1 Kings 5
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1 Kings 5
Preparations for Building the Temple...
And Hiram sovereign of Tsor sent his servants to Shelomoh, because he heard that they had anointed him sovereign in place of his father, for Hiram had always loved Dawid.
And Shelomoh sent to Hiram, saying,
'You know my father Dawid was unable to build a house for the Name of YHWH his Elohim because of the battles which were all around him, until YHWH put them under the soles of his feet.
'But now YHWH my Elohim has given me rest all around, there is neither adversary nor evil incident.
'And see, I intend to build a house for the Name of YHWH my Elohim, as YHWH spoke to my father Dawid, saying, 'Your son, whom I set on your throne in your place, he does build the house for My Name.'
'And now, command that they cut down cedars for me from Lebanon. And let my servants be with your servants, and let me pay you wages for your servants according to whatever you say. For you know there is none among us who knows to cut timber like the Tsidonians.'
And it came to be, when Hiram heard the words of Shelomoh, that he rejoiced greatly and said, 'Blessed be YHWH this day, for He has given Dawid a wise son over this great people!'
And Hiram sent to Shelomoh, saying, 'I have heard that which you sent me. Let me do all you desire concerning the cedar and cypress logs.
'Let my servants bring them down from Lebanon to the sea, then I put them in rafts by sea to the place you direct me. And I shall spread them out there, then you take them up, while you do my desire by giving food for my household.'
And Hiram gave Shelomoh cedar and cypress logs - all his desire.
And Shelomoh gave Hiram twenty thousand kors of wheat as food for his household, and twenty kors of pressed oil. Thus Shelomoh gave to Hiram year by year.
And YHWH gave Shelomoh wisdom, as He promised him. And there was peace between Hiram and Shelomoh, and the two of them made a covenant.
And Sovereign Shelomoh raised up compulsory labour out of all Yisra'el. And the compulsory labour was thirty thousand men.
And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month by courses - they were one month in Lebanon, two months at home. And Adoniram was over the compulsory labour.
And Shelomoh had seventy thousand bearing burdens, and eighty thousand hewing stone in the mountains,
besides three thousand three hundred from the chiefs of Shelomoh's deputies who were over the work, those ruling over the people who laboured in the work.
And the sovereign commanded, and they brought large stones, precious stones, to lay the foundation of the House with hewn stones.
And Shelomoh's builders, and Hiram's builders, and the men of Gebal did hew, and prepared timber and stones to build the House.
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