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And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

9:26 navy of ships. This is the first reference in the Bible to a navy (the last is in the next chapter—I Kings 10:22), and refers to a fleet of commercial vessels which contributed largely to Solomon’s great prosperity. The ruins of this port, with its nearby smelters and ore deposits, have been excavated by archaeologists.

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