1 Kings 9 NLT

1 So Solomon finished building the Temple of the , as well as the royal palace. He completed everything he had planned to do.
2 Then the appeared to Solomon a second time, as he had done before at Gibeon.
3 The said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your petition. I have set this Temple apart to be holy—this place you have built where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.
4 “As for you, if you will follow me with integrity and godliness, as David your father did, obeying all my commands, decrees, and regulations,
5 then I will establish the throne of your dynasty over Israel forever. For I made this promise to your father, David: ‘One of your descendants will always sit on the throne of Israel.’
6 “But if you or your descendants abandon me and disobey the commands and decrees I have given you, and if you serve and worship other gods,
7 then I will uproot Israel from this land that I have given them. I will reject this Temple that I have made holy to honor my name. I will make Israel an object of mockery and ridicule among the nations.
8 And though this Temple is impressive now, all who pass by will be appalled and will gasp in horror. They will ask, ‘Why did the do such terrible things to this land and to this Temple?’
9 “And the answer will be, ‘Because his people abandoned the their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and they worshiped other gods instead and bowed down to them. That is why the has brought all these disasters on them.’”
10 It took Solomon twenty years to build the ’s Temple and his own royal palace. At the end of that time,
11 he gave twenty towns in the land of Galilee to King Hiram of Tyre. (Hiram had previously provided all the cedar and cypress timber and gold that Solomon had requested.)
12 But when Hiram came from Tyre to see the towns Solomon had given him, he was not at all pleased with them.
13 “What kind of towns are these, my brother?” he asked. So Hiram called that area Cabul (which means “worthless”), as it is still known today.
14 Nevertheless, Hiram paida Solomon 9,000 poundsb of gold.

References for 1 Kings 9:14

    • Ӛ 9:14 - Or For Hiram had paid.
    • ӛ 9:14 - Hebrew 120 talents [4,000 kilograms].
      15 This is the account of the forced labor that King Solomon conscripted to build the ’s Temple, the royal palace, the supporting terraces,c the wall of Jerusalem, and the cities of Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer.

      References for 1 Kings 9:15

        • Ӝ 9:15 - Hebrew the millo; also in 9:24 . The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
          16 (Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, had attacked and captured Gezer, killing the Canaanite population and burning it down. He gave the city to his daughter as a wedding gift when she married Solomon.
          17 So Solomon rebuilt the city of Gezer.) He also built up the towns of Lower Beth-horon,
          18 Baalath, and Tamard in the wilderness within his land.

          References for 1 Kings 9:18

            • ӝ 9:18 - An alternate reading in the Masoretic Text reads Tadmor.
              19 He built towns as supply centers and constructed towns where his chariots and horsese could be stationed. He built everything he desired in Jerusalem and Lebanon and throughout his entire realm.

              References for 1 Kings 9:19

                • Ӟ 9:19 - Or and charioteers.
                  20 There were still some people living in the land who were not Israelites, including Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.
                  21 These were descendants of the nations whom the people of Israel had not completely destroyed.f So Solomon conscripted them as slaves, and they serve as forced laborers to this day.

                  References for 1 Kings 9:21

                    • ӟ 9:21 - The Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering.
                      22 But Solomon did not conscript any of the Israelites for forced labor. Instead, he assigned them to serve as fighting men, government officials, officers and captains in his army, commanders of his chariots, and charioteers.
                      23 Solomon appointed 550 of them to supervise the people working on his various projects.
                      24 Solomon moved his wife, Pharaoh’s daughter, from the City of David to the new palace he had built for her. Then he constructed the supporting terraces.
                      25 Three times each year Solomon presented burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar he had built for the . He also burned incense to the . And so he finished the work of building the Temple.
                      26 King Solomon also built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber, a port near Elathg in the land of Edom, along the shore of the Red Sea.h

                      References for 1 Kings 9:26

                        • Ӡ 9:26 - As in Greek version (see also 2 Kgs 14:22; 16:6 ); Hebrew reads Eloth, a variant spelling of Elath.
                        • ӡ 9:26 - Hebrew sea of reeds.
                          27 Hiram sent experienced crews of sailors to sail the ships with Solomon’s men.
                          28 They sailed to Ophir and brought back to Solomon some sixteen tonsi of gold.

                          References for 1 Kings 9:28

                            • Ӣ 9:28 - Hebrew 420 talents [14 metric tons].