This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #266. Where I read three chapters of the Holy Bible in the King James Version each day with my family as a part of our family devotions, to encourage you to read the Holy Bible in a year’s time. Today we are reading 1 Kings 10, 1 Kings 11, and Job 24.
Elisabeth Elliot said, “The Word of God I think of as a straight edge, which shows up our own crookedness. We can’t really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture.”
Thomas Fuller said, “Jest not with the two-edged sword of God’s Word.”
1 Kings 10
1 And when the queen of She’-ba heard of the fame of Sol’-o-mon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions.
2 And she came to Je-ru’-sa-lem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Sol’-o-mon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.
3 And Sol’-o-mon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not.
4 And when the queen of She’-ba had seen all Sol’-o-mon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built,
5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her.
6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.
7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.
8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.
9 Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Is’-ra-el: because the Lord loved Is’-ra-el for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.
10 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of She’-ba gave to king Sol’-o-mon.
11 And the navy also of Hi’-ram, that brought gold from O’-phir, brought in from O’-phir great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones.
12 And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the Lord, and for the king’s house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day.
13 And king Sol’-o-mon gave unto the queen of She’-ba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Sol’-o-mon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.
14 Now the weight of gold that came to Sol’-o-mon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,
15 Beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of the spice merchants, and of all the kings of A-ra’-bi-a, and of the governors of the country.
16 And king Sol’-o-mon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of gold went to one target.
17 And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three pound of gold went to one shield: and the king put them in the house of the forest of Leb’-a-non.
18 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold.
19 The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and there were stays on either side on the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the stays.
20 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps: there was not the like made in any kingdom.
21 And all king Sol’-o-mon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Leb’-a-non were of pure gold; none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of Sol’-o-mon.
22 For the king had at sea a navy of Thar’-shish with the navy of Hi’-ram: once in three years came the navy of Thar’-shish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
23 So king Sol’-o-mon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.
24 And all the earth sought to Sol’-o-mon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.
25 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.
26 And Sol’-o-mon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and with the king at Je-ru’-sa-lem.
27 And the king made silver to be in Je-ru’-sa-lem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycomore trees that are in the vale, for abundance.
28 And Sol’-o-mon had horses brought out of E’-gypt, and linen yarn: the king’s merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
29 And a chariot came up and went out of E’-gypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they bring them out by their means.
1 Kings 11
1 But king Sol’-o-mon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Phar’-aoh, women of the Mo’-ab-ites, Am’-mon-ites, E’-dom-ites, Zi-do’-ni-ans, and Hit’-tites:
2 Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Is’-ra-el, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Sol’-o-mon clave unto these in love.
3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
4 For it came to pass, when Sol’-o-mon 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 Da’-vid his father.
5 For Sol’-o-mon went after Ash’-to-reth the goddess of the Zi-do’-ni-ans, and after Mil’-com the abomination of the Am’-mon-ites.
6 And Sol’-o-mon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did Da’-vid his father.
7 Then did Sol’-o-mon build an high place for Che’-mosh, the abomination of Mo’-ab, in the hill that is before Je-ru’-sa-lem, and for Mo’-lech, the abomination of the children of Am’-mon.
8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
9 And the Lord was angry with Sol’-o-mon , because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Is’-ra-el, which had appeared unto him twice,
10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded.
11 Wherefore the Lord said unto Sol’-o-mon , Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for Da’-vid thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.
13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for Da’-vid my servant’s sake, and for Je-ru’-sa-lem’s sake which I have chosen.
14 And the Lord stirred up an adversary unto Sol’-o-mon, Ha’-dad the E’-domite: he was of the king’s seed in E’-dom.
15 For it came to pass, when Da’-vid was in E’-dom, and Jo’-ab the captain of the host was gone up to bury the slain, after he had smitten every male in E’-dom;
16 (For six months did Jo’-ab remain there with all Is’-ra-el, until he had cut off every male in E’-dom:)
17 That Ha’-dad fled, he and certain E’-domites of his father’s servants with him, to go into E’-gypt; Ha’-dad being yet a little child.
