1 And Solomon 1 Ki. 5:5determined to build a house for the name of the Lord, and a house for his kingdom.
2 And ver. 18;1 Ki. 5:15Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.
3 Preparing to build the temple
4 Behold, ver. 1I build a house to the name of the Lord my God, to dedicate it to him, and Ex. 30:7to burn before him [b]sweet incense, and for Ex. 25:30;Lev. 24:8the continual shewbread, and for Num. 28:3,9,11the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the Lord our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.
5 And the house which I build is great: for Ps. 135:5great is our God above all gods.
6 1 Ki. 8:27;Is. 66:1But who [c]is able to build him a house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him a house, save only to burn sacrifice before him?
7 Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill [d]to grave with the cunning men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, 1 Chr. 22:15whom David my father did provide.
8 1 Ki. 5:6Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and [e]algum trees, out of Lebanon: for I know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon; and behold, my servants shall be with thy servants,
10 1 Ki. 5:11And behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut timber, twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand measures of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.
11 Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon, 1 Ki. 10:9;ch. 9:8Because the Lord hath loved his people, he hath made thee king over them.
12 Huram said moreover, 1 Ki. 5:7Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, Gen. 1;& 2;Acts 4:24;& 14:15;Rev. 10:6that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, [g]endued with prudence and understanding, that might build a house for the Lord, and a house for his kingdom.
13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father's,
14 1 Ki. 7:13The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson; also to grave any manner of graving, and to find out every device which shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my lord David thy father.
15 Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine, which ver. 10my lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants:
17 As ver. 2;1 Ki. 5:13;ch. 8:7,8And Solomon numbered all [j]the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith 1 Chr. 22:2David his father had numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred.
18 And he set As it is;ver. 2threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people a work.
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