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1 Kings 4 1 So Solomon was king over all Israel,
1 Kings 4 2 and these were his high officials: Azariah son of Zadok was the priest.
1 Kings 4 3 Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, were court secretaries. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian.
1 Kings 4 4 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was commander of the army. Zadok and Abiathar were the priests.
1 Kings 4 5 Azariah son of Nathan presided over the district governors. Zabud son of Nathan, a priest, was a trusted adviser to the king.
1 Kings 4 6 Ahishar was manager of palace affairs. Adoniram son of Abda was in charge of the labor force.
1 Kings 4 7 Solomon also had twelve district governors who were over all Israel. They were responsible for providing food from the people for the king's household. Each of them arranged provisions for one month of the year.
1 Kings 4 8 These are the names of the twelve governors: Ben-hur, in the hill country of Ephraim.
1 Kings 4 9 Ben-deker, in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth-shemesh, and Elon-bethhanan.
1 Kings 4 10 Ben-hesed, in Arubboth, including Socoh and all the land of Hepher.
1 Kings 4 11 Ben-abinadab, in Naphoth-dor. (He was married to Taphath, one of Solomon's daughters.)
1 Kings 4 12 Baana son of Ahilud, in Taanach and Megiddo, all of Beth-shan near Zarethan below Jezreel, and all the territory from Beth-shan to Abel-meholah and over to Jokmeam.
1 Kings 4 13 Ben-geber, in Ramoth-gilead, including the Towns of Jair (named for Jair son of Manasseh) in Gilead, and in the Argob region of Bashan, including sixty great fortified cities with gates barred with bronze.
1 Kings 4 14 Ahinadab son of Iddo, in Mahanaim.
1 Kings 4 15 Ahimaaz, in Naphtali. (He was married to Basemath, another of Solomon's daughters.)
1 Kings 4 16 Baana son of Hushai, in Asher and in Aloth.
1 Kings 4 17 Jehoshaphat son of Paruah, in Issachar.
1 Kings 4 18 Shimei son of Ela, in Benjamin.
1 Kings 4 19 Geber son of Uri, in the land of Gilead, including the territories of King Sihon of the Amorites and King Og of Bashan. And there was one governor over the land of Judah.
1 Kings 4 20 The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They were very contented, with plenty to eat and drink.
1 Kings 4 21 King Solomon ruled all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines, as far south as the border of Egypt. The conquered peoples of those lands sent tribute money to Solomon and continued to serve him throughout his lifetime.
1 Kings 4 22 The daily food requirements for Solomon's palace were 150 bushels of choice flour and 300 bushels of meal,
1 Kings 4 23 ten oxen from the fattening pens, twenty pasture-fed cattle, one hundred sheep or goats, as well as deer, gazelles, roebucks, and choice fowl.
1 Kings 4 24 Solomon's dominion extended over all the kingdoms west of the Euphrates River, from Tiphsah to Gaza. And there was peace throughout the entire land.
1 Kings 4 25 Throughout the lifetime of Solomon, all of Judah and Israel lived in peace and safety. And from Dan to Beersheba, each family had its own home and garden.
1 Kings 4 26 Solomon had four thousand stalls for his chariot horses and twelve thousand horses.
1 Kings 4 27 The district governors faithfully provided food for King Solomon and his court, each during his assigned month.
1 Kings 4 28 They also brought the necessary barley and straw for the royal horses in the stables.
1 Kings 4 29 God gave Solomon great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge too vast to be measured.
1 Kings 4 30 In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt.
1 Kings 4 31 He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite and Heman, Calcol, and Darda--the sons of Mahol. His fame spread throughout all the surrounding nations.
1 Kings 4 32 He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs.
1 Kings 4 33 He could speak with authority about all kinds of plants, from the great cedar of Lebanon to the tiny hyssop that grows from cracks in a wall. He could also speak about animals, birds, reptiles, and fish.
1 Kings 4 34 And kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon.
1 Kings 5 1 King Hiram of Tyre had always been a loyal friend of David, so when he learned that David's son Solomon was the new king of Israel, Hiram sent ambassadors to congratulate him.
1 Kings 5 2 Then Solomon sent this message back to Hiram:
1 Kings 5 3 "You know that my father, David, was not able to build a Temple to honor the name of the LORD his God because of the many wars he waged with surrounding nations. He could not build until the LORD gave him victory over all his enemies.