18 And they arose out of Mid’-i-an, and came to Pa’-ran: and they took men with them out of Pa’-ran, and they came to E’-gypt, unto Phar’-aoh king of E’-gypt; which gave him an house, and appointed him victuals, and gave him land.
19 And Ha’-dad found great favour in the sight of Phar’-aoh, so that he gave him to wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tah’-pen-es the queen.
20 And the sister of Tah’-pen-es bare him Genubath his son, whom Tah’-pen-es weaned in Phar’-aoh’s house: and Genubath was in Phar’-aoh’s household among the sons of Phar’-aoh.
21 And when Ha’-dad heard in E’-gypt that Da’-vid slept with his fathers, and that Jo’-ab the captain of the host was dead, Ha’-dad said to Phar’-aoh, Let me depart, that I may go to mine own country.
22 Then Phar’-aoh said unto him, But what hast thou lacked with me, that, behold, thou seekest to go to thine own country? And he answered, Nothing: howbeit let me go in any wise.
23 And God stirred him up another adversary, Re’-zon the son of E-li’-a-dah, which fled from his lord Had-a-de’-zer king of Zo’-bah:
24 And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band, when Da’-vid slew them of Zo’-bah: and they went to Da-mas’-cus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Da-mas’-cus.
25 And he was an adversary to Is’-ra-el all the days of Sol’-o-mon, beside the mischief that Ha’-dad did: and he abhorred Is’-ra-el, and reigned over Syr’-i-a.
26 And Jer-o-bo’-am the son of Ne’-bat, an Eph’-ra-thite of Zer’-e-da, Sol’-o-mon’s servant, whose mother’s name was Ze-ru’-ah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king.
27 And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king: Sol’-o-mon built Mil’-lo, and repaired the breaches of the city of Da’-vid his father.
28 And the man Jer-o-bo’-am was a mighty man of valour: and Sol’-o-mon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Jo’-seph.
29 And it came to pass at that time when Jer-o-bo’-am went out of Je-ru’-sa-lem, that the prophet A-hi’-jah the Shi’-lo-nite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field:
30 And A-hi’-jah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces:
31 And he said to Jer-o-bo’-am , Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the Lord, the God of Is’-ra-el, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Sol’-o-mon, and will give ten tribes to thee:
32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant Da’-vid’s sake, and for Je-ru’-sa-lem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Is’-ra-el:)
33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ash’-to-reth the goddess of the Zi-do’-ni-ans, Che’-mosh the god of the Mo’-ab-ites, and Mil’-com the god of the children of Am’-mon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did Da’-vid his father.
34 Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for Da’-vid my servant’s sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes:
35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes.
36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that Da’-vid my servant may have a light alway before me in Je-ru’-sa-lem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.
37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Is’-ra-el.
38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as Da’-vid my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for Da’-vid, and will give Is’-ra-el unto thee.
39 And I will for this afflict the seed of Da’-vid, but not for ever.
40 Sol’-o-mon sought therefore to kill Jer-o-bo’-am. And Jer-o-bo’-am arose, and fled into E’-gypt, unto Shi’-shak king of E’-gypt, and was in E’-gypt until the death of Sol’-o-mon.
41 And the rest of the acts of Sol’-o-mon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Sol’-o-mon?
42 And the time that Sol’-o-mon reigned in Je-ru’-sa-lem over all Is’-ra-el was forty years.
43 And Sol’-o-mon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of Da’-vid his father: and Re-ho-bo’-am his son reigned in his stead.
1 Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?
2 Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.
3 They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.
6 They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.
7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.
8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
10 They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;
11 Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
14 The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.
16 In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.
17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
18 He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.
19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned.
20 The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.
21 He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.
22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.
23 Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.
24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.
25 And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?
When I was a teenager I wanted to get wisdom and knowledge, so I set out to read the big family Bible that many families had in those days. But I couldn’t get past Genesis 2 before I got bored with reading the Bible. I found out later in life that you have to believe on Christ and get saved before you can understand the Bible. So here is how I became a Christian and how you can too:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.