At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built the temple of the LORD and his own palace,12
Solomon rebuilt the villages that Hirama had given him, and settled Israelites in them.
Solomon then went to Hamath Zobah and captured it.
He also built up Tadmor in the desert and all the store cities he had built in Hamath.25
He rebuilt Upper Beth Horon3 and Lower Beth Horon as fortified cities, with walls and with gates and bars,
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.
All the people left from the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites5 (these peoples were not Israelites),
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.
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.