1Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon; for he had heard
that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever
a lover of David.
2Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,
3You know how that
David my father could not build a house for the name of Yahweh his God for
the wars which were about him on every side, until Yahweh put them under the
soles of his feet.
4But now Yahweh my God has given me rest on every
side; there is neither adversary, nor evil occurrence.
5Behold, I purpose
to build a house for the name of Yahweh my God, as Yahweh spoke to David my
father, saying, Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your room, he
shall build the house for my name.
6Now therefore command you that they
cut me cedar trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with your
servants; and I will give you hire for your servants according to all that
you shall say: for you know that there is not among us any who knows how to
cut timber like the Sidonians.
7It happened, when Hiram heard the words
of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be Yahweh this day,
who has given to David a wise son over this great people.
8Hiram sent to
Solomon, saying, I have heard the message which you have sent to me:
I will do all your desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber
9My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon to the sea; and I
will make them into rafts to go by sea to the place that you shall appoint
me, and will cause them to be broken up there, and you shall receive them;
and you shall accomplish my desire, in giving food for my household.
Hiram gave Solomon timber of cedar and timber of fir according to all his
11Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat for food
to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil: thus gave Solomon to Hiram
year by year.
12Yahweh gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him; and there
was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together.
13King Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty
14He sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month by courses;
a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home; and Adoniram was over
the men subject to forced labor.
15Solomon had seventy thousand who bore
burdens, and eighty thousand who were stone cutters in the mountains;
16besides Solomon’s chief officers who were over the work, three thousand
and three hundred, who bore rule over the people who labored in the work.
17The king commanded, and they hewed out great stones, costly stones, to
lay the foundation of the house with worked stone.
and Hiram’s builders and the Gebalites did fashion them, and prepared the
timber and the stones to build the house.