1 Kings 5 4 But now the LORD my God has given me peace on every side, and I have no enemies and all is well.
1 Kings 5 5 So I am planning to build a Temple to honor the name of the LORD my God, just as he instructed my father that I should do. For the LORD told him, `Your son, whom I will place on your throne, will build the Temple to honor my name.'
1 Kings 5 6 Now please command that cedars from Lebanon be cut for me. Let my men work alongside yours, and I will pay your men whatever wages you ask. As you know, there is no one among us who can cut timber like you Sidonians!"
1 Kings 5 7 When Hiram received Solomon's message, he was very pleased and said, "Praise the LORD for giving David a wise son to be king of the great nation of Israel."
1 Kings 5 8 Then he sent this reply to Solomon: "I have received your message, and I will do as you have asked concerning the timber. I can supply you with both cedar and cypress.
1 Kings 5 9 My servants will bring the logs from the Lebanon mountains to the Mediterranean Sea and build them into rafts. We will float them along the coast to whatever place you choose. Then we will break the rafts apart and deliver the timber to you. You can pay me with food for my household."
1 Kings 5 10 So Hiram produced for Solomon as much cedar and cypress timber as he desired.
1 Kings 5 11 In return Solomon sent him an annual payment of 100,000 bushels of wheat for his household and 110,000 gallons of olive oil.
1 Kings 5 12 So the LORD gave great wisdom to Solomon just as he had promised. And Hiram and Solomon made a formal alliance of peace.
1 Kings 5 13 Then King Solomon enlisted 30,000 laborers from all Israel.
1 Kings 5 14 He sent them to Lebanon in shifts, 10,000 every month, so that each man would be one month in Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram was in charge of this labor force.
1 Kings 5 15 Solomon also enlisted 70,000 common laborers, 80,000 stonecutters in the hill country,
1 Kings 5 16 and 3,600 foremen to supervise the work.
1 Kings 5 17 At the king's command, the stonecutters quarried and shaped costly blocks of stone for the foundation of the Temple.
1 Kings 5 18 Men from the city of Gebal helped Solomon's and Hiram's builders prepare the timber and stone for the Temple.
1 Kings 6 1 It was in midspring, during the fourth year of Solomon's reign, that he began the construction of the Temple of the LORD. This was 480 years after the people of Israel were delivered from their slavery in the land of Egypt.
1 Kings 6 2 The Temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet high.
1 Kings 6 3 The foyer at the front of the Temple was 30 feet wide, running across the entire width of the Temple. It projected outward 15 feet from the front of the Temple.
1 Kings 6 4 Solomon also made narrow, recessed windows throughout the Temple.
1 Kings 6 5 A complex of rooms was built against the outer walls of the Temple, all the way around the sides and rear of the building.
1 Kings 6 6 The complex was three stories high, the bottom floor being 7 1/2 feet wide, the second floor 9 feet wide, and the top floor 10 1/2 feet wide. The rooms were connected to the walls of the Temple by beams resting on ledges built out from the wall. So the beams were not inserted into the walls themselves.
1 Kings 6 7 The stones used in the construction of the Temple were prefinished at the quarry, so the entire structure was built without the sound of hammer, ax, or any other iron tool at the building site.
1 Kings 6 8 The entrance to the bottom floor was on the south side of the Temple. There were winding stairs going up to the second floor, and another flight of stairs between the second and third floors.
1 Kings 6 9 After completing the Temple structure, Solomon put in a ceiling made of beams and planks of cedar.
1 Kings 6 10 As already stated, there was a complex of rooms on three sides of the building, attached to the Temple walls by cedar timbers. Each story of the complex was 7 1/2 feet high.
1 Kings 6 11 Then the LORD gave this message to Solomon:
1 Kings 6 12 "Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my laws and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father, David.
1 Kings 6 13 I will live among the people of Israel and never forsake my people."
1 Kings 6 14 So Solomon finished building the Temple.
1 Kings 6 15 The entire inside, from floor to ceiling, was paneled with wood. He paneled the walls and ceilings with cedar, and he used cypress for the floors.
1 Kings 6 16 He partitioned off an inner sanctuary--the Most Holy Place--at the far end of the Temple. It was 30 feet deep and was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling.
