fall beneath you.
9The daughters of KINGS are among your noble ladies. The queen takes her place at your right hand and wears gold from Ophir.
11The KING longs for your beauty. He is your Lord. Worship him.
13The daughter of the KING is glorious inside the palace. Her dress is embroidered with gold. 14Wearing a colorful gown, she is brought to the KING. Her bridesmaids follow her. They will be brought to you. 15With joy and delight they are brought in. They enter the palace of the KING.
2We must fear the LORD, the Most High. He is the great KING of the whole earth.
6Make music to praise God. Play music for him! Make music to praise our KING. Play music for him! 7God is the KING of the whole earth. Make your best music for him!
2Its beautiful peak is the joy of the whole earth. Mount Zion is on the northern ridge. It is the city of the great KING.
4The KINGS have gathered. They marched together.
6Add days upon days to the life of the KING. May his years endure throughout every generation.
11But the KING will find joy in God. Everyone who takes an oath by God will brag, but the mouths of liars will be shut.
12They say, "The KINGS of the armies flee; they run away. The women who remained at home will divide the goods.
14Meanwhile, the Almighty was still scattering KINGS there like snow falling on Mount Zalmon."
24Your festival processions, O God, can be seen by everyone. They are the processions for my God, my KING, into the holy place.
29KINGS will bring you gifts because of your temple high above Jerusalem.
1O God, give the KING your justice and the KING’S son your righteousness
10May the KINGS from Tarshish and the islands bring presents. May the KINGS from Sheba and Seba bring gifts. 11May all KINGS worship him. May all nations serve him.
12And yet, from long ago God has been my KING, the one who has been victorious throughout the earth.
12He cuts short the lives of influential people. He terrifies the KINGS of the earth.
3Even sparrows find a home, and swallows find a nest for themselves. There they hatch their young near your altars, O LORD of Armies, my KING and my God.
18Our shield belongs to the LORD. Our KING belongs to the Holy One of Israel.
27Yes, I will make him the firstborn. He will be the Most High to the KINGS of the earth.
1The LORD rules as KING! He is clothed with majesty. The LORD has clothed himself; he has armed himself with power. The world was set in place; it cannot be moved.
3The LORD is a great God and a great KING above all gods.
10Say to the nations, "The LORD rules as KING!" The earth stands firm; it cannot be moved. He will judge people fairly.
1The LORD rules as KING. Let the earth rejoice. Let all the islands be joyful.
6with trumpets and the playing of a ram's horn. Shout happily in the presence of the KING, the LORD.
1The LORD rules as KING. Let the people tremble. He is enthroned over the angels. Let the earth quake.
4The KING’S strength is that he loves justice. You have established fairness. You have done what is fair and right for Jacob.
15The nations will fear the LORD's name. All the KINGS of the earth will fear your glory.
14He didn't permit anyone to oppress them. He warned KINGS about them:
20The KING sent someone to release him. The ruler of nations set him free.
22Joseph trained the KING’S officers the way he wanted and taught his respected leaders wisdom.
30He made their land swarm with frogs, even in the KINGS' bedrooms.
5The Lord is at your right side. He will crush KINGS on the day of his anger.
46I will speak about your written instructions in the presence of KINGS and not feel ashamed.
10He is the one who defeated many nations and killed mighty KINGS: 11KING Sihon of the Amorites, KING Og of Bashan, and all the KINGDOMs in Canaan.
17Give thanks to the one who defeated powerful KINGS-- because his mercy endures forever. 18He killed mighty KINGS-- because his mercy endures forever. 19KING Sihon of the Amorites-- because his mercy endures forever. 20and KING Og of Bashan-- because his mercy endures forever.
4All the KINGS of the earth will give thanks to you, O LORD, because they have heard the promises you spoke.
10You are the one who gives victory to KINGS. You are the one who snatches your servant David away from a deadly sword.
1I will highly praise you, my God, the KING. I will bless your name forever and ever.
10The LORD rules as KING forever. Zion, your God rules throughout every generation. Hallelujah!
11KINGS of the earth and all its people, officials and all judges on the earth,
2Let Israel find joy in their creator. Let the people of Zion rejoice over their KING.
8to put their KINGS in chains and their leaders in iron shackles,
1The proverbs of Solomon, David's son who was KING of Israel, given
15Through me KINGS reign, and rulers decree fair laws.
28A large population is an honor for a KING, but without people a ruler is ruined.
35A KING is delighted with a servant who acts wisely, but he is furious with one who acts shamefully.
10When a divine revelation is on a KING’S lips, he cannot voice a wrong judgment.
12Wrongdoing is disgusting to KINGS because a throne is established through righteousness.
13KINGS are happy with honest words, and whoever speaks what is right is loved.
14A KING’S anger announces death, but a wise man makes peace with him. 15When the KING is cheerful, there is life, and his favor is like a cloud bringing spring rain.
12The rage of a KING is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
2The rage of a KING is like the roar of a lion. Whoever makes him angry forfeits his life.
8A KING who sits on his throne to judge sifts out every evil with his eyes.
26A wise KING scatters the wicked and then runs them over.
28Mercy and truth protect a KING, and with mercy he maintains his throne.
1The KING’S heart is like streams of water. Both are under the LORD's control. He turns them in any direction he chooses.
11Whoever loves a pure heart and whoever speaks graciously has a KING as his friend.
29Do you see a person who is efficient in his work? He will serve KINGS. He will not serve unknown people. Proverbs 24:21
21Fear the LORD, my son. Fear the KING as well. Do not associate with those who always insist upon change,
1These also are Solomon's proverbs that were copied by the men of KING Hezekiah of Judah.
2It is the glory of God to hide things but the glory of KINGS to investigate them. 3Like the high heavens and the deep earth, so the mind of KINGS is unsearchable.
5Take a wicked person away from the presence of a KING, and justice will make his throne secure.
6Do not brag about yourself in front of a KING or stand in the spot that belongs to notable people,
4By means of justice, a KING builds up a country, but a person who confiscates religious contributions tears it down.
14When a KING judges the poor with honesty, his throne will always be secure.
22a slave when he becomes KING, a godless fool when he is filled with food,
27Locusts have no KING, yet all of them divide into swarms by instinct.
31a strutting rooster, a male goat, a KING at the head of his army.
1The sayings of KING Lemuel, a prophetic revelation, used by his mother to discipline him.
3Don't give your strength to women or your power to those who ruin KINGS. 4"It is not for KINGS, Lemuel. It is not for KINGS to drink wine or for rulers to crave liquor.
1The words of the spokesman, the son of David and the KING in Jerusalem.
12I, the spokesman, have been KING of Israel in Jerusalem.
8I also gathered silver and gold for myself. I gathered the treasures of KINGS and provinces. I provided myself with male and female singers and the pleasures men have with one concubine after another.
12Then I turned my attention to experience wisdom, madness, and foolishness. For instance, what can the man who replaces the KING do? Only what has already been done.
13A young man who is poor and wise is better than an old, foolish KING who won't take advice any longer. 14A young man came out of prison to rule as KING, even though he had been born in poverty in that same KINGDOM. 15I saw all living people moving about under the sun. They sided with the second young man, the KING’S successor.
9Yet, a KING is an advantage for a country with cultivated fields.
2I advise you to obey the KING’S commands because of the oath you took in God's presence. 3Don't be in a hurry to leave the KING’S service. Don't take part in something evil, because he can do whatever he pleases. 4Since a KING’S word has such power, no one can ask him what he is doing.
14There was a small town with a few soldiers in it, and a powerful KING came to attack it. He surrounded it and blockaded it.
16How horrible it will be for any country where the KING used to be a servant and where the high officials throw parties in the morning. 17A country is blessed when the KING is from a noble family and when the high officials eat at the right time in order to get strength and not to get drunk.
20Don't curse the KING even in your thoughts, and don't curse rich people even in your bedroom. A bird may carry your words, or some winged creature may repeat what you say.
Song of Solomon 1:4
4Take me with you. Let's run away. The KING has brought me into his private rooms. We will celebrate and rejoice with you. We will praise your expressions of love more than wine. How right it is that the young women love you!
Song of Solomon 1:12
12While the KING is at his table, my perfume fills the air with its fragrance.
Song of Solomon 3:9
9KING Solomon had a carriage made for himself from the wood of Lebanon.
Song of Solomon 3:11
11Young women of Zion, come out and look at KING Solomon! Look at his crown, the crown his mother placed on him on his wedding day, his day of joyful delight.
Song of Solomon 7:5
5You hold your head as high as Mount Carmel. Your dangling curls are royal beauty. Your flowing locks could hold a KING captive.
1This is the vision which Isaiah, son of Amoz, saw about Judah and Jerusalem at the time of KINGS Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.
1In the year KING Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and lofty throne. The bottom of his robe filled the temple.
5So I said, "Oh, no! I'm doomed. Every word that passes through my lips is sinful. I live among people with sinful lips. I have seen the KING, the LORD of Armies!"
1When Ahaz, son of Jotham and grandson of Uzziah, was KING of Judah, Aram's KING Rezin and Israel's KING Pekah, son of Remaliah, went to Jerusalem to attack it, but they couldn't defeat it. 2When word reached David's family that the Arameans had made an alliance with Ephraim, the hearts of the KING and his people were shaken as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind.
6'Let's march against Judah, tear it apart, divide it among ourselves, and set up Tabeel's son as its KING.'
16Indeed, before the boy knows how to reject evil and choose good, the land of the two KINGS who terrify you will be deserted.
17"The LORD will bring on you, your people, and your ancestor's family a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah. He will bring the KING of Assyria.
20"On that day the Lord will hire the KING of Assyria from beyond the Euphrates River to be a razor to shave the hair on your head, the hair on your legs, and even your beard.
4Before the boy knows how to say 'Daddy' or 'Mommy,' the wealth of Damascus and the loot from Samaria will be carried away to the KING of Assyria."
7That is why the Lord is going to bring against them the raging and powerful floodwaters of the Euphrates River-- the KING of Assyria with all his power. It will overflow all its channels and go over all its banks.
21They will pass through the land when they are hard-pressed and hungry. When they are hungry, they will be furious. Then they will look up, cursing their KING and God.
8They ask, 'Aren't all our commanders KINGS?
12When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, he will punish the KING of Assyria for all his boasting and all his arrogance. 13The KING will say, "I did this with my own two powerful hands. I did this with my wisdom, because I am so clever. I've eliminated the boundaries of nations. I've looted treasuries. I've brought down people like a mighty man.
4Then you will mock the KING of Babylon with this saying, "How the tyrant has come to an end! How his attacks have come to an end!"
9Sheol below wakes up to meet you when you come. It wakes up the ghosts of the dead, all who were leaders on earth. It raises all who were KINGS of the nations from their thrones.
18All the KINGS of the nations, all of them, have been buried with honor, each in his own tomb.
20You won't be joined by the KINGS in the tomb, because you have destroyed your land and killed your people. The descendants of the wicked will never be mentioned again.
28This was the divine revelation in the year KING Ahaz died.
5Then the LORD will set up a trusted KING. He will rule faithfully. He is from the tent of David. He judges and searches for justice. He is quick to do what is right.
4I will hand over the Egyptians to a harsh master. A strong KING will rule them," declares the Almighty LORD of Armies.
