5:1 And Hiram 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.
5:2 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,
5:3 Thou knowest how that David my father could not build a
house to the name of the LORD his God, for the wars which were
about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the
soles of his feet.
5:4 But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side,
[so that there is] neither adversary nor evil occurrent.
5:5 And behold, I purpose to build a house to the name of the
LORD my God, as the LORD spoke to David my father, saying, Thy
son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall
build a house to my name.
5:6 Now therefore command thou, that they hew me cedar trees out
of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and to
thee will I give hire for thy servants according to all that
thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest that [there is] not among
us any that is skilled in hewing timber like the Sidonians.
5:7 And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon,
that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed [be] the LORD this
day, who hath given to David a wise son over this great people.
5:8 And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the
things which thou sentest to me for: [and] I will perform all
thy desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of
5:9 My servants shall bring [them] down from Lebanon to the sea:
and I will convey them by sea in floats to the place that thou
shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be discharged there,
and thou shalt receive [them]: and thou shalt accomplish my
desire, in giving food for my household.
5:10 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees [according
to] all his desire.
5:11 And Solomon 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.
5:12 And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and
there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a
5:13 And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the
levy was thirty thousand men.
5:14 And he 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 levy.
5:15 And Solomon had seventy thousand that bore burdens, and
eighty thousand hewers in the mountains;
5:16 Besides the chief of Solomon's officers who [were] over the
work, three thousand and three hundred, who ruled over the
people that wrought in the work.
5:17 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones,
costly stones, [and] hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the
5:18 And Solomon's builders, and Hiram's builders did hew
[them], and the stone-squarers: so they prepared timber and
stones to build the house.