At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built the temple of the LORD and his own palace,1
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Solomon rebuilt the villages that Hiram had given him, and settled Israelites in them.
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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.2
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He rebuilt Upper Beth Horon3 and Lower Beth Horon as fortified cities, with walls and with gates and bars,
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as well as Baalath4 and all his store cities, and all the cities for his chariots and for his horses--whatever he desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon and throughout all the territory he ruled.
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All the people left from the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites5 (these peoples were not Israelites),
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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.
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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.