11The leaders of Zoan are nothing but fools. The wisest of Pharaoh's counselors gives stupid advice. How can you tell Pharaoh, "I'm a descendant of wise men, a descendant of ancient KINGS"?
1In the year when KING Sargon of Assyria sent his commander-in-chief to fight against Ashdod, he captured it.
4The KING of Assyria will lead away both the young and the old--captives from Egypt and exiles from Sudan. They will be barefoot and naked. Their buttocks will be exposed in order to disgrace Egypt.
6When that day comes, those who live on this coastland will say, 'Look at what has happened to our hope. We ran to Egypt for help to be rescued from the KING of Assyria. How can we escape?'"
8Who planned such a thing against Tyre, the city that produced KINGS? Its merchants are princes. Its traders are among the honored people of the world.
15When that day comes, Tyre will be forgotten for 70 years, the lifetime of one KING. At the end of the 70 years, Tyre will be like the prostitute in this song:
21On that day the LORD will punish heaven's armies in heaven and earth's KINGS on earth.
33Topheth was prepared long ago. It was made ready for the KING. It was made deep and wide and piled high with plenty of burning logs. The LORD's breath will be like a flood of burning sulfur, setting it on fire.
1A KING will rule with fairness, and officials will rule with justice.
17Your eyes will see how handsome the KING is. You will see a land that stretches into the distance.
22The LORD is our judge. The LORD is our lawgiver. The LORD is our KING. The LORD is our savior.
1In Hezekiah's fourteenth year as KING, KING Sennacherib of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. 2Then the KING of Assyria sent his field commander with a large army from Lachish to KING Hezekiah at Jerusalem. He stood at the channel for the Upper Pool on the road to Laundryman's Field.
4He said to them, "Tell Hezekiah, 'This is what the great KING, the KING of Assyria, says: What makes you so confident?
6Look! When you trust Egypt, you're trusting a broken stick for a staff. If you lean on it, it stabs your hand and goes through it. This is what Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt) is like for everyone who trusts him.
8"Now, make a deal with my master, the KING of Assyria. I'll give you 2,000 horses if you can put riders on them.
13Then the field commander stood and shouted loudly in the Judean language, "Listen to the great KING, the KING of Assyria. 14This is what the KING says: Don't let Hezekiah deceive you. He can't rescue you. 15Don't let Hezekiah get you to trust the LORD by saying, 'The LORD will certainly rescue us, and this city will not be put under the control of the KING of Assyria.' 16Don't listen to Hezekiah, because this is what the KING of Assyria says: Make peace with me! Come out, and give yourselves up to me! Everyone will eat from his own grapevine and fig tree and drink from his own cistern.
18Don't let Hezekiah mislead you by saying to you, 'The LORD will rescue us.' Did any of the gods of the nations rescue their countries from the KING of Assyria?
21They were silent and didn't say anything to him because the KING commanded them not to answer him.
1When KING Hezekiah heard the message, he tore his clothes in grief, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the LORD's temple.
4The LORD your God may have heard the words of the field commander. His master, the KING of Assyria, sent him to defy the living God. The LORD your God may punish him because of the message that the LORD your God heard. Pray for the few people who are left." 5So KING Hezekiah's men went to Isaiah. 6Isaiah answered them, "Say this to your master, 'This is what the LORD says: Don't be afraid of the message that you heard when the Assyrian KING’S assistants slandered me.
8The field commander returned and found the KING of Assyria fighting against Libnah. He had heard that the KING left Lachish. 9Now, Sennacherib heard that KING Tirhakah of Sudan was coming to fight him. When he heard this, he again sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10"Tell KING Hezekiah of Judah, 'Don't let the god whom you trust deceive you by saying that Jerusalem will not be put under the control of the KING of Assyria. 11You heard what the KINGS of Assyria did to all countries, how they totally destroyed them. Will you be rescued?
13Where is the KING of Hamath, the KING of Arpad, and the KING of the cities of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?'"
18It is true, LORD, that the KINGS of Assyria have leveled every country.
21Then Isaiah, son of Amoz, sent a message to Hezekiah, "This is what the LORD God of Israel says: You prayed to me about KING Sennacherib of Assyria.
33"This is what the LORD says about the KING of Assyria: He will never come into this city, shoot an arrow here, hold a shield in front of it, or put up dirt ramps to attack it.
37Then KING Sennacherib of Assyria left. He went home to Nineveh and stayed there. 38While he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, assassinated him and escaped to the land of Ararat. His son Esarhaddon succeeded him as KING.
6I'll rescue you and defend this city from the control of the KING of Assyria.'" 38:21 Then Isaiah said, "Take a fig cake, and place it over the boil so that the KING will get well." 38:22 Hezekiah asked, "What is the sign that I'll go to the LORD's temple?"
9KING Hezekiah of Judah wrote this after he was sick and became well again:
1At that time Baladan's son, KING Merodach Baladan of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah. He had heard that Hezekiah had been sick and had recovered.
3Then the prophet Isaiah came to KING Hezekiah and asked, "What did these men say? And where did they come from?" Hezekiah answered, "They came to me from the distant country of Babylon."
7Some of your own descendants will be taken away. They will become officials in the palace of the KING of Babylon.'"
2"Who has raised up from the east someone to whom the LORD gives victory with every step he takes? Nations are handed over to him. He defeats KINGS. With his sword he turns them into dust. With his bow he turns them into straw blown by the wind.
21"Present your case," says the LORD. "Bring forward your best arguments," says Jacob's KING.
15I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your KING.
6The LORD is Israel's KING and defender. He is the LORD of Armies. This is what the LORD says: I am the first and the last, and there is no God except me.
1This is what the LORD says about Cyrus, his anointed one: I have held him by his right hand so he could conquer the nations ahead of him, strip KINGS of their power, and open doors ahead of him so that the gates would not be shut.
7The LORD is the defender of Israel, its Holy One. This is what the LORD says to the despised one, to the one scorned by the nation, to the slave of rulers: KINGS will see you and stand. Princes will see you and bow. The LORD is faithful. The Holy One of Israel has chosen you.
23Then KINGS will be your foster fathers, and their queens will nurse you. They will bow in front of you with their faces touching the ground. They will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD. Those who wait with hope for me will not be put to shame.
7How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces the good news, "All is well." He brings the good news, announces salvation, and tells Zion that its God rules as KING.
15He will cleanse many nations with his blood. KINGS will shut their mouths because of him. They will see things that they had never been told. They will understand things that they had never heard.
9You've journeyed to the KING with perfumed oils and put on plenty of perfume. You've sent your ambassadors far away and sent them down to Sheol.
3Nations will come to your light, and KINGS will come to the brightness of your dawn.
10"Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their KINGS will serve you. In my anger I struck you, but in my favor I have compassion on you. 11Your gates will always be open. They will never be closed day or night so that people may bring you the wealth of nations, with their KINGS led as prisoners.
2The nations will see your righteousness. All KINGS will see your glory. You will be given a new name that the LORD will announce.
2The LORD spoke his word to Jeremiah when KING Josiah, son of Amon, was in his thirteenth year as KING of Judah. 3The LORD also spoke when Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, was KING of Judah and during the 11 years that Zedekiah, another son of Josiah, was KING of Judah. The LORD continued to speak to Jeremiah until the people of Jerusalem were taken away into captivity in the fifth month of the year.
18Today I have made you like a fortified city, an iron pillar, and a bronze wall. You will be able to stand up to the whole land. You will be able to stand up to Judah's KINGS, its officials, its priests, and all the common people.
26"As a thief feels ashamed when he's caught, so the nation of Israel will feel ashamed. Their KINGS, princes, priests, and prophets will also feel ashamed.
6When Josiah was KING, the LORD asked me, "Did you see what unfaithful Israel did? She went up every high mountain and under every large tree, and she acted like a prostitute there.
9"When that day comes," declares the LORD, "the KING and the leaders will lose their courage. The priests will be stunned. The prophets will be amazed and astonished."
1The LORD declares, "At that time the bones of the KINGS and the leaders of Judah, the bones of the priests and the prophets, and the bones of the others who lived in Jerusalem will be taken out of their graves.
19The cry from my dear people comes from a distant land: "Isn't the LORD in Zion? Isn't Zion's KING still there?" They make me furious with their idols, with their foreign gods.
7Everyone fears you, O KING of the Nations. This is what you deserve. No one is like you among all the wise people in the nations or in all their KINGDOMs.
10But the LORD is the only God. He is the living God and eternal KING. The earth trembles when he is angry. The nations can't endure his fury.
13Say to them, 'This is what the LORD says: I'm going to make everyone who lives in this land drunk. The KINGS who sit on David's throne, the priests, the prophets, and all those who live in Jerusalem will become drunk.
18Say to the KING and his mother, "Come down from your thrones, because your crowns have fallen off your heads."
4I will make these people a horrifying sight to all the KINGDOMs on the earth. This will happen because of what Judah's KING Manasseh, son of Hezekiah, did in Jerusalem.
19This is what the LORD said to me: Stand at People's Gate, where the KINGS of Judah go in and out. Then stand at every gate in Jerusalem. 20Tell everyone: "Listen to the word of the LORD, you KINGS of Judah, all the people of Judah, and all those who live in Jerusalem, and go through these gates.
25If you do this, then the KINGS and princes who sit on David's throne will come through the gates of this city. They and their princes will ride in chariots and on horses along with the people of Judah and those who live in Jerusalem. This city will always have people living in it.
3Say, "Listen to the word of the LORD, you KINGS of Judah and those who live in Jerusalem. This is what the LORD of Armies, the God of Israel, says: I'm going to bring such a disaster on this place that the ears of everyone who hears about it will ring. 4"The people, their ancestors, and the KINGS of Judah have abandoned me. They have made this place unrecognizable by burning incense as an offering to other gods that they hadn't heard of. They have filled this place with the blood of innocent people.
13The houses in Jerusalem, the houses of the KINGS of Judah, and all the rooftops of the houses will be unclean like this city Topheth. This is because people burned incense to the entire army of heaven and poured out wine offerings to other gods.'"
4This is what the LORD says: I'm going to make you terrify yourself and all your friends. Their enemies' swords will kill them, and you will see it with your own eyes. I will hand all of Judah over to the KING of Babylon. He will take the people away as captives to Babylon or kill them with swords. 5I will hand all the riches of this city over to their enemies. This will include all its produce, all its valuables, and all the treasures of the KINGS of Judah. Their enemies will loot them, take them away, and bring them to Babylon.
1The LORD spoke his word to Jeremiah when KING Zedekiah sent Pashhur, son of Malchiah, and the priest Zephaniah, son of Maaseiah, to Jeremiah. They said, 2"Consult the LORD for us, because KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon is attacKING us. Maybe the LORD will perform miracles for us so that Nebuchadnezzar will retreat."
4'This is what the LORD God of Israel says: I'm going to take your weapons away from you. You are using these weapons to fight the KING of Babylon as well as the Babylonians who are now blockading you outside the wall. I will bring the Babylonians inside this city.
7Afterwards, declares the LORD, I will hand over Judah's KING Zedekiah, his officials, the people, and everyone else in this city who survives the plague, war, and famine. They will be handed over to KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and to their enemies who want to kill them. Nebuchadnezzar will kill them with swords. He won't spare them, show them compassion, or care for them.'
