10 It took twenty years for the Lords temple
and Solomons palace to be built. 11 Later, Solomon gave King Hiram of
Tyre twenty towns in the region of Galilee to repay him for the cedar, pine,
and gold he had given Solomon.
12 When Hiram went to see the towns, he did not like them. 13 He said, Solomon, my friend, are these the kind of towns you want to give me? So Hiram called the region Cabul because he thought it was worthless. 14 He sent Solomon only five tons of gold in return.
15 After Solomons workers had finished the temple and the palace, he ordered them to fill in the land on the east side of Jerusalem, to build a wall around the city, and to rebuild the towns of Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer.
16 Earlier, the king of Egypt had captured the town of Gezer; he burned it to the ground and killed the Canaanite people living there. Then he gave it to his daughter as a wedding present when she married Solomon. 17 So Solomon had the town rebuilt.
Solomon had his workers rebuild Lower Beth-Horon, 18 Baalath, and Tamar in the desert of Judah. 19 They also built towns where he could keep his supplies and his chariots and horses. Solomon had them build whatever he wanted in Jerusalem, Lebanon, and anywhere in his kingdom.
20-21 Solomon did not force the Israelites to do his work. They were his soldiers, officials, leaders, commanders, chariot captains, and chariot drivers. But he did make slaves of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites who were living in Israel. These were the descendants of those foreigners the Israelites could not destroy, and they remained Israels slaves.
23 Solomon appointed five hundred fifty officers to be in charge of his workers and to watch over his building projects.
24 Solomons wife, the daughter of the king of Egypt, moved from the older part of Jerusalem to her new palace. Then Solomon had the land on the east side of Jerusalem filled in.
25 Three times a year, Solomon burned incense and offered sacrifices to the Lord on the altar he had built.
Solomon had now finished building the Lords temple.
26 He also had a lot of ships at Ezion-Geber, a town in Edom near Eloth on the Red Sea. 27 King Hiram let some of his experienced sailors go to the country of Ophir with Solomons own sailors, and they brought back about sixteen tons of gold for Solomon.
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by the American Bible Society.
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