8:1 After twenty years, during which Solomon built the Lord’s temple and his royal palace, 8:2 Solomon rebuilt the cities that Huram 1 had given him and settled Israelites there. 8:3 Solomon went to Hamath Zobah and seized it. 8:4 He built up Tadmor in the wilderness and all the storage cities he had built in Hamath. 8:5 He made upper Beth Horon and lower Beth Horon fortified cities with walls and barred gates, 2 8:6 and built up Baalath, all the storage cities that belonged to him, 3 and all the cities where chariots and horses were kept. 4 He built whatever he wanted in Jerusalem, 5 Lebanon, and throughout his entire kingdom. 6
8:11 Solomon moved Pharaoh’s daughter up from the City of David 7 to the palace he had built for her, for he said, “My wife must not live in the palace of King David of Israel, for the places where the ark of the Lord has entered are holy.”
1 tn Heb “Huram” (also in v. 18). Some medieval Hebrew
2 tn Heb “and he built…[as] cities of fortification, [with] walls, doors, and a bar.”
3 tn Heb “Solomon.” The recurrence of the proper name is unexpected in terms of contemporary English style, so the pronoun has been used in the translation instead.
4 tn Heb “the cities of the chariots and the cities of the horses.”
5 map For location see Map5-B1; Map6-F3; Map7-E2; Map8-F2; Map10-B3; JP1-F4; JP2-F4; JP3-F4; JP4-F4.
6 tn Heb “and all the desire of Solomon which he desired to build in Jerusalem and in Lebanon and in all the land of his kingdom.”
7 sn The phrase the City of David refers here to the fortress of Zion in Jerusalem, not to Bethlehem. See 2 Sam 5:7.