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| 1:3–2:2
C hronicles – E Z R A – N E H E M I A H
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captains of the army, the judges, and all the political and clan leaders. Then
he led the entire assembly to the place of worship in Gib­e­on, for God’s
Tab­er­nacle was located there. (This was the Tab­er­nacle that ­Moses, the
Lord’s servant, had made in the wilderness.)
Da­vid had already moved the Ark of God from Kir­i­­ath-­jearim to the
tent he had prepared for it in Je­ru­sa­lem. But the bronze altar made by
Bez­a­lel son of Uri and grandson of Hur was there at Gib­e­on in front of the
Tab­er­nacle of the Lord. So Sol­omon and the people gathered in front of
it to consult the Lord. There in front of the Tab­er­nacle, Sol­omon went
up to the bronze altar in the Lord’s presence and sacrificed 1,000 burnt
offerings on it.
That night God appeared to Sol­omon and said, “What do you want?
Ask, and I will give it to you!”
Sol­omon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to Da­vid,
my father, and now you have made me king in his place. O Lord God,
please continue to keep your promise to Da­vid my father, for you have
made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! Give me
the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly
govern this great people of yours?”
God said to Sol­omon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your
people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of
your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge
to properly govern my p­ eople—­I will certainly give you the wisdom and
knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame
such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!”
Then Sol­omon returned to Je­ru­sa­lem from the Tab­er­nacle at the place
of worship in Gib­e­on, and he reigned over Is­ra­el.
Sol­omon built up a huge force of char­i­ots and horses. He had 1,400
char­i­ots and 12,000 horses. He stationed some of them in the char­i­ot cities
and some near him in Je­ru­sa­lem. The king made silver and gold as plentiful
in Je­ru­sa­lem as stone. And valuable cedar timber was as common as the
­sycamore-­fig trees that grow in the foothills of Ju­dah. Sol­omon’s horses
were imported from Egypt and from Ci­li­cia; the king’s traders acquired
them from Ci­li­cia at the standard price. At that time char­i­ots from Egypt
could be purchased for 600 pieces of silver, and horses for 150 pieces of
silver. They were then exported to the kings of the Hit­tites and the kings
of Aram.
Sol­omon decided to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord,
and also a royal palace for himself. He enlisted a force of 70,000 laborers,
80,000 men to quarry stone in the hill country, and 3,600 foremen.
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