2:1 And Solomon determined to build a house for the name of the
LORD, and a house for his kingdom.
2:2 And Solomon numbered out seventy thousand men to bear
burdens, and eighty thousand to hew in the mountain, and three
thousand and six hundred to oversee them.
2:3 And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou
didst deal with David my father, and didst send him cedars to
build him a house to dwell in it, [even so deal with me].
2:4 Behold, I build a house to the name of the LORD my God, to
dedicate [it] to him, [and] to burn before him sweet incense,
and for the continual show-bread, and for the 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.
2:5 And the house which I build [is] great: for great [is] our
God above all gods.
2:6 But who 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
2:7 Send me now therefore a man skillful to work in gold, and in
silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson,
and blue, and that hath skill to grave with the skillful men
that [are] with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my
2:8 Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees out of
Lebanon: for I know that thy servants have skill to cut timber
in Lebanon; and behold, my servants [shall be] with thy
2:9 Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which
I am about to build [shall be] wonderfully great.
2:10 And 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.
2:11 Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he
sent to Solomon, Because the LORD hath loved his people, he
hath made thee king over them.
2:12 Huram said moreover, Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel,
that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a
wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that may
build a house for the LORD, and a house for his kingdom.
2:13 And now I have sent a skillful man, endued with
understanding, of Huram my father's,
2:14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father
[was] a man of Tyre, skillful 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 engrave any manner
of engraving, and to find out every device which shall be put
to him, with thy skillful men, and with the skillful men of my
lord David thy father.
2:15 Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the
wine which my lord hath spoken of, let him send to his
2:16 And we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt
need: and we will bring it to thee in floats by sea to Joppa;
and thou mayest convey it to Jerusalem.
2:17 And Solomon numbered all the strangers that [were] in the
land of Israel, after the numbering with which David his father
had numbered them; and they were found a hundred and fifty
thousand and three thousand and six hundred.
2:18 And he set seventy thousand of them [to be] bearers of
burdens, and eighty thousand [to be] hewers in the mountain,
and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people