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1 Kings 5:13

    1 Kings 5:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then King Solomon got together men for the forced work through all Israel, thirty thousand men in number;

    Webster's Revision

    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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Kings 5:13

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Kings 5:13

    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.