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2 Chronicles 8:1-18

8  And it came about at the end of twenty years,+ in which Sol′o·mon had built the house of Jehovah+ and his own house,+  that the cities that Hi′ram*+ had given to Sol′o·mon—Sol′o·mon rebuilt them and then caused the sons of Israel to dwell there.  Furthermore, Sol′o·mon went to Ha′math-zo′bah and prevailed over it.  Then he rebuilt Tad′mor* in the wilderness and all the storage+ cities that he had built in Ha′math.+  And he went on to build Upper Beth-ho′ron+ and Lower Beth-ho′ron,+ fortified cities with walls,+ doors and bar,+  and Ba′al·ath+ and all the storage cities that had become Sol′o·mon’s and all the chariot cities+ and the cities for the horsemen+ and every desirable thing 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.  As for all the people that were left over of the Hit′tites+ and the Am′or·ites+ and the Per′iz·zites+ and the Hi′vites+ and the Jeb′u·sites,+ who were no part of Israel,+  from their sons that had been left behind them in the land, whom the sons of Israel had not exterminated,+ Sol′o·mon kept levying+ men* for forced labor until this day.+  But there were none out of the sons of Israel that Sol′o·mon constituted slaves for his work;+ for they were warriors+ and chiefs of his adjutants and chiefs of his charioteers+ and of his horsemen.+ 10  These were the chiefs of the deputies+ that belonged to King Sol′o·mon, two hundred and fifty, the foremen over the people.+ 11  And Phar′aoh’s daughter+ Sol′o·mon brought up out of the City of David+ to the house that he had built for her,+ for he said: “Although a wife of mine, she should not dwell in the house of David the king of Israel, for the places to which the ark of Jehovah has come are something holy.”+ 12  It was then that Sol′o·mon offered up burnt sacrifices+ to Jehovah upon the altar+ of Jehovah that he had built before the porch,+ 13  even as a daily+ matter of course to make offerings according to the commandment of Moses for the sabbaths+ and for the new moons+ and for the appointed festivals+ three times in the year,+ at the festival of unfermented cakes+ and at the festival of the weeks+ and at the festival of the booths.+ 14  Further, he set the divisions+ of the priests over their services according to the rule of David his father,+ and the Levites+ at their posts of duty, to praise+ and to minister+ in front of the priests as a daily matter of course,+ and the gatekeepers in their divisions for the different gates,+ for such was the commandment of David the man of the [true] God.* 15  And they did not turn aside from the king’s commandment to the priests and the Levites concerning any matter and concerning the supplies.+ 16  So Sol′o·mon’s work was all in a prepared+ state from the day of the foundation-laying of the house of Jehovah until it was finished.+ [So] the house of Jehovah was complete.+ 17  It was then that Sol′o·mon went to E′zi·on-ge′ber+ and to E′loth+ upon the shore of the sea in the land of E′dom.+ 18  And Hi′ram+ regularly sent to him by means of his servants ships and servants having a knowledge of the sea,+ and they would come with Sol′o·mon’s servants to O′phir+ and take from there four hundred and fifty talents*+ of gold+ and bring it to King Sol′o·mon.+


“Hiram,” LXXSyVg; M, “Huram.”
“Tadmor,” MLXXSy; Vg, “Palmyra.”
Lit., “them.”
“The man of the [true] God.” Heb., ʼish-ha·ʼElo·him′. See App 1F.
See App 8A.