1 Kings 5:7-12

7 When Hiram heard Solomon’s message, he was greatly pleased and said, “Praise be to the LORD today, for he has given David a wise son to rule over this great nation.”
8 So Hiram sent word to Solomon: “I have received the message you sent me and will do all you want in providing the cedar and juniper logs.
9 My men will haul them down from Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea, and I will float them as rafts by sea to the place you specify. There I will separate them and you can take them away. And you are to grant my wish by providing food for my royal household.”
10 In this way Hiram kept Solomon supplied with all the cedar and juniper logs he wanted,
11 and Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand cors[a] of wheat as food for his household, in addition to twenty thousand baths[b][c] of pressed olive oil. Solomon continued to do this for Hiram year after year.
12 The LORD gave Solomon wisdom, just as he had promised him. There were peaceful relations between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty.

1 Kings 5:7-12 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter relates Solomon's preparation for building the temple: on Hiram, king of Tyre, sending a congratulatory letter to him, he returned another to him, signifying his intention to build an house for God, and requesting him to supply him with timber, and men to work it, 1Ki 5:1-6; to which Hiram readily agreed, and sent him cedar and fir, and Solomon in return sent him food for his household; and things went on very amicably between them, 1Ki 5:7-12; the chapter concludes with an account of Solomon's workmen, where, how, and in what they were employed, 1Ki 5:13-18.

Cross References 6

  • 1. 1 Kings 10:9; Isaiah 60:6
  • 2. Ezra 3:7
  • 3. ver 11; Ezekiel 27:17; Acts 12:20
  • 4. S ver 9
  • 5. S 1 Kings 3:12
  • 6. Joshua 9:7; 1 Kings 15:19; Amos 1:9

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. That is, probably about 3,600 tons or about 3,250 metric tons
  • [b]. Septuagint (see also 2 Chron. 2:10); Hebrew "twenty cors"
  • [c]. That is, about 120,000 gallons or about 440,000 liters
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