1 Kings 6 17 The main room of the Temple, outside the Most Holy Place, was 60 feet long.
1 Kings 6 18 Cedar paneling completely covered the stone walls throughout the Temple, and the paneling was decorated with carvings of gourds and open flowers.
1 Kings 6 19 Solomon prepared the inner sanctuary in the rear of the Temple, where the Ark of the LORD's covenant would be placed.
1 Kings 6 20 This inner sanctuary was 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 30 feet high. Solomon overlaid its walls and ceiling with pure gold. He also overlaid the altar made of cedar.
1 Kings 6 21 Then he overlaid the rest of the Temple's interior with pure gold, and he made gold chains to protect the entrance to the Most Holy Place.
1 Kings 6 22 So he finished overlaying the entire Temple with gold, including the altar that belonged to the Most Holy Place.
1 Kings 6 23 Within the inner sanctuary Solomon placed two cherubim made of olive wood, each 15 feet tall.
1 Kings 6 24 The wingspan of each of the cherubim was 15 feet, each wing being 7 1/2 feet long.
1 Kings 6 25 The two cherubim were identical in shape and size;
1 Kings 6 26 each was 15 feet tall.
1 Kings 6 27 Solomon placed them side by side in the inner sanctuary of the Temple. Their outspread wings reached from wall to wall, while their inner wings touched at the center of the room.
1 Kings 6 28 He overlaid the two cherubim with gold.
1 Kings 6 29 All the walls of the inner sanctuary and the main room were decorated with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers.
1 Kings 6 30 The floor in both rooms was overlaid with gold.
1 Kings 6 31 For the entrance to the inner sanctuary, Solomon made double doors of olive wood with five-sided doorposts.
1 Kings 6 32 These doors were decorated with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, and the doors were overlaid with gold.
1 Kings 6 33 Then he made four-sided doorposts of olive wood for the entrance to the Temple.
1 Kings 6 34 There were two folding doors of cypress wood, and each door was hinged to fold back upon itself.
1 Kings 6 35 These doors were decorated with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, and the doors were overlaid with gold.
1 Kings 6 36 The walls of the inner courtyard were built so that there was one layer of cedar beams after every three layers of hewn stone.
1 Kings 6 37 The foundation of the LORD's Temple was laid in midspring of the fourth year of Solomon's reign.
1 Kings 6 38 The entire building was completed in every detail by midautumn of the eleventh year of his reign. So it took seven years to build the Temple.
1 Kings 7 1 Solomon also built a palace for himself, and it took him thirteen years to complete the construction.
1 Kings 7 2 One of Solomon's buildings was called the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. It was 150 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. The great cedar ceiling beams rested on four rows of cedar pillars.
1 Kings 7 3 It had a cedar roof supported by forty-five rafters that rested on three rows of pillars, fifteen in each row.
1 Kings 7 4 On each of the side walls there were three rows of windows facing each other.
1 Kings 7 5 All the doorways were rectangular in frame; they were in sets of three, facing each other.
1 Kings 7 6 He also built the Hall of Pillars, which was 75 feet long and 45 feet wide. There was a porch at its front, covered by a canopy that was supported by pillars.
1 Kings 7 7 There was also the Hall of the Throne, also known as the Hall of Judgment, where Solomon sat to hear legal matters. It was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling.
1 Kings 7 8 Solomon's living quarters surrounded a courtyard behind this hall; they were built the same way. He also built similar living quarters for Pharaoh's daughter, one of his wives.
1 Kings 7 9 All these buildings were built entirely from huge, costly blocks of stone, cut and trimmed to exact measure on all sides.
1 Kings 7 10 Some of the huge foundation stones were 15 feet long, and some were 12 feet long.
1 Kings 7 11 The costly blocks of stone used in the walls were also cut to measure, and cedar beams were also used.
1 Kings 7 12 The walls of the great courtyard were built so that there was one layer of cedar beams after every three layers of hewn stone, just like the walls of the inner courtyard of the LORD's Temple with its entrance foyer.
1 Kings 7 13 King Solomon then asked for a man named Huram to come from Tyre,
1 Kings 7 14 for he was a craftsman skilled in bronze work. He was half Israelite, since his mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father had been a foundry worker from Tyre. So he came to work for King Solomon.
