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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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1 Kings 9:1-28

9  And it came about that, as soon as Sol′o·mon had finished building the house+ of Jehovah and the house of the king+ and every desirable thing of Sol′o·mon that he took delight in making,+  then Jehovah appeared to Sol′o·mon the second time, the same as he had appeared to him in Gib′e·on.+  And Jehovah went on to say to him: “I have heard your prayer+ and your request for favor with which you requested favor before me. I have sanctified+ this house that you have built by putting my name+ there to time indefinite; and my eyes+ and my heart will certainly prove to be there always.+  And you, if you will walk+ before me, just as David+ your father walked, with integrity+ of heart and with uprightness+ by doing according to all that I have commanded you,+ and you will keep my regulations+ and my judicial decisions,+  I also shall indeed establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel to time indefinite,* just as I promised David your father, saying, ‘Not a man of yours will be cut off from [sitting] upon the throne of Israel.’+  If YOU yourselves and YOUR sons should definitely turn back from following me+ and not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have put before YOU men, and YOU actually go and serve other gods+ and bow down to them,*  I will also cut Israel off from upon the surface of the ground that I have given to them;+ and the house that I have sanctified to my name I shall throw away* from before me,+ and Israel will indeed become a proverbial saying+ and a taunt among all the peoples.  And this house itself will become heaps of ruins.*+ Everyone passing by it will stare in amazement+ and will certainly whistle and say, ‘For what reason did Jehovah do like that to this land and this house?’+  And they will have to say, ‘For the reason that they left Jehovah their God who had brought their forefathers out from the land of Egypt,+ and they proceeded to take hold of other gods+ and bow down to them and serve them. That is why Jehovah brought upon them all this calamity.’”+ 10  And it came about at the end of twenty years, in which Sol′o·mon built the two houses, the house of Jehovah+ and the house of the king,+ 11  (Hi′ram+ the king of Tyre had himself assisted Sol′o·mon+ with timbers of cedar trees and timbers of juniper trees and with gold as much as he delighted in,)+ that at that time King Sol′o·mon proceeded to give to Hi′ram twenty cities in the land of Gal′i·lee.*+ 12  Accordingly Hi′ram went out from Tyre to see the cities that Sol′o·mon had given him, and they were not just right in his eyes.+ 13  So he said: “What sort of cities are these that you have given me, my brother?” And they came to be called the Land of Ca′bul* down to this day. 14  In the meantime Hi′ram sent to the king a hundred and twenty talents* of gold.+ 15  Now this is the account of those conscripted for forced labor+ that King Sol′o·mon levied to build the house of Jehovah+ and his own house and the Mound*+ and the wall+ of Jerusalem and Ha′zor+ and Me·gid′do+ and Ge′zer.+ 16  (Phar′aoh the king of Egypt himself had come up and then captured Ge′zer and burned it with fire, and the Ca′naan·ites+ dwelling in the city he had killed. So he gave it as a parting gift to his daughter,+ the wife of Sol′o·mon.) 17  And Sol′o·mon went on to build Ge′zer and Lower Beth-ho′ron,+ 18  and Ba′al·ath+ and Ta′mar* in the wilderness, in the land, 19  and all the storage+ cities that became Sol′o·mon’s and the chariot cities+ and the cities for the horsemen, and the desirable things of Sol′o·mon+ that he had desired to build in Jerusalem and in Leb′a·non and in all the land of his dominion. 20  As for all the people remaining over from the Am′or·ites,+ the Hit′tites,+ the Per′iz·zites,+ the Hi′vites+ and the Jeb′u·sites,+ who were no part of the sons of Israel,+ 21  their sons who had been left over after them in the land whom the sons of Israel had been unable to devote to destruction,+ Sol′o·mon kept levying them for slavish forced labor until this day.+ 22  And there were none of the sons of Israel that Sol′o·mon constituted slaves;+ for they were the warriors and his servants and his princes and his adjutants and chiefs of his charioteers and of his horsemen.+ 23  These were the chiefs of the deputies who were over the work of Sol′o·mon, five hundred and fifty, the foremen over the people who were active in the work.+ 24  However, Phar′aoh’s daughter+ herself came up out of the City of David+ to her own house that he had built for her. It was then that he built the Mound.+ 25  And Sol′o·mon continued three+ times in the year to offer up burnt sacrifices and communion sacrifices upon the altar that he had built for Jehovah,+ and there was a making of sacrificial smoke* on the [altar],+ which was before Jehovah; and he completed the house.+ 26  And there was a fleet of ships that King Sol′o·mon made in E′zi·on-ge′ber,+ which is by E′loth,+ upon the shore of the Red Sea in the land of E′dom.+ 27  And Hi′ram kept sending in the fleet of ships his own servants,+ seamen,* having a knowledge of the sea, along with the servants of Sol′o·mon. 28  And they proceeded to go to O′phir+ and take from there four hundred and twenty talents* of gold+ and bring it in to King Sol′o·mon.


Or, “over Israel forever.”
Or, “and worship them.”
“Throw away,” TLXXVg and 2Ch 7:20; M, “send away.”
“Become heaps of ruins,” by a minor correction to agree with SyIt; M, “become most prominent (outstanding; conspicuous).”
Or, “the circuit.” Heb., hag·Ga·lil′; Gr., Ga·li·lai′ai; Lat., Ga·li·le′ae. “Galilee” later designated the Roman province north of Samaria.
Or, “the Land as Good as Nothing”; perhaps, “the Fettered Land.”
See App 8A.
“The Mound.” Lit., “the filling [of earth].” Heb., ham·mil·lohʼ′. Possibly a citadellike structure.
“Tadmor,” MmarginSy (see 2Ch 8:4); Vg, “Palmyra.”
“There was a making of sacrificial smoke.” In Heb. this is a verb in the infinitive absolute, indefinite as to time and impersonal.
Lit., “men of ships.”
See App 8A.