New Defender's Study Bible Notes
8:1 the house of the LORD. An artifact with the inscription “dedicated to the house of Yahweh” has been recently excavated in Israel. This is said to be the first specific archaeological reference to Solomon’s temple that has been found. This phrase, “the house of the LORD [that is, “the house of Jehovah—or Yahweh] occurs over two hundred times in the Old Testament, nearly always referring to the temple where the Lord was to be worshipped.
8:4 he built Tadmor. The various cities which Solomon built, as mentioned in II Chronicles 8:2-6, were evidently either strategic caravan/trading cities or storage cities. Ezion-Geber and Elath, at the northern branch of the Red Sea, were his seaports.
8:11 the places are holy. This realization by Solomon, that the holy should not be compromised with unholy paganism, suggests that he felt a measure of guilt about his wedding to the daughter of a pagan king, apparently mainly for political reasons (I Kings 3:1). He not only built a palace for this Egyptian princess (I Kings 7:8), but also built a “high place” for the gods of each of his “strange wives” (I Kings 11:7-10). Compromise for political (or other non-Biblical) reasons inevitably leads to spiritual compromise, and probably eventual apostasy. This has happened to countless others, never more so than in our present generation.