1 Kings 5

Alliance with King Hiram

Ch 5:15 in Heb
b Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon, when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for c Hiram had
Lit all the day
always been a friend of David.
Then e Solomon sent word to Hiram, saying, You know that f David my father was unable to build a house for the name of the  Lord his God because of the wars which surrounded him, until the  Lord put them under the soles of his feet. But now g the  Lord my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor
Lit evil occurrence
Behold, i I
Lit say
intend to build a house for the name of the  Lord my God, as the  Lord spoke to David my father, saying, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he will build the house for My name.’
Now therefore, command that they cut for me k cedars from Lebanon, and my servants will be with your servants; and I will give you wages for your servants according to all that you say, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.”

When Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly and said, “Blessed be the  Lord today, who has given to David a wise son over this great people.” So Hiram sent word to Solomon, saying, “I have heard the message which you have sent me; I will do
Lit all your pleasure
what you desire concerning the cedar and cypress timber.
My servants will bring them down from Lebanon to the sea; and I will make them into rafts to go by sea m to the place where you
Lit send
direct me, and I will have them broken up there, and you shall carry them away. Then o you shall accomplish my desire by giving food to my household.”
10 So
Heb Hirom
Lit was giving
gave Solomon
Lit all his desire
as much as he desired of the cedar and cypress timber.
11  s Solomon then gave Hiram 20,000
I.e. One kor equals approx 10 bu
kors of wheat as food for his household, and twenty
I.e. One kor equals approx 10 bu
kors of beaten oil; thus Solomon would give Hiram year by year.
12  v The  Lord gave wisdom to Solomon, just as He
Lit spoke to
promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a covenant.

Conscription of Laborers

13 Now x King Solomon
Lit raised up
levied forced laborers from all Israel; and the forced laborers
Lit was
numbered 30,000 men.
14 He sent them to Lebanon, 10,000 a month in relays; they were in Lebanon a month and two months at home. And aa Adoniram was over the forced laborers. 15 Now ab Solomon had 70,000
Or burden bearers
transporters, and 80,000 hewers of stone in the mountains,
16  ad besides Solomon’s 3,300 chief deputies who were over the
Lit work
project and who ruled over the people who were doing the work.
17 Then af the king commanded, and they quarried great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with cut stones. 18 So Solomon’s builders and
Heb Hirom’s
Hiram’s builders and ah the Gebalites
Or chiseled
cut them, and prepared the timbers and the stones to build the house.
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