10I've decided to harm this city, not to do good to it, declares the LORD. It will be handed over to the KING of Babylon, and he will burn it down.' 11"Say to the nation of the KING of Judah, 'Listen to the word of the LORD,
1This is what the LORD says: Go to the palace of the KING of Judah, and speak this message there: 2"Listen to the word of the LORD, you officials, you people who come into these gates, and you, KING of Judah, the one sitting on David's throne.
4If you do what I say, then the KINGS who sit on David's throne will ride through the gates of this palace in chariots and on horses along with their officials and their people.
6"This is what the LORD says about the palace of the KING of Judah: This palace is like Gilead to me, like the top of Lebanon. I will certainly turn it into a desert, into cities that no one lives in.
11This is what the LORD says about KING Josiah's son Shallum, who succeeded his father as KING of Judah and left this place: He will never come back here again.
15Do you think you're a better KING than others because you use more cedar? Your father ate and drank and did what is fair and right. Everything went well for him.
18This is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim, son of Judah's KING Josiah: People won't mourn for him and say, "How horrible it is for my brother and sister!" They won't mourn for him and say, "How horrible it is for my master and his splendor!"
24"As I live," declares the LORD, "even though you, Jehoiakin, son of Judah's KING Jehoiakim, are the signet ring on my right hand, I will pull you off my hand. 25I will hand you over to those who want to kill you, those you fear--KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and the Babylonians.
30This is what the LORD says: Write this about Jehoiakin: He will be childless. He won't prosper in his lifetime. None of his descendants will succeed him as KING. They won't sit on David's throne and rule Judah again.
5"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will grow a righteous branch for David. He will be a KING who will rule wisely. He will do what is fair and right in the land.
1KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took Jehoiakin (son of KING Jehoiakim of Judah), the princes of Judah, the skilled workers, and the builders from Jerusalem into captivity and brought them to Babylon. After this, the LORD showed me two baskets of figs set in front of the LORD's temple.
8"But this is what the LORD says about the bad figs that are so bad that they can't be eaten. The LORD says, 'Like these bad figs, I will abandon KING Zedekiah of Judah, his princes, the remaining few in Jerusalem who stayed behind in this land, and those who are living in Egypt.
1The LORD spoke his word to Jeremiah about all the people of Judah when Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, was in his fourth year as KING. (This was the first year that Nebuchadnezzar was KING of Babylon.)
3"For 23 years, from the time that Josiah, son of Amon, was in his thirteenth year as KING of Judah until today, the LORD continued to speak his word to me. So I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened.
9so I'm going to send for all the families from the north. I will also send for my servant KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, declares the LORD. I will bring the families from the north to attack this land, its people, and all these surrounding nations. I'm going to destroy them and turn them into something terrible, something ridiculed, and something permanently ruined.
11This whole land will be ruined and become a wasteland. These nations will serve the KING of Babylon for 70 years. 12"When the 70 years are over, I will punish the KING of Babylon and that nation for their crimes, declares the LORD. I will turn Babylon into a permanent wasteland.
14Many nations and great KINGS will make slaves of the people of Babylon, and I will pay them back for what they have done."
18Jerusalem and the cities of Judah as well as its KINGS and officials. When they drank from it, they became wastelands and ruins, something ridiculed and cursed, until today. 19I also made these people drink from it: Pharaoh KING of Egypt, his servants, officials, all his people, 20and all the foreign people living among them; all the KINGS of the land of Uz; all the KINGS of Philistia, those from the cities of Ashkelon, Gaza, and Ekron, and the people left in Ashdod;
22all the KINGS of Tyre and Sidon, and the KINGS on the seacoast;
24all the KINGS of Arabia, and all the KINGS of the foreign people living in the desert; 25all the KINGS of Zimri, all the KINGS of Elam, and all the KINGS of Media; 26all the KINGS of the north, near and far, one after another--all the KINGDOMs of the earth. Last of all, the KING of Sheshach will drink from the cup.
1The LORD spoke his word when Judah's KING Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, began to rule. He said,
10When the officials of Judah heard about these things, they went from the KING’S palace to the LORD's temple. They sat at the entrance of New Gate to the LORD's temple.
18"Micah from Moresheth prophesied at the time of Judah's KING Hezekiah and said to all the people of Judah, 'This is what the LORD of Armies says: Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a pile of rubble, and the temple mountain will become a worship site covered with trees.' 19Did Judah's KING Hezekiah and all the people of Judah put Micah to death? No! Hezekiah feared the LORD and sought the LORD's favor. So the LORD changed his plan about the disaster he intended to bring on them. But we are about to bring a bigger disaster on ourselves."
21When KING Jehoiakim and all his personal troops and officials heard what Uriah said, the KING wanted to put him to death. But Uriah heard about it and fled in fear to Egypt. 22KING Jehoiakim sent soldiers to Egypt: Elnathan (son of Achbor) and other soldiers along with him. 23They brought Uriah from Egypt and took him to KING Jehoiakim. The KING executed Uriah and threw his body into the burial ground for the common people.
1When Zedekiah, son of KING Josiah of Judah, began to rule, the LORD spoke his word to Jeremiah.
3Then send messages to the KINGS of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Sidon, with messengers who have come to KING Zedekiah of Judah in Jerusalem.
6Now I have handed all these countries over to my servant KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I have even made wild animals serve him. 7All nations will serve him, his son, and his grandson until Babylon is defeated. Then many nations and great KINGS will make him their slave. 8"'Suppose nations or KINGDOMs won't serve or surrender to KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I will punish those nations by wars, famines, and plagues, until I have put an end to them by Nebuchadnezzar's power, declares the LORD. 9Don't listen to prophets, mediums, interpreters of dreams, fortunetellers, or sorcerers who tell you that you'll never serve the KING of Babylon.
11But suppose a nation surrenders to the KING of Babylon and serves him. I will let it stay in its own land. People will farm the land and live on it,'" declares the LORD.
12I spoke the same message to KING Zedekiah of Judah, "Surrender to the KING of Babylon, serve him and his people, and you will stay alive. 13Why should you and your people die in wars, famines, and plagues? The LORD has threatened the nations that don't serve the KING of Babylon. 14Don't listen to the prophets who tell you that you'll never serve the KING of Babylon. They are prophesying lies to you.
17Don't listen to them. Instead, serve the KING of Babylon, and live. Why should this city be turned into rubble?
19"Babylon's KING Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiakin, son of KING Jehoiakim of Judah, into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon along with all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem. But he didn't take the pillars, the bronze pool, the stands, and the rest of the utensils that are left in this city.
1In that same year, early in the rule of KING Zedekiah of Judah, in the fifth month of his fourth year as KING, the prophet Hananiah, son of Azzur, from Gibeon, spoke to me in the LORD's temple. He said to me in front of the priests and all the people, 2"This is what the LORD of Armies, the God of Israel, says: I will break the yoke of the KING of Babylon. 3Within two years I will bring back all the utensils of the LORD's temple that KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took from this place and carried off to Babylon. 4I will also bring back to this place Jehoiakin, son of KING Jehoiakim of Judah, and all the captives of Judah who went to Babylon, declares the LORD. So I will break the yoke of the KING of Babylon."
11Hananiah said in front of all the people, "This is what the LORD says: In the same way, I will break the yoke of KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon off the neck of all the nations within two years." Then the prophet Jeremiah went on his way.
14This is what the LORD of Armies, the God of Israel, says: I will put an iron yoke on the necks of all these nations so that they will serve KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. They will serve him! I will even make wild animals serve him.'"
2(This was after KING Jehoiakin and his mother, the court officials, the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and metal workers left Jerusalem.) 3He sent the letter with Shaphan's son Elasah and Hilkiah's son Gemariah, whom KING Zedekiah of Judah had sent to KING Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. The letter said:
16But this is what the LORD says about the KING who sits on David's throne and about all the people who live in this city, the people who are your relatives and who weren't taken away as captives:
21This is what the LORD of Armies, the God of Israel, says about Kolaiah's son Ahab and about Maaseiah's son Zedekiah, who prophesy lies to you in my name: I'm going to hand them over to KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I will kill them as you watch. 22Because of them, all the captives from Judah who are in Babylon will use this curse: May the LORD curse you as he cursed Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the KING of Babylon burned to death.
9You will serve the LORD your God and David your KING. I will establish him for you.
1The LORD spoke his word to Jeremiah during Zedekiah's tenth year as KING of Judah. (This was Nebuchadnezzar's eighteenth year as KING.) 2At that time the army of the KING of Babylon was blockading Jerusalem. The prophet Jeremiah was locked up in the courtyard of the prison. This prison was in the palace of the KING of Judah. 3When KING Zedekiah of Judah locked up Jeremiah, Zedekiah asked him, "Why are you prophesying? You are saying, 'This is what the LORD says: I'm going to hand this city over to the KING of Babylon, and he will capture it. 4KING Zedekiah of Judah will not escape from the Babylonians. He will certainly be handed over to the KING of Babylon. He will talk to Nebuchadnezzar in person and look him in the eye.
28This is what the LORD says: I'm going to hand this city over to the Babylonians and KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. They will capture it. Jeremiah 32:32
32"The people of Israel and Judah have made me furious because they are evil. The people, their KINGS and officials, their priests and prophets, and the Judeans and those who live in Jerusalem
36"You have said this about the city, 'Because of wars, famines, and plagues it will be handed over to the KING of Babylon.' Now this is what the LORD God of Israel says:
4The houses in this city and the palaces of the KINGS of Judah have been torn down to be used against the dirt ramps and weapons of the Babylonians. This is what the LORD God of Israel says about this:
1The LORD spoke his word to Jeremiah when KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, his entire army, and all the KINGDOMs and people that he ruled were attacKING Jerusalem and all its cities. He said, 2"This is what the LORD God of Israel says: Go to KING Zedekiah of Judah, and tell him, 'The LORD says: I'm going to hand this city over to the KING of Babylon, and he will burn it down. 3You will not escape from him. You will certainly be captured and handed over to him. You will see the KING of Babylon with your own eyes, and he will talk to you face to face. Then you will go to Babylon. 4"'Listen to the word of the LORD, KING Zedekiah of Judah. This is what the LORD says about you: You will not die in war. 5You will die peacefully. People will burn funeral fires for you as they did for your ancestors, the KINGS who lived before you. They will say, "Oh, master," as they mourn for you. I have spoken my word, declares the LORD.'" 6The prophet Jeremiah told all these things to KING Zedekiah of Judah in Jerusalem. 7He did this when the army of the KING of Babylon was attacKING Jerusalem and the cities of Lachish and Azekah. These were the only fortified cities of Judah that were left.
8The LORD spoke his word to Jeremiah after KING Zedekiah and all the people in Jerusalem promised to free their slaves.
21I will hand KING Zedekiah of Judah and his officials over to their enemies who want to kill them and to the army of the KING of Babylon, the army that has withdrawn from you.
1The LORD spoke his word to Jeremiah during the reign of Jehoiakim, son of KING Josiah of Judah. He said,
11But when KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon invaded this land, we said, 'Let's go to Jerusalem to escape the Babylonian and Aramean armies.' That's why we are living in Jerusalem."
1In the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim, son of KING Josiah of Judah, the LORD spoke his word to Jeremiah. He said,
9In the ninth month of the fifth year of the reign of Jehoiakim, son of KING Josiah of Judah, a time for fasting was called. It was a time for all the people in Jerusalem and for everyone who was coming from any city in Judah to Jerusalem to fast in the LORD's presence.
