The workers for building the Temple (2 Chr 2:17-2:18)

“Then King Solomon took a census of all the aliens who were residing in the land of Israel, after the census that his father King David had taken. There were found to be one hundred and fifty-three thousand six hundred. Seventy thousand of them he assigned as laborers, eighty thousand as stonecutters in the hill country, and three thousand six hundred as overseers to make the people work.”

Then King Solomon took a census of the aliens living in Israel. This author claims that this was like his father. However, the census that King David took was for all the tribes of Israel. That census was considered to be evil and induced by the devil. So they are completely different. However, the numbers are like those earlier in this chapter that had 70,000 laborers and 80,000 stone cutters, with 3,600 supervisors. As in 1 Kings, chapter 5, King Solomon used forced labor. As this was over 150,000 workers he needed 3,600 supervisors, an extra 300 here instead of 3,300 supervisors as in 1 Kings. Here they are not Israelites, but the aliens who are forced into labor. In fact, in 1 Kings, the northern Israelites complained about this forced labor.

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