2 Chronicles 2
1 And Solomon determined to build a house for the name of Jehovah, and a royal house
2 Solomon numbered seventy thousand men to bear burdens, eighty thousand to quarry
stone in the mountains, and three thousand six hundred to oversee them.
3 And Solomon sent to Huram king of Tyre, saying: As you have dealt with David my
father, and sent him cedars to build himself a house to dwell in,
4 behold, I am building a house for the name of Jehovah my God, to consecrate it to Him,
to burn before Him spiced incense, for the continual Bread in Rows, for the burnt
offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths, on the new moons, and on the set feasts
of Jehovah our God, continually in Israel;
5 and the house which I am building will be great, for our God is greater than all gods;
6 but who is able to build Him a house, since the heavens and the Heaven of heavens
cannot contain Him? Who am I then, that I should build Him a house, except to burn
sacrifices with smoke before Him?
7 Therefore now, send me a skilled man to work in gold and silver, in bronze and iron, in
purple and crimson and violet, who has skill to engrave carvings with the wise men who are
with me in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father has provided.
8 Also send me cedar, cypress and algum from Lebanon, for I know that your servants
know how to cut timber in Lebanon; and behold my servants will be with your servants,
9 to prepare timber for me in abundance, for the house which I am building shall be great
10 And behold, I will give to your servants, the cutters who are cutting timber, twenty
thousand kors of ground wheat, twenty thousand kors of barley, twenty thousand baths of
wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.
11 And Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon:
Because of Jehovah's love for His people, He has appointed you king over them.
12 Huram also said: Blessed is Jehovah the God of Israel, who has made the heavens and
earth, for He has given King David a wise son, endowed with prudence and understanding,
who will build a house for Jehovah and a royal house for himself.
13 And now I have sent a skillful man, having knowledge and understanding, Huram-abi,
14 (the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father, a man of Tyre), knowing
how to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, purple and violet, fine
linen and crimson, and to make any engraving and to accomplish any plan which may be
given to him, with your craftsmen and with the craftsmen of my lord David your father.
15 Now therefore, the wheat, the barley, the oil, and the wine of which my lord has
spoken, let him send to his servants.
16 And we will cut timber from Lebanon, as much as you need; we will bring it to you in
rafts by sea to Joppa, and you will carry it up to Jerusalem.
17 And Solomon numbered all the foreign men who were in the land of Israel, after the
census in which David his father had numbered them; and there were found to be one
hundred and fifty-three thousand six hundred.
18 And he made seventy thousand of them bearers of burdens, eighty thousand
stonecutters in the mountain, and three thousand six hundred overseers to make the people