1And it came to pass after twenty years, in which Solomon built the house of the Lord, and his own house,
2that Solomon rebuilt the cities which Chiram had given to Solomon, and caused the children of Israel to dwell in them.
3And Solomon came to Bæsoba, and fortified it.
4And he built Thoedmor in the wilderness, and all the strong cities which he built in Emath.
5And he built Bæthoron the upper, and Bæthoron the lower, strong cities,—they had walls, gates, and bars;
6and Balaath, and all the strong cities which Solomon had, and all his chariot cities, and cities of horsemen, and all things that Solomon desired according to his desire of building, in Jerusalem, and in Libanus, and in all his kingdom.
7As for all the people that was left of the Chettites, and the Amorites, and the Pherezites, and the Evites, and the Jebusites, who are not of Israel,
8but were of the children of them whom the children of Israel destroyed not, that were left after them in the land, even them did Solomon make tributaries to this day.
9But Solomon did not make any of the children of Israel servants in his kingdom; for, behold, they were warriors and rulers, and mighty men, and captains of chariots and horsemen.
10And these are the chiefs of the officers of king Solomon, two hundred and fifty overseeing the work among the people.
11And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharao from the city of David to the house which he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the city of David, the king of Israel, for the place is holy into which the ark of the Lord has entered.
12Then Solomon offered up to the Lord whole-burnt-offerings on the altar which he had built to the Lord before the temple,
13according to the daily rate, to offer up sacrifices according to the commandments of Moses, on the sabbaths, and at the new moons, and at the feasts, three times in the year, at the feast of unleavened bread, and at the feast of weeks, and at the feast of tabernacles.
14And he established, according to the order of his father David, the courses of the priests, and that according to their public ministrations: and the Levites were appointed over their charges, to praise and minister before the priests according to the daily order: and the porters were appointed according to their courses to the different gates: for thus were the commandments of David the man of God.
15They transgressed not the commandments of the king concerning the priests and the Levites with regard to everything else, and with regard to the treasures.
16Now all the work had been prepared from the day when the foundation was laid, until Solomon finished the house of the Lord.
17Then Solomon went to Gasion Gaber, and to Ælath near the sea in the land of Idumea.
18And Chiram sent by the hand of his servants ships, and servants skilled in naval affairs; and they went with the servants of Solomon to Sophira, and brought thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and they came to king Solomon.