Ver. 17-18. Then went Solomon to Eziongeber Being now at leisure to look after his navy, to carry on merchandise; and of this, and the following verse, and the reconciliation of them with ( 1 Kings 9:26-28 ) , (See Gill on 1 Kings 9:26), (See Gill on 1 Kings 9:27), (See Gill on 1 Kings 9:28).
Solomon did not deviate in any way from David’s commands concerning the priests and Levites and the treasuries.
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.
Later Solomon went to Ezion-geber and Elath, ports along the shore of the Red Sea in the land of Edom.
Hiram sent him ships commanded by his own officers and manned by experienced crews of sailors. These ships sailed to Ophir with Solomon’s men and brought back to Solomon almost seventeen tons of gold.
As in Greek version (see also 2 Kgs 14:22 ; 16:6 ); Hebrew reads Eloth, a variant spelling of Elath.
As in parallel text at 1 Kgs 9:26 ; Hebrew reads the sea.