1 Kings 5

VIN(i) 1 Now Hiram, king of Tyre, hearing that Solomon had been made king in place of his father, sent his servants to him; for Hiram had ever been a friend to David. 2 Solomon sent this message to Hiram: 3 "Thou knowest of David my father, how he could not build a house unto the name of the LORD his God for war which he had on every side, until the LORD had put them under his foot. 4 But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side: there is neither adversary nor evil event. 5 Behold, I intend to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spoke to David my father, saying, 'Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place shall build the house for my name.' 6 Now therefore please order that cedars of Lebanon be cut for me. My servants will work with your servants, and I will pay your servants whatever wages you set, because you know there is no one among us who knows how to cut timer like the Sidonians do." 7 When Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly, and said, “Blessed is the LORD today, who has given to David a wise son to rule over this great people.” 8 Then Hiram sent Solomon the following message: "I received your message. I am ready to do what you ask. I will provide the cedars and the pine trees. 9 My servants will bring it down from Lebanon to the sea. And I will make floats for them in the sea to go to the place that you tell me. And I will spread them out there; and you shall take them up. And you shall do what I desire, to give food for my house. 10 So Hiram supplied Solomon with all the cedar and pine logs he wanted. 11 Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand cors of wheat for food to his household, and twenty thousand baths of pure oil. Solomon gave this to Hiram year by year. 12 the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him. There was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty together. 13 King Solomon conscripted laborers from throughout Israel. The work force numbered 30,000 men. 14 He sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand every month; the work groups were a month in Lebanon and two months at home; now Adoniram was over the forced labor. 15 Solomon had seventy thousand common laborers and eighty thousand stone craftsmen in the hill country. 16 He placed three thousand three hundred foremen there to supervise their work. 17 The king commanded, and they cut out large stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with worked stone. 18 And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders and the Giblites cut out and prepared the timber and the stones to build the house.