"The temple I am going to build will be great,1 because our God is greater than all other gods.26
But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him?3 Who then am I4 to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?
"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 craftsmen,5 whom my father David provided.
"Send me also cedar, pine and alguma logs from Lebanon, for I know that your men are skilled in cutting timber there. My men will work with yours
to provide me with plenty of lumber, because the temple I build must be large and magnificent.
I will give your servants, the woodsmen who cut the timber, twenty thousand corsb of ground wheat, twenty thousand cors of barley, twenty thousand bathsc of wine and twenty thousand baths of olive oil.6"
Hiram king of Tyre replied by letter to Solomon: "Because the LORD loves7 his people, he has made you their king."
And Hiram added: "Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth!8 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.
"I am sending you Huram-Abi,9 a man of great skill,
whose mother was from Dan10 and whose father was from Tyre. He is trained11 to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, and with purple and blue12 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 craftsmen and with those of my Lord, David your father.
"Now let my Lord send his servants the wheat and barley and the olive oil13 and wine he promised,