Loggia di Raffaello: 43 - 48

43 - The Triumph of David - 328K ; small image - 45K.

David sang the words of this song to the Lord when the Lord had rescued him from the grasp of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. This is what he sang:

"O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my rock of refuge!
My shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge, my savior, from violence you keep me safe.
'Praised be the Lord,' I exclaim, and I am safe from my enemies." (2Sam 22:1-4)

44 - David and Bathsheba - 363K ; small image - 46K.

One evening David rose from his siesta and strolled about on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing, who was very beautiful. David had inquiries made about the woman and was told, "She is Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam, and wife of (Joab's armor-bearer) Uriah the Hittite." Then David sent messengers and took her. When she came to him, he had relations with her, at a time when she was just purified after her monthly period. She then returned to her house. But the woman had conceived, and sent the information to David, "I am with child." (2Sam 11:2-5)

King David answered, "Call Bathsheba here." When she reentered the king's presence and stood before him, the king swore, "As the Lord lives, who has delivered me from all distress, this very day I will fulfill the oath I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel, that your son Solomon should reign after me and should sit upon the throne in my place." Bowing to the floor in homage to the king, Bathsheba said, "May my lord, King David, live forever!" (1 Kgs 1:28-31)

45 - Solomon consecrated King - 312K ; small image - 42K.

Then Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. They blew the horn and all the people shouted, "Long live King Solomon!" Then all the people went up after him, playing flutes and rejoicing so much as to split open the earth with their shouting. (1 Kgs 1:39-40)

46 - The Judgement of Solomon - 294K ; small image - 44K.

Then the king said: "One woman claims, 'This, the living one, is my child, and the dead one is yours.' The other answers,' No! The dead one is your child; the living one is mine.'" The king continued, "Get me a sword."
When they brought the sword before him, he said, "Cut the living child in two, and give half to one woman and half to the other." The woman whose son it was, in the anguish she felt for it, said to the king, "Please, my lord, give her the living child---please do not kill it!" The other, however, said, "It shall be neither mine nor yours. Divide it!"
The king then answered, "Give the first one the living child! By no means kill it, for she is the mother."
When all Israel heard the judgment the king had given, they were in awe of him, because they saw that the king had in him the wisdom of God for giving judgment. (1 Kgs 3:23-28)

47 - The Queen of Sheba - 301K ; small image - 40K.

When the queen of Sheba witnessed Solomon's great wisdom, the palace he had built, the food at his table, the seating of his ministers, the attendance and garb of his waiters, his banquet service, and the holocausts he offered in the temple of the Lord, she was breathless.
"The report I heard in my country about your deeds and your wisdom is true," she told the king. "Though I did not believe the report until I came and saw with my own eyes, I have discovered that they were not telling me the half. Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report I heard. Happy are your men, happy these servants of yours, who stand before you always and listen to your wisdom. Blessed be the Lord, your God, whom it has pleased to place you on the throne of Israel. In his enduring love for Israel, the Lord has made you king to carry out judgment and justice."
Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty gold talents, a very large quantity of spices, and precious stones. Never again did anyone bring such an abundance of spices as the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon. (1 Kgs 10:4-10)

King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba everything she desired and asked for, besides such presents as were given her from Solomon's royal bounty. Then she returned with her servants to her own country. (1 Kgs 10:13)

48 - Construction of the Temple - 282K ; small image - 40K.

Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, which had been pointed out to his father David, on the spot which David had selected, the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jesubite. He began to build in the second month of the fourth year of his reign. (2 Chr 3:1-2)

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