When Hiram heard Solomon's message, he was greatly pleased and said, "Praise be to the LORD1 today, for he has given David a wise son to rule over this great nation."
So Hiram sent word to Solomon: "I have received the message you sent me and will do all you want in providing the cedar and pine logs.
My men will haul them down from Lebanon to the sea2, and I will float them in rafts by sea to the place you specify. There I will separate them and you can take them away. And you are to grant my wish by providing food3 for my royal household."
In this way Hiram kept Solomon supplied with all the cedar and pine logs he wanted,
and Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand corsa of wheat as food4 for his household, in addition to twenty thousand bathsbc of pressed olive oil. Solomon continued to do this for Hiram year after year.
The LORD gave Solomon wisdom,5 just as he had promised him. There were peaceful relations between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty.613
King Solomon conscripted laborers7 from all Israel--thirty thousand men.
He sent them off to Lebanon in shifts of ten thousand a month, so that they spent one month in Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram8 was in charge of the forced labor.
Solomon had seventy thousand carriers and eighty thousand stonecutters in the hills,
as well as thirty-three hundredd foremen9 who supervised the project and directed the workmen.
At the king's command they removed from the quarry10 large blocks of quality stone11 to provide a foundation of dressed stone for the temple.