When Solomon had finished1 building the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had achieved all he had desired to do,
the LORD appeared2 to him a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon.
The LORD said to him: "I have heard3 the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name4 there forever. My eyes5 and my heart will always be there.
"As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart6 and uprightness, as David7 your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws,85
I will establish9 your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, 'You shall never fail10 to have a successor on the throne of Israel.'
"But if youa or your descendants turn away11 from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given youb and go off to serve other gods12 and worship them,
then I will cut off Israel from the land13 I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name.14 Israel will then become a byword15 and an object of ridicule16 among all peoples.
This temple will become a heap of rubble. Allc who pass by will be appalled17 and will scoff and say, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?'189
People will answer,19 'Because they have forsaken20 the LORD their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them--that is why the LORD brought all this disaster21 on them.' "
At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built these two buildings--the temple of the LORD and the royal palace--
King Solomon gave twenty towns in Galilee to Hiram king of Tyre, because Hiram had supplied him with all the cedar and juniper and gold22 he wanted.
But when Hiram went from Tyre to see the towns that Solomon had given him, he was not pleased with them.
"What kind of towns are these you have given me, my brother?" he asked. And he called them the Land of Kabul,d23 a name they have to this day.
Now Hiram had sent to the king 120 talentse of gold.2415
Here is the account of the forced labor King Solomon conscripted25 to build the LORD's temple, his own palace, the terraces,f26 the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor,27 Megiddo and Gezer.2816
(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,29 Solomon's wife.
And Solomon rebuilt Gezer.) He built up Lower Beth Horon,3018
Baalath,31 and Tadmorg in the desert, within his land,
as well as all his store cities32 and the towns for his chariots33 and for his horsesh--whatever he desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon and throughout all the territory he ruled.
There were still people left from the Amorites, Hittites,34 Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites35 (these peoples were not Israelites).
Solomon conscripted the descendants36 of all these peoples remaining in the land--whom the Israelites could not exterminatei37--to serve as slave labor,38 as it is to this day.
But Solomon did not make slaves39 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.
They were also the chief officials40 in charge of Solomon's projects--550 officials supervising those who did the work.
After Pharaoh's daughter41 had come up from the City of David to the palace Solomon had built for her, he constructed the terraces.4225
Three43 times a year Solomon sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings on the altar he had built for the LORD, burning incense before the LORD along with them, and so fulfilled the temple obligations.
King Solomon also built ships44 at Ezion Geber,45 which is near Elath46 in Edom, on the shore of the Red Sea.j27
And Hiram sent his servants--sailors47 who knew the sea--to serve in the fleet with Solomon's servants.
They sailed to Ophir48 and brought back 420 talentsk of gold,49 which they delivered to King Solomon.