And Hiram sent to Solomon
A letter to him, to the following purpose:
saying, I have considered the things which thou sentest to me for;
whether he could, and whether it was fitting he should grant his request; which was acting like a wise and prudent prince:
[and] I will do all thy desire concerning timber of cedar, and
concerning timber of fir;
or of cypress, as in Josephus's copy of this letter, and which grew on Lebanon F3; these were odorous, sound, and durable timber, especially the cedar, and therefore chosen by Solomon for building.
F3 Diodor. Sic. l. 19. p. 700.