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116 1/ At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon had built the house of Yahweh and his own house,2 2/ Solomon built the cities that Huram had given to Solomon and settled the Israelites in them. 3/ Solomon went to Hamath-zobah and prevailed against it. 4/ He built Tadmor3 in the wilderness and all the storage towns that4 he built in Hamath. 5/ He also built Upper Beth-horon and Lower Beth-horon,5 fortified cities, with walls, double-doors, and bars, 6/ and Baalath, as well as all Solomon’s storage towns, all the towns for his chariots, the towns for his horsemen , and whatever Solomon desired6 to build, in Jerusalem, Lebanon,7 and in all the land of his reign. 7/ All the people who were left of the Hittites, the Amorites,8 the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, who were not of Israel, 8/ from9 their descendants who were still left behind them in the land, whom the Israelites had not destroyed—these Solomon conscripted for forced labor,10 as is still the case today. 9/ But of the Israelites11 Solomon made no slaves for his work;12 they were soldiers, his commanders , his captains,13 commanders of his chariotry and cavalry. 10/ These were the chief officers14 of king Solomon, two hundred fifty,15 who exercised authority over the people. 11/ Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter up16 from the city of David to the house that he had built for her, for he said, “My wife shall not live in the house17 of David king of Israel, for the places18 are holy to which the ark of Yahweh has come. 12/ Then Solomon offered up burnt offerings to Yahweh on the altar of Yahweh that he had built in the front of the vestibule, 13/ as the duty of each day required, offering, according to the commandment of Moses, for the Sabbaths,19 the new moons, and the three annual festivals—the feast of Unleavened Bread, the feast of Weeks, and the feast of Tabernacles. 14/ According to the ordinance of David his father, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service, and the Levites for their offices of praising and serving alongside the priests, as the duty of each day required, and the gatekeepers in their divisions for the several gates; for this was the commandment of David the man of God. 15/ They did not turn away from the commandment20 of the king relating to the priests and Levites regarding anything at all, or regarding the treasuries . 16/ Thus, all the work of Solomon was accomplished from the day of21 laying the 8:1-18 Miscellaneous Incidents after the Dedication of the Temple Translation1 1 The Vorlage of 2 Chr 8:3-12 is 1 Kgs 9:17-25, with 1 Kgs 9:15-16 omitted by Chronicles. The equivalencies between 1 Kgs 9:15-25 MT and LXX are complicated. In the Rahlfs edition: 9:15, 17b, 18 (one word), and 19abb = 10:22a ; 9:16-17a = 5:14b ; 9:20-21 = 10:22b ; 9:22 = 10:22c ; 9:23 = 2:35h; 9:24 = 2:35fb and 9:9a ; 9:25 = 2:35g. In the Cambridge LXX: 9:15, 17b, 18 (one word), and 19ab = 10:23; 16-17a = 4:32-33; 9:19b-21 = 10:24; 9:22 = 10:25; 9:23 = 2:35h; 9:24 = 2:35g and 9:9b; 25 = 2:35g. In addition , 9:15b, 17b, and 18a = 2:35i. 2 Verse 1 may be a temporal clause linked to v. 2 so that something new begins with v. 3 (Dillard, 62; Japhet, 621–22; NIV; and NRSV). Or v. 1 is a temporal clause linked with v. 3, with v. 2 as a parenthetical insertion. For the latter, see Myers, 2:45; Rudolph, 218; and Galling, 95. 3 rmdt; cf. 1 Kgs 9:18 Q many Hebrew mss LXXL Qodmovr Syr Tg Vg. See Josephus Ant. 8.153–54. Kgs LXX ÆIeqermavq and qermavq also reflect Tadmor. 1 Kgs 9:18 K rmt “Tamar.” 4 rva; lacking in LXXBLal Vg Arab. The omission of a{~ after ojcurav~ is the result of haplography. 5 @wtjth @wrwj tyb taw @wyl[h @wrwj tyb ta; 1 Kgs 9:17 @wtjt @rj tyb taw “lower Beth-horon.” 1 Kgs 2:35i LXX kai; th;n Baiqwrw;n ejpavnw and 1Kgs 10:23 LXX (Cambridge) and 10:22a (Rahlfs) kai; th;n Baiqwrwn th;n ajnwtevrw...


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