Construction of Cities and Royal Palace

“The royal palace for Solomon requires six more years to complete than the temple itself, and it’s building program includes the construction or repair of many cities throughout his kingdom, a task accomplished through the use of forced labor by captives living within the country.”

Read: 1 Kings 7:1-12, 1 Kings 9, 2 Chronicles 7:11-22, 2 Chronicles 8

Extent of Solomon’s Glory

“Over the years of Solomon’s reign, God’s promise to Solomon, to give wisdom beyond all men and untold riches, has become reality.  Solomon’s kingdom has developed into the most peaceful and prosperous kingdom ever known.  Solomon’s glory is documented not only by official statistics but also by the visit of the Queen of Sheba.  What motivates her to come so great a distance is far more than mere curiosity at Solomon’s wealth.  It is the search for wisdom and insight which compels her, and she is not in the least disappointed.”

Read: 1 Kings 4, 1 Kings 10, 2 Chronicles 1:14-17, 2 Chronicles 9, Psalm 71:1-19

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.