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1 Kings 5:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Now King Solomon levied forced laborers from all Israel; and the forced laborers numbered 30,000 men.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And King Solomon raised a labour-band, out of all Israel,—and it came to pass that, the labour-band, was thirty thousand men.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And king Solomon lifteth up a tribute out of all Israel, and the tribute is thirty thousand men,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And king Solomon chose workmen out of all Israel, and the levy was of thirty thousand men.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And King Solomon raised a leuie out of all Israel, and the leuie was thirtie thousand men.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And the king raised a levy out of all Israel, and the levy was thirty thousand men.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And king Shelomoh raised a levy out of all Yisrael; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And king 4428
{4428} Prime
מֶּלֶךְ
melek
{meh'-lek}
From H4427; a king.
lm שְׁלֹמֹה 8010
{8010} Prime
שְׁלֹמֹה
Sh@lomoh
{shel-o-mo'}
From H7965; peaceful; Shelomoh, David's successor.
raised 5927
{5927} Prime
עָלָה
`alah
{aw-law'}
A primitive root; to ascend, intransitively (be high) or active (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literally and figuratively.
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
a levy 4522
{4522} Prime
מַס
mac
{mas}
From H4549; properly a burden (as causing to faint), that is, a tax in the form of forced labor.
out of all x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
Yi$rl יִשׂרָאֵל; 3478
{3478} Prime
יִשְׂרָאֵל
Yisra'el
{yis-raw-ale'}
From H8280 and H0410; he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity.
and the levy 4522
{4522} Prime
מַס
mac
{mas}
From H4549; properly a burden (as causing to faint), that is, a tax in the form of forced labor.
was x1961
(1961) Complement
הָיָה
hayah
{haw-yaw'}
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
thirty 7970
{7970} Prime
שְׁלוֹשִׁים
sh@lowshiym
{shel-o-sheem'}
Multiple of H7969; thirty; or (ordinal) thirtieth.
thousand 505
{0505} Prime
אֶלֶף
'eleph
{eh'-lef}
Properly the same as H0504; hence (an ox's head being the first letter of the alphabet, and this eventually used as a numeral) a thousand.
men. 376
{0376} Prime
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Kings 5:13

_ _ 1 Kings 5:13-18. Solomon’s workmen and laborers.

_ _ Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel — The renewed notice of Solomon’s divine gift of wisdom (1 Kings 5:12) is evidently introduced to prepare for this record of the strong but prudent measures he took towards the accomplishment of his work. So great a stretch of arbitrary power as is implied in this compulsory levy would have raised great discontent, if not opposition, had not his wise arrangement of letting the laborers remain at home two months out of three, added to the sacredness of the work, reconciled the people to this forced labor. The carrying of burdens and the irksome work of excavating the quarries was assigned to the remnant of the Canaanites (1 Kings 9:20; 2 Chronicles 8:7-9) and war prisoners made by David — amounting to 153,600. The employment of persons of that condition in Eastern countries for carrying on any public work, would make this part of the arrangements the less thought of.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Kings 5:10-18.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Kings 5:13

The levy — Which were to be employed in the most honourable and easy parts of the work relating to the temple; and these were Israelites; but those fifteen hundred thousand mentioned 1 Kings 5:15, were strangers. If it seem strange, that so many thousands should be employed about so small a building as the temple was; it must be considered, that the temple, all its parts being considered, was far larger than men imagine; that it is probable, they were employed by turns, as the thirty thousand were, 1 Kings 5:14, else they had been oppressed with hard and uninterrupted labours. that the timber and stone hewed and carried by them, was designed, not only for the temple, but also for Solomon's own houses, and buildings; because we read of no other levy of men, nor of any care and pains taken after the building of the temple, for the procurement, or preparation of materials for his own houses, or his other buildings; nay, that this very levy of men was made and employed for the building of the Lord's house, and Solomon's house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer, is expressed 1 Kings 9:15.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
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, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer.
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