King Hiram of Tyre had always been a loyal friend of David. When Hiram learned that David’s son Solomon was the new king of Israel, he sent ambassadors to congratulate him.
References for 1 Kings 5:1
Then Solomon sent this message back to Hiram:
“You know that my father, David, was not able to build a Temple to honor the name of the his God because of the many wars waged against him by surrounding nations. He could not build until the gave him victory over all his enemies.
But now the my God has given me peace on every side; I have no enemies, and all is well.
So I am planning to build a Temple to honor the name of the my God, just as he had instructed my father, David. For the told him, ‘Your son, whom I will place on your throne, will build the Temple to honor my name.’
“Therefore, please command that cedars from Lebanon be cut for me. Let my men work alongside yours, and I will pay your men whatever wages you ask. As you know, there is no one among us who can cut timber like you Sidonians!”