1 Kings 9
God’s Promise and Warning1 a Now it came about when Solomon had finished building the house of the Lord, and b the king’s house, and c all ▼
▼ Lit Solomon’s desire which he was pleased to dothat Solomon desired to do, 2 that e the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon. 3 The Lord said to him, f “I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built g by putting My name there forever, and h My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 4 “As for you, i if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, 5 then j I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I ▼
▼ Lit spokepromised to your father David, saying, ‘ ▼
▼ Lit There shall not be cut off to you a manYou shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’ 6 m “But if you or your sons indeed turn away from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, 7 n then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and o the house which I have consecrated for My name, I will ▼
▼ Lit sendcast out of My sight. So q Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples. 8 “And this house will become ▼
▼ Heb high, s a heap of ruins; everyone who passes by will be astonished and hiss and say, ‘ t Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’ 9 “And they will say, ‘ u Because they forsook the Lord their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them, therefore the Lord has brought all this adversity on them.’”
Cities Given to Hiram10 v It came about w at the end of twenty years in which Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the Lord and the king’s house 11 (Hiram king of Tyre had supplied Solomon with cedar and cypress timber and gold according to all his desire), then King Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee. 12 So Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him, and they ▼
▼ Lit were not right in his sightdid not please him. 13 He said, “What are these cities which you have given me, my brother?” So ▼
▼ Lit he called themthey were called the land of ▼
▼ I.e. as good as nothing, aa Cabul to this day. 14 ab And Hiram sent to the king 120 talents of gold. 15 Now this is the account of the forced labor which King Solomon ac levied to build the house of the Lord, his own house, the ▼
▼ I.e. citadel, ae Millo, the wall of Jerusalem af Hazor ag Megiddo, and ah Gezer. 16 For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up and captured Gezer and burned it with fire, and killed the ai Canaanites who lived in the city, and had aj given it as a dowry to his daughter, Solomon’s wife. 17 So Solomon rebuilt Gezer and the lower ak Beth-horon 18 and al Baalath and Tamar in the wilderness, in the land of Judah, 19 and all the storage cities which Solomon had, even am the cities for ▼
▼ Lit thehis chariots and the cities for ▼
▼ Lit the, ap his horsemen, and ▼
▼ Lit the desire of Solomon which he desired to build in Jerusalem, ar all that it pleased Solomon to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land ▼
▼ Lit ofunder his rule. 20 As for all the people who were left of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, who were not of the sons of Israel, 21 at their descendants who were left after them in the land au whom the sons of Israel were unable to destroy utterly av from them Solomon levied aw forced laborers, even to this day. 22 But Solomon ax did not make slaves of the sons of Israel; for they were men of war, his servants, his princes, his captains, his chariot commanders, and his horsemen. 23 These were the ▼
▼ Or officers of the deputies, az chief officers who were over Solomon’s work, five hundred and fifty ba who ruled over the people doing the work. 24 As soon as bb Pharaoh’s daughter came up from the city of David to her house which Solomon had built for her, bc then he built the Millo. 25 Now bd three times in a year Solomon offered burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar which he built to the Lord, burning incense with them on the altar which was before the Lord. So he finished the house. 26 King Solomon also built a be fleet of ships in bf Ezion-geber, which is near Eloth on the shore of the ▼
▼ Lit Sea of ReedsRed Sea, in the land of Edom. 27 bh And Hiram sent his servants with the fleet, sailors who knew the sea, along with the servants of Solomon. 28 They went to bi Ophir and took four hundred and twenty talents of gold from there, and brought it to King Solomon.
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