8:1 And it came to pass at the end of a twenty years, wherein
Solomon had built the house of the LORD, and his own house,
(a) Signifying that he was 20 years in building them.
8:2 That the cities which Huram had b restored to Solomon,
Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to
(b) That is, which Hiram gave again to Solomon because they
did not please him and therefore called them Cabul, that
is, dirt or filth, (1Ki 9:13).
8:4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the c store
cities, which he built in Hamath.
(c) Meaning of munitions and treasures for the war.
8:5 Also he built d Bethhoron the upper, and Bethhoron the
nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars;
(d) That is, he repaired and fortified them, for they were
built long before by Sherah a noble woman of the tribe
of Ephraim, (1Ch 6:68,7:24).
8:10 And these [were] the chief of king Solomon's officers,
[even] f two hundred and fifty, that bare rule over the
(f) For in all there were 3300 but here he means of them
who had the principal charge, (1Ki 9:23).
8:13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to
the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new
moons, and on the solemn feasts, g three times in the
year, [even] in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the
feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.
8:16 Now all the h work of Solomon was prepared unto the day
of the foundation of the house of the LORD, and until it
was finished. [So] the house of the LORD was perfected.
(h) Both for the matte and also for the workmanship.
8:17 Then went Solomon to Eziongeber, and to Eloth, at the i
sea side in the land of Edom.
(i) Meaning, the Red Sea.
8:18 And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and
servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with
the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence k four
hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought [them] to
(k) Which is thought to amount to 3,600,000 crowns, for
here mention is made of 30 more than are spoken of,