12Then he went down to the scribe's room in the KING’S palace where all the scribes were sitting. The scribe Elishama, Delaiah (son of Shemaiah), Elnathan (son of Achbor), Gemariah (son of Shaphan), Zedekiah (son of Hananiah), and all the other officials were there.
16When they heard everything, they turned to each other in terror. They said to Baruch, "We must tell the KING everything."
20After they put the scroll in the side room of the scribe Elishama, they went to the KING in the courtyard and told him everything. 21Then the KING sent Jehudi to get the scroll. He took the scroll from the side room of the scribe Elishama. Jehudi read it to the KING and all the officials standing by the KING. 22It was the ninth month, and the KING was in his winter house sitting in front of the fire in the fireplace. 23As Jehudi read three or four columns, the KING would cut them off with a scribe's knife and throw them into the fire in the fireplace. He did this until the whole scroll was burned up. 24The KING and all his attendants didn't show any fear or tear their clothes in fear when they heard everything being read. 25Even when Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah urged the KING not to burn the scroll, he refused to listen to them. 26The KING commanded Jerahmeel (the KING’S son), Seraiah (son of Azriel), and Shelemiah (son of Abdeel) to arrest the scribe Baruch and the prophet Jeremiah. But the LORD had hidden Baruch and Jeremiah. 27After the KING burned up the scroll that Baruch had written and that Jeremiah had dictated, the LORD spoke his word to Jeremiah. He said, 28"Take another scroll, and write on it everything that was written on the scroll that KING Jehoiakim of Judah burned. 29Say about KING Jehoiakim of Judah, 'This is what the LORD says: You burned this scroll, and you asked Jeremiah, "Why did you write that the KING of Babylon will certainly come to destroy this land and take away people and animals?" 30This is what the LORD says about KING Jehoiakim of Judah: He will have no one to sit on David's throne, and his own corpse will be thrown out and exposed to the heat of day and the cold of night.
32Then Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to the scribe Baruch, son of Neriah. As Jeremiah dictated, Baruch wrote on it everything that was on the scroll that KING Jehoiakim of Judah had burned. They added many similar messages.
1KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon appointed Zedekiah, son of Josiah, to be KING of Judah. Zedekiah succeeded Jehoiakin, son of Jehoiakim.
3KING Zedekiah sent Jehucal (son of Shelemiah) and the priest Zephaniah (son of Maaseiah) to the prophet Jeremiah. They asked him, "Please pray to the LORD our God for us."
7"This is what the LORD God of Israel says: Say this to the KING of Judah, who sent you to get advice from me: 'Pharaoh's army has come out to help you. But it will go back to Egypt, its own land.
17Then KING Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah, and the KING asked him privately in the palace, "Is there any message from the LORD?" Jeremiah answered, "Yes! There is a message from the LORD. You will be handed over to the KING of Babylon." 18Then Jeremiah asked KING Zedekiah, "What crime have I committed against you, your administrators, or these people? Why have you put me in prison? 19Where are the prophets who told you that the KING of Babylon wouldn't attack you and this land?
21KING Zedekiah gave the command to have Jeremiah put in the courtyard of the prison. He gave him a loaf of bread every day from the bakers' street until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah stayed in the courtyard of the prison.
3"This is what the LORD says: This city will certainly be handed over to the army of the KING of Babylon, and it will capture the city." 4Then the officials said to the KING, "Have this man put to death. He discourages the soldiers who are left in this city and all the people by telling them such things. This man is not trying to help these people; he's trying to hurt them." 5KING Zedekiah answered, "He's in your hands. I won't do anything to stop you." 6So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Malchiah, the KING’S son. It was in the courtyard of the prison. They used ropes to lower Jeremiah into the cistern. There was no water in the cistern, only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud. 7But an official in the royal palace, Ebed Melech from Sudan, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the cistern. The KING happened to be sitting at Benjamin Gate. 8Ebed Melech left the royal palace and spoke to the KING at Benjamin Gate.
10Then the KING gave Ebed Melech from Sudan this command: "Take 30 men from here, and lift the prophet Jeremiah out of the cistern before he dies."
14KING Zedekiah sent for the prophet Jeremiah and brought him to the third entrance in the LORD's temple. "I'm going to ask you a question," the KING said to Jeremiah. "Don't hide anything from me."
16So KING Zedekiah secretly swore an oath to Jeremiah, "The LORD gave us life. As the LORD lives, I will not kill you or hand you over to these men who want to kill you." 17Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "This is what the LORD God of Armies, the God of Israel, says: If you surrender to the officers of the KING of Babylon, you will live, and this city will not be burned. You and your household will live. 18But if you don't surrender to the officers of the KING of Babylon, this city will be handed over to the Babylonians. They will burn it down, and you will not escape from them." 19KING Zedekiah answered Jeremiah, "I'm afraid of the Jews who have deserted to the Babylonians. The Babylonians may hand me over to them, and they will torture me."
22All the women who are left in the palace of Judah's KING will be brought out to the officers of the KING of Babylon. These women will say: 'Your trusted friends have misled you and used you. Your feet are stuck in the mud, and your friends have deserted you.' 23"All your wives and children will be brought to the Babylonians. You will not escape from them. You will be captured by the KING of Babylon, and this city will be burned down."
25The officials may find out that I've been talKING with you. They may come to you and say, 'Tell us what you said to the KING and what the KING said to you. Don't hide anything from us, or we'll kill you.' 26If they come to you, say to them, 'I asked the KING not to send me back to Jonathan's house to die there.'" 27All the officials came to Jeremiah and questioned him. He told them exactly what the KING had told him to say. So they stopped questioning him, because they hadn't heard his conversation with the KING.
1In the tenth month of Zedekiah's ninth year as KING of Judah, KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked Jerusalem with his entire army and blockaded it. 2On the ninth day of the fourth month of Zedekiah's eleventh year as KING, they broke into the city. 3Then all the officers of the KING of Babylon came in and sat in Middle Gate: Nergal (the quartermaster), Samgar Nebo (the chief officer), Nergal (the quartermaster and the chief fortuneteller), and all the rest of the officers of the KING of Babylon. 4When KING Zedekiah of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled. They left the city at night by way of the KING’S garden through the gate between the two walls, and they took the road to the plain of Jericho. 5The Babylonian army pursued them and caught up with Zedekiah in the plain of Jericho. They arrested him and brought him to Babylon's KING Nebuchadnezzar at Riblah in the territory of Hamath. The KING of Babylon passed sentence on him. 6The KING of Babylon slaughtered Zedekiah's sons as Zedekiah watched at Riblah. He also slaughtered all the leaders of Judah.
11KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon gave Nebuzaradan an order concerning Jeremiah. He said,
13Nebuzaradan (the captain of the guard), Nebushazban (the chief official), Nergal (the quartermaster and the chief fortuneteller), and all the other leaders of the KING of Babylon sent for Jeremiah.
5"If you wish to remain, then go back to Gedaliah, son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, whom the KING of Babylon appointed to govern the cities of Judah. Live among the people with him, or go anywhere you want." The captain of the guard gave Jeremiah some food and a present and let him go.
7All the army commanders and their men who were in the field heard that the KING of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, to govern the country and some of the country's poorest men, women, and children who had not been taken away to Babylon.
9Gedaliah, son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, swore an oath to them and their men. He said, "Don't be afraid to serve the Babylonians. Live in this country, serve the KING of Babylon, and you will prosper.
11Now, all the Jews who were in Moab, Ammon, Edom, and in all the other countries heard that the KING of Babylon had left a few survivors in Judah and had appointed Gedaliah, son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, to govern them.
14They asked him, "Do you know that KING Baalis of the Ammonites has sent Ishmael, Nethaniah's son, to kill you?" However, Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, didn't believe them.
1In the seventh month Ishmael (son of Nethaniah and grandson of Elishama, a descendant of the royal family and of the KING’S officers) went with ten men to Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, at Mizpah. As they ate together at Mizpah, 2Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, and the ten men who were with him got up, drew their swords, and killed Gedaliah, son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan. So they assassinated the man whom the KING of Babylon had appointed to govern the land.
9Now, the cistern where Ishmael threw all the bodies of the men he had killed was the same one that KING Asa made as a part of his defense against KING Baasha of Israel. Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, filled it with the bodies. 10Then Ishmael took captive the rest of the people who were at Mizpah. He captured the KING’S daughters and all the other people who had been left at Mizpah. They were the people whom Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, had put under the control of Gedaliah, son of Ahikam. Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, took them captive and left for Ammon.
18They were afraid of the Babylonians because Ishmael had killed Gedaliah whom the KING of Babylon had appointed to govern the land.
11Don't be afraid of the KING of Babylon, whom you now fear. Don't be afraid of him, declares the LORD. I'm with you. I will save you and rescue you from his power.
6They took men, women, children, and the KING’S daughters. They took every person whom Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, had left with Gedaliah, son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, including the prophet Jeremiah and Baruch, son of Neriah.
10Say to them, 'This is what the LORD of Armies, the God of Israel, says: I'm going to send for my servant KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I will set his throne over these stones that I buried, and I will spread his royal canopy above them.
9Have you forgotten the wicked things done by your ancestors, by the KINGS of Judah and their wives, and by you and your wives in Judah and on the streets of Jerusalem?
17We will do everything we said we would do. We will burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out wine offerings to her as our ancestors, our KINGS, and our officials did in the cities of Judah and on the streets of Jerusalem. We had plenty to eat then, and we lived comfortably and saw no disaster.
21"Doesn't the LORD remember that you burned incense in the cities of Judah and on the streets of Jerusalem along with your ancestors, your KINGS and your officials, and the people in the land?
30This is what the LORD says: I'm going to hand Pharaoh Hophra, KING of Egypt, over to his enemies and to those who want to kill him, just as I handed over KING Zedekiah of Judah to KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and to those who wanted to kill him.'"
1This is the message that the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Baruch, son of Neriah. Baruch wrote these things on a scroll as Jeremiah dictated them during the fourth year that Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, was KING of Judah. Jeremiah said,
2This is the message about Egypt, about the army of Pharaoh Neco, KING of Egypt. KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon defeated his army at Carchemish along the Euphrates River during the fourth year that Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, was KING of Judah.
13The LORD spoke this message to the prophet Jeremiah about the coming of KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who will defeat Egypt.
17There they will cry, 'Pharaoh, KING of Egypt, is a big windbag. He has missed his chance.' 18"As I live," declares the KING, whose name is the LORD of Armies, "someone who is like Mount Tabor among the mountains will come. Someone who is like Mount Carmel by the sea will come.
25The LORD of Armies, the God of Israel, says, "I'm going to punish Amon, who is the god of Thebes. I will also punish Pharaoh, Egypt, its gods, its KINGS, and whoever trusts Pharaoh. 26I'll hand them over to those who want to kill them, to KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and his officers. Afterward, they will live in peace as they did long ago," declares the LORD.
15The enemy will attack Moab and destroy its cities. Its finest young men will be slaughtered," declares the KING, whose name is the LORD of Armies.
28This is about the tribe of Kedar and the KINGDOMs of Hazor that KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon defeated. This is what the LORD says: Get ready, attack Kedar, and loot the people from the east.
30Run far away! Find a place to hide, inhabitants of Hazor, declares the LORD. KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has made plans against you and intends to attack you.
34Early in the rule of KING Zedekiah of Judah, the LORD spoke his word to the prophet Jeremiah about Elam.
