2 Chronicles 8 New Life Version (NLV)
Some of the Things Solomon Has Done
8 It took Solomon twenty years to build the house of the Lord and his own house. At the end of that time, 2 he built again the cities which Huram had given to him. And he had the people of Israel live in them. 3 Then Solomon went to Hamath-zobah, and took it. 4 He built Tadmor in the desert and all his store-cities in Hamath. 5 He built upper Beth-horon and lower Beth-horon. He made the city strong with walls, gates, and long pieces of iron. 6 Solomon built Baalath and all the store-cities he had. He built all the cities for his war-wagons, and the cities for his horsemen. He built whatever he wanted to build in Jerusalem, Lebanon, and in all the land under his rule.
7 There were people who were left of the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, who were not of Israel. 8 They were the children of those who were left in the land, whom the people of Israel had not destroyed. Solomon made all of these people do hard work, as they do to this day. 9 But he did not make the people of Israel do hard work. They were soldiers, leaders, captains of war-wagons, and his horsemen. 10 These were the head leaders of King Solomon. There were 250 who ruled over the people.
11 Then Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter up from the city of David to the house he had built for her. For he said, “My wife should not live in the house of David king of Israel. Because the places are holy where the special box of the Lord has come.”
12 Then Solomon gave burnt gifts to the Lord on the Lord’s altar which he had built in front of the porch. 13 He gave a certain number of gifts every day, as Moses had said should be given. Gifts were given for the Days of Rest, the new moons, and the three special suppers each year. These special suppers were the Special Supper of Bread Without Yeast, the Special Supper of Weeks, and the Special Supper of Tents. 14 By the law of David his father, Solomon chose the religious leaders for their different duties. He chose the Levites for their duties of praise and helping the religious leaders for each day’s needs. And he chose who should be the gate-keepers at each gate. For David the man of God had said that this must be done. 15 They did all that the king had said the religious leaders and Levites must do in every duty and with the store-houses.
16 So all the work of Solomon was done, from the day the house of the Lord was begun until it was finished. So the house of the Lord was built.
17 Then Solomon went to Ezion-geber and Eloth on the shore of the sea, in the land of Edom. 18 Huram sent his servants to him with ships and servants who knew the sea. They went to Ophir together with Solomon’s servants to get gold. And they brought gold weighing as much as 450 men from there to King Solomon.