1 Kings – Chapter 9

1 Kings chapter 9

Verses 4, 5 – Turning to Solomon, God again promised him a permanent dynasty, conditioned upon his obedience.
Verses 6-9 – Since the kings were the spiritual representatives of the people, their disobedience was counted as the disobedience of the people. Then the greatest of the covenant punishments—loss of the land—could happen to the Israelites. They would become an object of scorn and ridicule among all the people.
Verses 11-14 – Second Chronicles 8:1, 2 implies that the towns were returned to Solomon. Hiram called these cities Cabul that sounds like the Hebrew word for “good for nothing.” In the end, Hiram was repaid many times over through his trade partnerships with Solomon (2 Chronicles 9:10, 21).
Verse – 16 – At this time, Israel and Egypt were the major powers in the Near East. For many years, Egypt had retained control of Gezer even though it was in Israelite territory. Pharaoh had given Solomon his daughter whom he had married, putting Gezer under Israelite control. Intermarrying among royal families was common, but it was not endorsed by God (Deuteronomy 17:17).

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