|| Bible Question: What
were the names of the twenty cities Solomon gave as a gift?
Bible Answer: The
reference to the twenty cities that King Solomon gave away is found
in 1 Kings.
came about at the end of twenty years in which Solomon had
built the two houses, the house of the LORD and the king's
house (Hiram king of Tyre had supplied Solomon with cedar
and cypress timber and gold according to all his desire),
then King Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of
Galilee. So Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which
Solomon had given him, and they did not please him. He said, "What
are these cities which you have given me, my brother?" So
they were called the land of Cabul to this day. (NASB) 1
The Cities. King
Solomon had entered into an agreement with King Hiram. King Hiram would supply
King Solomon with building supplies and King Solomon would pay him with some
territory. King Hiram trusted King Solomon. At the end of the building, King
Solomon paid him with twenty cities or "settlements." This
was common in ancient times. King Solomon was giving King Hiram additional territory
for his kingdom. Apparently, the Canaanites lived in this land. It was territory
Israel had conquered. King Solomon gave him one city for each year in which he
provided building supplies. The cities were located in the region of Tyre which
is northeast of Jerusalem. God
did not give us the names of the cities.
Unhappy King. But
King Hiram was unhappy with the land so he named the new territory "Cabul." The
Hebrew meaning for the name has the sense of "good for nothing." Was
King Hiram greedy? Was he hoping for more? We do not know why he was unhappy.
But the king must not have been too unhappy, because he sends King Solomon more
gold (1 Kings 9:14).
had no reason to be dishonest in this business arrangement, because
he was very wealthy. King Solomon was also a man of integrity. Apparently,
these two men had not communicated very well. Communication is one
of the difficult things in life. Is it not wonderful to know that
we do not have to have a communication problem with God? He knows
our thoughts (Ps. 94:11) and the Holy Spirit helps us pray (Rom.