After twenty years of building the LORD's temple and his royal palace,
Solomon next rebuilt the cities Huram had given him, and he settled Israelites there.
Solomon went to Hamath-zobah and seized it.
He fortified Tadmor in the wilderness, along with all the storage cities he had built in Hamath.
Solomon also built Upper Beth-horon and Lower Beth-horon as fortress cities with walls, gates, and crossbars;
Baalath; all the cities he used for storage; and all the cities used for chariots and cavalry—along with everything else he wanted to build in Jerusalem, Lebanon, and throughout his kingdom.
Any non-Israelite people who remained of the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites—
that is, the descendants of such people who were still in the land because the Israelites weren't able to destroy them—Solomon forced into the labor gangs that are still in existence today.
However, Solomon didn't force the Israelites to work as slaves; instead, they became warriors, chief officers, and the commanders of his chariots and cavalry.
And Solomon had two hundred fifty chief officers who were in charge of the people.