1 Kings 7 15 Huram cast two bronze pillars, each 27 feet tall and 18 feet in circumference.
1 Kings 7 16 For the tops of the pillars he made capitals of molded bronze, each 7 1/2 feet tall.
1 Kings 7 17 Each capital was decorated with seven sets of latticework and interwoven chains.
1 Kings 7 18 He also made two rows of pomegranates that encircled the latticework to decorate the capitals over the pillars.
1 Kings 7 19 The capitals on the columns inside the foyer were shaped like lilies, and they were 6 feet tall.
1 Kings 7 20 Each capital on the two pillars had two hundred pomegranates in two rows around them, beside the rounded surface next to the latticework.
1 Kings 7 21 Huram set the pillars at the entrance of the Temple, one toward the south and one toward the north. He named the one on the south Jakin, and the one on the north Boaz.
1 Kings 7 22 The capitals on the pillars were shaped like lilies. And so the work on the pillars was finished.
1 Kings 7 23 Then Huram cast a large round tank, 15 feet across from rim to rim; it was called the Sea. It was 7 1/2 feet deep and about 45 feet in circumference.
1 Kings 7 24 The Sea was encircled just below its rim by two rows of decorative gourds. There were about six gourds per foot all the way around, and they had been cast as part of the tank.
1 Kings 7 25 The Sea rested on a base of twelve bronze oxen, all facing outward. Three faced north, three faced west, three faced south, and three faced east.
1 Kings 7 26 The walls of the Sea were about three inches thick, and its rim flared out like a cup and resembled a lily blossom. It could hold about 11,000 gallons of water.
1 Kings 7 27 Huram also made ten bronze water carts, each 6 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 4 1/2 feet tall.
1 Kings 7 28 They were constructed with side panels braced with crossbars.
1 Kings 7 29 Both the panels and the crossbars were decorated with carved lions, oxen, and cherubim. Above and below the lions and oxen were wreath decorations.
1 Kings 7 30 Each of these carts had four bronze wheels and bronze axles. At each corner of the carts were supporting posts for the bronze basins; these supports were decorated with carvings of wreaths on each side.
1 Kings 7 31 The top of each cart had a circular frame for the basin. It projected 1 1/2 feet above the cart's top like a round pedestal, and its opening was 2 1/4 feet across; it was decorated on the outside with carvings of wreaths. The panels of the carts were square, not round.
1 Kings 7 32 Under the panels were four wheels that were connected to axles that had been cast as one unit with the cart. The wheels were 2 1/4 feet in diameter
1 Kings 7 33 and were similar to chariot wheels. The axles, spokes, rims, and hubs were all cast from molten bronze.
1 Kings 7 34 There were supports at each of the four corners of the carts, and these, too, were cast as one unit with the cart.
1 Kings 7 35 Around the top of each cart there was a rim 9 inches wide. The supports and side panels were cast as one unit with the cart.
1 Kings 7 36 Carvings of cherubim, lions, and palm trees decorated the panels and supports wherever there was room, and there were wreaths all around.
1 Kings 7 37 All ten water carts were the same size and were made alike, for each was cast from the same mold.
1 Kings 7 38 Huram also made ten bronze basins, one for each cart. Each basin was 6 feet across and could hold 220 gallons of water.
1 Kings 7 39 He arranged five water carts on the south side of the Temple and five on the north side. The Sea was placed at the southeast corner of the Temple.
1 Kings 7 40 He also made the necessary pots, shovels, and basins. So at last Huram completed everything King Solomon had assigned him to make for the Temple of the LORD:
1 Kings 7 41 two pillars, two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars, two networks of chains that decorated the capitals,
1 Kings 7 42 four hundred pomegranates that hung from the chains on the capitals (two rows of pomegranates for each of the chain networks that were hung around the capitals on top of the pillars),
1 Kings 7 43 the ten water carts holding the ten basins,
1 Kings 7 44 the Sea and the twelve oxen under it,
1 Kings 7 45 the pots, the shovels, and the basins. All these utensils for the Temple of the LORD that Huram made for Solomon were made of burnished bronze.
1 Kings 7 46 The king had them cast in clay molds in the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zarethan.
1 Kings 7 47 Solomon did not weigh all the utensils because there were so many; the weight of the bronze could not be measured.
