1a1Now Hiramking of Tyresent his servants to Solomon, when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for 2Hiramhadbalwaysbeen a friend of David.
Then 3Solomonsent word to Hiram, saying,
"You know that 4David my father was unable to build a house for the name of the LORD his Godbecause of the warswhichsurrounded him, until the LORDput them under the soles of his feet.
"But now5the LORD my God has given me rest on everyside; there is neitheradversarynorcmisfortune.
5"Behold, 6I dintend to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORDspoke to David my father, saying, 'Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he will build the house for My name.'
6"Now therefore, command that they cut for me 7cedars from Lebanon, and my servants will be with your servants; and I will give you wages for your servants according to all that you say, for you know that there is noone among us who knows how to cuttimber like the Sidonians."
When Hiramheard the words of Solomon, he rejoicedgreatly and said, "Blessed be the LORDtoday, who has given to David a wisesonoverthisgreatpeople."
So Hiramsent word to Solomon, saying, "I have heard the message which you have sent me; I will doewhat you desire concerning the cedar and cypresstimber.
"My servants will bring them down from Lebanon to the sea; and I will make them into rafts to go by sea8to the placewhere you fdirect me, and I will have them broken up there, and you shall carry them away. Then 9you shall accomplish my desire by givingfood to my household."
So gHiramhgaveSolomonias much as he desired of the cedar and cypresstimber.
1110Solomon then gaveHiram20,000jkors of wheat as food for his household, and twentykkors of beatenoil; thusSolomon would giveHiramyear by year.
1211The LORDgavewisdom to Solomon, just as He lpromised him; and there was peacebetweenHiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a covenant.
Now 12KingSolomonmleviedforcedlaborers from allIsrael; and the forcedlaborersnnumbered30,000men.
He sent them to Lebanon, 10,000 a month in relays; they were in Lebanon a month and twomonths at home. And 13Adoniram was over the forcedlaborers.
Now 14Solomonhad70,000otransporters , and 80,000hewers of stone in the mountains,
1615besidesSolomon's3,300chiefdeputieswho were over the pproject and who ruled over the people who were doing the work.
Then 16the kingcommanded, and they quarriedgreatstones, costlystones, to lay the foundation of the house with cutstones.
So Solomon'sbuilders and qHiram'sbuilders and 17the Gebalitesrcut them, and prepared the timbers and the stones to build the house.