2 Chronicles 2-3 New American Standard Bible

Solomon's Agreement with King Huram

2 Now Solomon decided to build a house for the name of the Lord and a royal palace for himself. 2  So Solomon assigned 70,000 e men to carry loads and 80,000 e men to quarry stone in the mountains and 3,600 e e to supervise them. 3  Then Solomon sent word to Huram the king of Tyre , saying , " As 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, to burn fragrant incense before Him and to set out the showbread continually , and to offer burnt offerings morning and evening , on 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 greater is our God than all the gods . 6  "But who 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 e to burn incense before Him? 7  "Now send 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 whom I have in Judah and Jerusalem , whom David my father provided . 8  " Send me also cedar , cypress and algum timber from Lebanon , for I know that your servants know how to cut timber of Lebanon ; and indeed my 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 , I will give to your servants , the woodsmen who cut the timber , 20,000 e kors of crushed wheat and 20,000 e kors of barley , and 20,000 e baths of wine and 20,000 e baths of oil ."

11  Then Huram , king of Tyre , answered in a letter sent to Solomon : " Because the Lord loves His people , He has made you king over them." 12  Then Huram continued , "Blessed be the Lord , the God of Israel , who has made heaven and earth , who has given King David a wise son , endowed with discretion and understanding , who will build a house for the Lord and a royal palace for himself. 13  "Now I am sending Huram-abi e , a skilled man , endowed with understanding , 14  the son of a Danite e woman and a 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 execute any design which may be assigned to him, to work with your skilled men and with those of my lord David your father . 15  "Now then, let my lord send to his servants wheat and barley , oil and wine , of which he has spoken . 16  " We 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 ." 17  Solomon numbered all the aliens who were in the land of Israel , following the census which his father David had taken ; and 153,600 e e e e e were found . 18  He appointed 70,000 e of them to carry loads and 80,000 e to quarry stones in the mountains and 3,600 e e supervisors to make the people work .

Solomon Builds the House of the LORD

3 Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah , where the Lord had appeared to his father David , at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite . 2  He began to build on the second day in the second month of the fourth year of his reign . 3  Now these are the foundations which Solomon laid for building the house of God . The length in cubits , according to the old standard was sixty cubits , and the width twenty cubits . 4  The porch which was in front of the house was as long as the width of the house , twenty cubits , and the height 120 e ; and inside e he overlaid it with pure gold . 5  He overlaid the main room with cypress wood and overlaid it with fine gold , and ornamented e it with palm trees and chains . 6  Further, he adorned the house with precious stones ; and the gold was gold from Parvaim . 7  He also overlaid the house with gold -the beams , the thresholds and its walls and its doors ; and he carved cherubim on the walls . 8  Now he made the room of the holy of holies : its length across e the width of the house was twenty cubits , and its width was twenty cubits ; and he overlaid it with fine gold , amounting to 600 e talents . 9  The weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold . He also overlaid the upper rooms with gold .

10  Then he made two sculptured e cherubim in the room of the holy of holies and overlaid them with gold . 11  The wingspan of the cherubim was twenty cubits ; the wing of one , of five cubits , touched the wall of the house , and its other wing , of five cubits , touched the wing of the other cherub . 12  The wing of the other cherub , of five cubits , touched the wall of the house ; and its other wing of five cubits was attached to the wing of the first cherub . 13  The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits , and they stood on their feet facing the main room . 14  He made the veil of violet , purple , crimson and fine linen , and he worked cherubim on it.

The Two Pillars

15  He also made two pillars for the front of the house , thirty-five e cubits high , and the capital on the top of each was five cubits . 16  He made chains in the inner sanctuary and placed them on the tops of the pillars ; and he made one hundred pomegranates and placed them on the chains . 17  He erected the pillars in front of the temple , one on the right and the other on the left , and named e the one on the right Jachin and the one on the left Boaz .

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