11:1 But king Solomon loved many foreign women, together with
the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites,
Edomites, Zidonians, [and] Hittites;
11:2 Of the nations [concerning] which the LORD said to the
children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall
they come in to you: [for] surely they will turn away your
heart after their gods: Solomon cleaved to these in love.
11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three
hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, [that] his wives
turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not
perfect with the LORD his God, as [was] the heart of David his
11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the
Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
11:6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not
fully after the LORD, as [did] David his father.
11:7 Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the
abomination of Moab, in the hill that [is] before Jerusalem,
and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
11:8 And likewise did he for all his foreign wives, who burnt
incense and sacrificed to their gods.
11:9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was
turned from the LORD God of Israel, who had appeared to him
11:10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he
should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the
11:11 Wherefore the LORD said to Solomon, Forasmuch as this is
done by thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my
statutes which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the
kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
11:12 Notwithstanding, in thy days, I will not do it, for David
thy father's sake: [but] I will rend it out of the hand of thy
11:13 Yet, I will not rend away all the kingdom; [but] will give
one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for
Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen.
11:14 And the LORD stirred up an adversary to Solomon, Hadad the
Edomite: he [was] of the king's seed in Edom.
11:15 For it came to pass, when David was in Edom, and Joab the
captain of the host had gone up to bury the slain, after he had
smitten every male in Edom;
11:16 (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel,
until he had cut off every male in Edom:)
11:17 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's
servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad [being] yet a little
11:18 And they arose out of Midian, and came to Paran: and they
took men with them from Paran, and they came to Egypt, to
Pharaoh king of Egypt; who gave him a house, and appointed him
victuals, and gave him land.
11:19 And Hadad found great favor in the sight of Pharaoh, so
that he gave him for a wife the sister of his own wife, the
sister of Tahpenes the queen.
11:20 And the sister of Tahpenes bore him Genubath his son, whom
Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's house: and Genubath was in
Pharaoh's household among the sons of Pharaoh.
11:21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his
fathers, and that Joab the captain of the host was dead, Hadad
said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, that I may go to my own
11:22 Then Pharaoh said to him, But what hast thou lacked with
me, that, behold, thou seekest to go to thy own country? And he
answered, Nothing: yet, in any wise let me go.
11:23 And God stirred him up [another] adversary, Rezon the son
of Eliadah, who fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah:
11:24 And he gathered men to him, and became captain over a
band, when David slew them [of Zobah]: and they went to
Damascus, and dwelt in it, and reigned in Damascus.
11:25 And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon,
besides the mischief that Hadad [did]: and he abhorred Israel,
and reigned over Syria.
11:26 And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda,
Solomon's servant, whose mother's name [was] Zeruah, a widow
woman, even he raised [his] hand against the king.
11:27 And this [was] the cause why he raised [his] hand against
the king: Solomon built Millo, [and] repaired the breaches of
the city of David his father.
11:28 And the man Jeroboam [was] a mighty man of valor: and
Solomon, seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made
him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.
11:29 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of
Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in
the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they
two [were] alone in the field:
11:30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that [was] on him, and
rent it [in] twelve pieces:
11:31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus
saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the
kingdom from the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to
11:32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David's sake,
and for Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen out of
all the tribes of Israel:)
11:33 Because they have forsaken me, and have worshiped
Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the
Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have
not walked in my ways, to do [that which is] right in my eyes,
and [to keep] my statutes and my judgments, as [did] David his
11:34 Yet I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but
I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my
servant's sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments
and my statutes:
11:35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, and
will give it to thee, [even] ten tribes.
11:36 And to his son will I give one tribe, that David my
servant may have a light always before me in Jerusalem, the
city which I have chosen for me to put my name there.
11:37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to
all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.
11:38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken to all that I
command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do right in my
sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my
servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure
house, as I built for David, and will give Israel to thee.
11:39 And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for
11:40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam
arose, and fled into Egypt, to Shishak king of Egypt, and was
in Egypt until the death of Solomon.
11:41 And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did,
and his wisdom, [are] they not written in the book of the acts
11:42 And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all
Israel [was] forty years.
11:43 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the
city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his