21 Solomon conscripted the descendants(A) of all these peoples remaining in the land—whom the Israelites could not exterminate[a](B)—to serve as slave labor,(C) as it is to this day.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 9:21 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.

Preparations for the Temple

So David gave orders to assemble the foreigners(A) residing in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters(B) to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.

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“Assyria(A) will fall by no human sword;
    a sword, not of mortals, will devour(B) them.
They will flee before the sword
    and their young men will be put to forced labor.(C)

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