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1 Kings 9:19

and all the storage cities which Solomon had, even the cities for his chariots and the cities for his horsemen, and all that it pleased Solomon to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land under his rule.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Chariot;   Cities;   Lebanon;   Solomon;   Treasure Cities;   Thompson Chain Reference - Store-Cities;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Chariots;   Lebanon;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Egypt;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Megiddo;   Solomon;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Army;   Solomon;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Army;   Bethmarcaboth;   Canticles;   ;   Chariot;   City;   Judges, the Book of;   Solomon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Chariots;   Dominion;   Economic Life;   Fortified Cities;   Horse;   Solomon;   Transportation and Travel;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Alliance;   Army;   Chariot;   Israel;   Nethinim;   Solomon;   Treasure, Treasury, Treasurer;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Hiram ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Millo;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Chariot,;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Beth-Marcaboth;   Chariot;   City;   Jerusalem;   Solomon's Servants;   Store-Cities;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Agriculture;   Pithom;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And all the cities of store - Though, by the multitude and splendor of his buildings, Solomon must have added greatly to the magnificence of his reign; yet, however plenteous silver and gold were in his times, his subjects must have been greatly oppressed with the taxation necessary to defray such a vast public expenditure.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:19". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-kings-9.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

“The cities of store” contained provisions stored up for the troops (compare 2 Chronicles 32:28). They seem to have been chiefly in the north - in Hamath 2 Chronicles 8:4 and Naphtali 2 Chronicles 16:4. On the “cities for his chariots,” see 1 Kings 10:26 note.

By “that which Solomon desired to build” (see the margin) seem to be intended “pleasaunces” in or near the capital, and in the Lebanon range, built especially for the enjoyment of the king.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:19". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-kings-9.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And all the cities of store that Solomon had,.... In which were his magazines of corn, arms, and ammunition; and these were built in Hamath, 2 Chronicles 8:4.

and cities for his chariots; chariots of war, iron chariots, which were kept in times of peace, in case of necessity, of which Solomon had 1400, 1 Kings 10:26,

and cities for his horsemen; of which he had 12,000, a standing cavalry:

and that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem; besides the temple and his own palace before mentioned; see Ecclesiastes 2:4,

and in Lebanon; the house of the forest of Lebanon, which Junius on 1 Kings 7:2 thinks he built after he had taken Hamathzobah, a royal city of Lebanon; see 2 Chronicles 8:3 or fortresses on Mount Lebanon, which was the northern border of his kingdom:

and in all the land of his dominions; where he might repair or fortify cities, or erect new forts for the safety of his kingdom; now for the doing of all this was the levy both of men and money raised, and of whom next follows.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:19". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-9.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And all the cities g of store that Solomon had, and cities for his chariots, and cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.

(g) Cities for his ammunition.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:19". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/1-kings-9.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 9:19 And all the cities of store that Solomon had, and cities for his chariots, and cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.

Ver. 19. And cities for his chariots.] Which he had ready, in case war should fall out. Queen Elizabeth likewise provided for war, when she was at perfect peace with all men. (a)

And that which Solomon desired.] Heb., The desire of Solomon, which he desired. See on 1 Kings 9:1. God alloweth his servants all lawful delights, only they must see to it that they exceed not.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:19". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-9.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

1 Kings 9:19. And in Lebanon That is, in the palace which was styled of the forest of Lebanon, near Jerusalem; for Solomon built nothing in mount Lebanon, nor do we any where read that any part of that mountain was within his jurisdiction. Houbigant.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:19". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/1-kings-9.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The cities of store; to lay up arms and ammunition for war, and corn or other provisions against a time of scarcity. See Exodus 1:11.

In Lebanon; either in the mountain of Lebanon, which being the border of his land, he might build some forts or a frontier city in it; or in the house of the forest of Lebanon; of which see 1 Kings 7:2.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:19". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/1-kings-9.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

19.Cities of store — In which were deposited corn, wine, and oil, (2 Chronicles 32:28,) and probably wares for purposes of trade, and provisions for the army.

Cities for his chariots, and cities for his horsemen — Rather, for his cavalry. See note on 1 Kings 4:26. These cities for his chariots and his horses were probably “identical in part with the magazine-cities, and several of them situated on the northern boundary of his kingdom in the region of Hamath and on Lebanon, as must be inferred partly from the importance of the northern border to the security of the whole kingdom, partly from the consideration that Solomon had an adversary in Rezon of Damascus, (1 Kings 11:23,) who might easily excite to rebellion the northern provinces which were first incorporated into the kingdom by David, and partly from the express statement of 2 Chronicles 16:4, according to which there were magazine-cities in the land of Naphtali.” — Keil.

That which Solomon desired to build — That is, whatever in the way of buildings, gardens, or parks he desired. Compare Ecclesiastes 2:1-9.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:19". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/1-kings-9.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

That....himself. Hebrew, "of store;" or to keep his treasures. (Haydock) --- Literally, "of indigence," designed to counteract the effects of famine. Pharao obliged the Israelites to build such cities for him, (Exodus i. 11.) which are called cities of tabernacles. The word miscenoth is here rendered, were not walled. --- Chariots. See chap. iv. 26. (Calmet) --- Libanus, the temple, (St. Jerome, Trad.) or the palace. (Sa) --- But these were both in Jerusalem. (Haydock) --- Solomon built a great deal at the foot of Libanus, (Salien) as the defile was of great importance. We read of the tower of Libanus, Canticle of Canticles vii. 4. Travellers mention its ruins. (Gabriel. Sionita. p. 6.)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:19". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/1-kings-9.html. 1859.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(19) That which Solomon desired to build.—See, in Ecclesiastes 2:4-10, the description of the vineyards, and gardens, and orchards, in Jerusalem, with trees of all manner of fruits and pools of water, “whatsoever mine eyes desired;” and in Song of Solomon 2:10-13; Song of Solomon 4:8; Song of Solomon 7:11-13, the vivid pictures of the pleasure-gardens of Lebanon. The text seems evidently to refer to these, in contradistinction from the cities of commercial and military importance previously mentioned.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:19". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/1-kings-9.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And all the cities of store that Solomon had, and cities for his chariots, and cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.
the cities of store
4:26-28; Exodus 1:11
that which Solomon desired
Heb. the desire of Solomon which he desired.
1; Ecclesiastes 2:10; 6:9
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 7:2 - General2 Chronicles 8:6 - the store cities;  2 Chronicles 16:4 - the store cities;  Song of Solomon 7:4 - the tower

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:19". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-9.html.