Divrei Hayamim II – Eight: Slavery

“But the Children of Israel, Solomon did not make into slaves for his work, because they were men of war and the officers over his commanders and the officers of his chariots and his horsemen (Chronicles II 8:9).” This verse immediately follows one that enumerates who he does enslave, which we can delve into separately. However, in this case, I wanted to hone in on Solomon’s loyalty to his own people. He recognizes the skills and value-add that the Israelites brought to the community as a whole, and saw how important it was to empower them. When one has absolute power, it can be all too easy to get caught up in that, and to think only through the tunnel vision of one’s own needs and wants. But Solomon kept a broad view despite his power and privilege, and it clearly paid off in the end.

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