2 Chronicles 8

1 At the end of 20 years, during which Solʹomon built the house of Jehovah and his own house,

2 Solʹomon rebuilt the cities that Hiʹram had given Solʹomon and settled Israelites there.

3 Furthermore, Solʹomon went to Haʹmath-zoʹbah and captured it.

4 Then he built up Tadʹmor in the wilderness and all the storage cities that he had built in Haʹmath.

5 He also built up Upper Beth-hoʹron and Lower Beth-hoʹron, fortified cities with walls, gates, and bars,

6 and Baʹalath as well as all of Solʹomon’s storage cities, all the chariot cities, the cities for the horsemen, and whatever Solʹomon desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebʹanon, and in all the land of his dominion.

7 As for all the people who were left from the Hitʹtites, the Amʹorites, the Perʹizzites, the Hiʹvites, and the Jebʹusites, who were not part of Israel,

8 their descendants who were left in the land—those whom the Israelites had not exterminated—were conscripted by Solʹomon for forced labor until this day.

9 But Solʹomon did not make any of the Israelites slaves for his work, for they were his warriors, the chiefs of his adjutants, and the chiefs of his charioteers and horsemen.

10 There were 250 chiefs of the deputies of King Solʹomon, the foremen over the people.

11 Solʹomon also brought Pharʹaoh’s daughter up from the City of David to the house that he had built for her, for he said: “Although she is my wife, she should not dwell in the house of King David of Israel, for the places to which the Ark of Jehovah has come are holy.”

12 Then Solʹomon offered up burnt sacrifices to Jehovah on the altar of Jehovah that he had built in front of the porch.

13 He followed the daily routine and made offerings according to the commandment of Moses for the Saturdays, the new moons, and the appointed festivals three times in the year—the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks, and the Festival of Booths.

14 Further, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their services according to the rule of his father David, and the Levites for their posts of duty, to praise and to minister in the presence of the priests according to the daily routine, and the gatekeepers in their divisions for the different gates, for such was the commandment of David, the man of the true God.

15 And they did not deviate from the king’s commandment to the priests and the Levites concerning any matter or concerning the storehouses.

16 So Solʹomon’s work was all well-organized, from the day the foundation of the house of Jehovah was laid until it was finished. So the house of Jehovah was completed.

17 It was then that Solʹomon went to Eʹzion-geʹber and to Eʹloth on the seashore in the land of Eʹdom.

18 Hiʹram sent him ships and experienced seamen by means of his own servants. They went with Solʹomon’s servants to Oʹphir and took from there 450 talents of gold and brought it to King Solʹomon.