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Solomon builds himself a new palace and furnishes the Temple with the work of master craftsman Huram: 1 Kings 7:1–51; 2 Chronicles 3:15–4:22

Solomon was extraordinarily wealthy, somehow managing to build and furnish a lavish Temple and palace without using any of the gifts his father, King David, had dedicated for that purpose:

1 Kings 7:51 So King Solomon finished all his work on the Temple of the Lord. Then he brought all the gifts his father, David, had dedicated—the silver, the gold, and the various articles—and he stored them in the treasuries of the Lord’s Temple.

Was Solomon determined to do something apart from his father?

The cedar came from Tyre: the king there had traded wood for food. The hard labour came from conscripts, largely non-Jewish labourers overseen by Jews. The gold came as gifts and tribute from vassal states (1 Kings 10). Taxes were high, too (Solomon’s son was advised to reduce the taxes to win favour with the people when he became king). And of course, there were the mythical Solomon’s mines.

What isn’t in the record is any mention of the people of Israel donating their gold and jewels and money to build the Temple, in contrast to their extraordinary achievement and involvement in constructing the Tabernacle.

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