1 Kings 9:14-28 (The Message)

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14 This is all Hiram got from Solomon in exchange for four and a half tons of gold! 15 This is the work record of the labor force that King Solomon raised to build The Temple of God, his palace, the defense complex (the Millo), the Jerusalem wall, and the fortified cities of Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer. 16 Pharaoh king of Egypt had come up and captured Gezer, torched it, and killed all the Canaanites who lived there. He gave it as a wedding present to his daughter, Solomon's wife. 17 So Solomon rebuilt Gezer. 18 Baalath, and Tamar in the desert, back-country 19 storehouse villages, and villages for chariots and horses. Solomon built widely and extravagantly in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and wherever he fancied. 20 The remnants from the original inhabitants of the land (Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites - all non-Israelites), 21 survivors of the holy wars, were rounded up by Solomon for his gangs of slave labor, a policy still in effect. 22 But true Israelites were not treated this way; they were used in his army and administration - government leaders and commanders of his chariots and charioteers. 23 They were also the project managers responsible for Solomon's building operations - 550 of them in charge of the workforce. 24 It was after Pharaoh's daughter ceremonially ascended from the City of David and took up residence in the house built especially for her that Solomon built the defense complex (the Millo). 25 Three times a year Solomon worshiped at the Altar of God, sacrificing Whole-Burnt-Offerings and Peace-Offerings, and burning incense in the presence of God. Everything that had to do with The Temple he did generously and well; he didn't skimp. 26 And ships! King Solomon also built ships at Ezion Geber, located near Elath in Edom on the Red Sea. 27 Hiram sent seaworthy sailors to assist Solomon's men with the fleet. 28 They embarked for Ophir, brought back sixteen tons of gold, and presented it to King Solomon.
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