9:15 Here are the details concerning the work crews 1 King Solomon conscripted 2 to build the Lord’s temple, his palace, the terrace, the wall of Jerusalem, 3 and the cities of 4 Hazor, 5 Megiddo, 6 and Gezer.
1 Kings 9:21Context
9:21 Their descendants remained in the land (the Israelites were unable to wipe them out completely). Solomon conscripted them for his work crews, and they continue in that role to this very day. 7
1 sn The work crews. This Hebrew word מַס (mas) refers to a group of laborers conscripted for royal or public service.
2 tn Heb “raised up.”
4 tn The words “the cities of” are supplied in the translation for clarification.
7 tn Heb “their sons who were left after them in the land, whom the sons of Israel were unable to wipe out, and Solomon raised them up for a crew of labor to this day.”