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1 Kings 5 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Solomon Prepares to Build the Temple
Solomon’s Agreement with King Hiram
(2 Chr. 2:1–18 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:1 - Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon, because he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram had always loved David.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:2 - Then Solomon sent to Hiram, saying:
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:3 - You know how my father David could not build a house for the name of the LORD his God because of the wars which were fought against him on every side, until the LORD put his foes[fn] 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 evil occurrence.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:5 - And behold, I propose to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spoke to my father David, saying, “Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he shall build the house for My name.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:6 - Now therefore, command that they cut down cedars for me from Lebanon; and my servants will be with your servants, and I will pay you wages for your servants according to whatever you say. For you know there is none among us who has skill to cut timber like the Sidonians.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:7 - So it was, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly and said,
Blessed be the LORD this day, for He has given David a wise son over this great people!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:8 - Then Hiram sent to Solomon, saying:
I have considered the message which you sent me, and I will do all you desire concerning the cedar and cypress logs.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:9 - My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon to the sea; I will float them in rafts by sea to the place you indicate to me, and will have them broken apart there; then you can take them away. And you shall fulfill my desire by giving food for my household.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:10 - Then Hiram gave Solomon cedar and cypress logs according to all his desire.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:11 - And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand kors of wheat as food for his household, and twenty[fn] kors of pressed oil. Thus Solomon gave to Hiram year by year.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:12 - So the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as He had promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty together.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:13 - Then King Solomon raised up a labor force out of all Israel; and the labor force was thirty thousand men.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:14 - And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month in shifts: they were one month in Lebanon and two months at home; Adoniram was in charge of the labor force.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:15 - Solomon had seventy thousand who carried burdens, and eighty thousand who quarried stone in the mountains,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:16 - besides three thousand three hundred[fn] from the chiefs of Solomon’s deputies, who supervised the people who labored in the work.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:17 - And the king commanded them to quarry large stones, costly stones, and hewn stones, to lay the foundation of the temple.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 5:18 - So Solomon’s builders, Hiram’s builders, and the Gebalites quarried them; and they prepared timber and stones to build the temple.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally them
Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; Septuagint and Syriac read twenty thousand.
Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; Septuagint reads three thousand six hundred.
Literally house, and so frequently throughout this book

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