1 Kings 5 ©
Hiram sendeth to congratulate Solomon, who acquainteth him with his design of building the temple, and desireth him to furnish timber for that purpose. Hiram blesseth God for Solomon's wisdom, and promiseth the timber, requesting food for his household in return. The mutual services and good correspondence between Hiram and Solomon. The number of workmen and labourers employed in preparing materials for the building.
And bSolomon sent to Hiram, saying,
Now therefore command thou that they hew me gcedar trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and unto thee will hI give hire for thy servants according to all that thou shalt 3appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among us any that can *skill to *hew timber like unto the iSidonians.
My servants shall bring them down from lLebanon unto the sea: and I will convey them by sea in *floats unto the place that thou shalt 5appoint me, and will cause them to be discharged there, and thou shalt receive them : and thou shalt accomplish my desire, in mgiving food for my household.
So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees according to all his desire.
And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand 6measures of wheat for food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil: thus gave Solomon to Hiram year by year.
¶And king Solomon raised a 7levy out of all Israel; and the levy was pthirty thousand men.
And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month by courses: a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home: and qAdoniram was over the levy.
And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did *hew them, and the 8stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the house.