2 Chronicles 2
2 1Now Solomon purposed to build a house for the name of Jehovah, and
a house for his kingdom.
2And Solomon counted out threescore and ten
thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand men that were hewers in
the mountains, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.
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 therein,
even so deal with me.
4Behold, I am about to build a house for
the name of Jehovah my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him
incense of sweet spices, and for the continual showbread, and for the
burnt-offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons,
and on the set feasts of Jehovah our God. This is an ordinance for
ever to Israel.
5And the house which I build is great; for great is our
God above all gods.
6But who is able to build him a house, seeing heaven
and the heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should
build him a house, save only to burn incense before him?
send me a man skilful to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in
iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that knoweth how to grave
all manner of gravings, to be with the skilful men that are
with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did provide.
8Send me also cedar-trees, fir-trees, and algum-trees, out of Lebanon;
for I know that thy servants know how to cut timber in Lebanon: and, behold,
my servants shall be with thy servants,
9even to prepare me timber in
abundance; for the house which I am about to build shall be great and
10And, 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.
11Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he
sent to Solomon, Because Jehovah loveth his people, he hath made thee king
12Huram said moreover, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel,
that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son,
endued with discretion and understanding, that should build a house for
Jehovah, and a house for his kingdom.
13And now I have sent a skilful
man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father's,
14the 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 devise any device; that there may be a place
appointed unto him with thy skilful men, and with the skilful men of my lord
David thy father.
15Now therefore the wheat and the barley, the oil and
the wine, which my lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants:
16and 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 shalt carry it up
17And Solomon numbered all the sojourners that were in the
land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered
them; and they were found a hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and
18And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to bear
burdens, and fourscore thousand that were hewers in the mountains, and three
thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people at work.