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1 Kings 9:15-28 (New International Version)

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15 Here is the account of the forced labor King Solomon conscripted1 to build the LORD's temple, his own palace, the supporting terraces,a2 the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor,3 Megiddo and Gezer.4 16 (Pharaoh king of Egypt had attacked and captured Gezer. He had set it on fire. He killed its Canaanite inhabitants and then gave it as a wedding gift to his daughter,5 Solomon's wife. 17 And Solomon rebuilt Gezer.) He built up Lower Beth Horon,6 18 Baalath,7 and Tadmorb in the desert, within his land, 19 as well as all his store cities8 and the towns for his chariots9 and for his horsesc--whatever he desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon and throughout all the territory he ruled. 20 All the people left from the Amorites, Hittites,10 Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites11 (these peoples were not Israelites), 21 that is, their descendants12 remaining in the land, whom the Israelites could not exterminated13--these Solomon conscripted for his slave labor force,14 as it is to this day. 22 But Solomon did not make slaves15 of any of the Israelites; they were his fighting men, his government officials, his officers, his captains, and the commanders of his chariots and charioteers. 23 They were also the chief officials16 in charge of Solomon's projects--550 officials supervising the men who did the work. 24 After Pharaoh's daughter17 had come up from the City of David to the palace Solomon had built for her, he constructed the supporting terraces.18 25 Three19 times a year Solomon sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offeringse on the altar he had built for the LORD, burning incense before the LORD along with them, and so fulfilled the temple obligations. 26 King Solomon also built ships20 at Ezion Geber,21 which is near Elath22 in Edom, on the shore of the Red Sea.f 27 And Hiram sent his men--sailors23 who knew the sea--to serve in the fleet with Solomon's men. 28 They sailed to Ophir24 and brought back 420 talentsg of gold,25 which they delivered to King Solomon.
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