1Now Solomon purposed to build a house for the name of Yahweh and a house for his kingdom.
2Solomon counted out 70,000 men to carry burdens and 80,000 men who were stone cutters in the mountains, and 3,600 to oversee them.
“As you dealt with David my father and sent him cedars to build him a house in which to dwell, so deal with me.
4Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of Yahweh my God, to dedicate it to him and to turn incense of sweet spices into smoke-perfume before him, and for the regular Bread of the Presence and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths and on the new moons and on the set feasts of Yahweh our God. This is an ordinance forever to Israel.
5The house that I build is great; for our God is great above all gods.
6But who is able to build him a house, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain him? Who am I then, that I should build him a house, except just to turn incense into smoke-perfume before him?
7Now therefore send me a man skillful to work in gold, and in silver, and in bronze, and in iron, and in purple and crimson and blue, and who knows how to engrave engravings, to be with the skillful men who are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem whom David my father provided.
8Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees out of Lebanon, for I know that your servants know how to cut timber in Lebanon: and behold, my servants will be with your servants,
9even to prepare me timber in abundance; for the house that I am about to build will be great and wonderful.
10Behold, I will give to your servants, the cutters who cut timber, 20,000 measures of beaten wheat and 20,000 measures of barley, and 20,000 baths of wine, and 20,000 baths of oil.”
“Because Yahweh loves his people, he has made you king over them.”
Solomon’s Work Force
“Blessed be Yahweh the God of Israel that made heaven and earth, who has given to David the king a wise son, endowed with discretion and understanding, that should build a house for Yahweh and a house for his kingdom.
13Now I have sent a skillful man, endowed 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, skillful to work in gold and in silver, in bronze, in iron, in stone and in timber, in purple, in blue and in fine linen and in crimson, also to engrave any kind of engraving and to devise any device, that there may be a place appointed to him with your skillful men and with the skillful men of my lord David your father.
15Now therefore the wheat and the barley, the oil and the wine that my lord has spoken of, let him send to his servants:
16and we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as you will need, and we will bring it to you in floats by sea to Joppa; and you can carry it up to Jerusalem.”
17Solomon numbered all the foreigners who were in the land of Israel according to the numbering with which David his father had numbered them, and they were found 153,600.
18He set 70,000 of them to carry burdens and 80,000 who were stone cutters in the mountains, and 3,600 overseers to set the people at work.