2 Chronicles 8

1 Solomon's buildings.

7 The Canaanites which were left, Solomon makes tributaries, but the Israelites rulers.

11 Pharaoh's daughter removes to her house.

12 Solomon's yearly solemn sacrifices.

14 He appoints the priests and Levites to their places.

17 The navy fetches gold from Ophir.

at the end.

1Ki 9:10

the cities.

1Ki 9:11-18


Nu 13:21; 34:8; 2Sa 8:3; 1Ki 11:23-25; 1Ch 18:3

he built.

1Ki 9:17-19

Tadmor.Tadmor, the Palmyra of the Greeks, as we learn from Josephus, a celebrated city of Syria, situated in an oasis, or fertile spot of land, surrounded on all sides by a vast sandy desert, like an island in the midst of the ocean; according to Pliny, 337 miles from Seleucia and Tigrim, 203 from the nearest part of the Mediterranean, and 176 from Damascus; according to Josephus, one day's journey west of the Euphrates, and six from Babylon; and according to Ptolemy, in lat. 34 degrees north, or that of Tripoli, and about 4 degrees more easterly; and it is described by Mr. Wood as "situated under a barren ridge of hills to the west, and open on the other sides to the desert:" "about six days' journey from Aleppo, and as much from Damascus, and about twenty leagues west of the Euphrates." Palmyra attained the height of its splendour when the royal city of Zenobia was conquered by the emperor Aurelian; became a Roman colony after the victories of Trajan; and was probably reduced to its present miserable state in the wars of the Saracens. Its magnificent ruins, however, scattered over an extent of several miles, sufficiently attest its former splendour and riches.


Jos 16:3,5; 1Ch 7:24


Jos 19:44; 1Ki 9:18

the store cities.

4; 17:12; 1Ki 9:19

chariot cities.

1:14; 1Ki 10:26

all that Solomon desired to build. Heb. all the desire ofSolomon which he desired to build.

1Ki 9:19; Ec 2:4,10-26

and in Lebanon.

1Ki 7:2; So 4:8

As for all.

1Ki 9:20-22

the Hittites.

Ge 15:19-21; De 7:1

whom the children.

Jud 1:21-36; Ps 106:34

to pay.

2:17,18; Jos 16:10; 17:13; 1Ki 5:13,14

But of the.

Ex 19:5,6; Le 25:39-46; Ga 4:26,31

they were men.

1Sa 8:11,12

two hundred.

2:18; 1Ki 5:16; 9:23

brought up.

1Ki 3:1; 7:8; 9:24

holy. Heb. holiness.

Ex 3:5; 29:43; Eze 21:2; 2Pe 1:18

on the altar.

4:1; 1Ch 28:17; Eze 8:16; Joe 2:17

before the porch.

Joh 10:23

every day.

Ex 29:38-42; Le 23:1-17; Nu 28:1-29:40; Eze 45:17; 46:3-15

three times.

Ex 23:14-17; De 16:16; 1Ki 9:25

the courses.

5:11; 23:4; 31:2; 1Ch 24:1-19; Lu 1:5,8

the Levites.

35:10; 1Ch 6:31,32-48; 15:16-22; 16:4-6,42; 23:1-32; 24:20-31

1Ch 25:1-31; Ezr 6:18

the porters.

1Ch 9:17; 26:1-19

so had David the man of God commanded. Heb. so was thecommandment of David the man of God.

De 33:1; 2Sa 23:2; 1Ki 13:1; 1Ch 28:19; Ac 13:22,36

they departed.

30:12; Ex 39:42,43

the treasures.

1Ki 7:51; 1Ch 9:29; 26:20-26

1Ki 5:18; 6:7


20:36; Nu 33:35; 1Ki 9:26,27; 22:48


De 2:8; 2Ki 14:22; 16:6




See on

1Ki 9:27,28; 10:22

Hiram. Ophir.Conjectures respecting the situation of Ophir are endless. Grotius conjectures it to be a part of Arabia called Aphar by Arrian; while Bochart and others have placed it in the island of Ceylon. Calmet supposes it to have been situated in Armenia; but his late editor places it at the head of the Indus. Josephus says that Ophir is the Indies, called the Gold country; by which he is supposed to mean Chersonesus Aurea, now Malacca, opposite Sumatra; and Le Poivre observes that the inhabitants of these places call their gold mines {ophirs.}

took thence.

Ec 2:8
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