NASB — 2 Chronicles 2 — KJV

Solomon Will Build a Temple and Palace

1 IaNow Solomon IIdecided to build a house for the name of the LORD and a IIIroyal palace for himself. 2 ISo aSolomon IIassigned 70,000 men to carry loads and 80,000 men to quarry [stone] in the mountains and 3,600 to supervise them.

[1] ICh 1:18 in Heb IILit said IIILit house for his royalty a1K 5:5
[2] ICh 2:1 in Heb IILit numbered a1K 5:15, 16; 2Ch 2:18

3aThen Solomon sent [word] to IHuram the king of Tyre, saying, “bAs you dealt with David my father and sent him cedars to build him a house to dwell in, so do for me. 4 Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, dedicating it to Him, ato burn fragrant incense before Him and [to set out] bthe showbread continually, and to offer cburnt offerings morning and evening, don sabbaths and on new moons and on the appointed feasts of the LORD our God, this [being required] forever in Israel. 5 The house which I am about to build [will be] great, for agreater is our God than all the gods. 6 But awho is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to Iburn [incense] before Him? 7 Now asend me a skilled man to work in gold, silver, brass and iron, and in purple, crimson and violet [fabrics], and who knows how to make engravings, to [work] with the skilled men Ibwhom I have in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father provided. 8 aSend me also cedar, cypress and algum timber from Lebanon, for I know that your servants know how to cut timber of Lebanon; and indeed bmy servants [will work] with your servants, 9 to prepare timber in abundance for me, for the house which I am about to build [will be] great and wonderful. 10 Now behold, aI will give to your servants, the woodsmen who cut the timber, 20,000 Ikors of crushed wheat and 20,000 Ikors of barley, and 20,000 baths of wine and 20,000 baths of oil.”

[3] IIn 1K 5:18, Hiram a1K 5:2-11 b1Ch 14:1
[4] aEx 30:7 bEx 25:30 cEx 29:38-42 dNu 28:9, 10
[5] aEx 15:11; 1Ch 16:25
[6] ILit offer up in smoke a1K 8:27; 2Ch 6:18
[7] ILit who are with me aEx 31:3-5; 2Ch 2:13, 14 b1Ch 22:15
[8] a1K 5:6 b2Ch 9:10, 11
[10] II.e. One kor equals approx 10 bu a1K 5:11

Huram to Assist

11 ¶ Then Huram, king of Tyre, Ianswered in a letter sent to Solomon: “aBecause the LORD loves His people, He has made you king over them.” 12 Then Huram Icontinued, “Blessed be athe LORD, the God of Israel, who has made heaven and earth, who has given King David a wise son, IIendowed with discretion and understanding, bwho will build a house for the LORD and a IIIroyal palace for himself.

[11] ILit said...and he sent a1K 10:9; 2Ch 9:8
[12] ILit said IILit knowing discretion IIILit house for his royalty aPs 33:6; 102:25 b2Ch 2:1

13 ¶ “Now I am sending Huram-abi, a skilled man, Iendowed with understanding, 14 athe son of a IDanite woman and IIa Tyrian father, who knows how to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone and wood, [and] in purple, violet, linen and crimson fabrics, and [who knows how] to make all kinds of engravings and to IIIexecute any design which may be assigned to him, [to work] with your skilled men and with IVthose of my lord David your father. 15 Now then, let my lord send to his servants wheat and barley, oil and wine, of awhich he has spoken. 16 aWe will cut whatever timber you need from Lebanon and bring it to you on rafts by sea to Joppa, so that you may carry it up to Jerusalem.”

[13] ILit knowing understanding
[14] ILit a woman of the daughters of Dan IILit whose father is a Tyrian man IIILit devise any device IVLit skilled men a1K 7:14
[15] a2Ch 2:10
[16] a1K 5:8, 9

17 ¶ Solomon numbered all the aliens who [were] in the land of Israel, afollowing the Icensus which his father David had IItaken; and 153,600 were found. 18 aHe appointed 70,000 of them to carry loads and 80,000 to quarry [stones] in the mountains and 3,600 supervisors to make the people work.

[17] ILit numbering IILit numbered of them a1Ch 22:2
[18] a2Ch 2:2


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Solomon's labourers for the building of the Temple.

1 ¶ And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom. 2 And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.

[1] Dt 12:5, 11; 28:58; 1K 5:5; 7:1; 8:18, 20; 9:1; 1Ch 22:10; Mt 6:9.
[2] 1K 5:15; 2Ch 2:18.

His embassage to Huram for workmen and provision of stuff.

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 an house to dwell therein, [even so deal with me]. 4 Behold, I build an 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 shewbread, 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. 5 And the house which I build [is] great: for great [is] our God above all gods. 6 But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who [am] I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him? 7 Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill to grave with the 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 servants, 9 Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I am about to build [shall be] wonderful great. 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.

[3] 2S 5:11; 1K 5:1; 1Ch 14:1.
[4] Ex 25:30; 29:38; 30:7; Lv 23:1; 24:5; Nu 28:1, 3, 9; 1K 8:18, 63; 2Ch 2:1.
[5] Ex 15:11; 1K 9:8; 1Ch 16:25; 29:1; 2Ch 2:9; Ps 86:8; 135:5; 145:3; Jr 10:6; Ezk 7:20; 1Ti 6:15.
[6] Ex 3:11; Dt 12:5, 11, 14, 26; 2S 7:18; 1K 8:27; 1Ch 29:14; 2Ch 1:10; 6:18; Is 66:1; Ac 7:48; 2Co 2:16; Ep 3:8.
[7] Ex 31:3; 1K 7:14; 1Ch 22:15; Is 28:26, 29; 60:10.
[8] 1K 5:6; 10:11.
[9] 1K 9:8; 2Ch 2:5; 7:21.
[10] 1K 5:11; 7:26, 38; Ezr 7:22; Lk 10:7; Ro 13:7.

Huram sendeth him a kind answer.

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. 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 might build an house for the LORD, and an house for his kingdom. 13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father's, 14 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 find out every device which shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my lord David thy father. 15 Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine, which my lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants: 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 shalt carry it up to Jerusalem.

[11] Dt 7:7; 1K 10:9; 2Ch 9:8; Ps 72:17.
[12] Gn 1:1; 1K 5:7; 1Ch 29:20; 2Ch 1:10; 2:1; Ps 33:6; 72:18; 102:5; 124:8; 136:5; 146:5; Jr 10:10; Lk 1:68; Ac 4:24; 14:15; Col 1:16; 1P 1:3; Rv 4:11; 10:6.
[13] 2Ch 4:16.
[14] Ex 31:3; 1K 7:13; 2Ch 2:7.
[15] 1K 5:11; 2Ch 2:10.
[16] Jsh 19:46; 1K 5:8; Ezr 3:7; Jn 1:3; Ac 9:36; 10:32.

Solomon's labourers for the building of the Temple.

17 ¶ And Solomon 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 be] bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand [to be] hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people a work.

[17] 1K 5:13; 9:20; 1Ch 22:2; 2Ch 2:2; 8:7.
[18] 2Ch 2:2.


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