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1 Kings

A warning.  1Kgs.9.1-9 - 2Chr.7.11-22

1When Solomon had finished building the house of Yahweh and the king's house and all that Solomon desired to build, 2Yahweh appeared to Solomon a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon. 3And Yahweh said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before me; I have consecrated this house which you have built, and put my name there for ever; my eyes and my heart will be there for all time. 4And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my ordinances, 5then I will establish your royal throne over Israel for ever, as I promised David your father, saying, 'There shall not fail you a man upon the throne of Israel.' 6But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, 7then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them; and the house which I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight; and Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples. 8And this house will become a heap of ruins; everyone passing by it will be astonished, and will hiss; and they will say, 'Why has Yahweh done thus to this land and to this house? 9Then they will say, 'Because they forsook Yahweh their God who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them and served them; therefore Yahweh has brought all this evil upon them.' "

Solomon's agreement with King Hyram.  1Kgs.9.10-14 - 2Chr.8.1-2

10At the end of twenty years, in which Solomon had built the two houses, the house of Yahweh and the king's house, 11and Hiram king of Tyre had supplied Solomon with cedar and cypress timber and gold, as much as he desired, King Solomon gave to Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee. 12But when Hiram came from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him, they did not please him. 13Therefore he said, "What kind of cities are these which you have given me, my brother?" So they are called the land of Cabul to this day. 14Hiram had sent to the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold.

Further achievements of Solomon.  1Kgs.9.15-28 - 2Chr.8.3-18

15And this is the account of the forced labour which King Solomon levied to build the house of Yahweh and his own house and the Millo and the wall of Jerusalem and Hazor and Megiddo and Gezer 16(Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up and captured Gezer and burnt it with fire, and had slain the Canaanites who dwelt in the city, and had given it as dowry to his daughter, Solomon's wife; 17so Solomon rebuilt Gezer) and Lower Beth-horon 18and Baalath and Tamar in the wilderness, in the land of Judah, 19and all the store-cities that Solomon had, and the cities for his chariots, and the cities for his horsemen, and whatever Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion. 20All the people who were left of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, who were not of the people of Israel - 21their descendants who were left after them in the land, whom the people of Israel were unable to destroy utterly - these Solomon made a forced levy of slaves, and so they are to this day. 22But of the people of Israel Solomon made no slaves; they were the soldiers, they were his officials, his commanders, his captains, his chariot commanders and his horsemen.

23These were the chief officers who were over Solomon's work: five hundred and fifty, who had charge of the people who carried on the work.

24But Pharaoh's daughter went up from the city of David to her own house which Solomon had built for her; then he built the Millo.

25Three times a year Solomon used to offer up burnt offerings and peace offerings upon the altar which he built to Yahweh, burning incense before Yahweh. So he finished the house.

26King Solomon built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber, which is near Eloth on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom. 27And Hiram sent with the fleet his servants, seamen who were familiar with the sea, together with the servants of Solomon; 28and they went to Ophir, and brought from there gold, to the amount of four hundred and twenty talents; and they brought it to King Solomon.


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