1 Kings 9, 2 Chronicles 8: OOPS!

A few days ago I posted about king Solomon’s conscription of Israelites to build the temple of God. Today I read this:

20 All the people who were left of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, who were not of the people of Israel—21 their descendants who were left after them in the land, whom the people of Israel were unable to devote to destruction— these Solomon drafted to be slaves, and so they are to this day. 22 But of the people of Israel Solomon made no slaves. They were the soldiers, they were his officials, his commanders, his captains, his chariot commanders and his horsemen.

So, my critique of the wisest man in history was a little misguided. Is anyone surprised? I’m not. I am, however, embarrassed. This has taught me a very important lesson that I have heard many times before: look before you leap. I was not very comfortable with that post in the first place, and felt a bit like I may be stretching something, but I posted it anyway, against my better judgement. Needless to say, I’m not going to link to it, but I’m also not going to delete, so if you want to read it, you’ll have to dig.

After blogging for several years, and daily for the past six months, I have a lot to learn, and I am looking forward to posting with more discernment and care over the next six months and in the years to come.

Thanks for not stringing me up for misreading Scripture!

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