Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, had attacked and captured Gezer, killing the Canaanite population and burning it down. He gave the city to his daughter as a wedding gift when she married Solomon.
I’m sure the purpose of this gift was to ensure peace and tranquility for his daughter and his new son inlaw. How do you send a thank you note for such a gift? “Thanks, Dad, for destroying that town for me. Now we have to go rebuild it. You’re so generous,” doesn’t sound right.
Speaking of Pharaoh’s daughter – how many times does the text mention that Solomon married her? This sounds like it was a pretty big deal and the author is kind of proud of this. Do they ever mention her name? I haven’t noticed that yet.