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2 Chronicles 2 (New American Standard)

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Solomon Will Build a Temple and Palace

1 a1Now Solomon bdecided to build a house for the name of the LORD and a croyal palace for himself. 2 dSo 2Solomon eassigned 70,000 men to carry loads and 80,000 men to quarry stone in the mountains and 3,600 to supervise them. 3 3Then Solomon sent 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 burn fragrant incense before Him and to set out 6the showbread continually, and to offer 7burnt offerings morning and evening, 8on sabbaths and on new moons and on the appointed feasts of the LORD our God, this being required forever in Israel. 5 "The house which I am about to build will be great, for 9greater is our God than all the gods. 6 "But 10who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to gburn incense before Him? 7 "Now 11send me a skilled man to work in gold, silver, brass and iron, and in purple, crimson and violet fabrics, and who knows how to make engravings, to work with the skilled men h12whom I have in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father provided. 8 "13Send me also cedar, cypress and algum timber from Lebanon, for I know that your servants know how to cut timber of Lebanon; and indeed 14my servants will work with your servants, 9 to prepare timber in abundance for me, for the house which I am about to build will be great and wonderful. 10 "Now behold, 15I will give to your servants, the woodsmen who cut the timber, 20,000 ikors of crushed wheat and 20,000 jkors of barley, and 20,000 baths of wine and 20,000 baths of oil."

Huram to Assist

11 Then Huram, king of Tyre, kanswered in a letter sent to Solomon: "16Because the LORD loves His people, He has made you king over them." 12 Then Huram lcontinued, "Blessed be 17the LORD, the God of Israel, who has made heaven and earth, who has given King David a wise son, mendowed with discretion and understanding, 18who will build a house for the LORD and a nroyal palace for himself. 13 "Now I am sending Huram-abi , a skilled man, oendowed with understanding, 14 19the son of a pDanite woman and qa Tyrian father, 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 make all kinds of engravings and to rexecute any design which may be assigned to him, to work with your skilled men and with sthose of my lord David your father. 15 "Now then, let my lord send to his servants wheat and barley, oil and wine, of 20which he has spoken. 16 "21We will cut whatever timber you need from Lebanon and bring it to you on rafts by sea to Joppa, so that you may carry it up to Jerusalem." 17 Solomon numbered all the aliens who were in the land of Israel, 22following the tcensus which his father David had utaken; and 153,600 were found. 18 23He appointed 70,000 of them to carry loads and 80,000 to quarry stones in the mountains and 3,600 supervisors to make the people work.
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