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  • Hiram came from Tyre to see the towns Solomon had given him, but he was not at all pleased with them. - 1 Kings 9:12

  • Hiram had sent Solomon nine thousand pounds* of gold.1 - 1 Kings 9:14

  • This is the account of the forced labor that Solomon conscripted to build the LORD's Temple, the royal palace, the Millo,* the wall of Jerusalem, and the cities of Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer.2 - 1 Kings 9:15

  • (The king of Egypt had attacked and captured Gezer, killing the Canaanite population and burning it down. He gave the city to his daughter as a wedding gift when she married Solomon. - 1 Kings 9:16

  • So Solomon rebuilt the city of Gezer.) He also built up the towns of Lower Beth-horon, - 1 Kings 9:17

  • These were descendants of the nations that Israel had not completely destroyed.* So Solomon conscripted them for his labor force, and they serve in the labor force to this day.5 - 1 Kings 9:21

  • But Solomon did not conscript any of the Israelites for forced labor. Instead, he assigned them to serve as fighting men, government officials, officers in his army, commanders of his chariots, and charioteers. - 1 Kings 9:22

  • After Solomon moved his wife, Pharaoh's daughter, from the City of David to the new palace he had built for her, he constructed the Millo. - 1 Kings 9:24

  • Three times each year Solomon offered burnt offerings and peace offerings to the LORD on the altar he had built. He also burned incense to the LORD. And so he finished the work of building the Temple. - 1 Kings 9:25

  • Later King Solomon built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber, a port near Elath* in the land of Edom, along the shore of the Red Sea.*6 - 1 Kings 9:26

  • Hiram sent experienced crews of sailors to sail the ships with Solomon's men. - 1 Kings 9:27

  • They sailed to Ophir and brought back to Solomon some sixteen tons* of gold.1 - 1 Kings 9:28

  • When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon's reputation, which brought honor to the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions. - 1 Kings 10:1

  • She arrived in Jerusalem with a large group of attendants and a great caravan of camels loaded with spices, huge quantities of gold, and precious jewels. When she met with Solomon, they talked about everything she had on her mind. - 1 Kings 10:2

  • Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. - 1 Kings 10:3

  • When the queen of Sheba realized how wise Solomon was, and when she saw the palace he had built, - 1 Kings 10:4

  • she was breathless. She was also amazed at the food on his tables, the organization of his officials and their splendid clothing, the cup-bearers and their robes, and the burnt offerings Solomon made at the Temple of the LORD. - 1 Kings 10:5
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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