Preparations for Building the Temple

1 Kings 5

1 Now a Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon, because he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, b for Hiram had always loved David. 2 Then c Solomon sent to Hiram, saying: 3 d You know how my father David could not build a house for the name of the LORD his God e because of the wars which were fought against him on every side, until the LORD put 1 his foes under the soles of his feet. 4 But now the LORD my God has given me f rest 2 on every side; there is neither adversary nor 3 evil occurrence. 5 g And behold, 4 I propose to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, h as the LORD spoke to my father David, saying, "Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he shall build the house for My name." 6 Now therefore, command that they cut down i cedars for me from Lebanon; and my servants will be with your servants, and I will pay you wages for your servants according to whatever you say. For you know there is none among us who has skill to cut timber like the Sidonians.

7 So it was, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly and said,
Blessed be the LORD this day, for He has given David a wise son over this great people!
8 Then Hiram sent to Solomon, saying:
I have considered the message which you sent me, and I will do all you desire concerning the cedar and cypress logs.
9 My servants shall bring them down j from Lebanon to the sea; I will float them in rafts by sea to the place you indicate to me, and will have them broken apart there; then you can take them away. And you shall fulfill my desire k by giving food for my household. 10 Then Hiram gave Solomon cedar and cypress logs according to all his desire. 11 l And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand 5 kors of wheat as food for his household, and 6 twenty kors of pressed oil. Thus Solomon gave to Hiram year by year. 12 So the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, m as He had promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty together.

13 Then King Solomon raised up a labor force out of all Israel; and the labor force was thirty thousand men. 14 And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month in shifts: they were one month in Lebanon and two months at home; n Adoniram was in charge of the labor force. 15 o Solomon had seventy thousand who carried burdens, and eighty thousand who quarried stone in the mountains, 16 besides three thousand 7 three hundred from the p chiefs of Solomon's deputies, who supervised the people who labored in the work. 17 And the king commanded them to quarry large stones, costly stones, and q hewn stones, to lay the foundation of the 8 temple. 18 So Solomon's builders, Hiram's builders, and the Gebalites quarried them; and they prepared timber and stones to build the 9 temple.

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