1 Kings 51 And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to anoint Solomon in the place of David his father, because Hiram always loved David. 2 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, 3 You knew my father David, that he could not build a house to the name of the Lord my God because of the wars that compassed him about, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet. 4 And now the Lord my God has given me rest round about; there is no one plotting against me, and there is no evil trespass against me. 5 And behold, I intend to build a house to the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord God spoke to my father David, saying, Your son whom I will set on your throne in your place, he shall build a house for My name. 6 And now command, and let men cut wood for me out of Lebanon. And behold, my servants shall be with your servants, and I will give you the wages of your service, according to all that you shall say, because you know that we have no one skilled in cutting timber like the Sidonians. 7 And it came to pass, as soon as Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be God this day, who has given to David a wise son over this numerous people. 8 And he sent to Solomon, saying, I have listened concerning all that you have sent to me, for I will do all your will: as for timber of cedar and fir, 9 my servants shall bring them down from Lebanon to the sea: I will form them into rafts, and bring them to the place which you shall send to me about; and I will land them there, and you shall take them up; and you shall do my will, in giving bread to my household. 10 So Hiram gave to Solomon cedars, and fir trees, and all his desire. 11 And Solomon gave to Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat as food for his house, and twenty thousand baths of beaten oil; thus Solomon gave to Hiram yearly. 12 And the Lord gave wisdom to Solomon as He promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and they made a covenant between them. 13 And the king raised a levy out of all Israel, and the levy was thirty thousand men. 14 And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand taking turn every month; they were a month in Lebanon and two months at home; and Adoniram was over the levy. 15 And Solomon had seventy thousand bearers of burdens, and eighty thousand hewers of stone in the mountain; 16 besides the rulers that were appointed over the works of Solomon, there were three thousand six hundred masters who wrought in the works. 18 And they prepared the stones and the timber during three years.
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