7 When Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the Lord today, who has given to David a wise son to be over this great people. 8Hiram sent word to Solomon, I have heard the message that you have sent to me; I will fulfil all your needs in the matter of cedar and cypress timber. 9My servants shall bring it down to the sea from the Lebanon; I will make it into rafts to go by sea to the place you indicate. I will have them broken up there for you to take away. And you shall meet my needs by providing food for my household. 10So Hiram supplied Solomons every need for timber of cedar and cypress. 11Solomon in turn gave Hiram twenty thousand cors of wheat as food for his household, and twenty cors of fine oil. Solomon gave this to Hiram year by year. 12So the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him. There was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and the two of them made a treaty.
13 King Solomon conscripted forced labour out of all Israel; the levy numbered thirty thousand men. 14He sent them to the Lebanon, ten thousand a month in shifts; they would be a month in the Lebanon and two months at home; Adoniram was in charge of the forced labour. 15Solomon also had seventy thousand labourers and eighty thousand stonecutters in the hill country, 16besides Solomons three thousand three hundred supervisors who were over the work, having charge of the people who did the work. 17At the kings command, they quarried out great, costly stones in order to lay the foundation of the house with dressed stones. 18So Solomons builders and Hirams builders and the Gebalites did the stonecutting and prepared the timber and the stone to build the house.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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