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2 Chronicles 8 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 It was now twenty years since Solomon had become king, and the great building projects of the LORD's Temple and his own royal palace were completed. 1 At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built the temple of the LORD and his own palace,
2 Solomon now turned his attention to rebuilding the towns that King Hiram had given him, and he settled Israelites in them. 2 Solomon rebuilt the villages that Hiram had given him, and settled Israelites in them.
3 It was at this time, too, that Solomon fought against the city of Hamath-zobah and conquered it. 3 Solomon then went to Hamath Zobah and captured it.
4 He rebuilt Tadmor in the desert and built towns in the region of Hamath as supply centers. 4 He also built up Tadmor in the desert and all the store cities he had built in Hamath.
5 He fortified the cities of Upper Beth-horon and Lower Beth-horon, rebuilding their walls and installing barred gates. 5 He rebuilt Upper Beth Horon and Lower Beth Horon as fortified cities, with walls and with gates and bars,
6 He also rebuilt Baalath and other supply centers at this time and constructed cities where his chariots and horses could be kept. He built to his heart's content in Jerusalem and Lebanon and throughout the entire realm. 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 There were still some people living in the land who were not Israelites, including Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 7 All the people left from the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites (these peoples were not Israelites),
8 These were descendants of the nations that Israel had not completely destroyed. So Solomon conscripted them for his labor force, and they serve in the labor force to this day. 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 Solomon did not conscript any of the Israelites for forced labor. Instead, he assigned them to serve as fighting men, officers in his army, 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 King Solomon also appointed 250 of them to supervise the various projects. 10 They were also King Solomon's chief officials--two hundred and fifty officials supervising the men.
11 Solomon moved his wife, Pharaoh's daughter, from the City of David to the new palace he had built for her. He said, "My wife must not live in King David's palace, for the Ark of the LORD has been there, and it is holy ground." 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 sacrificed burnt offerings to the LORD on the altar he had built in front of the foyer of the Temple. 12 On the altar of the LORD that he had built in front of the portico, Solomon sacrificed burnt offerings to the LORD,
13 The number of sacrifices varied from day to day according to the commands Moses had given. Extra sacrifices were offered on the Sabbaths, on new moon festivals, and at the three annual festivals -- the Passover celebration, the Festival of Harvest, and the Festival of Shelters. 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 In assigning the priests to their duties, Solomon followed the regulations of his father, David. He also assigned the Levites to lead the people in praise and to assist the priests in their daily duties. And he assigned the gatekeepers to their gates by their divisions, following the commands of David, the man of God. 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 Solomon did not deviate in any way from David's commands concerning the priests and Levites and 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 So Solomon made sure that all the work related to building the Temple of the LORD was carried out, from the day its foundation was laid to the day of its completion. 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 Later Solomon went to Ezion-geber and Elath, ports in the land of Edom, along the shore of the Red Sea. 17 Then Solomon went to Ezion Geber and Elath on the coast of Edom.
18 Hiram sent him ships commanded by his own officers and manned by experienced crews of sailors. These ships sailed to the land of Ophir with Solomon's men and brought back to Solomon almost seventeen tons of gold. 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.