1 Kings 7 48 So Solomon made all the furnishings of the Temple of the LORD: the gold altar, the gold table for the Bread of the Presence,
1 Kings 7 49 the gold lampstands, five on the south and five on the north, in front of the Most Holy Place, the flower decorations, lamps, and tongs, all of gold,
1 Kings 7 50 the cups, lamp snuffers, basins, dishes, and firepans, all of pure gold, the doors for the entrances to the Most Holy Place and the main room of the Temple, with their fronts overlaid with gold.
1 Kings 7 51 So King Solomon finished all his work on the Temple of the LORD. Then Solomon brought all the gifts his father, David, had dedicated--the silver, the gold, and the other utensils--and he stored them in the treasuries of the LORD's Temple.
1 Kings 8 1 Solomon then summoned the leaders of all the tribes and families of Israel to assemble in Jerusalem. They were to bring the Ark of the LORD's covenant from its location in the City of David, also known as Zion, to its new place in the Temple.
1 Kings 8 2 They all assembled before the king at the annual Festival of Shelters in early autumn.
1 Kings 8 3 When all the leaders of Israel arrived, the priests picked up the Ark.
1 Kings 8 4 Then the priests and Levites took the Ark of the LORD, along with the Tabernacle and all its sacred utensils, and carried them up to the Temple.
1 Kings 8 5 King Solomon and the entire community of Israel sacrificed sheep and oxen before the Ark in such numbers that no one could keep count!
1 Kings 8 6 Then the priests carried the Ark of the LORD's covenant into the inner sanctuary of the Temple--the Most Holy Place--and placed it beneath the wings of the cherubim.
1 Kings 8 7 The cherubim spread their wings over the Ark, forming a canopy over the Ark and its carrying poles.
1 Kings 8 8 These poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the front entrance of the Temple's main room--the Holy Place--but not from outside it. They are still there to this day.
1 Kings 8 9 Nothing was in the Ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed there at Mount Sinai, where the LORD made a covenant with the people of Israel as they were leaving the land of Egypt.
1 Kings 8 10 As the priests came out of the inner sanctuary, a cloud filled the Temple of the LORD.
1 Kings 8 11 The priests could not continue their work because the glorious presence of the LORD filled the Temple.
1 Kings 8 12 Then Solomon prayed, "O LORD, you have said that you would live in thick darkness.
1 Kings 8 13 But I have built a glorious Temple for you, where you can live forever!"
1 Kings 8 14 Then the king turned around to the entire community of Israel standing before him and gave this blessing:
1 Kings 8 15 "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who has kept the promise he made to my father, David.
1 Kings 8 16 For he told my father, `From the day I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I have never chosen a city among the tribes of Israel as the place where a temple should be built to honor my name. But now I have chosen David to be king over my people.'"
1 Kings 8 17 Then Solomon said, "My father, David, wanted to build this Temple to honor the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
1 Kings 8 18 But the LORD told him, `It is right for you to want to build the Temple to honor my name,
1 Kings 8 19 but you are not the one to do it. One of your sons will build it instead.'
1 Kings 8 20 "And now the LORD has done what he promised, for I have become king in my father's place. I have built this Temple to honor the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
1 Kings 8 21 And I have prepared a place there for the Ark, which contains the covenant that the LORD made with our ancestors when he brought them out of Egypt."
1 Kings 8 22 Then Solomon stood with his hands lifted toward heaven before the altar of the LORD in front of the entire community of Israel.
1 Kings 8 23 He prayed, "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven or earth. You keep your promises and show unfailing love to all who obey you and are eager to do your will.
1 Kings 8 24 You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own mouth, and today you have fulfilled it with your own hands.
1 Kings 8 25 And now, O LORD, God of Israel, carry out your further promise to your servant David, my father. For you said to him, `If your descendants guard their behavior as you have done, they will always reign over Israel.'
1 Kings 8 26 Now, O God of Israel, fulfill this promise to your servant David, my father.
1 Kings 8 27 "But will God really live on earth? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I have built!
1 Kings 8 28 Listen to my prayer and my request, O LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you today.
1 Kings 8 29 May you watch over this Temple both day and night, this place where you have said you would put your name. May you always hear the prayers I make toward this place.
