1 Kings 5:13
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New International Version
King Solomon conscripted laborers from all Israel--thirty thousand men.

New Living Translation
Then King Solomon conscripted a labor force of 30,000 men from all Israel.

English Standard Version
King Solomon drafted forced labor out of all Israel, and the draft numbered 30,000 men.

New American Standard Bible
Now King Solomon levied forced laborers from all Israel; and the forced laborers numbered 30,000 men.

King James Bible
And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then King Solomon drafted forced laborers from all Israel; the labor force numbered 30,000 men.

International Standard Version
King Solomon conscripted laborers from throughout Israel. The work force numbered 30,000 men.

NET Bible
King Solomon conscripted work crews from throughout Israel, 30,000 men in all.

New Heart English Bible
King Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
King Solomon forced 30,000 men from all over Israel to work for him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

New American Standard 1977
Now King Solomon levied forced laborers from all Israel; and the forced laborers numbered 30,000 men.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel, and the levy was thirty thousand men,

King James 2000 Bible
And king Solomon raised forced labor out of all Israel; and the forced labor was thirty thousand men.

American King James Version
And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

American Standard Version
And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And king Solomon chose workmen cut of all Israel, and the levy was of thirty thousand men.

Darby Bible Translation
And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

English Revised Version
And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

Webster's Bible Translation
And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

World English Bible
King Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

Young's Literal Translation
And king Solomon lifteth up a tribute out of all Israel, and the tribute is thirty thousand men,
Study Bible
Solomon's Workmen and Laborers
12The LORD gave wisdom to Solomon, just as He promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a covenant. 13Now King Solomon levied forced laborers from all Israel; and the forced laborers numbered 30000 men. 14He sent them to Lebanon, 10,000 a month in relays; they were in Lebanon a month and two months at home. And Adoniram was over the forced laborers.…
Cross References
1 Kings 4:6
and Ahishar was over the household; and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the men subject to forced labor.

1 Kings 9:15
Now this is the account of the forced labor which King Solomon levied to build the house of the LORD, his own house, the Millo, the wall of Jerusalem, Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer.

2 Chronicles 10:4
"Your father made our yoke hard; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you."
Treasury of Scripture

And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

levy [heb] tribute of men

1 Kings 4:6 And Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the son of Abda …

the levy

1 Kings 9:15 And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised; for …

(13) Levy out of all Israel.--This, though far from being onerous, appears to have been at this time exceptional. For in 1Kings 9:22 we read that "of the children of Israel did Solomon make no bondmen: but they were men of war, and his servants, and his princes, and his captains." Thus exceptionally introduced at first for the special service of God, it may have been the beginning of what was hereafter an oppressive despotism over the Israelites themselves. Probably even now the Israelite labourers were (under the chief officers) put in authority over the great mass of 150,000 bondmen, evidently drawn from the native races. (See 2Chronicles 2:17.) But the whole description suggests to us--what the history of Exodus, the monuments of Egypt, and the description by Herodotus of the building of the Pyramids confirm--the vast sacrifice of human labour and life, at which (in the absence of machinery to spare labour) the great monuments of ancient splendour were reared.

Verse 13. - And King Solomon raised a levy [Marg., tribute of men, i.e., conscription] out of all Israel [i.e., the people, not the land - Ewald] and the levy was thirty thousand men. [That is, if we may trust the figures of the census given in 2 Samuel 24:9 (which do not agree, however, with those of 1 Chronicles 21:5), the conscription only affected one in forty of the male population. But even the lower estimate of Samuel is regarded with some suspicion. Such a levy was predicted (1 Samuel 8:16). And King Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel,.... Not of money, but of men, as follows:

and the levy was thirty thousand men; for what purpose, and how they were employed, 1 Kings 5:14 shows. 1Ki 5:13-18. Solomon's Workmen and Laborers.

13. Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel—The renewed notice of Solomon's divine gift of wisdom (1Ki 5:12) is evidently introduced to prepare for this record of the strong but prudent measures he took towards the accomplishment of his work. So great a stretch of arbitrary power as is implied in this compulsory levy would have raised great discontent, if not opposition, had not his wise arrangement of letting the laborers remain at home two months out of three, added to the sacredness of the work, reconciled the people to this forced labor. The carrying of burdens and the irksome work of excavating the quarries was assigned to the remnant of the Canaanites (1Ki 9:20; 2Ch 8:7-9) and war prisoners made by David—amounting to 153,600. The employment of persons of that condition in Eastern countries for carrying on any public work, would make this part of the arrangements the less thought of.5:10-18 The temple was chiefly built by the riches and labour of Gentiles, which typified their being called into the church. Solomon commanded, and they brought costly stones for the foundation. Christ, who is laid for a Foundation, is a chosen and precious Stone. We should lay our foundation firm, and bestow most pains on that part of our religion which lies out of the sight of men. And happy those who, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, for a habitation of God through the Spirit. Who among us will build in the house of the Lord?
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