38I'll set my throne in Elam and destroy its KING and officials, declares the LORD.
17"The people of Israel are like scattered sheep that lions have chased. The first to devour them was the KING of Assyria. The last to gnaw at their bones was KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. 18"This is what the LORD of Armies, the God of Israel, says: I am going to punish the KING of Babylon and his land as I punished the KING of Assyria.
41"People are going to come from the north. A great nation and many KINGS will rise from the ends of the earth.
43The KING of Babylon has heard reports about them, and he loses courage. Anguish will grip him as pain grips a woman in labor.
11Sharpen the arrows; fill the quivers. The LORD will stir up the spirit of the KINGS of the Medes because his plan is to destroy Babylon. The LORD will avenge his temple.
28Prepare nations to attack Babylon. Prepare the KING of the Medes, their governors, all their deputies, and all the countries that they rule.
31Runners run to meet runners. Messengers follow messengers. They inform the KING of Babylon that his entire city is captured.
34KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has devoured us. He has thrown us into confusion. He has turned us into empty jars. He has swallowed us like a monster. He has filled his belly with our delicacies. Then he spit us out.
57I will make their officials and wise men drunk, along with their governors, officers, and soldiers. They will fall into a deep sleep and never wake up," declares the KING, whose name is the LORD of Armies.
59This is the message that the prophet Jeremiah gave to Seraiah, son of Neriah and grandson of Mahseiah, when Seraiah went to Babylon with KING Zedekiah of Judah in the fourth year of Zedekiah's rule. (Seraiah was the quartermaster.)
3The LORD became angry with Jerusalem and Judah and threw the people out of his sight. Zedekiah rebelled against the KING of Babylon. 4On the tenth day of the tenth month of the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign, KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked Jerusalem with his entire army. They set up camp and built dirt ramps around the city walls. 5The blockade of the city lasted until Zedekiah's eleventh year as KING.
7The enemy broke through the city walls, and all Judah's soldiers fled. They left the city at night through the gate between the two walls beside the KING’S garden. While the Babylonians were attacKING the city from all sides, they took the road to the plain of Jericho. 8The Babylonian army pursued KING Zedekiah and caught up with him in the plain of Jericho. His entire army had deserted him. 9The Babylonians captured the KING and brought him to the KING of Babylon at Riblah in Hamath, where the KING of Babylon passed sentence on him. 10The KING of Babylon slaughtered Zedekiah's sons as Zedekiah watched. He also slaughtered all the officials of Judah at Riblah. 11Then he blinded Zedekiah and put him in bronze shackles. The KING of Babylon took him to Babylon and put him in a prison, where he stayed until he died.
12On the tenth day of the fifth month of Nebuchadnezzar's nineteenth year as KING of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, who was the captain of the guard and an officer of the KING of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.
15Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, captured the few people left in the city, those who surrendered to the KING of Babylon, and the rest of the population.
20The bronze from the 2 pillars, the pool, and the 12 bronze bulls under the stands that KING Solomon had made for the LORD's temple couldn't be weighed.
25From the city he also took an army commander, 7 men who had access to the KING whom he found in the city, the scribe who was in charge of the militia, and 60 common people whom he found in the city. 26Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took them and brought them to the KING of Babylon at Riblah. 27The KING of Babylon executed them at Riblah in the territory of Hamath. So the people of Judah were captives as they left their land. 28These are the people Nebuchadnezzar took captive: In his seventh year as KING, he took 3,023 Jews.
30In Nebuchadnezzar's twenty-third year as KING, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took away 745 Jews. In all, 4,600 people were taken away.
31On the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month of the thirty-seventh year of the imprisonment of KING Jehoiakin of Judah, KING Evil Merodach of Babylon, in the first year of his reign, freed KING Jehoiakin of Judah and released him from prison. 32He treated him well and gave him a special position higher than the other KINGS who were with him in Babylon. 33Jehoiakin no longer wore prison clothes, and he ate his meals in the KING’S presence as long as he lived. 34The KING of Babylon gave him a daily food allowance as long as he lived.
6He stripped his own booth as if it were a garden and destroyed his own festivals. The LORD wiped out the memory of festivals and days of worship in Zion. He expelled KINGS and priests because of his fierce anger.
9"Zion's gates have sunk into the ground. The LORD destroyed and shattered the bars across its gates. Its KING and influential people are scattered among the nations. There is no longer any instruction from Moses' Teachings. Its prophets can find no visions from the LORD.
12Neither the KINGS of the earth nor anyone living on earth could believe that enemies or invaders would ever get through the gates of Jerusalem.
20The person the LORD anointed as KING, who is the breath of our life, was caught in their pits. We had thought that we would live in our KING’S shadow among the nations."
2On the fifth day of the month, during the fifth year of the exile of KING Jehoiakin,
27KINGS will mourn, and princes will give up hope. The common people will lose their courage. I will give them what they deserve and judge them as they have judged others. Then they will know that I am the LORD."
12"Ask these rebellious people, 'Don't you know what this means?' Tell them, 'The KING of Babylon came to Jerusalem and captured its KING and its leaders. He brought them home with him to Babylon.
15But the KING of Judah rebelled against the KING of Babylon by sending his messengers to Egypt to get horses and many soldiers. Will the KING of Judah succeed? Will anyone who does such things escape? He can't break a treaty and go unpunished. 16"'As I live, declares the Almighty LORD, the KING of Judah will die in Babylonia. He will die in the country of the KING who appointed him KING of Judah. The KING of Judah broke his promise and his treaty with the KING of Babylon.
18The KING of Judah broke the promise and the treaty that he pledged to keep. He did all these things, and he can't go unpunished.
9With hooks they put him in a cage and brought him to the KING of Babylon. They put him in prison so that his roar wouldn't be heard anymore on the mountains of Israel.
11Its branches were strong. They were used to make scepters for KINGS. It grew to be tall with many branches around it, and everyone saw it because of its many branches.
14Fire has spread from the vine's main branch. Fire has destroyed its fruit. It no longer has any strong branches that could be used as a KING’S scepter. This is a funeral song. It is to be used as a funeral song.
19"Son of man, mark two roads that the KING of Babylon and his sword can take. Both of these roads should start from the same country. Make a sign, and put it where the roads start to fork toward the cities. 20Mark the road that the KING and his sword can take to the Ammonite city of Rabbah, and mark the road that leads to Judah and the fortified city of Jerusalem. 21The KING of Babylon will stop where the roads branch off, where there is a fork in the road. Then he will look for omens. He will shake some arrows, ask his household gods for help, and examine animal livers.
23The people won't believe this because they have made treaties with other nations. But the KING of Babylon will remind them of their sins, and they will be captured.
2"Son of man, write down today's date. The KING of Babylon has surrounded Jerusalem this very day.
7"This is what the Almighty LORD says: From the north I'm going to bring KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon against you, Tyre. He is the greatest KING. He will bring horses, chariots, war horses, many people, and many troops.
33Your merchandise was sent overseas. You filled many people with your great wealth and your goods. You made the KINGS of the earth rich.
35All those who live on the coasts are horrified because of you. Their KINGS are terribly afraid. Their faces show their fear.
17You became too proud because of your beauty. You wasted your wisdom because of your greatness. So I threw you to the ground and left you in front of the KINGS so that they could see you.
2"Son of man, turn to Pharaoh, KING of Egypt, and prophesy against him and against all Egypt. 3Tell him, 'This is what the Almighty LORD says: I'm against you, Pharaoh, KING of Egypt. You are like a monster crocodile lying in the Nile River. You say, "The Nile River is mine. I made it for myself."
18"Son of man, KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon made his army fight hard against Tyre. Every soldier's head was worn bald, and every soldier's shoulder was rubbed raw. Yet, he and his army got no reward for their hard-fought battle against Tyre. 19This is what the Almighty LORD says: I'm going to give Egypt to KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. He will carry off its wealth, take its prized possessions, and loot it. That will be the pay for his army.
10"'This is what the Almighty LORD says: I will use KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to bring an end to Egypt.
21"Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh, KING of Egypt. His arm isn't bandaged, so it can't heal and be strong enough to hold a sword. 22"This is what the Almighty LORD says: I'm against Pharaoh, KING of Egypt. I will break both his arms, the healthy one and the broken one. I will make the sword fall from his hand.
24I will make the arms of the KING of Babylon strong. I will put my sword in his hand, but I will break Pharaoh's arms. Pharaoh will groan like a person who is dying. 25I will strengthen the arms of the KING of Babylon, but Pharaoh's arms will fall. Then they will know that I am the LORD, because I will put my sword in the hand of the KING of Babylon. He will strike Egypt with it.
2"Son of man, say to Pharaoh, KING of Egypt, and his many people, 'Was there ever anyone as great as you?
2"Son of man, sing a funeral song for Pharaoh, KING of Egypt. Tell him, 'You think you are like a lion among the nations. Instead, you are like a crocodile in the water. You splash around in the water. You stir up the water with your feet. You make the streams muddy.
10Many people will be shocked by what I will do to you. Their KINGS will shudder when I swing my sword in their faces. When you die, all of them will tremble in fear for their own lives. 11"'This is what the Almighty LORD says: The sword of the KING of Babylon will attack you.
29"Edom is there with its KINGS and its princes. They used to be powerful, but now they lie with those who were killed in battle. They lie there with the godless people and with those who have gone down to the pit.
22I will form them into one nation in the land on the mountains of Israel. One KING will rule all of them. They will no longer be two nations or be divided into two KINGDOMs.
24"'My servant David will be their KING, and all of them will have one shepherd. They will live by my rules, and they will obey my laws.
7The voice said to me, "Son of man, this is the place where my throne is and the place where my feet rest. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. Then the people of Israel and their KINGS will no longer dishonor my holy name by acting like prostitutes, nor will they dishonor it with the dead bodies of their KINGS.
9Now they must stop acting like prostitutes and take the dead bodies of their KINGS far away from me. Then I will live among them forever.
1In the third year of the reign of KING Jehoiakim of Judah, KING Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and attacked it. 2The Lord handed KING Jehoiakim of Judah and some utensils from God's temple over to Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar took the utensils to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put them in the temple treasury. 3The KING told Ashpenaz, the chief-of-staff, to bring some of the Israelites, the royal family, and the nobility. 4They were to be young men who were healthy, good-looKING, knowledgeable in all subjects, well-informed, intelligent, and able to serve in the KING’S palace. They were to be taught the language and literature of the Babylonians. 5The KING arranged for them to get a daily allowance of the KING’S rich food and wine. They were to be trained for three years. After that, they were to serve the KING.
8Daniel made up his mind not to harm himself by eating the KING’S rich food and drinKING the KING’S wine. So he asked the chief-of-staff for permission not to harm himself in this way.
10The chief-of-staff told Daniel, "I'm afraid of my master, the KING. The KING determined what you should eat and drink. If he sees that you look worse than the other young men your age, he would have my head cut off."
13Then compare us to the young men who are eating the KING’S rich food. Decide how to treat us on the basis of how we look."
15After ten days they looked healthier and stronger than the young men who had been eating the KING’S rich food. 16So the supervisor took away the KING’S rich food and wine and gave them vegetables.
19The KING talked to them and found no one like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah among all of them. So these four men served the KING. 20Whenever the KING asked them about things that required wisdom and insight, he found that they knew ten times more than all the magicians and psychics in his whole KINGDOM. 21Daniel served the royal palace until the first year of KING Cyrus of Persia.
