2 So David commanded to gather the b aliens who were in the land of Israel; and he appointed masons to c cut hewn stones to build the house of God. 3 And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails of the doors of the gates and for the joints, and bronze in abundance d beyond measure, 4 and cedar trees in abundance; for the e Sidonians and those from Tyre brought much cedar wood to David. 5 Now David said, f "Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it." So David made abundant preparations before his death.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.