NASB — 1 Kings 9 — KJV

God’s Promise and Warning

1 aNow it came about when Solomon had finished building the house of the LORD, and bthe king’s house, and call Ithat Solomon desired to do, 2 that athe LORD appeared to Solomon a second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon. 3 The LORD said to him, “aI have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built bby putting My name there forever, and cMy eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 4 As for you, aif you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you [and] will keep My statutes and My ordinances, 5 then aI will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I Ipromised to your father David, saying, ‘IIYou shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’

[1] ILit Solomon’s desire which he was pleased to do a2Ch 7:11 b1K 7:1, 2 c2Ch 8:6
[2] a1K 3:5; 11:9; 2Ch 1:7
[3] a2K 20:5; Ps 10:17; 34:17 b1K 8:29 cDt 11:12; 2Ch 6:40
[4] a1K 3:6, 14; 11:4, 6, 8; 2K 20:3; Ps 128:1
[5] ILit spoke IILit There shall not be cut off to you a man a2S 7:12, 16; 1K 2:4; 6:12; 1Ch 22:10

6 ¶ “aBut if you or your sons indeed turn away from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, 7 athen I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and bthe house which I have consecrated for My name, I will Icast out of My sight. So cIsrael will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples. 8 And this house will become Iaa heap of ruins; everyone who passes by will be astonished and hiss and say, ‘bWhy has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’ 9 And they will say, ‘aBecause they forsook the LORD their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them, therefore the LORD has brought all this adversity on them.’”

[6] a2S 7:14-16; 1Ch 28:9; Ps 89:30ff
[7] ILit send aLv 18:24-29; Dt 4:26; 2K 17:23 bJr 7:4-14 cDt 28:37; Ps 44:14; Jr 24:9
[8] IHeb high a2K 25:9; 2Ch 36:19 bDt 29:24-26; 2Ch 7:21; Jr 22:8, 9, 28
[9] aDt 29:25-28; Jr 2:10-13

Cities Given to Hiram

10aIt came about bat the end of twenty years in which Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the LORD and the king’s house 11 (Hiram king of Tyre had supplied Solomon with cedar and cypress timber and gold according to all his desire), then King Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee. 12 So Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him, and they Idid not please him. 13 He said, “What are these cities which you have given me, my brother?” So Ithey were called the land of IIaCabul to this day. 14 aAnd Hiram sent to the king 120 talents of gold.

[10] a2Ch 8:1 b1K 6:37, 38; 7:1; 9:1
[12] ILit were not right in his sight
[13] ILit he called them III.e. as good as nothing aJsh 19:27
[14] a1K 9:11

15 ¶ Now this is the account of the forced labor which King Solomon alevied to build the house of the LORD, his own house, the IbMillo, the wall of Jerusalem, cHazor, dMegiddo, and eGezer. 16 [For] Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up and captured Gezer and burned it with fire, and killed the aCanaanites who lived in the city, and had bgiven it [as] a dowry to his daughter, Solomon’s wife. 17 So Solomon rebuilt Gezer and the lower aBeth-horon 18 and aBaalath and Tamar in the wilderness, in the land [of Judah], 19 and all the storage cities which Solomon had, even athe cities for Ihis chariots and the cities for Ibhis horsemen, and IIcall that it pleased Solomon to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land IIIunder his rule. 20 [As for] all the people who were left of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, who were not of the sons of Israel, 21 atheir descendants who were left after them in the land bwhom the sons of Israel were unable to destroy utterly, cfrom them Solomon levied dforced laborers, even to this day. 22 But Solomon adid not make slaves of the sons of Israel; for they were men of war, his servants, his princes, his captains, his chariot commanders, and his horsemen.

[15] II.e. citadel a1K 5:13 b2S 5:9; 1K 9:24 cJsh 11:1; 19:36 dJsh 17:11 eJg 1:29
[16] aJsh 16:10 b1K 3:1; 7:8
[17] aJsh 10:10; 16:3; 21:22; 2Ch 8:5
[18] aJsh 19:44
[19] ILit the IILit the desire of Solomon which he desired to build in Jerusalem IIILit of a1K 10:26; 2Ch 1:14 b1K 4:26 c1K 9:1
[21] aJg 1:21-29; 3:1 bJsh 15:63; 17:12, 13 cJg 1:28, 35 dGn 9:25, 26; Ezr 2:55, 58
[22] aLv 25:39

23 ¶ These [were] the Iachief officers who [were] over Solomon’s work, five hundred and fifty, bwho ruled over the people doing the work.

[23] IOr officers of the deputies a2Ch 8:10 b1K 5:16

24 ¶ As soon as aPharaoh’s daughter came up from the city of David to her house which [Solomon] had built for her, bthen he built the Millo.

[24] a1K 3:1; 7:8 b2S 5:9; 1K 9:15; 11:27; 2Ch 32:5

25 ¶ Now athree times in a year Solomon offered burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar which he built to the LORD, burning incense with them [on the altar] which [was] before the LORD. So he finished the house.

[25] aEx 23:14-17; Dt 16:16

26 ¶ King Solomon also built a afleet of ships in bEzion-geber, which is near Eloth on the shore of the IRed Sea, in the land of Edom. 27 aAnd Hiram sent his servants with the fleet, sailors who knew the sea, along with the servants of Solomon. 28 They went to aOphir and took four hundred and twenty talents of gold from there, and brought [it] to King Solomon.

