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When the disorderly succession that enthroned Solomon as the first monarch in ancient Israel to have received his crown by heredity had been sorted, the king’s power consolidated, and old offenses avenged, the first ‘son of David’ turned to matter his father had left pending. He built a house for YHWH.

Solomon does not underestimate his achievement:

Then Solomon said, ‘The LORD has said that he would dwell in thick darkness. I have built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever.’ (1 Kings 8:12–13 NRSV)

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