The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Chronicles 8:1–16

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And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house of YHWH, and his own house,

Then, twenty years having passed since Solomon built the house of the Lord and his own house,

that the cities which Huram had given to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there.

he built the cities that Hiram had given to Solomon, and he caused the sons of Israel to live there.

And Solomon went to Hamath-zobah, and prevailed against it.

Also, he went to Hamath Zobah, and he obtained it.

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And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the store-cities, which he built in Hamath.

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Also he built Beth-horon the upper, and Beth-horon the nether, fortified cities, with walls, gates, and bars;

And he built upper Beth-horon and lower Beth-horon, as walled cities, having gates and bars and locks,

and Baalath, and all the store-cities that Solomon had, and all the cities for his chariots, and the cities for his horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build for his pleasure in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.

as well as Baalath, and all the very strong cities which were of Solomon, and all the cities of the chariots, and the cities of the horsemen. Everything whatsoever that Solomon willed and decided, he built in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout the entire land of his authority.

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As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, who were not of Israel;

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of their children that were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel consumed not, of them did Solomon raise a levy of bondservants, unto this day.

those of their sons and their posterity whom the sons of Israel had not put to death, Solomon subjugated as tributaries, even to this day.

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But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no servants for his work; but they were men of war, and chief of his captains, and rulers of his chariots and of his horsemen.

But Solomon did not make any of the children of Israel servants in his kingdom; for, behold, they were warriors and rulers, and mighty men, and captains of chariots and horsemen.

But he did not appoint anyone from the sons of Israel to serve in the works of the king. For they were men of war, and first rulers, and commanders of his chariots and horsemen.

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10  And these were the chief officers of king Solomon, even two hundred and fifty, that bore rule over the people.

10  Now all the leaders of the army of king Solomon were two hundred fifty, who were instructing the people.

10  And these were the governors and overseers of King Solomon, even two hundred and fifty, who exercised authority over the people, who did the work.

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11  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: 'No wife of mine shall dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of YHWH hath come.'

11  Truly, he transferred the daughter of Pharaoh, from the City of David, to the house that he had built for her. For the king said: “My wife shall not live in the house of David, king of Israel, for it has been sanctified. For the ark of the Lord has entered into it.”

12  Then Solomon offered burnt-offerings unto YHWH on the altar of the YHWH, which he had built before the porch,

12  Then Solomon offered holocausts to the Lord on the altar of the Lord, which he had constructed before the portico,

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13  even as the duty of every day required, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the appointed seasons, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.

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14  And he appointed, according to the ordinance of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise, and to minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required; the doorkeepers also by their courses at every gate; for so had David the man of God commanded.

14  And he established, according to the order of his father David, the courses of the priests, and that according to their public ministrations: and the Levites were appointed over their charges, to praise and minister before the priests according to the daily order: and the porters were appointed according to their courses to the different gates: for thus were the commandments of David the man of God.

14  And he appointed, in accord with the plan of his father David, the offices of the priests in their ministries; and those of the Levites, in their orders, so that they might praise and minister before the priests according to the ritual of each day; and the porters, in their divisions, from gate to gate. For so had David, the man of God, instructed.

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15  And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures.

15  Neither the priests, nor the Levites, transgressed against the commands of the king, in all that he had instructed, and in the keeping of the treasuries.

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16  So all the work of Solomon was set in order from the day of the foundation of the house of YHWH, and until it was finished. So the house of the YHWH was perfected.

16  Now all the work had been prepared from the day when the foundation was laid, until Solomon finished the house of the Lord.

16  Solomon had all the expenses prepared, from the day on which he founded the house of the Lord, even until the day when he perfected it.