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1 Kings 5 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Preparations for Building the Temple

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:1 - [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.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:2 - And Solomon sent word to Hiram,

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:3 - “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.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:4 - But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side. There is neither adversary nor misfortune.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:5 - 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.’

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:6 - 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.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:7 - 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.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:8 - 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.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:9 - 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.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:10 - So Hiram supplied Solomon with all the timber of cedar and cypress that he desired,

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:11 - 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.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:12 - 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.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:13 - King Solomon drafted forced labor out of all Israel, and the draft numbered 30,000 men.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:14 - And he sent them to Lebanon, 10,000 a month in shifts. They would be a month in Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram was in charge of the draft.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:15 - Solomon also had 70,000 burden-bearers and 80,000 stonecutters in the hill country,

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:16 - besides Solomon’s 3,300 chief officers who were over the work, who had charge of the people who carried on the work.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:17 - At the king’s command they quarried out great, costly stones in order to lay the foundation of the house with dressed stones.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:18 - 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.
ESV Footnotes
Ch 5:15 in Hebrew
A cor was about 6 bushels or 220 liters
Septuagint; Hebrew twenty
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