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2 Chronicles 2 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Preparations for Building the Temple
(1Ki 5:1–18 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:1 - [fn]Solomon decided to build a Temple to honor the name of the LORD, and also a royal palace for himself.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:2 - [fn]He enlisted a force of 70,000 laborers, 80,000 men to quarry stone in the hill country, and 3,600 foremen.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:3 - Solomon also sent this message to King Hiram[fn] at Tyre: “Send me cedar logs as you did for my father, David, when he was building his palace.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:4 - I am about to build a Temple to honor the name of the LORD my God. It will be a place set apart to burn fragrant incense before him, to display the special sacrificial bread, and to sacrifice burnt offerings each morning and evening, on the Sabbaths, at new moon celebrations, and at the other appointed festivals of the LORD our God. He has commanded Israel to do these things forever.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:5 - “This must be a magnificent Temple because our God is greater than all other gods.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:6 - But who can really build him a worthy home? Not even the highest heavens can contain him! So who am I to consider building a Temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices to him?
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:7 - “So send me a master craftsman who can work with gold, silver, bronze, and iron, as well as with purple, scarlet, and blue cloth. He must be a skilled engraver who can work with the craftsmen of Judah and Jerusalem who were selected by my father, David.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:8 - “Also send me cedar, cypress, and red sandalwood[fn] logs from Lebanon, for I know that your men are without equal at cutting timber in Lebanon. I will send my men to help them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:9 - An immense amount of timber will be needed, for the Temple I am going to build will be very large and magnificent.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:10 - In payment for your woodcutters, I will send 100,000 bushels of crushed wheat, 100,000 bushels of barley,[fn] 110,000 gallons of wine, and 110,000 gallons of olive oil.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:11 - King Hiram sent this letter of reply to Solomon: “It is because the LORD loves his people that he has made you their king!
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:12 - Praise the LORD, the God of Israel, who made the heavens and the earth! He has given King David a wise son, gifted with skill and understanding, who will build a Temple for the LORD and a royal palace for himself.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:13 - “I am sending you a master craftsman named Huram-abi, who is extremely talented.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:14 - His mother is from the tribe of Dan in Israel, and his father is from Tyre. He is skillful at making things from gold, silver, bronze, and iron, and he also works with stone and wood. He can work with purple, blue, and scarlet cloth and fine linen. He is also an engraver and can follow any design given to him. He will work with your craftsmen and those appointed by my lord David, your father.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:15 - “Send along the wheat, barley, olive oil, and wine that my lord has mentioned.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:16 - We will cut whatever timber you need from the Lebanon mountains and will float the logs in rafts down the coast of the Mediterranean Sea[fn] to Joppa. From there you can transport the logs up to Jerusalem.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:17 - Solomon took a census of all foreigners in the land of Israel, like the census his father had taken, and he counted 153,600.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 2:18 - He assigned 70,000 of them as common laborers, 80,000 as quarry workers in the hill country, and 3,600 as foremen.
NLT Footnotes
Verse 2:1 is numbered 1:18 in Hebrew text.
Verses 2:2-18 are numbered 2:1-17 in Hebrew text.
Hebrew Huram, a variant spelling of Hiram; also in 2:11.
Or juniper; Hebrew reads algum, perhaps a variant spelling of almug; compare 9:10-11 and parallel text at 1 Kgs 10:11-12.
Hebrew 20,000 cors [3,640 kiloliters] of crushed wheat, 20,000 cors of barley.
Hebrew 20,000 baths [420 kiloliters] of wine, and 20,000 baths of olive oil.
Hebrew the sea.

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