1 Kings 5:13
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New International Version
King Solomon conscripted laborers from all Israel--thirty thousand 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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The levy was thirty thousand men - We find from the following verse that only ten thousand were employed at once, and those only for one month at a time; and having rested two months, they again resumed their labor. These were the persons over whom Adoniram was superintendent, and were all Israelites.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

levy [heb] tribute of men

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

the levy

1 Kings 9:15 And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised; for to build the house of the LORD, and his own house, and Millo...

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Great Preparations for a Great Work
'And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David. 2. And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, 3. Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the Lord his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet. 4. But now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
1 Kings 4:6
Ahishar--palace administrator; Adoniram son of Abda--in charge of forced labor.

1 Kings 9:15
Here is the account of the forced labor King Solomon conscripted to build the LORD's temple, his own palace, the terraces, the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer.

2 Chronicles 10:4
"Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you."

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