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1 Kings 5 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Alliance with King Hiram

(2Ch 2:1–18 )
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 had [fn]always been a friend of David.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:2 - Then Solomon sent word to Hiram, saying,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:3 - “You know that David my father was unable to build a house for the name of the LORD his God because of the wars which 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 [fn]misfortune.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:5 - “Behold, I [fn]intend to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spoke to David my father, saying, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he will build the house for My name.’
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:6 - “Now therefore, command that they cut for me cedars from Lebanon, and my servants will be with your servants; and I will give you wages for your servants according to all that you say, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:7 - When Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly and said, “Blessed be the LORD today, who has given to David a wise son over this great people.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:8 - So Hiram sent word to Solomon, saying, “I have heard the message which you have sent me; I will do [fn]what you desire concerning the cedar and cypress timber.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:9 - “My servants will bring them down from Lebanon to the sea; and I will make them into rafts to go by sea to the place where you [fn]direct me, and I will have them broken up there, and you shall carry them away. Then you shall accomplish my desire by giving food to my household.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:10 - So [fn]Hiram [fn]gave Solomon [fn]as much as he desired of the cedar and cypress timber.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:11 - Solomon then gave Hiram 20,000 [fn]kors of wheat as food for his household, and twenty [fn]kors of beaten oil; thus Solomon would give Hiram year by year.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:12 - The LORD gave wisdom to Solomon, just as He [fn]promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a covenant.

Conscription of Laborers

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:13 - Now King Solomon [fn]levied forced laborers from all Israel; and the forced laborers [fn]numbered 30,000 men.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:14 - He sent them to Lebanon, 10,000 a month in relays; they were in Lebanon a month and two months at home. And Adoniram was over the forced laborers.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:15 - Now Solomon had 70,000 [fn]transporters, and 80,000 hewers of stone in the mountains,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:16 - besides Solomon’s 3,300 chief deputies who were over the [fn]project and who ruled over the people who were doing the work.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:17 - Then the king commanded, and they quarried great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with cut stones.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:18 - So Solomon’s builders and [fn]Hiram’s builders and the Gebalites [fn]cut them, and prepared the timbers and the stones to build the house.
NASB95 Footnotes
Ch 5:15 in Heb
Literally: all the day
Literally: evil occurrence
Literally: say
Literally: all your pleasure
Literally: send
Hebrew: Hirom
Literally: was giving
Literally: all his desire
I.e. One kor equals approx 10 bu
Literally: spoke to
Literally: raised up
Literally: was
Or, burden bearers
Literally: work
Hebrew: Hirom's
Or, chiseled

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