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Go to Commentary on 1 Kng 9
Yahweh Appears to Solomon

1It came to pass when Solomon had finished the building of the house of Yahweh and the king’s house and all Solomon’s desire that he was pleased to do,
  2that Yahweh appeared to Solomon the second time as he had appeared to him at Gibeon.
  3Yahweh said to him,

“I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before me. I have made this house holy that you have built, to put my name there forever; and my eyes and my heart will be there perpetually.

4“As for you, if you will walk before me as David your father walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep my statutes and my ordinances,
  5then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, according as I promised to David your father, saying, ‘There will not fail you a man on the throne of Israel.’

6“But if you turn away from following me, you or your children, and not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but will go and serve other gods and worship them,
  7then I will cut off Israel out of the land that I have given them, and this house that I have made holy for my name I will cast out of my sight, and Israel will be a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
  8Though this house is so high, yet will everyone who passes by it is astonished, and will hiss; and they will say, ‘Why has Yahweh done thus to this land and to this house?’
  9and they will answer, ‘Because they forsook Yahweh their God who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold of other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore Yahweh has brought all this evil on them.’”

King Hiram’s 20 Towns

10It came to pass at the end of twenty years in which Solomon had built the two houses, the house of Yahweh and the king’s house
  11(now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar trees and fir trees and with gold according to all his desire), that then king Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee.
  12Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities that Solomon had given him, and they didn’t please him.
  13He said, “What cities are these that you have given me, my brother?” He called them the land of Cabul to this day.
  14Hiram sent to the king 120 talents of gold.

Solomon’s Forced Labor

15Now this is the account of the forced labor which King Solomon drafted to build the house of Yahweh and his own house, and the Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor and Megiddo and Gezer.
  16Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up and taken Gezer and burned it with fire, and slain the Canaanites who lived in the city and given it for a portion to his daughter, Solomon’s wife.
  17Solomon built Gezer and Beth Horon the lower
  18and Baalath and Tamar in the wilderness, in the land,
  19and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and the cities for his chariots and the cities for his horsemen and whatever Solomon desired to build for his pleasure in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.

20As for all the people who were left of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites who were not of the children of Israel,
  21their children who were left after them in the land whom the children of Israel were not able to devote to destruction, from them Solomon drafted people to be forced laborers, and so they are to this day.
  22But of the children of Israel Solomon made no bondservants but they were the men of war, and his servants and his officials, and his captains, and rulers of his chariots and of his horsemen.
  23These were the chief officers who were over Solomon’s work, 550 who ruled over the people who labored in the work.

Solomon’s Other Activities

24But Pharaoh’s daughter came up out of the city of David to her house that Solomon had built for her; then he built Millo.

25Solomon offered burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar that he built to Yahweh three times a year, and turned incense into smoke-perfume along with them on the altar that was before Yahweh. So he finished the house.

26King Solomon made a navy of ships in Ezion Geber that is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red Sea in the land of Edom.
  27Hiram sent in the navy his servants, sailors who had knowledge of the sea with the servants of Solomon.
  28They came to Ophir and fetched from there gold, 420 talents, and brought it to king Solomon.

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