Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Solomon's Buildings II Chronicles 8

II Chronicles 8:1 "And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house of the LORD, and his own house,"

Then follows a listing of the building projects Solomon pursued.

Huram (Hiram) had restored some cities to Solomon and Solomon built them up and put his people in them. v2

He then captured other cities and put his people there. v3, 4, 5, 6.

v7 "As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites which were not of Israel v8 But of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay tribute until this day."

Solomon set things up after the commandments of Moses and his father David as far as the offerings and sacrifices and those who praised with song and instruments.

v11 "And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her; for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come."

With the help of Huram, Solomon set up a navy and brought in gold from Ophir. v18.

So Solomon, the builder, has now been king for twenty (20) years. He has been very busy. His kingdom is established. I believe Pharaoh's daughter had a great influence on him in the years to come. Solomon obviously wished to please her as well as his other wives. We shall see how that goes.

Psalm 72:3 "The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness."

Solomon has reigned 20 years and builds more buildings and cities.

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