2The KING sent for the magicians, psychics, sorcerers, and astrologers so that they could tell him what he had dreamed. So they came to the KING. 3The KING said to them, "I had a dream, and I'm troubled by it. I want to know what the dream was." 4The astrologers spoke to the KING in Aramaic, "Your Majesty, may you live forever! Tell us the dream, and we'll interpret it for you." 5The KING answered the astrologers, "I meant what I said! If you don't tell me the dream and its meaning, you will be torn limb from limb, and your houses will be turned into piles of rubble.
8The KING replied, "I'm sure you're trying to buy some time because you know that I meant what I said.
10The astrologers answered the KING, "No one on earth can tell the KING what he asks. No other KING, no matter how great and powerful, has ever asked such a thing of any magician, psychic, or astrologer.
12This made the KING so angry and furious that he gave an order to destroy all the wise advisers in Babylon.
15He asked Arioch, the royal official, "Why is the KING’S decree so harsh?" So Arioch explained everything to Daniel. 16Daniel went and asked the KING to give him some time so that he could explain the dream's meaning.
21He changes times and periods of history. He removes KINGS and establishes them. He gives wisdom to those who are wise and knowledge to those who have insight.
23God of my ancestors, I thank and praise you. You gave me wisdom and power. You told me the answer to our question. You told us what the KING wants to know."
24Then Daniel went to Arioch, whom the KING had appointed to destroy Babylon's wise advisers. Daniel told him, "Don't destroy Babylon's wise advisers. Take me to the KING, and I'll explain the dream's meaning to him." 25Arioch immediately took Daniel to the KING. He told the KING, "I've found one of the captives from Judah who can explain the dream's meaning to you, Your Majesty." 26The KING asked Daniel (who had been renamed Belteshazzar), "Can you tell me the dream I had and its meaning?" 27Daniel answered the KING, "No wise adviser, psychic, magician, or fortuneteller can tell the KING this secret. 28But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets. He will tell KING Nebuchadnezzar what is going to happen in the days to come. This is your dream, the vision you had while you were asleep:
37"Your Majesty, you are the greatest KING. The God of heaven has given you a KINGDOM. He has given you power, strength, and honor.
44"At the time of those KINGS, the God of heaven will establish a KINGDOM that will never be destroyed. No other people will be permitted to rule it. It will smash all the other KINGDOMs and put an end to them. But it will be established forever.
46KING Nebuchadnezzar immediately bowed down on the ground in front of Daniel. He ordered that gifts and offerings be given to Daniel. 47The KING said to Daniel, "Your God is truly the greatest of gods, the Lord over KINGS. He can reveal secrets because you were able to reveal this secret." 48Then the KING promoted Daniel and gave him many wonderful gifts. Nebuchadnezzar made Daniel governor of the whole province of Babylon and head of all Babylon's wise advisers. 49With the KING’S permission, Daniel appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to govern the province of Babylon. But Daniel stayed at the KING’S court.
1KING Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue 90 feet high and 9 feet wide. He set it up in a recessed area in the wall in the province of Babylon. 2KING Nebuchadnezzar sent messengers to assemble the satraps, governors, mayors, military advisers, treasurers, judges, officers, and all the other provincial officials to dedicate the statue he had set up. 3Then the satraps, governors, mayors, military advisers, treasurers, judges, officers, and all the other provincial officials assembled to dedicate the statue KING Nebuchadnezzar had set up. They stood in front of the statue.
5When you hear the sound of rams' horns, flutes, lyres, harps, and three-stringed harps playing at the same time with all other kinds of instruments, bow down and worship the gold statue that KING Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Daniel 3:7
7As soon as they heard the sound of rams' horns, flutes, lyres, harps, and three-stringed harps with all other kinds of instruments, all the people from every province, nation, and language bowed down and worshiped the gold statue KING Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
9They addressed KING Nebuchadnezzar, "Your Majesty, may you live forever!
13Then, in a fit of rage and anger, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Immediately, they were brought to the KING.
16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered KING Nebuchadnezzar, "We don't need to answer your last question.
22The KING’S order was so urgent and the furnace was so extremely hot that the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were killed by the flames from the fire.
25The KING replied, "But look, I see four men. They're untied, walKING in the middle of the fire, and unharmed. The fourth one looks like a son of the gods."
27The KING’S satraps, governors, mayors, and advisers gathered around the three men. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies. The hair on their heads wasn't singed, their clothes weren't burned, and they didn't smell of smoke.
28Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He sent his angel and saved his servants, who trusted him. They disobeyed the KING and risked their lives so that they would not have to honor or worship any god except their own God.
30Then the KING promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to higher positions in the province of Babylon.
1From KING Nebuchadnezzar. To the people of every province, nation, and language in the world. I wish you peace and prosperity.
18I said, "This is the dream I, KING Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now you, Belteshazzar, tell me its meaning because the wise advisers in my KINGDOM can't tell it to me. However, you can, because the spirit of the holy gods is in you."
28All this happened to KING Nebuchadnezzar.
30The KING thought, "Look how great Babylon is! I built the royal palace by my own impressive power and for my glorious honor." 31Before the words came out of his mouth, a voice said from heaven, "KING Nebuchadnezzar, listen to this: The KINGDOM has been taken from you.
37Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, will praise, honor, and give glory to the KING of Heaven. Everything he does is true, his ways are right, and he can humiliate those who act arrogantly.
1KING Belshazzar threw a large banquet for 1,000 nobles and drank wine with them.
3So the servants brought the gold utensils that had been taken from God's temple in Jerusalem. The KING, his nobles, wives, and concubines drank from them.
5Suddenly, the fingers of a person's hand appeared and wrote on the plaster wall opposite the lamp stand of the royal palace. The KING watched as the hand wrote. 6Then the KING turned pale, and his thoughts frightened him. His hip joints became loose, and his knees knocked against each other. 7The KING screamed for the psychics, astrologers, and fortunetellers to be brought to him. He told these wise advisers of Babylon, "Whoever reads this writing and tells me its meaning will be dressed in purple, wear a gold chain on his neck, and become the third-highest ruler in the KINGDOM." 8All the KING’S wise advisers came, but they couldn't read the writing or tell the KING its meaning. 9KING Belshazzar was terrified, and his face turned pale. His nobles didn't know what to do.
10The discussion between the KING and his nobles brought the queen herself into the banquet hall. The queen said, "Your Majesty, may you live forever! Don't let your thoughts frighten you, and don't turn pale. 11There's a man in your KINGDOM who has the spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your grandfather, he was found to have insight, good judgment, and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods. Your grandfather, KING Nebuchadnezzar, made him head of the magicians, psychics, astrologers, and fortunetellers.
13So Daniel was taken to the KING. The KING asked him, "Are you Daniel, one of the captives that my grandfather brought from Judah?
17Daniel told the KING, "Keep your gifts. Give your gifts and awards to someone else. I'll still read the writing for you and tell you its meaning.
30That night KING Belshazzar of Babylon was killed.
2Over these satraps were three officials. Daniel was one of these officials. The satraps were to report to these three officials so that the KING wouldn't be cheated. 3This man, Daniel, distinguished himself among the other officials and satraps because there was an extraordinary spirit in him. The KING thought about putting him in charge of the whole KINGDOM.
6So these officials and satraps went to the KING as a group. They said to him, "May KING Darius live forever! 7All the officials, governors, satraps, advisers, and mayors agree that the KING should make a statute and enforce a decree. The decree should state that for the next 30 days whoever asks for anything from any god or person except you, Your Majesty, will be thrown into a lions' den.
12Then they went and spoke to the KING about his decree. They asked, "Didn't you sign a decree which stated that for 30 days whoever asks for anything from any god or person except you, Your Majesty, will be thrown into a lions' den?" The KING answered, "That's true. According to the law of the Medes and Persians the decree can't be repealed."
14The KING was very displeased when he heard this. He tried every way he could think of to save Daniel. Until sundown he did everything he could to rescue him. 15Then Daniel's accusers gathered in front of the KING. They said to him, "Remember, Your Majesty, the Medes and Persians have a law that no decree or statute the KING makes can be changed." 16So the KING gave the order, and Daniel was brought to him and thrown into the lions' den. The KING told Daniel, "May your God, whom you always worship, save you!" 17A stone was brought and placed over the opening of the den. The KING put his seal on the stone, using his ring and the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel's situation could not be changed.
18Then the KING went to his palace and spent the night without food or company. He couldn't get to sleep. 19At dawn, as soon as it was light, the KING got up and quickly went to the lions' den. 20As he came near the den where Daniel was, the KING called to Daniel with anguish in his voice, "Daniel, servant of the living God! Was God, whom you always worship, able to save you from the lions?" 21Daniel said to the KING, "Your Majesty, may you live forever!
23The KING was overjoyed and had Daniel taken out of the den. When Daniel was taken out of the den, people saw that he was completely unharmed because he trusted his God. 24The KING ordered those men who had brought charges against Daniel to be brought to him. They, their wives, and their children were thrown into the lions' den. Before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions attacked them and crushed all their bones.
25Then KING Darius wrote to the people of every province, nation, and language all over the world: I wish you peace and prosperity.
1In Belshazzar's first year as KING of Babylon, Daniel had a dream. He saw a vision while he was asleep. He wrote down the main parts of the dream.
24The ten horns are ten KINGS that will rise to power from that KINGDOM. Another KING will rise to power after them. He will be different from the KINGS who came before him, and he will humble three KINGS.
1In Belshazzar's third year as KING, I, Daniel, saw a vision. This vision came after the one I saw earlier.
21The hairy male goat is the KINGDOM of Greece, and the large horn between its eyes is its first KING. 22The horn broke off, and four horns replaced it. Four KINGDOMs will come out of that nation, but they won't be as strong as the first KING was. 23"In the last days of those KINGDOMs, when rebellions are finished, a stern-looKING KING who understands mysterious things will rise to power.
27I, Daniel, was exhausted and sick for days. Then I got up and worked for the KING. The vision horrified me because I couldn't understand it.
6We haven't listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our KINGS, leaders, ancestors, and all the common people.
8We, our KINGS, leaders, and ancestors are ashamed because we have sinned against you, LORD.
1In Cyrus' third year as KING of Persia, a message was revealed to Daniel (who had been renamed Belteshazzar). The message was true. It was about a great war. Daniel understood the message because he was given insight during the vision.
13The commander of the Persian KINGDOM opposed me for 21 days. But then Michael, one of the chief commanders, came to help me because I was left alone with the KINGS of Persia.
1During Darius the Mede's first year as KING, I strengthened and defended Michael." 2The person who looked like a human continued, "What I am about to tell you is the truth. Three more KINGS will rule Persia. Then there will be a fourth, who will become much richer than all the others. As he becomes strong through his wealth, he will turn everyone against the KINGDOM of Greece. 3"Then a warrior-KING will come. He will rule a vast empire and do as he pleases.
5"The southern KING will be strong, but one of his officers will become stronger than he is and rule a vast empire. 6After a few years the southern and northern KINGS will make an alliance. The southern KING’S daughter will go to the northern KING to make peace. She won't hold on to her power, and the alliance won't last. She, those who came with her, and the one who fathered and protected her will be given away. 7"At that time a shoot will grow from her roots to replace her father. He will attack the northern army, enter the stronghold of the northern KING, fight against them, and be victorious. 8He will take the metal statues of their gods and their precious utensils of silver and gold back to Egypt. He will rule for more years than the northern KING.
