1Now it came about when Solomon had finished building the house of the LORD, and 2the king's house, and 3all that Solomon desired to do,
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that 4the LORD appeared to Solomon a second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon.
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The LORD said to him, "5I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built 6by putting My name there forever , and 7My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually .
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"As for you, 8if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances,
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then 9I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I promised to your father David, saying, 'You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.'
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"10But if you or your sons indeed turn away from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them,
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11then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and 12the house which I have consecrated for My name, I will cast out of My sight. So 13Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
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"And this house will become 14a heap of ruins; everyone who passes by will be astonished and hiss and say, '15Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?'
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"And they will say, '16Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them, therefore the LORD has brought all this adversity on them.' "
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17It came about 18at the end of twenty years in which Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the LORD and the king's house
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(Hiram king of Tyre had supplied Solomon with cedar and cypress timber and gold according to all his desire ), then King Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee.
So Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him, and they did not please him.
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He said, "What are these cities which you have given me, my brother?" So they were called the land of 19Cabul to this day.
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20And Hiram sent to the king 120 talents of gold.
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Now this is the account of the forced labor which King Solomon 21levied to build the house of the LORD, his own house, the 22Millo, the wall of Jerusalem, 23Hazor, 24Megiddo, and 25Gezer.
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For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up and captured Gezer and burned it with fire, and killed the 26Canaanites who lived in the city, and had 27given it as a dowry to his daughter, Solomon's wife.
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So Solomon rebuilt Gezer and the lower 28Beth-horon
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and 29Baalath and Tamar in the wilderness, in the land of Judah,
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and all the storage cities which Solomon had, even 30the cities for his chariots and the cities for 31his horsemen, and 32all that it pleased Solomon to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land under his rule.
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As for all the people who were left of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, who were not of the sons of Israel,
33their descendants who were left after them in the land 34whom the sons of Israel were unable to destroy utterly, 35from them Solomon levied 36forced laborers , even to this day.
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But Solomon 37did not make slaves of the sons of Israel; for they were men of war, his servants, his princes, his captains, his chariot commanders, and his horsemen.
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These were the 38chief officers who were over Solomon's work, five hundred and fifty, 39who ruled over the people doing the work.
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As soon as 40Pharaoh's daughter came up from the city of David to her house which Solomon had built for her, 41then he built the Millo.
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Now 42three times in a year Solomon offered burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar which he built to the LORD, burning incense with them on the altar which was before the LORD. So he finished the house.
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King Solomon also built a 43fleet of ships in 44Ezion-geber, which is near Eloth on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom.
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45And Hiram sent his servants with the fleet, sailors who knew the sea, along with the servants of Solomon.
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They went to 46Ophir and took four hundred and twenty talents of gold from there, and brought it to King Solomon.
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