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2 Chronicles 2 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Preparations for Building the Temple

(1Ki 5:1–18 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:1 - Solomon gave orders to build a temple for the Name of the LORD and a royal palace for himself.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:2 - He conscripted 70,000 men as carriers and 80,000 as stonecutters in the hills and 3,600 as foremen over them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:3 - Solomon sent this message to Hiram[fn] king of Tyre: “Send me cedar logs as you did for my father David when you sent him cedar to build a palace to live in.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:4 - Now I am about to build a temple for the Name of the LORD my God and to dedicate it to him for burning fragrant incense before him, for setting out the consecrated bread regularly, and for making burnt offerings every morning and evening and on the Sabbaths, at the New Moons and at the appointed festivals of the LORD our God. This is a lasting ordinance for Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:5 - “The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:6 - But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:7 - “Send me, therefore, a man skilled to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, and in purple, crimson and blue yarn, and experienced in the art of engraving, to work in Judah and Jerusalem with my skilled workers, whom my father David provided.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:8 - “Send me also cedar, juniper and algum[fn] logs from Lebanon, for I know that your servants are skilled in cutting timber there. My servants will work with yours
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:9 - to provide me with plenty of lumber, because the temple I build must be large and magnificent.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:10 - I will give your servants, the woodsmen who cut the timber, twenty thousand cors[fn] of ground wheat, twenty thousand cors[fn] of barley, twenty thousand baths[fn] of wine and twenty thousand baths of olive oil.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:11 - Hiram king of Tyre replied by letter to Solomon: “Because the LORD loves his people, he has made you their king.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:12 - And Hiram added: “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth! He has given King David a wise son, endowed with intelligence and discernment, who will build a temple for the LORD and a palace for himself.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:13 - “I am sending you Huram-Abi, a man of great skill,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:14 - whose mother was from Dan and whose father was from Tyre. He is trained to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, and with purple and blue and crimson yarn and fine linen. He is experienced in all kinds of engraving and can execute any design given to him. He will work with your skilled workers and with those of my lord, David your father.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:15 - “Now let my lord send his servants the wheat and barley and the olive oil and wine he promised,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:16 - and we will cut all the logs from Lebanon that you need and will float them as rafts by sea down to Joppa. You can then take them up to Jerusalem.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:17 - Solomon took a census of all the foreigners residing in Israel, after the census his father David had taken; and they were found to be 153,600.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:18 - He assigned 70,000 of them to be carriers and 80,000 to be stonecutters in the hills, with 3,600 foremen over them to keep the people working.
NIV Footnotes
Hebrew Huram, a variant of Hiram; also in verses 11 and 12
Probably a variant of almug
That is, probably about 3,600 tons or about 3,200 metric tons of wheat
That is, probably about 3,000 tons or about 2,700 metric tons of barley
That is, about 120,000 gallons or about 440,000 liters

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