1 Kings 5

1 When Hiʹram the king of Tyre heard that Solʹomon had been anointed as king in place of his father, he sent his servants to Solʹomon, for Hiʹram had always been a friend of David’s.

2 In turn Solʹomon sent word to Hiʹram:

3 “You well know that David my father was not able to build a house for the name of Jehovah his God because of the wars waged against him from every side until Jehovah put his enemies under the soles of his feet.

4 But now Jehovah my God has given me rest on all sides. There is no one opposing me and nothing bad happening.

5 So I intend to build a house for the name of Jehovah my God, just as Jehovah promised to David my father, saying: ‘Your son whom I will put on your throne in your place, he is the one who will build the house for my name.’

6 Now command your people to cut cedars of Lebʹanon for me. My servants will work with your servants, and I will pay the wages of your servants according to the rate you set, for you are aware that not one of us knows how to cut trees like the Sidoʹnians.”

7 When Hiʹram heard Solʹomon’s words, he rejoiced greatly and said: “May Jehovah be praised today, for he has given David a wise son over this great people!”

8 So Hiʹram sent word to Solʹomon: “I have heard the message you sent to me. I will do all you desire in providing the cedar and juniper timbers.

9 My servants will bring them down from Lebʹanon to the sea, and I will make them into log rafts to go by sea to the place that you designate to me. I will have them broken up there, and you can carry them away. In exchange, you will provide the food that I request for my household.”

10 So Hiʹram supplied all the timbers of cedar and juniper that Solʹomon desired.

11 And Solʹomon gave Hiʹram 20,000 cor measures of wheat as food supplies for his household and 20 cor measures of very fine olive oil. That was what Solʹomon gave Hiʹram year after year.

12 And Jehovah gave Solʹomon wisdom, just as He had promised him. And there was peace between Hiʹram and Solʹomon, and the two of them made a treaty.

13 King Solʹomon conscripted men for forced labor out of all Israel; 30,000 men were conscripted.

14 He would send them to Lebʹanon in shifts of 10,000 each month. They would spend a month in Lebʹanon and two months at their homes; and Adoniʹram was over those conscripted for forced labor.

15 Solʹomon had 70,000 common laborers and 80,000 stonecutters in the mountains,

16 as well as Solʹomon’s 3,300 princely deputies who served as foremen to supervise the workmen.

17 At the king’s order, they quarried large stones, expensive stones, to lay the foundation of the house with hewn stones.

18 So Solʹomon’s builders and Hiʹram’s builders and the Geʹbalites did the cutting, and they prepared the timbers and the stones to build the house.

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