2 Chronicles 8


Solomon Strengthens the Cities of Israel

And it came to pass after twenty years, in which Solomon built the house of the  lord, and his house, and the cities which Hiram gave to Solomon, [2built 3them up 1Solomon], and settled there the sons of Israel. And Solomon came into Hamath Zobah, and prevailed over it. And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the [2cities 1fortified] which he built in Hamath. And he built [2Beth-horon 1upper], and [2Beth-horon 1lower], [2cities 1fortified] with walls, gates, and bars; and Baalath, and all the [2cities 1fortified] which were unto Solomon, and all the cities of the chariots, and the cities of the horsemen, and as much as Solomon desired according to the desire to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his authority. All the people left behind from the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, who are not of Israel, but were of their sons being left behind after them in the land of which [4did not 5utterly destroy 1the 2sons 3of Israel], and [2led 3them 1Solomon] into tribute until this day. And [4any of 5the 6sons 7of Israel 2did not 3appoint 1Solomon] as servants for all his works in his kingdom, for they were men warriors, and rulers, and mighty men, and rulers of his chariots, and of his horsemen. 10 And these rulers of the superintendents of king Solomon were fifty and two hundred directing works among the people. 11 And [2the 3daughter 4of Pharaoh 1Solomon led] from the city of David into the house which he built for her. For he said, [2shall not 3dwell 1My wife] in the city of David the king of Israel, for it is holy, because [5entered 6there 1the 2ark 3of the 4  lord]. 12 Then Solomon offered whole burnt-offerings to the  lord upon the altar of the  lord, which he built before the temple, 13 according to the reckoning, day by day, to offer according to the commandments of Moses, on the Sabbaths, and at the months, and in the holidays, three times during the year -- in the holiday of the unleavened breads, and in the holiday of the period of sevens, and in the holiday of the tents. 14 And he established, according to the ordinance of David his father, the divisions of the priests according to their ministrations, and of the Levites over their watches, to praise and to officiate before the priests, according to the reckoning -- day by day; and of the gatekeepers in their divisions -- for gate by gate; for thus was the commandment of David the man of God. 15 They did not go by without heeding the commandments of the king, concerning the priests and the Levites, in any matter, and in the treasures. 16 And [5was prepared 1all 2the 3work 4of Solomon] from which day [3foundation was laid 1the 2house] of the  lord, and until of which time it was finished, until of which time Solomon finished the house of the  lord. 17 Then Solomon set out unto Ezion-geber, and unto Eloth, the one by the sea in the land of Edom. 18 And Hiram sent by the hand of his servants boats, and servants knowing the sea. And they set out with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and they took from there four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and they brought them to king Solomon.
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