"But if youa or your sons turn away1 from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given youb and go off to serve other gods2 and worship them,
then I will cut off Israel from the land3 I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name.4 Israel will then become a byword5 and an object of ridicule6 among all peoples.
And though this temple is now imposing, all who pass by will be appalled7 and will scoff and say, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?'89
People will answer,9 'Because they have forsaken10 the LORD their God, who brought their fathers out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them--that is why the LORD brought all this disaster11 on them.' "
At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built these two buildings--the temple of the LORD and the royal palace--
King Solomon gave twenty towns in Galilee to Hiram king of Tyre, because Hiram had supplied him with all the cedar and pine and gold12 he wanted.
But when Hiram went from Tyre to see the towns that Solomon had given him, he was not pleased with them.
"What kind of towns are these you have given me, my brother?" he asked. And he called them the Land of Cabul,c13 a name they have to this day.
Now Hiram had sent to the king 120 talentsd of gold.1415
Here is the account of the forced labor King Solomon conscripted15 to build the LORD's temple, his own palace, the supporting terraces,e16 the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor,17 Megiddo and Gezer.1816
(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,19 Solomon's wife.