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1 Kings 5 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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[fn] Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram always loved David.

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“You know that David my father could not build a house for the name of the LORD his God because of the warfare with which his enemies surrounded him, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet.

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But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side. There is neither adversary nor misfortune.

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And so I intend to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD said to David my father, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, shall build the house for my name.’

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Now therefore command that cedars of Lebanon be cut for me. And my servants will join your servants, and I will pay you for your servants such wages as you set, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.”

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As soon as Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly and said, “Blessed be the LORD this day, who has given to David a wise son to be over this great people.”

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And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, “I have heard the message that you have sent to me. I am ready to do all you desire in the matter of cedar and cypress timber.

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My servants shall bring it down to the sea from Lebanon, and I will make it into rafts to go by sea to the place you direct. And I will have them broken up there, and you shall receive it. And you shall meet my wishes by providing food for my household.”

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So Hiram supplied Solomon with all the timber of cedar and cypress that he desired,

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while Solomon gave Hiram 20,000 cors[fn] of wheat as food for his household, and 20,000[fn] cors of beaten oil. Solomon gave this to Hiram year by year.

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And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him. And there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty.

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King Solomon drafted forced labor out of all Israel, and the draft numbered 30,000 men.

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Solomon also had 70,000 burden-bearers and 80,000 stonecutters in the hill country,

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besides Solomon’s 3,300 chief officers who were over the work, who had charge of the people who carried on the work.

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So Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders and the men of Gebal did the cutting and prepared the timber and the stone to build the house.
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Ch 5:15 in Hebrew
A cor was about 6 bushels or 220 liters
Septuagint; Hebrew twenty

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