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2 Chronicles 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Preparing to Build the Temple

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:1 - [fn] Now Solomon purposed to build a temple for the name of the LORD, and a royal palace for himself.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:2 - [fn] And Solomon assigned 70,000 men to bear burdens and 80,000 to quarry in the hill country, and 3,600 to oversee them.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:3 - And Solomon sent word to Hiram the king of Tyre: “As you dealt with David my father and sent him cedar to build himself a house to dwell in, so deal with me.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:4 - Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the LORD my God and dedicate it to him for the burning of incense of sweet spices before him, and for the regular arrangement of the showbread, and for burnt offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths and the new moons and the appointed feasts of the LORD our God, as ordained forever for Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:5 - The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:6 - But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:7 - So now send me a man skilled to work in gold, silver, bronze, and iron, and in purple, crimson, and blue fabrics, trained also in engraving, to be with the skilled workers who are with me in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father provided.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:8 - Send me also cedar, cypress, and algum timber from Lebanon, for I know that your servants know how to cut timber in Lebanon. And my servants will be with your servants,

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:9 - to prepare timber for me in abundance, for the house I am to build will be great and wonderful.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:10 - I will give for your servants, the woodsmen who cut timber, 20,000 cors[fn] of crushed wheat, 20,000 cors of barley, 20,000 baths[fn] of wine, and 20,000 baths of oil.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:11 - Then Hiram the king of Tyre answered in a letter that he sent to Solomon, “Because the LORD loves his people, he has made you king over them.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:12 - Hiram also said, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who made heaven and earth, who has given King David a wise son, who has discretion and understanding, who will build a temple for the LORD and a royal palace for himself.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:13 - “Now I have sent a skilled man, who has understanding, Huram-abi,

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:14 - the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre. He is trained to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood, and in purple, blue, and crimson fabrics and fine linen, and to do all sorts of engraving and execute any design that may be assigned him, with your craftsmen, the craftsmen of my lord, David your father.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:15 - Now therefore the wheat and barley, oil and wine, of which my lord has spoken, let him send to his servants.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:16 - And we will cut whatever timber you need from Lebanon and bring it to you in rafts by sea to Joppa, so that you may take it up to Jerusalem.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:17 - Then Solomon counted all the resident aliens who were in the land of Israel, after the census of them that David his father had taken, and there were found 153,600.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:18 - Seventy thousand of them he assigned to bear burdens, 80,000 to quarry in the hill country, and 3,600 as overseers to make the people work.
ESV Footnotes
Ch 1:18 in Hebrew
Ch 2:1 in Hebrew
A cor was about 6 bushels or 220 liters
A bath was about 6 gallons or 22 liters
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