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2 Chronicles 8 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 At the end of twenty years, Solomon had quite a list of accomplishments. He had: built The Temple of God and his own palace; 1 At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built the temple of the LORD and his own palace,
2 rebuilt the cities that Hiram had given him and colonized them with Israelites; 2 Solomon rebuilt the villages that Hiram had given him, and settled Israelites in them.
3 marched on Hamath Zobah and took it; 3 Solomon then went to Hamath Zobah and captured it.
4 fortified Tadmor in the desert and all the store-cities he had founded in Hamath; 4 He also built up Tadmor in the desert and all the store cities he had built in Hamath.
5 built the fortress cities Upper Beth Horon and Lower Beth Horon, complete with walls, gates, and bars; 5 He rebuilt Upper Beth Horon and Lower Beth Horon as fortified cities, with walls and with gates and bars,
6 built Baalath and store-cities; built chariot-cities for his horses. Solomon built impulsively and extravagantly - whenever a whim took him. And in Jerusalem, in Lebanon - wherever he fancied. 6 as well as Baalath and all his store cities, and all the cities for his chariots and for his horses--whatever he desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon and throughout all the territory he ruled.
7 The remnants from the original inhabitants of the land (Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, Jebusites - all non-Israelites), 7 All the people left from the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites (these peoples were not Israelites),
8 survivors of the holy wars, were rounded up by Solomon for his gangs of slave labor. The policy is in effect today. 8 that is, their descendants remaining in the land, whom the Israelites had not destroyed--these Solomon conscripted for his slave labor force, as it is to this day.
9 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. 9 But Solomon did not make slaves of the Israelites for his work; they were his fighting men, commanders of his captains, and commanders of his chariots and charioteers.
10 They were also the project managers responsible for Solomon's building operations - 250 in all in charge of the workforce. 10 They were also King Solomon's chief officials--two hundred and fifty officials supervising the men.
11 Solomon brought Pharaoh's daughter from the City of David to a house built especially for her, "Because," he said, "my wife cannot live in the house of David king of Israel, for the areas in which the Chest of God has entered are sacred." 11 Solomon brought Pharaoh's daughter up from the City of David to the palace he had built for her, for he said, "My wife must not live in the palace of David king of Israel, because the places the ark of the LORD has entered are holy."
12 Then Solomon offered Whole-Burnt-Offerings to God on the Altar of God that he had built in front of The Temple porch. 12 On the altar of the LORD that he had built in front of the portico, Solomon sacrificed burnt offerings to the LORD,
13 He kept to the regular schedule of worship set down by Moses: Sabbaths, New Moons, and the three annual feasts of Unraised Bread (Passover), Weeks (Pentecost), and Booths. 13 according to the daily requirement for offerings commanded by Moses for Sabbaths, New Moons and the three annual feasts--the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles.
14 He followed the practice of his father David in setting up groups of priests carrying out the work of worship, with the Levites assigned to lead the sacred music for praising God and to assist the priests in the daily worship; he assigned security guards to be on duty at each gate - that's what David the man of God had ordered. 14 In keeping with the ordinance of his father David, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their duties, and the Levites to lead the praise and to assist the priests according to each day's requirement. He also appointed the gatekeepers by divisions for the various gates, because this was what David the man of God had ordered.
15 The king's directions to the priests and Levites and financial stewards were kept right down to the fine print - no innovations - including the treasuries. 15 They did not deviate from the king's commands to the priests or to the Levites in any matter, including that of the treasuries.
16 All that Solomon set out to do, from the groundbreaking of The Temple of God to its finish, was now complete. 16 All Solomon's work was carried out, from the day the foundation of the temple of the LORD was laid until its completion. So the temple of the LORD was finished.
17 Then Solomon went to Ezion Geber and Elath on the coast of Edom. 17 Then Solomon went to Ezion Geber and Elath on the coast of Edom.
18 Hiram sent him ships and with them veteran sailors. Joined by Solomon's men they sailed to Ophir (in east Africa), loaded on fifteen tons of gold, and brought it back to King Solomon. 18 And Hiram sent him ships commanded by his own officers, men who knew the sea. These, with Solomon's men, sailed to Ophir and brought back four hundred and fifty talents of gold, which they delivered to King Solomon.