Solomon sent back this message to Hiram:
"You know that because of the wars1 waged against my father David from all sides, he could not build2 a temple for the Name of the LORD his God until the LORD put his enemies under his feet.34
But now the LORD my God has given me rest4 on every side, and there is no adversary5 or disaster.
I intend, therefore, to build a temple6 for the Name of the LORD my God, as the LORD told my father David, when he said, 'Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.'76
"So give orders that cedars8 of Lebanon be cut for me. My men will work with yours, and I will pay you for your men whatever wages you set. You know that we have no one so skilled in felling timber as the Sidonians."
When Hiram heard Solomon's message, he was greatly pleased and said, "Praise be to the LORD 9 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 sea10, 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 food11 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 food12 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,13 just as he had promised him. There were peaceful relations between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty.14