Verse 1 – Building the temple took 7 years and Solomon’s palace took another 13, making a total of 20 years.
Verse 2 – A partial payment from Solomon to Hiram for the building materials consisted of 20 cities. When Hiram went to look at theses cities he realized they were worthless, so he gave them back to him. Solomon had them rebuilt and resettled.
Verse 3 – In David’s time Tou, king of Hamath, had surrendered to David and paid a tribute. When a new government took over, it rebelled against Israel, so Solomon took it over and erected storage facilities there.
Verse 4 – Now all Solomon needed to do to take control of the trade across the Syrian Desert was to claim an oasis located halfway along the caravan route. After doing this, Solomon dominated all the trade to and from Mesopotamia.
Verses 7-9 – God’s strict command to Joshua years before was that all Canaanites were to be eliminated, but the Israelites had not completely followed through until David captured Jerusalem, the last bit of Canaanite owned soil. There were still survivors, and theses people made up Solomon’s slave force for his construction projects.
Verse 11 – Solomon married Pharaoh’s daughter to secure a military alliance with Egypt. Solomon ended up married to many other foreign women, and this was contrary to God’s Law (Deuteronomy 7:3, 4). These women and their pagan beliefs, eventually caused Solomon’s downfall.
Vere 16 – Solomon carefully followed God’s instructions for building the temple and offering sacrifices, but paid no attention to what God had said about marrying pagan women. This began a slide away from God. One surrendered area in our lives can become our downfall also. We are not to give Satan a foot-hold in our lives.