2 Chronicles 8

Genealogy of Benjamin, including King Saul
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.1 ¶ And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house of the LORD, and his own house,
 2  That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there.
 3  And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against it.
.4  And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store cities, which he built in Hamath.
 5  Also he built Bethhoron the upper, and Bethhoron the nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars;
 6  And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion.
  1 - Cities ... Huram had restored "These cities lay in the northwest of Galilee. Though included within the limits of the promised land, they had never been conquered.  The right of occupying them Solomon granted to Huram, who, after consideration, refused them as unsuitable to the commercial habits of his subjects 1ki 9:10-13. Solomon, having wrested them from the possession of the Canaanite inhabitants, repaired them and filled them with a colony of Hebrews." (JFB Commentary)
  4 - Tadmor It really was "in the wilderness" about 130 mi. (210 km.) NE of Damascus! See the map of Solomon's time. Compare 1ki0918.
  5 - Bethhoron See arrow in NW corner of Jerusalem vicinity map.
.7  As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel,
.8  But of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay tribute until this day.
 9  But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his work; but they were men of war, and chief of his captains, and captains of his chariots and horsemen.
 10  And these were the chief of king Solomon's officers, even two hundred and fifty, that bare rule over the people.
.11  And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come.
  8 - Consumed not jg0128. Tribute paid in labor. This was not God's plan. They were to destroy all the inhabitants nu3352, jos0924. How often today, Greed is allowed to oppress the common people.
  8 - Until this day The books of Chronicles were written after the time they describe.
  11 - Brought up the daughter of Pharaoh Solomon recognized that this wife with her entourage would defile the holly places, excusing his own defilement.
.12 ¶ Then Solomon offered burnt offerings unto the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had built before the porch,
 13  Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.
.14  And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded.
  12 - Solomon offered For Solomon to act as priest would have been serious sin. Kings get credit for many things they don't personally do nu16. He appointed priests who would act v14.
  13 - According ... Moses "The four thousand musicians, divided into twenty-four courses, were each lead by twelve men especially instructed and skilful in the use of musical instruments. The work of the porters was also definitely arranged. The priests were divided into twenty-four courses, and a full and accurate record was made regarding this division. Each course was thoroughly organized under its chief, and each was to come to Jerusalem twice a year, to attend for one week to the ministry of the sanctuary. The Levites, whose duty it was to assist in the sanctuary service, were organized and allotted their part with similar precision." (3BC, p. 1128).
 15  And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures.
 16  Now all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the foundation of the house of the LORD, and until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was perfected.
.17  Then went Solomon to Eziongeber, and to Eloth, at the sea side in the land of Edom.
.18  And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon.
  16 - Prepared ... until ... finished We may see that the foundation divided two periods of preparation.
  17 - To Eziongeber meaning "Giant's Backbone." "the last station named for the encampment of the Israelites before they came to the wilderness of Zin. It probably stood at Ain el-Ghudyan, about ten miles up what is now the dry bed of the Arabah, but which was probably then the northern end of the gulf.."  Nu 33:35; De 2:8; 1Ki 9:26; 22:48; 2Ch 8:17. (Smith's Bible Dict.). For wilderness of Zin, see map. Apparently the same as "Wilderness of Sin" The two places Solomon went were on the eastern gulf of the Red Sea, Now the Gulf of Akaba. Same map as above.
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