1 Kings 5:13
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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.

Darby 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,

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

A levy out of all Israel - This was, apparently, the first time that the Israelites had been called upon to perform forced labor, though it had been prophesied 1 Samuel 8:16. David had bound to forced service "the strangers" 1 Chronicles 22:2; but hitherto the Israelites had escaped. Solomon now, in connection with his proposed work of building the temple, with the honor of God as an excuse, laid this burden upon them. Out of the 1,300, 000 able-bodied Israelites 2 Samuel 24:9, a band of 30,000 - one in forty-four - was raised, of whom one-third was constantly at work in Lebanon, while two-thirds remained at home, and pursued their usual occupations. This, though a very light form of task work, was felt as a great oppression, and was the chief cause of the revolt of the ten tribes at Solomon's death 1 Kings 12:4.

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Kings
The book[1] of Kings is strikingly unlike any modern historical narrative. Its comparative brevity, its curious perspective, and-with some brilliant exceptions--its relative monotony, are obvious to the most cursory perusal, and to understand these things is, in large measure, to understand the book. It covers a period of no less than four centuries. Beginning with the death of David and the accession of Solomon (1 Kings i., ii.) it traverses his reign with considerable fulness (1 Kings iii.-xi.),
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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."

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