F I R S T K I N G S
The great work which Solomon was raised up to do
was the building of the temple; his wealth and wisdom were given
him to qualify him for that. In this, especially, he was to be a
type of Christ, for "he shall build the temple of the Lord,"
Zech. vi. 12. In this
chapter we have an account of the preparations he made for that and
his other buildings. Gold and silver his good father had prepared
in abundance, but timber and stones he must get ready; and about
these we have him treating with Hiram king of Tyre. I. Hiram
congratulated him on his accession to the throne, ver. 1. II. Solomon signified to him
his design to build the temple and desired him to furnish him with
workmen, ver. 2-6. III.
Hiram agreed to do it, ver.
7-9. IV. Solomon's work was accordingly well done and
Hiram's workmen were well paid, ver. 10-18.