1 Kings 8 30 May you hear the humble and earnest requests from me and your people Israel when we pray toward this place. Yes, hear us from heaven where you live, and when you hear, forgive.
1 Kings 8 31 "If someone wrongs another person and is required to take an oath of innocence in front of the altar at this Temple,
1 Kings 8 32 then hear from heaven and judge between your servants--the accuser and the accused. Punish the guilty party and acquit the one who is innocent.
1 Kings 8 33 "If your people Israel are defeated by their enemies because they have sinned against you, and if they turn to you and call on your name and pray to you here in this Temple,
1 Kings 8 34 then hear from heaven and forgive their sins and return them to this land you gave their ancestors.
1 Kings 8 35 "If the skies are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and then they pray toward this Temple and confess your name and turn from their sins because you have punished them,
1 Kings 8 36 then hear from heaven and forgive the sins of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them to do what is right, and send rain on your land that you have given to your people as their special possession.
1 Kings 8 37 "If there is a famine in the land, or plagues, or crop disease, or attacks of locusts or caterpillars, or if your people's enemies are in the land besieging their towns--whatever the trouble is--
1 Kings 8 38 and if your people offer a prayer concerning their troubles or sorrow, raising their hands toward this Temple,
1 Kings 8 39 then hear from heaven where you live, and forgive. Give your people whatever they deserve, for you alone know the human heart.
1 Kings 8 40 Then they will fear you and walk in your ways as long as they live in the land you gave to our ancestors.
1 Kings 8 41 "And when foreigners hear of you and come from distant lands to worship your great name--
1 Kings 8 42 for they will hear of you and of your mighty miracles and your power--and when they pray toward this Temple,
1 Kings 8 43 then hear from heaven where you live, and grant what they ask of you. Then all the people of the earth will come to know and fear you, just as your own people Israel do. They, too, will know that this Temple I have built bears your name.
1 Kings 8 44 "If your people go out at your command to fight their enemies, and if they pray to the LORD toward this city that you have chosen and toward this Temple that I have built for your name,
1 Kings 8 45 then hear their prayers from heaven and uphold their cause.
1 Kings 8 46 "If they sin against you--and who has never sinned?--you may become angry with them and let their enemies conquer them and take them captive to a foreign land far or near.
1 Kings 8 47 But in that land of exile, they may turn to you again in repentance and pray, `We have sinned, done evil, and acted wickedly.'
1 Kings 8 48 Then if they turn to you with their whole heart and soul and pray toward the land you gave to their ancestors, toward this city you have chosen, and toward this Temple I have built to honor your name,
1 Kings 8 49 then hear their prayers from heaven where you live. Uphold their cause
1 Kings 8 50 and forgive your people who have sinned against you. Make their captors merciful to them,
1 Kings 8 51 for they are your people--your special possession--whom you brought out of the iron-smelting furnace of Egypt.
1 Kings 8 52 "May your eyes be open to my requests and to the requests of your people Israel. Hear and answer them whenever they cry out to you.
1 Kings 8 53 For when you brought our ancestors out of Egypt, O Sovereign LORD, you told your servant Moses that you had separated Israel from among all the nations of the earth to be your own special possession."
1 Kings 8 54 When Solomon finished making these prayers and requests to the LORD, he stood up in front of the altar of the LORD, where he had been kneeling with his hands raised toward heaven.
1 Kings 8 55 He stood there and shouted this blessing over the entire community of Israel:
1 Kings 8 56 "Praise the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses.
1 Kings 8 57 May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never forsake us.
1 Kings 8 58 May he give us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands, laws, and regulations that he gave our ancestors.
1 Kings 8 59 And may these words that I have prayed in the presence of the LORD be before him constantly, day and night, so that the LORD our God may uphold my cause and the cause of his people Israel, fulfilling our daily needs.
1 Kings 8 60 May people all over the earth know that the LORD is God and that there is no other god.
1 Kings 8 61 And may you, his people, always be faithful to the LORD our God. May you always obey his laws and commands, just as you are doing today."
1 Kings 8 62 Then the king and all Israel with him offered sacrifices to the LORD.
1 Kings 8 63 Solomon sacrificed peace offerings to the LORD numbering 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. And so the king and all Israel dedicated the Temple of the LORD.
