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2 Chronicles 8:1-6. Solomon‘s buildings.
And Solomon went to Hamath-zobah — Hamath was on the Orontes, in Coele-Syria. Its king, Toi, had been the ally of David; but from the combination, Hamath and Zobah, it would appear that some revolution had taken place which led to the union of these two petty kingdoms of Syria into one. For what cause the resentment of Solomon was provoked against it, we are not informed, but he sent an armed force which reduced it. He made himself master also of Tadmor, the famous Palmyra in the same region. Various other cities along the frontiers of his extended dominions he repaired and fitted up, either to serve as store-places for the furtherance of his commercial enterprises, or to secure his kingdom from foreign invasion (see on 2 Chronicles 1:14; see on 1 Kings 9:15).
2 Chronicles 8:7-11. The Canaanites made tributaries.
all the people that were left, etc. — The descendants of the Canaanites who remained in the country were treated as war prisoners, being obliged to “pay tribute or to serve as galley slaves” (2 Chronicles 2:18), while the Israelites were employed in no works but such as were of an honorable character.
two hundred and fifty that bare rule — (Compare 1 Kings 9:23). It is generally agreed that the text of one of these passages is corrupt.
Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her — On his marriage with the Egyptian princess at the beginning of his reign, he assigned her a temporary abode in the city of David, that is, Jerusalem, until a suitable palace for his wife had been erected. While that palace was in progress, he himself lodged in the palace of David, but he did not allow her to occupy it, because he felt that she being a heathen proselyte, and having brought from her own country an establishment of heathen maid-servants, there would have been an impropriety in her being domiciled in a mansion which was or had been hallowed by the reception of the ark. It seems she was received on her arrival into his mother‘s abode (Song of Solomon 3:4; Song of Solomon 8:2).
2 Chronicles 8:15-18. Solomon‘s festival sacrifices.
they departed not from the commandment of the king — that is, David, in any of his ordinances, which by divine authority he established.
unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures — either in regulating the courses of the priests and Levites, or in the destination of his accumulated treasures to the construction and adornment of the temple.
Then went Solomon to Ezion-geber, and to Eloth — These two maritime ports were situated at the eastern gulf of the Red Sea, now called the Gulf of Akaba. Eloth is seen in the modern Akaba, Ezion-geber in El Gudyan [Robinson]. Solomon, determined to cultivate the arts of peace, was sagacious enough to perceive that his kingdom could become great and glorious only by encouraging a spirit of commercial enterprise among his subjects; and, accordingly, with that in mind he made a contract with Huram for ships and seamen to instruct his people in navigation.
four hundred and fifty talents of gold — (Compare 1 Kings 9:28). The text in one of these passages is corrupt.
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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 8". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/
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