[26] ILit Sea of Reeds a1K 22:48 bNu 33:35; Dt 2:8; 1K 22:48
[27] a1K 5:6, 9; 10:11
[28] a1Ch 29:4; 2Ch 8:18


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God's Covenant in a vision with Solomon.

1 ¶ 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, 2 That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon. 3 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. 4 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: 5 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. 6 [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: 7 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: 8 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? 9 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.

[1] 1K 6:37; 7:1, 51; 9:11, 19; 2Ch 7:11; 8:1; Ec 2:4, 10; 6:9.
[2] 1K 3:5; 11:9; 2Ch 1:7; 7:12.
[3] Ex 20:11; Nu 16:38; Dt 11:12; 12:5, 11, 21; 16:11; 1K 8:10, 29; 2K 20:5; 2Ch 6:40; 7:15; Ps 10:17; 66:19; 116:1; 132:13; So 4:9; Jr 15:1; Dn 9:23; Mt 6:9; Jn 11:42; Ac 10:31; 1Jn 5:14.
[4] Gn 17:1; Dt 28:1; 1K 3:14; 8:25; 11:4, 6, 38; 14:8; 15:5; 2Ch 7:17; Jb 23:11; Ps 15:2; 26:1, 11; Pv 10:9; 20:7; 28:18; Zc 3:7; Lk 1:6; 1Th 4:1.
[5] 2S 7:12, 16; 1K 2:4; 6:12; 8:15, 20; 1Ch 22:9; Ps 89:28; 132:11.
[6] Jsh 23:15; 1S 2:30; 2S 7:14; 1K 11:4; 1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 7:19; 15:2.
[7] Lv 18:24; Dt 4:26; 28:37; 29:26; 1K 9:3; 2K 17:20; 25:9, 21; 2Ch 7:20; 36:19; Ne 4:1; Ps 44:14; Is 65:15; Jr 7:4, 15; 24:9; 26:6, 18; 52:13; Lm 2:6, 15; Ezk 24:21; 33:27; Jol 2:17; Mi 3:12; Mt 24:2; Lk 21:24.
[8] Dt 29:24; 2Ch 7:21; Is 64:11; Jr 19:8; 22:8, 28; 49:17; 50:13; Dn 9:12.
[9] Dt 29:25; 2Ch 7:22; Jr 2:10, 19; 5:19; 12:7; 16:10; 50:7; Lm 2:16; 4:13; Ezk 36:17; Zp 1:4.

The mutual presents of Solomon and Hiram.

10 ¶ 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, 11 ([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. 12 And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him; and they pleased him not. 13 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. 14 And Hiram sent to the king sixscore talents of gold.

[10] 1K 6:37; 7:1; 9:1; 2Ch 8:1.
[11] Jsh 20:7; 1K 5:6; 2Ch 2:8, 16; 8:2.
[12] Nu 22:34; Jg 14:3.
[13] Jsh 19:27; 1K 5:1; Am 1:9.
[14] 1K 9:11, 28; 10:10, 14, 21.

In Solomon's works the Gentiles were his bondmen, the Israelites honourable servants.

15 ¶ 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. 16 [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. 17 And Solomon built Gezer, and Bethhoron the nether, 18 And Baalath, and Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land, 19 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. 20 [And] all the people [that were] left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which [were] not of the children of Israel, 21 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. 22 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. 23 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.

[15] Jsh 10:33; 11:1; 16:10; 17:11; 19:36; 21:21; Jg 1:29; 4:2; 5:19; 9:6, 20; 2S 5:9; 1K 4:12; 5:13; 6:38; 7:1; 9:10, 16, 21, 24; 11:27; 2K 9:27; 12:20; 15:29; 23:29; 1Ch 6:67; 20:4; 2Ch 8:1; 35:22; Ps 51:18; Zc 12:11.
[16] 1K 3:1; 9:24.
[17] Jsh 16:3; 19:44; 21:22; 2Ch 8:4, 7.
[18] Jsh 19:44; 2Ch 8:4.
[19] Ex 1:11; 1K 4:26; 9:1; Ec 2:10; 6:9.
[20] Gn 15:19; Ex 23:23, 28; 34:11; Dt 7:1; 2Ch 8:7, 8.
[21] Gn 9:25; Jsh 15:63; 17:12, 16; Jg 1:21, 27, 28, 35; 2:20; 3:1; 1K 5:13; 9:15; Ezr 2:55; Ne 7:57; 11:3; Ps 106:34.
[22] Lv 25:39; 1S 8:11; 1K 4:1; 2Ch 8:9.
[23] 1K 5:16; 2Ch 2:18; 8:10.

Pharaoh's daughter removeth to her house.

24 ¶ 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.

[24] 2S 5:9; 1K 3:1; 7:8; 9:15, 16; 11:27; 2Ch 8:11; 32:5.

Solomon's yearly solemn sacrifices.

25 ¶ 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.

[25] Ex 23:14; 30:7; 34:23; Dt 16:16; 1K 6:38; 1Ch 23:13; 2Ch 8:12, 16; 26:16; 29:11; 34:25.

His navy fetcheth gold from Ophir.

26 ¶ 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. 27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon. 28 And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought [it] to king Solomon.

[26] Nu 33:35; Dt 2:8; 1K 22:48; 2K 14:22; 2Ch 8:12, 17.
[27] 1K 5:6, 9; 22:49; 2Ch 20:36.
[28] Gn 10:29; 1K 10:11; 1Ch 29:4; 2Ch 8:18; 9:10; Jb 22:24; 28:16; Ps 45:9; Is 13:12.


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