2 Chronicles 8:5
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New American Standard Bible
He also built upper Beth-horon and lower Beth-horon, fortified cities with walls, gates and bars;

King James Bible
Also he built Bethhoron the upper, and Bethhoron the nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, and bars;

Darby Bible Translation
And he built upper Beth-Horon and lower Beth-Horon, fortified cities, with walls, gates, and bars;

World English Bible
Also he built Beth Horon the upper, and Beth Horon the lower, fortified cities, with walls, gates, and bars;

Young's Literal Translation
And he buildeth Beth-Horon the upper, and Beth-Horon the lower -- cities of defence, with walls, two-leaved doors, and bar --

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Built - "Rebuilt," or "repaired" (as in 2 Chronicles 8:2). The two Beth-borons were both ancient cities (see Joshua 10:10 note).

2 Chronicles 8:5 Parallel Commentaries

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The remarkable change which we have noticed in the views of Jewish authorities, from contempt to almost affectation of manual labour, could certainly not have been arbitrary. But as we fail to discover here any religious motive, we can only account for it on the score of altered political and social circumstances. So long as the people were, at least nominally, independent, and in possession of their own land, constant engagement in a trade would probably mark an inferior social stage, and imply
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
1 Kings 9:17
So Solomon rebuilt Gezer and the lower Beth-horon

1 Chronicles 7:24
His daughter was Sheerah, who built lower and upper Beth-horon, also Uzzen-sheerah.

2 Chronicles 8:4
He built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the storage cities which he had built in Hamath.

2 Chronicles 8:6
and Baalath and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and all the cities for his chariots and cities for his horsemen, and all that it pleased Solomon to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land under his rule.

2 Chronicles 14:7
For he said to Judah, "Let us build these cities and surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours because we have sought the LORD our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side." So they built and prospered.

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