that is, their descendants remaining in the land, whom the Israelites had not destroyed--these Solomon conscripted1 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.
They were also King Solomon's chief officials--two hundred and fifty officials supervising the men.
Solomon brought Pharaoh's daughter2 up from the City of David to the palace he had built for her, for he said, "My wife must not live in the palace of David king of Israel, because the places the ark of the LORD has entered are holy."
On the altar3 of the LORD that he had built in front of the portico, Solomon sacrificed burnt offerings to the LORD,
according to the daily requirement4 for offerings commanded by Moses for Sabbaths,5 New Moons6 and the three7 annual feasts--the Feast of Unleavened Bread,8 the Feast of Weeks9 and the Feast of Tabernacles.1014
In keeping with the ordinance of his father David, he appointed the divisions11 of the priests for their duties, and the Levites12 to lead the praise and to assist the priests according to each day's requirement. He also appointed the gatekeepers13 by divisions for the various gates, because this was what David the man of God14 had ordered.1515
They did not deviate from the king's commands to the priests or to the Levites in any matter, including that of the treasuries.
All Solomon's work was carried out, from the day the foundation of the temple of the LORD was laid until its completion. So the temple of the LORD was finished.
Then Solomon went to Ezion Geber and Elath on the coast of Edom.
And Hiram sent him ships commanded by his own officers, men who knew the sea. These, with Solomon's men, sailed to Ophir and brought back four hundred and fifty talentsa of gold,16 which they delivered to King Solomon.