And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the
LORD, and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire which he was pleased
That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at
And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou
hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name
there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart,
and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my
statutes and my judgements:
Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised
to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of
But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not
keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve
other gods, and worship them:
Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house,
which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a
proverb and a byword among all people:
And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished,
and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to
And they shall answer, Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought forth
their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have
worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the LORD brought upon them all this
And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, when Solomon had built the two
houses, the house of the LORD, and the king’s house,
(Now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar trees and fir trees,
and with gold, according to all his desire,) that then king Solomon gave Hiram twenty
cities in the land of Galilee.
And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him; and
they pleased him not.
And he said, What cities are these which thou hast given me, my brother? And he
called them the land of Cabul unto this day.
And Hiram sent to the king sixscore talents of gold.
And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised; for to build the
house of the LORD, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor,
and Megiddo, and Gezer.
For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken Gezer, and burnt it with fire, and
slain the Canaanites that dwelt in the city, and given it for a present unto his
daughter, Solomon’s wife.
And Solomon built Gezer, and Bethhoron the nether,
And Baalath, and Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land,
And all the cities of store that Solomon had, and cities for his chariots, and
cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in
Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.
And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites,
and Jebusites, which were not of the children of Israel,
Their children that were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel
also were not able utterly to destroy, upon those did Solomon levy a tribute of
bondservice unto this day.
But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no bondmen: but they were men of
war, and his servants, and his princes, and his captains, and rulers of his chariots,
and his horsemen.
These were the chief of the officers that were over Solomon’s work, five
hundred and fifty, which bare rule over the people that wrought in the work.
But Pharaoh’s daughter came up out of the city of David unto her house which
Solomon had built for her: then did he build Millo.
And three times in a year did Solomon offer burnt offerings and peace offerings
upon the altar which he built unto the LORD, and he burnt incense upon the altar that
was before the LORD. So he finished the house.
And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the
shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom.
And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea,
with the servants of Solomon.
And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty
talents, and brought it to king Solomon.