1 Kings 9
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 to do,
That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto
him at Gibeon.
After Solomon finished building the houses (one for God that took 7 years, and a larger one for himself
that took 13 years),
God and Solomon meet again .
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
God said to Solomon,
I've heard your prayer and hallowed this house. My name, eyes, and heart will be in it forever.
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 judgments:
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 Israel.
If you always obey my commandments, like your father David did, then your kingdom will last forever.
Did David sin?
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:
But if you or your children don't obey me, I'll destroy your land and house, and cast you out of my sight.
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 this house?
And everyone that passes by this house will hiss and say, "Why did God do this to this land and this house?"
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 evil.
Then they'll answer their own question and say, "Because they didn't obey their God."
Hiram didn't like the cities Solomon gave him
(but he gave Solomon lots of gold anyway)
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.
Hiram provided the cedar, fir, and gold that Solomon used to build the two houses.
To pay him for the building materials, Solomon gave him twenty Galilean cities.
And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given
him; and they pleased him not.
But Hiram didn't like the cities that Solomon gave him.
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.
He called them "the land of Cabul" -- which roughly translated means, "shithole cities".
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.
Hiram had sent 120 talents of gold to Solomon to decorate the houses. 
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.
(Pharaoh conquered the city of Gezer and gave it his daughter as a wedding present when she married Solomon.)
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.
1. See 1 Kg 3:5-15 for God and Solomon's first meeting, which was only a
dream. This is Solomon's first face-to-face meeting with God.
This may have been the third meeting, however, since "the word of the Lord" appeared and spoke to Solomon in
1 Kg 6:11-13. But maybe a visit from "the word of the Lord" is different than a visit from
the Lord himself. Hard to know.
2. 120 talents of gold would be about four metric tons, which would be worth about 160 million U.S. dollars today.
It is also the amount of gold that the queen of Sheba gives to Solomon in the next chapter. (10:10)
3. 420 talents of gold would be would be worth over 500 million U.S. dollars today.
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