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Other things Solomon did

1It took twenty years for the Lord's temple and Solomon's palace to be built.

2After that, Solomon's workers rebuilt the towns that Hiram had given him. Then Solomon sent Israelites to live in those towns.

3Solomon attacked and captured the town of Hamath-Zobah.

4He made his workers build the town of Tadmor in the desert and some towns in Hamath where he could keep his supplies.

5He strengthened Upper Beth-Horon and Lower Beth-Horon by adding walls and gates that could be locked.

6He did the same thing to the town of Baalath and to the cities where he kept supplies, chariots, and horses. Solomon made his workers build whatever he wanted in Jerusalem, Lebanon, and anywhere else in his kingdom.

7Solomon did not force the Israelites to do his work. Instead, they were his soldiers, officers, army commanders, and cavalry troops. But he did make slaves of the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites who were living in Israel. These were the descendants of those foreigners the Israelites did not destroy, and they remained Israel's slaves.



10Solomon appointed two hundred and fifty officers to be in charge of his workers.

11Solomon's wife, the daughter of the king of Egypt, moved from the part of Jerusalem called David's City to her new palace that Solomon had built. The sacred chest had been kept in David's City, which made his palace sacred, and so Solomon's wife could no longer live there.

12Solomon offered sacrifices to the Lord on the altar he had built in front of the temple.

13He followed the requirements that Moses had given for sacrifices offered on the Sabbath, on the first day of each month, the Festival of Thin Bread, the Harvest Festival, and the Festival of Shelters.

14Solomon then assigned the priests and the Levites their duties at the temple, and he followed the instructions that his father David had given him. Some of the Levites were to lead music and help the priests in their duties, and others were to guard the temple gates

15and the storage rooms. The priests and Levites followed these instructions exactly.

16Everything Solomon had planned to do was now finished—from the laying of the temple's foundation to its completion.

17Solomon went to Ezion-Geber and Eloth, two Edomite towns on the Red Sea.

18Hiram sent him ships and some of his experienced sailors. They went with Solomon's own sailors to the country of Ophir and brought back more than fifteen thousand kilogrammes of gold for Solomon.

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