2 Chronicles 1
Solomon Worships at Gibeon
1 Solomon the son of David established himself in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.
2 Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, to the judges, and to all the leaders in all Israel, the heads of fathers’ houses. 3 And Solomon, and all the assembly with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon, for the tent of meeting of God, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness, was there. 4 (But David had brought up the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim to the place that David had prepared for it, for he had pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem.) 5 Moreover, the bronze altar that Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, had made, was there before the tabernacle of the Lord. And Solomon and the assembly sought it out. 6 And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tent of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.
Solomon Prays for Wisdom
7 In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” 8 And Solomon said to God, “You have shown great and steadfast love to David my father, and have made me king in his place. 9 O Lord God, let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” 11 God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.” 13 So Solomon came from the high place at Gibeon, from before the tent of meeting, to Jerusalem. And he reigned over Israel.
Solomon Given Wealth
14 Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. 15 And the king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah. 16 And Solomon’s import of horses was from Egypt and Kue, and the king’s traders would buy them from Kue for a price. 17 They imported a chariot from Egypt for 600 shekels of silver, and a horse for 150. Likewise through them these were exported to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Syria. [1]
Psalm 72
Give the King Your Justice
72 Of Solomon.
1    Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to the royal son!
2    May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice!
3    Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness!
4    May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor!
5    May they fear you while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
6    May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth!
7    In his days may the righteous flourish,
and peace abound, till the moon be no more!
8    May he have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth!
9    May desert tribes bow down before him,
and his enemies lick the dust!
10    May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands
render him tribute;
       may the kings of Sheba and Seba
bring gifts!
11    May all kings fall down before him,
all nations serve him!
12    For he delivers the needy when he calls,
the poor and him who has no helper.
13    He has pity on the weak and the needy,
and saves the lives of the needy.
14    From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
and precious is their blood in his sight.
15    Long may he live;
may gold of Sheba be given to him!
       May prayer be made for him continually,
and blessings invoked for him all the day!
16    May there be abundance of grain in the land;
on the tops of the mountains may it wave;
may its fruit be like Lebanon;
       and may people blossom in the cities
like the grass of the field!
17    May his name endure forever,
his fame continue as long as the sun!
       May people be blessed in him,
all nations call him blessed!
18    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
19    Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen!
20    The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended. [2]
Song of Solomon 1-6
1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.
The Bride Confesses Her Love
2    Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
       For your love is better than wine;
3        your anointing oils are fragrant;
       your name is oil poured out;
therefore virgins love you.
4    Draw me after you; let us run.
The king has brought me into his chambers.
       We will exult and rejoice in you;
we will extol your love more than wine;
rightly do they love you.
5    I am very dark, but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
       like the tents of Kedar,
like the curtains of Solomon.
6    Do not gaze at me because I am dark,
because the sun has looked upon me.
       My mother’s sons were angry with me;
they made me keeper of the vineyards,
but my own vineyard I have not kept!
7    Tell me, you whom my soul loves,
where you pasture your flock,
where you make it lie down at noon;
       for why should I be like one who veils herself
beside the flocks of your companions?
Solomon and His Bride Delight in Each Other
8    If you do not know,
O most beautiful among women,
       follow in the tracks of the flock,
and pasture your young goats
beside the shepherds’ tents.
9    I compare you, my love,
to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariots.
10    Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
your neck with strings of jewels.
11    We will make for you ornaments of gold,
studded with silver.
12    While the king was on his couch,
my nard gave forth its fragrance.
13    My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh
that lies between my breasts.
14    My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
in the vineyards of Engedi.
15    Behold, you are beautiful, my love;
behold, you are beautiful;
your eyes are doves.
16    Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly delightful.
       Our couch is green;
17        the beams of our house are cedar;
our rafters are pine.
2 I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.
2    As a lily among brambles,
so is my love among the young women.
3    As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my beloved among the young men.
       With great delight I sat in his shadow,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
4    He brought me to the banqueting house,
and his banner over me was love.
5    Sustain me with raisins;
refresh me with apples,
for I am sick with love.
6    His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me!
7    I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or the does of the field,
       that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.
The Bride Adores Her Beloved
8    The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes,
       leaping over the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
9    My beloved is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
       Behold, there he stands
behind our wall,
       gazing through the windows,
looking through the lattice.
10    My beloved speaks and says to me:
       “Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
11    for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
12    The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
       and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
13    The fig tree ripens its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
       Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.
14    O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
in the crannies of the cliff,
       let me see your face,
let me hear your voice,
       for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.
15    Catch the foxes for us,
the little foxes
       that spoil the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in blossom.”
16    My beloved is mine, and I am his;
he grazes among the lilies.
17    Until the day breathes
and the shadows flee,
       turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle
or a young stag on cleft mountains.
The Bride’s Dream
3 On my bed by night
       I sought him whom my soul loves;
I sought him, but found him not.
2    I will rise now and go about the city,
in the streets and in the squares;
       I will seek him whom my soul loves.
I sought him, but found him not.
3    The watchmen found me
as they went about in the city.
       “Have you seen him whom my soul loves?”
4    Scarcely had I passed them
when I found him whom my soul loves.
       I held him, and would not let him go
until I had brought him into my mother’s house,
and into the chamber of her who conceived me.
5    I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or the does of the field,
       that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.
Solomon Arrives for the Wedding
6    What is that coming up from the wilderness
like columns of smoke,
       perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
with all the fragrant powders of a merchant?
7    Behold, it is the litter of Solomon!
       Around it are sixty mighty men,
some of the mighty men of Israel,
8    all of them wearing swords
and expert in war,
       each with his sword at his thigh,
against terror by night.
