1a1Now Solomonbdecided to build a house for the name of the LORD and a croyalpalace for himself.
2dSo 2Solomoneassigned70,000men to carryloads and 80,000men to quarry stone in the mountains and 3,600 to supervise them.
33Then Solomonsent word to fHuram the king of Tyre, saying, "4As you dealt with David my father and sent him cedars to build him a house to dwell in, so do for me.
4"Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, dedicating it to Him, 5to burnfragrantincensebefore Him and to set out 6the showbreadcontinually, and to offer 7burntofferingsmorning and evening, 8on sabbaths and on newmoons and on the appointedfeasts of the LORD our God, this being required forever in Israel.
"The housewhich I am about to build will be great, for 9greater is our Godthanall the gods.
"But 10who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highestheavenscannotcontain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to gburn incense before Him?
7"Now11send me a skilledman to work in gold, silver, brass and iron, and in purple, crimson and violet fabrics, and who knows how to makeengravings, to work with the skilledmenh12whom I have in Judah and Jerusalem, whomDavid my fatherprovided.
"13Send me also cedar, cypress and algumtimber from Lebanon, for I know that your servantsknow how to cuttimber of Lebanon ; and indeed14my servants will work with your servants,
to preparetimber in abundance for me, for the housewhich I am about to build will be great and wonderful.
"Now behold, 15I will give to your servants, the woodsmen who cut the timber, 20,000ikors of crushedwheat and 20,000jkors of barley, and 20,000baths of wine and 20,000baths of oil."
Then Huram, king of Tyre, kanswered in a lettersent to Solomon : "16Because the LORDloves His people, He has made you kingover them."
Then Huramlcontinued, "Blessed be 17the LORD, the God of Israel, who has madeheaven and earth, who has givenKingDavid a wiseson, mendowed with discretion and understanding, 18who will build a house for the LORD and a nroyalpalace for himself.
13"Now I am sendingHuram-abi , a skilledman, oendowed with understanding,
1419the son of a pDanitewoman and qa Tyrianfather, who knows how to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone and wood, and in purple, violet, linen and crimson fabrics, and who knows how to makeall kinds of engravings and to rexecuteanydesignwhich may be assigned to him, to work with your skilledmen and with sthose of my lordDavid your father.
15"Now then, let my lordsend to his servantswheat and barley, oil and wine, of 20which he has spoken.
"21We will cutwhatevertimber you need from Lebanon and bring it to you on rafts by sea to Joppa, so that you may carry it up to Jerusalem."
17Solomonnumberedall the alienswho were in the land of Israel, 22following the tcensuswhich his fatherDavid had utaken ; and 153,600 were found.
1823He appointed70,000 of them to carryloads and 80,000 to quarry stones in the mountains and 3,600supervisors to make the peoplework.