9:1 After Solomon finished building the Lord’s temple, the royal palace, and all the other construction projects he had planned, 1 9:2 the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time, in the same way he had appeared to him at Gibeon. 2 9:3 The Lord said to him, “I have answered 3 your prayer and your request for help that you made to me. I have consecrated this temple you built by making it my permanent home; 4 I will be constantly present there. 5 9:4 You must serve me with integrity and sincerity, just as your father David did. Do everything I commanded and obey my rules and regulations. 6 9:5 Then I will allow your dynasty to rule over Israel permanently, 7 just as I promised your father David, ‘You will not fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’ 8
9:6 “But if you or your sons ever turn away from me, fail to obey the regulations and rules I instructed you to keep, 9 and decide to serve and worship other gods, 10 9:7 then I will remove Israel from the land 11 I have given them, I will abandon this temple I have consecrated with my presence, 12 and Israel will be mocked and ridiculed 13 among all the nations. 9:8 This temple will become a heap of ruins; 14 everyone who passes by it will be shocked and will hiss out their scorn, 15 saying, ‘Why did the Lord do this to this land and this temple?’ 9:9 Others will then answer, 16 ‘Because they abandoned the Lord their God, who led their ancestors 17 out of Egypt. They embraced other gods whom they worshiped and served. 18 That is why the Lord has brought all this disaster down on them.’”
9:10 After twenty years, during which Solomon built the Lord’s temple and the royal palace, 19 9:11 King Solomon gave King Hiram of Tyre 20 twenty cities in the region of Galilee, because Hiram had supplied Solomon with cedars, evergreens, and all the gold he wanted. 9:12 When Hiram went out from Tyre to inspect the cities Solomon had given him, he was not pleased with them. 21 9:13 Hiram asked, 22 “Why did you give me these cities, my friend 23 ?” He called that area the region of Cabul, a name which it has retained to this day. 24 9:14 Hiram had sent to the king one hundred twenty talents 25 of gold.
9:15 Here are the details concerning the work crews 26 King Solomon conscripted 27 to build the Lord’s temple, his palace, the terrace, the wall of Jerusalem, 28 and the cities of 29 Hazor, 30 Megiddo, 31 and Gezer. 9:16 (Pharaoh, king of Egypt, had attacked and captured Gezer. He burned it and killed the Canaanites who lived in the city. He gave it as a wedding present to his daughter, who had married Solomon.) 9:17 Solomon built up Gezer, lower Beth Horon, 9:18 Baalath, Tadmor in the wilderness, 32 9:19 all the storage cities that belonged to him, 33 and the cities where chariots and horses were kept. 34 He built whatever he wanted in Jerusalem, Lebanon, and throughout his entire kingdom. 35 9:20 Now several non-Israelite peoples were left in the land after the conquest of Joshua, including the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 36 9:21 Their descendants remained in the land (the Israelites were unable to wipe them out completely). Solomon conscripted them for his work crews, and they continue in that role to this very day. 37 9:22 Solomon did not assign Israelites to these work crews; 38 the Israelites served as his soldiers, attendants, officers, charioteers, and commanders of his chariot forces. 39 9:23 These men were also in charge of Solomon’s work projects; there were a total of 550 men who supervised the workers. 40 9:24 Solomon built the terrace as soon as Pharaoh’s daughter moved up from the city of David 41 to the palace Solomon built for her. 42
9:25 Three times a year Solomon offered burnt offerings and peace offerings 43 on the altar he had built for the Lord, burning incense along with them before the Lord. He made the temple his official worship place. 44
9:26 King Solomon also built ships 45 in Ezion Geber, which is located near Elat in the land of Edom, on the shore of the Red Sea. 9:27 Hiram sent his fleet and some of his sailors, who were well acquainted with the sea, to serve with Solomon’s men. 46 9:28 They sailed 47 to Ophir, took from there four hundred twenty talents 48 of gold, and then brought them to King Solomon.
[9:4] 6 tn Heb “As for you, if you walk before me, as David your father walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, by doing all which I commanded you, [and] you keep my rules and my regulations.” Verse 4 is actually a lengthy protasis (“if” section) of a conditional sentence, the apodosis (“then” section) of which appears in v. 5.
[9:7] sn Instead of “I will send away,” the parallel text in 2 Chr 7:20 has “I will throw away.” The two verbs sound very similar in Hebrew, so the discrepancy is likely due to an oral transmissional error.
[9:8] 14 tn Heb “and this house will be high [or elevated].” The statement makes little sense in this context, which predicts the desolation that judgment will bring. Some treat the clause as concessive, “Even though this temple is lofty [now].” Others, following the lead of several ancient versions, emend the text to, “this temple will become a heap of ruins.”
[9:13] 24 tn Heb “he called them the land of Cabul to this day.” The significance of the name is unclear, though it appears to be disparaging. The name may be derived from a root, attested in Akkadian and Arabic, meaning “bound” or “restricted.” Some propose a wordplay, pointing out that the name “Cabul” sounds like a Hebrew phrase meaning, “like not,” or “as good as nothing.”
[9:14] 25 tn The Hebrew term כִּכָּר (kikkar, “circle”) refers generally to something that is round. When used of metals it can refer to a disk-shaped weight made of the metal or to a standard unit of weight, generally regarded as a talent. Since the accepted weight for a talent of metal is about 75 pounds, this would have amounted to about 9,000 pounds of gold (cf. NCV, NLT); CEV “five tons”; TEV “4,000 kilogrammes.”
[9:28] 48 tn The Hebrew term כִּכָּר (kikkar, “circle”) refers generally to something that is round. When used of metals it can refer to a disk-shaped weight made of the metal or to a standard unit of weight, generally regarded as a talent. Since the accepted weight for a talent of metal is about 75 pounds, this would have amounted to about 31,500 pounds of gold (cf. NCV); CEV, NLT “sixteen tons”; TEV “more than 14,000 kilogrammes.”