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6 Now therefore command thou

that they hew me cedar trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants; and I will give thee hire for thy servants according to all that thou shalt say: for thou knowest that there is not among us any that can

skill to hew timber like unto the 7 Zidonians.

And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the LORD this day, which hath given unto

David a wise son over this great 8 people. And Hiram sent to So

lomon, saying, I have heard the message which thou hast sent unto me: I will do all thy desire

concerning timber of cedar, and 9 concerning timber of 'fir. My

servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea; and I will make them into rafts to go by sea unto the place that thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be broken up there, and thou shalt receive them: and thou shalt accomplish my desire,

in giving food for my household. 10 So Hiram gave Solomon timber

of cedar and timber of fir acIl cording to all his desire. And

Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat for food to his household, and twenty measures of Spure oil: thus gave

Solomon to Hiram year by year. V12 And the LORD gave Solomon

cunning men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom

David my father did provide. 8 Send me also cedar trees, 'fir

trees, and 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 ser9 vants, even to prepare me tim

ber in abundance: for the house

which I am about to build shall 10 be wonderful great. And, be

hold, 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. I Then Huram the king of Tyre

answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon, Because the

LORD loveth his people, he hath 12 made thee king over them. Hu

ram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD, 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 13 And king Solomon raised a

wisdom, as he promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together.

build an house for the LORD, and 13 an house for his kingdom. And

now I have sent a cunning man,

endued with understanding, of 14 Huram my father's, the 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 de-
vise any device: that there may

i Or, cypress
2 Or, carry them away
3 Heb. Hirom, and in ver. 18.
4 Heb. cor.
5 Or, beaten

i Or, cypress
2 Heb. cors.

3 Or, even Huram my father See ch. iv. 16.

4 See 1 Kings vii. 14.

levy out of all Israel; and the

levy was thirty thousand men. 14 And he sent them to Lebanon,

ten thousand a month by courses: a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home: and

Adoniram was over the levy. 15 And Solomon had threescore and

ten thousand that bare burdens,

and fourscore thousand that were 16 hewers in the mountains; besides

Solomon's chief officers that were over the work, three thousand and three hundred, which bare

rule over the people that wrought 17 in the work. And the king com

manded, and they 'hewed out great stones, costly stones, to lay

be a place appointed unto him with thy cunning men, and with

the cunning men of my lord 15 David thy father. Now there

fore the wheat and the barley, the oil and the wine, which my

lord hath spoken of, let him send 16 unto his servants : 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 shalt 17 carry it up to Jerusalem. And So6 And it came to pass in the four

the foundation of the house with 18 wrought stone. And Solomon's

builders and Hiram's builders and the Gebalites did fashion them, and prepared the timber and the stones to build the house.

lomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and

three thousand and six hundred. 18 ? And 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 awork.

i Or, brought away

1 Heb. Japho.
2 See ver. 2.

hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Ziv, which is the second month, that

he 'began to build the house of 2 the LORD. And the house which

king Solomon built for the LORD, the length thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof

twenty cubits, and the height 3 thereof thirty cubits. And the

porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; and ten

cubits was the breadth thereof 4 before the house. And for the

house he made windows of fixed 5 lattice-work. And against the

wall of the house he built stories round about, against the walls of the house round about, both of the temple and of the oracle :

and he made side-chambersround 6 about: the nethermost story was

five cubits broad, and the middle was six cubits broad: and the third was seven cubits broad: for on the outside he made rebatements in the wall of the house round about, that the beams should not

have hold in the walls of the 7 house. And the house, when it

was in building, was built of stone made, ready "at the quarry: and there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in

the house, while it was in build8 ing. The door for the middle side-chamber was in the right

3 Then Solomon began to build

the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David his father, 'which he made ready 'in the place that David had ap

pointed in the threshing-floor of 2 3 Ornan the Jebusite. And he began to build in the second day

of the second month, in the 3 fourth year of his reign. Now

these are the foundations which Solomon laid for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure

was threescore cubits, and the 4 breadth twenty cubits. And the

porch that was before the house, the length of it, according to the breadth of the house, was twenty cubits, and the height an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold.

1 Heb. built.

1 The Sept. and Vulgate have, in the 2 That is, the holy place.

place which David had prepared, in the 3 Or, windows broad within, and narrow threshing-floor &c. without.

2 Heb. in the place of David. 4 That is, the most holy place.

3 In 2 Sam. xxiv. 16, &c., Araunah. 5 Or, when it was brought away.

4 Or, these are the things wherein Solomon 6 The Sept. and Targum have, lowest. was instructed for &c. S. 81



Iside of the house: and they went up by winding stairs into

the middle chambers, and out of 9 the middle into the third. So he

built the house, and finished it;

and he covered the house with 10 beams and planks of cedar. And

he built the stories against all the house, each five cubits high: and they 3rested on the house with timber of trees.

And the word of the LORD 12 came to Solomon, saying, Con

cerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgements, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I establish


word with thee, which I spake unto 13 David thy father. And I will

dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my

people Israel. 14

So Solomon built the house, 15 and finished it. And he built

the walls of the house within with boards of cedar ; 'from the floor of the house unto the walls of the cieling, he covered them on the inside with wood : and he

covered the floor of the house 16 with boards of "fir. And he

built twenty cubits on the hinder part of the house with boards of cedar from the floor unto the 6 walls : he even built them for it

within, for an oracle, even for the 17 most holy place. And the house,

that is, the temple before the 18 oracle, was forty cubits long. And

there was cedar on the house

1 Heb. shoulder.
2 Heb. rows.
3 Or, he fastened the house.

4 Or, both the floor of the house and the walls &c. and so ver. 16.

5 Or, cypress
6 The Sept. has, beams.

within, carved with 'knops and

open flowers : all was cedar; 19 there was no stone seen. And

he prepared an oracle in the midst of the house within, to set

there the ark of the covenant of 20 the LORD. And within the oracle

was a space of twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubitsin breadth, and twenty cubits in the height thereof; and he overlaid it with pure gold: 'and he

covered the altar with cedar. 21 So Solomon overlaid the house

within with pure gold : and he drew chains of gold across before

the oracle; and he overlaid it 22 with gold. And the whole house

he overlaid with gold, until all the house was finished : also the whole altar that belonged to the oracle he overlaid with gold.

5 And the greater house he cieled

with 'fir tree, which he overlaid with fine gold, and wrought

thereon palm trees and chains. ó And he garnished the house with

precious stones for beauty : and

the gold was gold of Parvaim. 7 He overlaid also the house, the

beams, the thresholds, and the walls thereof, and the doors there

of, with gold ; and graved cheru8 bim on the walls. And he made

the most holy house; the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house, was twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits : and he overlaid it with

fine gold, amounting to six hun9 dred talents. And the weight of

the nails was fifty shekels of gold.

And he overlaid the upper cham10 bers with gold. And in the most

holy house he made two che

rubim of image work : and they II overlaid them with gold. And

the wings of the cherubim were twenty cubits long : the wing of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house; and the other wing was likewise

five cubits, reaching to the wing 12 of the other cherub. And the

wing of the other cherub was

23 And in the oracle he made two

cherubim of olive wood, each ten 24 cubits high. And five cubits was

the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the other wing of the cherub : from the uttermost part of the one wing unto the uttermost

part of the other were ten cubits. 25 And the other cherub was ten

cubits: both the cherubim were

of one measure and one form. 26 The height of the one cherub

i Or, cypress

i Or, gourds

2 Or, he overlaid the altar also, which was of cedar

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