9    King Solomon made himself a carriage
from the wood of Lebanon.
10    He made its posts of silver,
its back of gold, its seat of purple;
       its interior was inlaid with love
by the daughters of Jerusalem.
11    Go out, O daughters of Zion,
and look upon King Solomon,
       with the crown with which his mother crowned him
on the day of his wedding,
on the day of the gladness of his heart.
Solomon Admires His Bride’s Beauty
4 Behold, you are beautiful, my love,
behold, you are beautiful!
       Your eyes are doves
behind your veil.
       Your hair is like a flock of goats
leaping down the slopes of Gilead.
2    Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes
that have come up from the washing,
       all of which bear twins,
and not one among them has lost its young.
3    Your lips are like a scarlet thread,
and your mouth is lovely.
       Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
behind your veil.
4    Your neck is like the tower of David,
built in rows of stone;
       on it hang a thousand shields,
all of them shields of warriors.
5    Your two breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle,
that graze among the lilies.
6    Until the day breathes
and the shadows flee,
       I will go away to the mountain of myrrh
and the hill of frankincense.
7    You are altogether beautiful, my love;
there is no flaw in you.
8    Come with me from Lebanon, my bride;
come with me from Lebanon.
       Depart from the peak of Amana,
from the peak of Senir and Hermon,
       from the dens of lions,
from the mountains of leopards.
9    You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride;
you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.
10    How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!
How much better is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!
11    Your lips drip nectar, my bride;
honey and milk are under your tongue;
the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
12    A garden locked is my sister, my bride,
a spring locked, a fountain sealed.
13    Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates
with all choicest fruits,
henna with nard,
14    nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon,
with all trees of frankincense,
       myrrh and aloes,
with all choice spices—
15    a garden fountain, a well of living water,
and flowing streams from Lebanon.
16    Awake, O north wind,
and come, O south wind!
       Blow upon my garden,
let its spices flow.
Together in the Garden of Love
       Let my beloved come to his garden,
and eat its choicest fruits.
5 I came to my garden, my sister, my bride,
I gathered my myrrh with my spice,
I ate my honeycomb with my honey,
I drank my wine with my milk.
       Eat, friends, drink,
and be drunk with love!
The Bride Searches for Her Beloved
2    I slept, but my heart was awake.
       A sound! My beloved is knocking.
       “Open to me, my sister, my love,
my dove, my perfect one,
       for my head is wet with dew,
my locks with the drops of the night.”
3    I had put off my garment;
how could I put it on?
       I had bathed my feet;
how could I soil them?
4    My beloved put his hand to the latch,
and my heart was thrilled within me.
5    I arose to open to my beloved,
and my hands dripped with myrrh,
       my fingers with liquid myrrh,
on the handles of the bolt.
6    I opened to my beloved,
but my beloved had turned and gone.
       My soul failed me when he spoke.
       I sought him, but found him not;
I called him, but he gave no answer.
7    The watchmen found me
as they went about in the city;
       they beat me, they bruised me,
they took away my veil,
those watchmen of the walls.
8    I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
if you find my beloved,
       that you tell him
I am sick with love.
9    What is your beloved more than another beloved,
O most beautiful among women?
       What is your beloved more than another beloved,
that you thus adjure us?
The Bride Praises Her Beloved
10    My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
distinguished among ten thousand.
11    His head is the finest gold;
his locks are wavy,
black as a raven.
12    His eyes are like doves
beside streams of water,
       bathed in milk,
sitting beside a full pool.
13    His cheeks are like beds of spices,
mounds of sweet-smelling herbs.
       His lips are lilies,
dripping liquid myrrh.
14    His arms are rods of gold,
set with jewels.
       His body is polished ivory,
bedecked with sapphires.
15    His legs are alabaster columns,
set on bases of gold.
       His appearance is like Lebanon,
choice as the cedars.
16    His mouth is most sweet,
and he is altogether desirable.
       This is my beloved and this is my friend,
O daughters of Jerusalem.
6 Where has your beloved gone,
O most beautiful among women?
       Where has your beloved turned,
that we may seek him with you?
Together in the Garden of Love
2    My beloved has gone down to his garden
to the beds of spices,
       to graze in the gardens
and to gather lilies.
3    I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine;
he grazes among the lilies.
Solomon and His Bride Delight in Each Other
4    You are beautiful as Tirzah, my love,
lovely as Jerusalem,
awesome as an army with banners.
5    Turn away your eyes from me,
for they overwhelm me—
       Your hair is like a flock of goats
leaping down the slopes of Gilead.
6    Your teeth are like a flock of ewes
that have come up from the washing;
       all of them bear twins;
not one among them has lost its young.
7    Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
behind your veil.
8    There are sixty queens and eighty concubines,
and virgins without number.
9    My dove, my perfect one, is the only one,
the only one of her mother,
pure to her who bore her.
       The young women saw her and called her blessed;
the queens and concubines also, and they praised her.
10    “Who is this who looks down like the dawn,
beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun,
awesome as an army with banners?”
11    I went down to the nut orchard
to look at the blossoms of the valley,
       to see whether the vines had budded,
whether the pomegranates were in bloom.
12    Before I was aware, my desire set me
among the chariots of my kinsman, a prince.
13    Return, return, O Shulammite,
return, return, that we may look upon you.
       Why should you look upon the Shulammite,
as upon a dance before two armies? [3]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), 2 Ch 1:1–17.
[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 72:title–20.
[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), So 1–6:13.

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