1 Kings 5
Hiram, sending to congratulate Solomon, is certified of his purpose to build the Temple, and desired to furnish him with timber thereto.
1 Kings 5:1 And Hiram king of Tyre sendeth his servants unto Solomon, for he heard that they had anointed him for king instead of his father, for Hiram was a lover of David all the days; 1 Kings 5:2 and Solomon sendeth unto Hiram, saying, 1 Kings 5:3 'Thou hast known David my father, that he hath not been able to build a house to the name of Jehovah his God, because of the wars that have been round about him, till Jehovah's putting them under the soles of his feet. 1 Kings 5:4 'And now, Jehovah my God hath given rest to me round about, there is no adversary nor evil occurrence, 1 Kings 5:5 and lo, I am saying to build a house to the name of Jehovah my God, as Jehovah spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son whom I appoint in thy stead on thy throne, he doth build the house for My name. 1 Kings 5:6 'And now, command, and they cut down for me cedars out of Lebanon, and my servants are with thy servants, and the hire of thy servants I give to thee according to all that thou sayest, for thou hast known that there is not among us a man acquainted with cutting wood, like the Sidonians.'
Hiram, blessing God for Solomon, and requesting food for his family, furnisheth him with trees.
1 Kings 5:7 And it cometh to pass at Hiram's hearing the words of Solomon, that he rejoiceth exceedingly, and saith, 'Blessed [is] Jehovah to-day, who hath given to David a wise son over this numerous people.' 1 Kings 5:8 And Hiram sendeth unto Solomon, saying, I have heard that which thou hast sent unto me, I do all thy desire concerning cedar-wood, and fir-wood, 1 Kings 5:9 my servants bring down from Lebanon to the sea, and I make them floats in the sea unto the place that thou sendest unto me, and I have spread them out there; and thou dost take [them] up, and thou dost execute my desire, to give the food of my house.' 1 Kings 5:10 And Hiram is giving to Solomon cedar-trees, and fir-trees, all his desire, 1 Kings 5:11 and Solomon hath given to Hiram twenty thousand cors of wheat, food for his house, and twenty cors of beaten oil; thus doth Solomon give to Hiram year by year. 1 Kings 5:12 And Jehovah hath given wisdom to Solomon as He spake to him, and there is peace between Hiram and Solomon, and they make a covenant both of them.
The number of Solomon's workmen and labourers.
1 Kings 5:13 And king Solomon lifteth up a tribute out of all Israel, and the tribute is thirty thousand men, 1 Kings 5:14 and he sendeth them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month, by changes, a month they are in Lebanon, two months in their own house; and Adoniram [is] over the tribute. 1 Kings 5:15 And king Solomon hath seventy thousand bearing burdens, and eighty thousand hewing in the mountain, 1 Kings 5:16 apart from the heads of the officers of Solomon, who [are] over the work, three thousand and three hundred, those ruling over the people who are working in the business. 1 Kings 5:17 And the king commandeth, and they bring great stones, precious stone, to lay the foundation of the house, hewn stones; 1 Kings 5:18 and the builders of Solomon, and the builders of Hiram, and the Giblites hew, and prepare the wood and the stones to build the house.