11The southern KING will be outraged. He will go to fight the northern KING, who will raise a large army that will fall into the southern KING’S hands. 12When that army is captured, the southern KING will become conceited. Although he will dominate tens of thousands of people, he will not always be strong. 13"The northern KING will return and raise an army larger than the first one. After a few years he will invade with a large army and a lot of equipment. 14In those times many people will rebel against the southern KING, and violent men from your own people will rebel in keeping with this vision, but they will be defeated. 15Then the northern KING will come, build dirt attack ramps, and capture a fortified city. The southern forces will not be able to withstand him. Even their best troops will not be strong enough.
17"Then the northern KING will decide to invade with the power of his entire KINGDOM, and some decent men will invade with him. He will give the southern KING his daughter as a wife in order to destroy the southern KINGDOM. But this will not succeed or help him. 18Then he will turn his attention to the coastlands and capture many of them. But a commander will silence the insults that the northern KING makes and even insult him.
20"Another KING will take his place. He will have a cruel official go out in royal splendor. But in a few days the KING will be destroyed, although not in anger or war.
25"With a large army he will summon his power and courage against the southern KING, who will prepare for war with a large, strong army. But the southern KING won't be able to withstand him because of the schemes devised against him. 26People who eat the KING’S rich food will ruin him. His army will be overwhelmed, and many will die in battle. 27The two KINGS will both plan to do evil. They will sit at the same table and tell lies. But they will not succeed, because the end must wait until the appointed time. 28The northern KING will return to his country with a lot of wealth. He will be determined to fight against the holy promise. He will take action and return to his own country.
36"The KING will do as he pleases. He will highly honor himself above every god. He will say amazing things against the God of gods. He will succeed until God's anger is over, because what has been decided must be done.
40"In the end times the southern KING will attack him. The northern KING will rush at him like a storm with chariots, horses, and many ships. He will invade countries, overwhelm them, and pass through their land.
1The LORD spoke his word to Hosea, son of Beeri, when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were KINGS of Judah and when Jeroboam, son of Joash, was KING of Israel.
4In the same way, the Israelites will wait a long time without KINGS or officials, without sacrifices or sacred stones, and without ephods or family idols. 5After that, the Israelites will turn and look to the LORD their God and David their KING. They will come trembling to the LORD for his blessings in the last days.
13"When Ephraim saw that he was sick and when Judah saw his own wounds, Ephraim went to Assyria to ask the great KING for help. But the KING couldn't cure them or heal their wounds.
3"They make KINGS happy with the wicked things they do. They make officials happy with the lies they tell.
5On the day of the KING’S celebration, the officials become drunk from wine, and the KING joins mockers.
7They are all as hot as an oven. They consume their judges like a fire. All their KINGS die in battle, and none of them calls to me.
4"They chose their own KINGS, KINGS I didn't approve. They chose their own princes, princes I didn't know. They chose to make idols with their own silver and gold. Because of this, they will be destroyed.
10Even though they sold themselves among the nations, I will gather them now. They will suffer for a while under the burdens of KINGS and princes.
3So they'll say, "We have no KING because we didn't fear the LORD. Even if we had a KING, he couldn't do anything for us."
6The thing itself will be carried to Assyria as a present to the great KING. Ephraim will be disgraced. Israel will be ashamed because of its plans. 7The KING of Samaria will be carried away like a piece of wood on water.
15This is what will happen to you, Bethel, because you have done many wicked things. At daybreak, the KING of Israel will be completely destroyed.
10"Where, now, is your KING, the one who is supposed to save you? Where in all your cities are your judges? You said, 'Give us KINGS and officials!' 11I gave you a KING when I was angry, and I took him away when I was furious.
1These are the words of Amos, one of the sheep farmers from Tekoa. He saw a vision about Israel during the reigns of Judah's KING Uzziah and Israel's KING Jeroboam, son of Joash. This happened two years before the earthquake.
15Their KING will go into captivity along with his officials. The LORD has said this.
1This is what the LORD says: Because Moab has committed three crimes, and now a fourth crime, I will not change my plans. The Moabites have cremated Edom's KING.
26You carried along the statues of the god Sikkuth as your KING and the star Kiyyun, the gods you made for yourselves.
1This is what the Almighty LORD showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts when the second crop was being harvested. It was the harvest that followed the harvest for the KING.
10Then Amaziah, the priest at Bethel, sent a message to KING Jeroboam of Israel. It read, "Amos is plotting against you among the people of Israel. The country isn't able to endure everything he is saying.
13But don't ever prophesy again in Bethel, because this is the KING’S holy place and the KING’S palace."
6When the news reached the KING of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, took off his robe, put on sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7Then he made this announcement and sent it throughout the city: "This is an order from the KING and his nobles: No one is to eat or drink anything. This includes all people, animals, cattle, and sheep.
1The LORD spoke his word to Micah, who was from Moresheth, when Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were KINGS of Judah. This is the vision that Micah saw about Samaria and Jerusalem.
14That is why you will give farewell gifts to Moresheth Gath. The town of Achzib will betray the KINGS of Israel.
13The LORD will open the way and lead them. They will break out, go through the gate, and leave. Their KING will travel in front of them. The LORD will lead the people.
9Now why are you crying so loudly? Don't you have a KING? Has your counselor died? Pain grips you like a woman in labor.
5My people, remember what KING Balak of Moab planned to do to you and how Balaam, son of Beor, responded to him. Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal so that you may know the victories of the LORD."
18Your shepherds, KING of Assyria, have fallen into a deep sleep. Your best fighting men are at rest. Your people are scattered on the mountains, and there is no one to gather them.
10They will make fun of KINGS and treat rulers as a joke. They will laugh at every fortified city and build a dirt ramp to capture it.
1This is the word that the LORD spoke to Zephaniah, who was the son of Cushi, the grandson of Gedaliah, and the great-grandson of Amariah, son of Hezekiah. The LORD spoke his word in the days of Judah's KING Josiah, son of Amon.
8"On the day of the LORD's sacrifice I will punish the officials, the KING’S sons, and all who dress in foreign clothing.
15The LORD has reversed the judgments against you. He has forced out your enemies. The KING of Israel, the LORD, is with you. You will never fear disaster again.
1On the first day of the sixth month in Darius' second year as KING, the LORD spoke his word through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel (who was the son of Shealtiel and was governor of Judah) and to the chief priest Joshua (who was the son of Jehozadak). He said,
15They began on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month in Darius' second year as KING.
10On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month in Darius' second year as KING, the LORD spoke his word to the prophet Haggai. He said,
1In the eighth month of Darius' second year as KING, the LORD spoke his word to the prophet Zechariah, who was the son of Berechiah and the grandson of Iddo. He said,
7On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month (the month of Shebat) in Darius' second year as KING, the LORD spoke his word to the prophet Zechariah, who was the son of Berechiah and the grandson of Iddo.
1On the fourth day of the ninth month (the month of Chislev) in Darius' fourth year as KING, the LORD spoke his word to Zechariah.
5Ashkelon will see this and be afraid. Gaza will also be in great pain, also Ekron, because its hope will fade. Gaza will lose its KING. Ashkelon will no longer be lived in.
9Rejoice with all your heart, people of Zion! Shout in triumph, people of Jerusalem! Look! Your KING is coming to you: He is righteous and victorious. He is humble and rides on a donkey, on a colt, a young pack animal.
6The LORD declares, "I will no longer have pity on those who live in the land. I am going to hand the people over to their neighbors and their KING, who will crush the land. And I won't rescue any of them from their power."
5Then you will flee to the valley of my mountains, because this valley between the mountains will go as far as Azel. You will flee as you did from the earthquake at the time of KING Uzziah of Judah. The LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones will be with him.
9The LORD will be KING over all the earth. On that day the LORD will be the only Lord and his name the only name. 10The whole earth will become like the plains from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem. Jerusalem will rise and remain on its site, from Benjamin Gate to the place of First Gate, Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the KING’S winepresses.
16Everyone who is left from all the nations that attacked Jerusalem will come every year to worship the KING, the LORD of Armies, and to celebrate the Festival of Booths. 17If any of the families on the earth won't go to Jerusalem to worship the KING, the LORD of Armies, then rain won't fall on them.
14"Cheaters are under a curse. They have male animals in their flocks that they vow to give as a sacrifice. But they sacrifice second-rate ones to the Lord instead. I am a great KING," says the LORD of Armies. "Among the nations my name is respected.
6Jesse the father of KING David. David and Uriah's wife Bathsheba were the father and mother of Solomon.
1Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea when Herod was KING. After Jesus' birth wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem. 2They asked, "Where is the one who was born to be the KING of the Jews? We saw his star rising and have come to worship him." 3When KING Herod and all Jerusalem heard about this, they became disturbed.
9After they had heard the KING, they started out. The star they had seen rising led them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
22But when he heard that Archelaus had succeeded his father Herod as KING of Judea, Joseph was afraid to go there. Warned in a dream, he left for Galilee
35or by the earth, which is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, which is the city of the great KING.
18Because of me you will even be brought in front of governors and KINGS to testify to them and to everyone in the world.
9The KING regretted his promise. But because of his oath and his guests, he ordered that her wish be granted.
25"Certainly," he answered. Peter went into the house. Before he could speak, Jesus asked him, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the KINGS of the world collect fees or taxes? Is it from their family members or from other people?"
23"That is why the KINGDOM of heaven is like a KING who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
5"Tell the people of Zion, 'Your KING is coming to you. He's gentle, riding on a donkey, on a colt, a young pack animal.'"
2"The KINGDOM of heaven is like a KING who planned a wedding for his son.
6The rest grabbed the KING’S servants, mistreated them, and then killed them. 7"The KING became angry. He sent his soldiers, killed those murderers, and burned their city. 8"Then the KING said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited don't deserve the honor.
11"When the KING came to see the guests, he saw a person who was not dressed in the wedding clothes provided for the guests.
13Then the KING told his servants, 'Tie his hands and feet, and throw him outside into the darkness. People will cry and be in extreme pain there.'
34"Then the KING will say to those on his right, 'Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the KINGDOM prepared for you from the creation of the world.
40"The KING will answer them, 'I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did for me.' 41"Then the KING will say to those on his left, 'Get away from me! God has cursed you! Go into everlasting fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels!
11Jesus stood in front of the governor, Pilate. The governor asked him, "Are you the KING of the Jews?" "Yes, I am," Jesus answered.
29They twisted some thorns into a crown, placed it on his head, and put a stick in his right hand. They knelt in front of him and made fun of him by saying, "Long live the KING of the Jews!"
37They placed a written accusation above his head. It read, "This is Jesus, the KING of the Jews."
42"He saved others, but he can't save himself. So he's Israel's KING! Let him come down from the cross now, and we'll believe him.
14KING Herod heard about Jesus, because Jesus' name had become well-known. Some people were saying, "John the Baptizer has come back to life. That's why he has the power to perform these miracles."
22His daughter, that is, Herodias' daughter, came in and danced. Herod and his guests were delighted with her. The KING told the girl, "Ask me for anything you want, and I'll give it to you."
