This is the account of the forced laborb that King Solomon had imposed to build the Lord's temple, his own palace, the supporting terraces, the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer.
Pharaoh king of Egypt had attacked and captured Gezer. He then burned it down, killed the Canaanites who lived in the city, and gave it as a dowry to his daughter, Solomon's wife.c17
Then Solomon rebuilt Gezer, Lower Beth-horon,
Baalath, Tamard in the Wilderness of Judah,
all the storage cities that belonged to Solomon, the chariot cities, the cavalry cities, and whatever Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, Lebanon, or anywhere else in the land of his dominion.
As for all the peoples who remained of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, who were not Israelites-
their descendants who remained in the land after them, those whom the Israelites were unable to annihilate-Solomon imposed forced labor on them; [it is this way] until today.
But Solomon did not consign the Israelites to slavery; they were soldiers, his servants, his commanders, his captains, and commanders of his chariots and his cavalry.
These were the deputies who were over Solomon's work: 550 who ruled over the people doing the work.e
Pharaoh's daughter moved from the city of David to the house that Solomon had built for her;f he then built the terraces.
Three times a year Solomon offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings on the altar he had built for the Lord, and he burned incense with them in the Lord's presence. So he completed the temple.g26
King Solomon put together a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber, which is near Eloth on the shore of the Red Sea in the land of Edom.
With the fleet, Hiram sent his servants, experienced seamen, along with Solomon's servants.
They went to Ophir and acquired gold there-16 tonsh-and delivered it to Solomon.i