2 Chronicles 2-3 Young’s Literal Translation

Solomon's Agreement with King Huram

2 1  And Solomon saith to build a house for the name of Jehovah, and a house for his kingdom, 2  and Solomon numbereth seventy thousand men bearing burden, and eighty thousand men hewing in the mountain, and overseers over them—three thousand and six hundred. 3  And Solomon sendeth unto Huram king of Tyre, saying, 'When thou hast dealt with David my father, then thou dost send to him cedars to build for him a house to dwell in; 4  lo, I am building a house to the name of Jehovah my God, to sanctify 'it' to Him, to make perfume before Him, perfume of spices, and a continual arrangement, and burnt-offerings at morning and at evening, at sabbaths, and at new moons, and at appointed seasons of Jehovah our God; to the age this 'is' on Israel. 5  'And the house that I am building 'is' great, for greater 'is' our God than all gods; 6  and who doth retain strength to build to Him a house, for the heavens, even the heavens of the heavens, do not contain Him? and who 'am' I that I do build to Him a house, except to make perfume before Him? 7  'And now, send to me a wise man to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and knowing to grave gravings with the wise men who 'are' with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father prepared; 8  and send to me cedar-trees, firs, and algums from Lebanon, for I have known that thy servants know to cut down trees of Lebanon, and lo, my servants 'are' with thy servants, 9  even to prepare for me trees in abundance, for the house that I am building 'is' great and wonderful. 10  'And lo, to hewers, to those cutting the trees, I have given beaten wheat to thy servants, cors twenty thousand, and barley, cors twenty thousand, and wine, baths twenty thousand, and oil, baths twenty thousand.'

11  And Huram king of Tyre saith in writing, and sendeth unto Solomon: 'In the love of Jehovah to His people He hath given thee king over them.' 12  And Huram saith, 'Blessed 'is' