The king said to Nathan the prophet, “Look! I am living in a palace made from cedar, while the ark of God sits in the middle of a tent.”
He ordered them, “This is what you must do. One third of the unit that is on duty during the Sabbath will guard the royal palace.
All the people of the land celebrated, for the city had rest now that they had killed Athaliah with the sword in the royal palace.
King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and assigned them to the officers of the royal guard 1 who protected the entrance to the royal palace.
‘Look, a time is coming when everything in your palace and the things your ancestors 1 have accumulated to this day will be carried away to Babylon; nothing will be left,’ says the Lord.
David assembled in Jerusalem 1 all the officials of Israel, including the commanders of the tribes, the commanders of the army divisions that served the king, the commanders of units of a thousand and a hundred, the officials who were in charge of all the property and livestock of the king and his sons, the eunuchs, and the warriors, including the most skilled of them.
King Uzziah suffered from a skin disease until the day he died. He lived in separate quarters, 1 afflicted by a skin disease and banned from the Lord’s temple. His son Jotham was in charge of the palace and ruled over the people of the land.
All the women who are left in the royal palace of Judah will be led out to the officers of the king of Babylon. They will taunt you saying, 1 ‘Your trusted friends misled you; they have gotten the best of you. Now that your feet are stuck in the mud, they have turned their backs on you.’ 2
The Lord did so; a 1 thick 2 swarm of flies came into 3 Pharaoh’s house and into the houses 4 of his servants, and throughout the whole land of Egypt the land was ruined 5 because of the swarms of flies.
Ahithophel replied to Absalom, “Have sex with 1 your father’s concubines whom he left to care for the palace. All Israel will hear that you have made yourself repulsive to your father. Then your followers will be motivated to support you.” 2
All of King Solomon’s cups were made of gold, and all the household items in the Palace of the Lebanon Forest were made of pure gold. There were no silver items, for silver was not considered very valuable in Solomon’s time. 1