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2 Chronicles 8:1-9 (New International Version)

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Solomon's Other Activities

8:1-18pp -- 1Ki 9:10-28

1 At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built the temple of the LORD and his own palace,1 2 Solomon rebuilt the villages that Hirama had given him, and settled Israelites in them. 3 Solomon then went to Hamath Zobah and captured it. 4 He also built up Tadmor in the desert and all the store cities he had built in Hamath.2 5 He rebuilt Upper Beth Horon3 and Lower Beth Horon as fortified cities, with walls and with gates and bars, 6 as well as Baalath4 and all his store cities, and all the cities for his chariots and for his horsesb--whatever he desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon and throughout all the territory he ruled. 7 All the people left from the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites5 (these peoples were not Israelites), 8 that is, their descendants remaining in the land, whom the Israelites had not destroyed--these Solomon conscripted6 for his slave labor force, as it is to this day. 9 But Solomon did not make slaves of the Israelites for his work; they were his fighting men, commanders of his captains, and commanders of his chariots and charioteers.
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