25So the girl hurried back to the KING with her request. She said, "I want you to give me the head of John the Baptizer on a platter at once." 26The KING deeply regretted his promise. But because of his oath and his guests, he didn't want to refuse her. 27Immediately, the KING sent a guard and ordered him to bring John's head. The guard cut off John's head in prison.
9"Be on your guard! People will hand you over to the Jewish courts and whip you in their synagogues. You will stand in front of governors and KINGS to testify to them because of me.
2Pilate asked him, "Are you the KING of the Jews?" "Yes, I am," Jesus answered him.
9Pilate answered them, "Do you want me to free the KING of the Jews for you?"
12So Pilate again asked them, "Then what should I do with the KING of the Jews?"
18Then they began to greet him, "Long live the KING of the Jews!"
26There was a written notice of the accusation against him. It read, "The KING of the Jews."
32Let the Messiah, the KING of Israel, come down from the cross now so that we may see and believe." Even those who were crucified with him were insulting him.
5When Herod was KING of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the division of priests named after Abijah. Zechariah's wife Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron.
33Your son will be KING of Jacob's people forever, and his KINGDOM will never end."
4So Joseph went from Nazareth, a city in Galilee, to a Judean city called Bethlehem. Joseph, a descendant of KING David, went to Bethlehem because David had been born there.
24I can guarantee that many prophets and KINGS wanted to see and hear what you've seen and heard, but they didn't."
31"Or suppose a KING is going to war against another KING. He would first sit down and think things through. Can he and his 10,000 soldiers fight against a KING with 20,000 soldiers? 32If he can't, he'll send ambassadors to ask for terms of peace while the other KING is still far away.
12He said, "A prince went to a distant country to be appointed KING, and then he returned.
14"The citizens of his own country hated him. They sent representatives to follow him and say to the person who was going to appoint him, 'We don't want this man to be our KING.' 15"After he was appointed KING, he came back. Then he said, 'Call those servants to whom I gave money. I want to know how much each one has made by investing.'
17"The KING said to him, 'Good job! You're a good servant. You proved that you could be trusted with a little money. Take charge of ten cities.'
19"The KING said to this servant, 'You take charge of five cities.'
22"The KING said to him, 'I'll judge you by what you've said, you evil servant! You knew that I was a tough person to get along with. You knew that I take what isn't mine and harvest grain I haven't planted.
24The KING told his men, 'Take his coin away, and give it to the man who has ten.'
27Bring my enemies, who didn't want me to be their KING. Kill them in front of me.'"
38They shouted joyfully, "Blessed is the KING who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven."
12"Before all these things happen, people will arrest and persecute you. They will hand you over to their synagogues and put you into their prisons. They will drag you in front of KINGS and governors because of my name.
25Jesus said to them, "The KINGS of nations have power over their people, and those in authority call themselves friends of the people.
2They began to accuse Jesus by saying, "We found that he stirs up trouble among our people: He keeps them from paying taxes to the emperor, and he says that he is Christ, a KING." 3Pilate asked him, "Are you the KING of the Jews?" "Yes, I am," Jesus answered.
37and say, "If you're the KING of the Jews, save yourself!" 38A written notice was placed above him. It said, "This is the KING of the Jews."
49Nathanael said to Jesus, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the KING of Israel!"
15Jesus realized that the people intended to take him by force and make him KING. So he returned to the mountain by himself.
13So they took palm branches and went to meet him. They were shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the KING of Israel!"
15"Don't be afraid, people of Zion! Your KING is coming. He is riding on a donkey's colt."
33Pilate went back into the palace, called for Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the KING of the Jews?"
37Pilate asked him, "So you are a KING?" Jesus replied, "You're correct in saying that I'm a KING. I have been born and have come into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to me."
39You have a custom that I should free one person for you at Passover. Would you like me to free the KING of the Jews for you?"
3They went up to him, said, "Long live the KING of the Jews!" and slapped his face.
12When Pilate heard what Jesus said, he wanted to free him. But the Jews shouted, "If you free this man, you're not a friend of the emperor. Anyone who claims to be a KING is defying the emperor."
14The time was about six o'clock in the morning on the Friday of the Passover festival. Pilate said to the Jews, "Look, here's your KING!" 15Then the Jews shouted, "Kill him! Kill him! Crucify him!" Pilate asked them, "Should I crucify your KING?" The chief priests responded, "The emperor is the only KING we have!"
19Pilate wrote a notice and put it on the cross. The notice read, "Jesus from Nazareth, the KING of the Jews."
21The chief priests of the Jewish people told Pilate, "Don't write, 'The KING of the Jews!' Instead, write, 'He said that he is the KING of the Jews.'"
26KINGS take their stand. Rulers make plans together against the Lord and against his Messiah.'
10and rescued him from all his suffering. When Joseph stood in the presence of Pharaoh (the KING of Egypt), God gave Joseph divine favor and wisdom so that he became ruler of Egypt and of Pharaoh's whole palace.
18Then a different KING, who knew nothing about Joseph, began to rule in Egypt. 19This KING was shrewd in the way he took advantage of our people. He mistreated our ancestors. He made them abandon their newborn babies outdoors, where they would die.
15The Lord told Ananias, "Go! I've chosen this man to bring my name to nations, to KINGS, and to the people of Israel. Acts 12:1
1About that time KING Herod devoted his attention to mistreating certain members of the church.
20Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. They were going to meet with Herod. They had agreed on what they wanted to do: They enlisted the help of Blastus to ask Herod for terms of peace. This was because their cities depended on Herod for their food supply. (Blastus was in charge of the KING’S living quarters.)
21"Then the people demanded a KING, so God gave them Saul, son of Kish, from the tribe of Benjamin. After forty years 22God removed Saul and made David their KING. God spoke favorably about David. He said, 'I have found that David, son of Jesse, is a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.'
7and Jason has welcomed them as his guests. All of them oppose the emperor's decrees by saying that there is another KING, whose name is Jesus."
13Later KING Agrippa and Bernice came to the city of Caesarea to welcome Festus. 14Since they were staying there for a number of days, Festus told the KING about Paul's case. Festus said, "Felix left a man here in prison.
24Then Festus said, "KING Agrippa and everyone who is present with us! All the Jews in Jerusalem and Caesarea have talked to me about this man you see in front of you. They shout that he must not be allowed to live any longer.
26But I don't have anything reliable to write our emperor about him. So I have brought him to all of you, and especially to you, KING Agrippa. Then I'll have something to write after he is cross-examined.
1Agrippa said to Paul, "You're free to speak for yourself." Paul acknowledged KING Agrippa and then began his defense. 2"KING Agrippa, I think I'm fortunate today to stand in front of you and defend myself against every charge that the Jews brought against me.
19"At that point I did not disobey the vision I saw from heaven, KING Agrippa.
26I can easily speak to a KING who knows about these things. I'm sure that none of these things has escaped his attention. None of this was done secretly. 27KING Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you believe them!"
30The KING, the governor, Bernice, and the people who were sitting with them got up.
1 Corinthians 4:8
8You already have what you want! You've already become rich! You've become KINGS without us! I wish you really were KINGS so that we could be KINGS with you.
2 Corinthians 11:32
32The governor under KING Aretas put guards around the city of Damascus to catch me.
16He created all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Whether they are KINGS or lords, rulers or powers-- everything has been created through him and for him.
1 Timothy 1:17
17Worship and glory belong forever to the eternal KING, the immortal, invisible, and only God. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:15
15At the right time God will make this known. God is the blessed and only ruler. He is the KING of KINGS and Lord of lords.
1Melchizedek was KING of Salem and priest of the Most High God. He met Abraham and blessed him when Abraham was returning from defeating the KINGS. 2Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything he had captured. In the first place, Melchizedek's name means KING of righteousness. He is also called KING of Salem (which means KING of peace).
23Faith led Moses' parents to hide him for three months after he was born. They did this because they saw that Moses was a beautiful baby and they were not afraid to disobey the KING’S order.
27Faith led Moses to leave Egypt without being afraid of the KING’S anger. Moses didn't give up but continued as if he could actually see the invisible God.
Revelation of John 1:5
5and from Jesus Christ, the witness, the trustworthy one, the first to come back to life, and the ruler over the KINGS of the earth. Glory and power forever and ever belong to the one who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
Revelation of John 5:10
10You made them a KINGDOM and priests for our God. They will rule as KINGS on the earth."
Revelation of John 6:15
15Then the KINGS of the earth, the important people, the generals, the rich, the powerful, and all the slaves and free people hid themselves in caves and among the rocks in the mountains.
Revelation of John 9:11
11The KING who ruled them was the angel from the bottomless pit. In Hebrew he is called Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon.
Revelation of John 10:11
11The seven thunders told me, "Again you must speak what God has revealed in front of many people, nations, languages, and KINGS."
Revelation of John 11:15
15When the seventh angel blew his trumpet, there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The KINGDOM of the world has become the KINGDOM of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will rule as KING forever and ever."
Revelation of John 11:17
17and said, "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun ruling as KING.
Revelation of John 15:3
3and singing the song of God's servant Moses and the song of the lamb. They sang, "The things you do are spectacular and amazing, Lord God Almighty. The way you do them is fair and true, KING of the Nations.
Revelation of John 16:12
12The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great Euphrates River. The water in the river dried up to make a road for the KINGS from the east.
Revelation of John 16:14
14They are spirits of demons that do miracles. These spirits go to the KINGS of the whole world and gather them for the war on the frightening day of God Almighty.
Revelation of John 16:16
16The spirits gathered the KINGS at the place which is called Armageddon in Hebrew.
Revelation of John 17:2
2The KINGS of the earth had sex with her, and those living on earth became drunk on the wine of her sexual sins."
Revelation of John 17:10-12
10They are also seven KINGS. Five of them have fallen, one is ruling now, and the other has not yet come. When he comes, he must remain for a little while. 11The beast that was and is no longer is the eighth KING. It belongs with the seven KINGS and goes to its destruction. 12"The ten horns that you saw are ten KINGS who have not yet started to rule. They will receive authority to rule as KINGS with the beast for one hour.
Revelation of John 17:14
14They will go to war against the lamb. The lamb will conquer them because he is Lord of lords and KING of KINGS. Those who are called, chosen, and faithful are with him."
Revelation of John 17:18
18The woman you saw is the important city which dominates the KINGS of the earth."
Revelation of John 18:3
3All the nations fell because of the wine of her sexual sins. The KINGS of the earth had sex with her. Her luxurious wealth has made the merchants of the earth rich."
Revelation of John 18:9
9"The KINGS of the earth who had sex with her and lived in luxury with her will cry and mourn over her when they see the smoke rise from her raging fire.
Revelation of John 19:6
6I heard what sounded like the noise from a large crowd, like the noise of raging waters, like the noise of loud thunder, saying, "Hallelujah! The Lord our God, the Almighty, has become KING.
Revelation of John 19:16
16On his clothes and his thigh he has a name written: KING of KINGS and Lord of lords.
Revelation of John 19:18-19
18Eat the flesh of KINGS, generals, warriors, horses and their riders, and all free people and slaves, both important or insignificant people." 19I saw the beast, the KINGS of the earth, and their armies gathered to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army.
Revelation of John 21:24
24The nations will walk in its light, and the KINGS of the earth will bring their glory into it.
Revelation of John 22:5
5There will be no more night, and they will not need any light from lamps or the sun because the Lord God will shine on them. They will rule as KINGS forever and ever.