1 Kings 8 64 That same day the king dedicated the central area of the courtyard in front of the LORD's Temple. He offered burnt offerings, grain offerings, and the fat of peace offerings there, because the bronze altar in the LORD's presence was too small to handle so many offerings.
1 Kings 8 65 Then Solomon and all Israel celebrated the Festival of Shelters in the presence of the LORD their God. A large crowd had gathered from as far away as Lebo-hamath in the north to the brook of Egypt in the south. The celebration went on for fourteen days in all--seven days for the dedication of the altar and seven days for the Festival of Shelters.
1 Kings 8 66 After the festival was over, Solomon sent the people home. They blessed the king as they went, and they were all joyful and happy because the LORD had been good to his servant David and to his people Israel.
1 Kings 9 1 So Solomon finished building the Temple of the LORD, as well as the royal palace. He completed everything he had planned to do.
1 Kings 9 2 Then the LORD appeared to Solomon a second time, as he had done before at Gibeon.
1 Kings 9 3 The LORD said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your request. I have set apart this Temple you have built so that my name will be honored there forever. I will always watch over it and care for it.
1 Kings 9 4 As for you, if you will follow me with integrity and godliness, as David your father did, always obeying my commands and keeping my laws and regulations,
1 Kings 9 5 then I will establish the throne of your dynasty over Israel forever. For I made this promise to your father, David: `You will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.'
1 Kings 9 6 "But if you or your descendants abandon me and disobey my commands and laws, and if you go and worship other gods,
1 Kings 9 7 then I will uproot the people of Israel from this land I have given them. I will reject this Temple that I have set apart to honor my name. I will make Israel an object of mockery and ridicule among the nations.
1 Kings 9 8 And though this Temple is impressive now, it will become an appalling sight for all who pass by. They will scoff and ask, `Why did the LORD do such terrible things to his land and to his Temple?'
1 Kings 9 9 And the answer will be, `Because his people forgot the LORD their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and they worshiped other gods instead. That is why the LORD has brought all these disasters upon them.'"
1 Kings 9 10 Now at the end of the twenty years during which Solomon built the Temple of the LORD and the royal palace,
1 Kings 9 11 Solomon gave twenty towns in the land of Galilee to King Hiram of Tyre as payment for all the cedar and cypress lumber and gold he had furnished for the construction of the buildings.
1 Kings 9 12 Hiram came from Tyre to see the towns Solomon had given him, but he was not at all pleased with them.
1 Kings 9 13 "What kind of towns are these, my brother?" he asked. "These towns are worthless!" So Hiram called that area Cabul--"worthless"--as it is still known today.
1 Kings 9 14 Hiram had sent Solomon nine thousand pounds of gold.
1 Kings 9 15 This is the account of the forced labor that Solomon conscripted to build the LORD's Temple, the royal palace, the Millo, the wall of Jerusalem, and the cities of Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer.
1 Kings 9 16 (The king of Egypt had attacked and captured Gezer, killing the Canaanite population and burning it down. He gave the city to his daughter as a wedding gift when she married Solomon.
1 Kings 9 17 So Solomon rebuilt the city of Gezer.) He also built up the towns of Lower Beth-horon,
1 Kings 9 18 Baalath, and Tamar in the desert, within his land.
1 Kings 9 19 He built towns as supply centers 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.
1 Kings 9 20 There were still some people living in the land who were not Israelites, including Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.
1 Kings 9 21 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.
1 Kings 9 22 But Solomon did not conscript any of the Israelites for forced labor. Instead, he assigned them to serve as fighting men, government officials, officers in his army, commanders of his chariots, and charioteers.
1 Kings 9 23 He also appointed 550 of them to supervise the various projects.
1 Kings 9 24 After Solomon moved his wife, Pharaoh's daughter, from the City of David to the new palace he had built for her, he constructed the Millo.
1 Kings 9 25 Three times each year Solomon offered burnt offerings and peace offerings to the LORD on the altar he had built. He also burned incense to the LORD. And so he finished the work of building the Temple.
1 Kings 9 26 Later King Solomon built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber, a port near Elath in the land of Edom, along the shore of the Red Sea.
1 Kings 9 27 Hiram sent experienced crews of sailors to sail the ships with Solomon's men.
1 Kings 9 28 They sailed to Ophir and brought back to Solomon some sixteen tons of gold.