Then Huram, king of Tyre, aanswered in a lettersent to Solomon: "1Because the LORDloves His people, He has made you kingover them."
Then Hurambcontinued, "Blessed be 2the LORD, the God of Israel, who has madeheaven and earth, who has givenKingDavid a wiseson, cendowed with discretion and understanding, 3who will build a house for the LORD and a droyalpalace for himself.
13"Now I am sendingHuram-abi , a skilledman, eendowed with understanding,
144the son of a fDanitewoman and ga 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 hexecuteanydesignwhich may be assigned to him, to work with your skilledmen and with ithose of my lordDavid your father.
15"Now then, let my lordsend to his servantswheat and barley, oil and wine, of 5which he has spoken.
"6We 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, 7following the jcensuswhich his fatherDavid had ktaken; and 153,600 were found.
188He appointed70,000 of them to carryloads and 80,000 to quarry stones in the mountains and 3,600supervisors to make the peoplework.