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1 Kings 9 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Lord Appears to Solomon

(2Ch 7:12–22 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:1 - When Solomon had finished building the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had achieved all he had desired to do,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:2 - the LORD appeared to him a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:3 - The LORD said to him: “I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:4 - “As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:5 - I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:6 - “But if you[fn] or your descendants turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you[fn] and go off to serve other gods and worship them,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:7 - then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. Israel will then become a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:8 - This temple will become a heap of rubble. All[fn] who pass by will be appalled and will scoff and say, ‘Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:9 - People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the LORD their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why the LORD brought all this disaster on them.’ ”

Solomon’s Other Activities

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:10 - At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built these two buildings—the temple of the LORD and the royal palace—
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:11 - King Solomon gave twenty towns in Galilee to Hiram king of Tyre, because Hiram had supplied him with all the cedar and juniper and gold he wanted.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:12 - But when Hiram went from Tyre to see the towns that Solomon had given him, he was not pleased with them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:13 - “What kind of towns are these you have given me, my brother?” he asked. And he called them the Land of Kabul,[fn] a name they have to this day.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:14 - Now Hiram had sent to the king 120 talents[fn] of gold.
(2Ch 8:3–16 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:15 - Here is the account of the forced labor King Solomon conscripted to build the LORD’s temple, his own palace, the terraces,[fn] the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:16 - (Pharaoh king of Egypt had attacked and captured Gezer. He had set it on fire. He killed its Canaanite inhabitants and then gave it as a wedding gift to his daughter, Solomon’s wife.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:17 - And Solomon rebuilt Gezer.) He built up Lower Beth Horon,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:18 - Baalath, and Tadmor[fn] in the desert, within his land,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:19 - as well as all his store cities and the towns for his chariots and for his horses[fn]—whatever he desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon and throughout all the territory he ruled.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:20 - There were still people left from the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites (these peoples were not Israelites).
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:21 - Solomon conscripted the descendants of all these peoples remaining in the land—whom the Israelites could not exterminate[fn]—to serve as slave labor, as it is to this day.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:22 - But Solomon did not make slaves of any of the Israelites; they were his fighting men, his government officials, his officers, his captains, and the commanders of his chariots and charioteers.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:23 - They were also the chief officials in charge of Solomon’s projects—550 officials supervising those who did the work.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:24 - After Pharaoh’s daughter had come up from the City of David to the palace Solomon had built for her, he constructed the terraces.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:25 - Three times a year Solomon sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings on the altar he had built for the LORD, burning incense before the LORD along with them, and so fulfilled the temple obligations.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:26 - King Solomon also built ships at Ezion Geber, which is near Elath in Edom, on the shore of the Red Sea.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:27 - And Hiram sent his men—sailors who knew the sea—to serve in the fleet with Solomon’s men.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 9:28 - They sailed to Ophir and brought back 420 talents[fn] of gold, which they delivered to King Solomon.
NIV Footnotes
The Hebrew is plural.
The Hebrew is plural.
See some Septuagint manuscripts, Old Latin, Syriac, Arabic and Targum; Hebrew And though this temple is now imposing, all
Kabul sounds like the Hebrew for good-for-nothing.
That is, about 4 1/2 tons or about 4 metric tons
Or the Millo; also in verse 24
The Hebrew may also be read Tamar.
Or charioteers
The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the LORD, often by totally destroying them.
Or the Sea of Reeds
That is, about 16 tons or about 14 metric tons

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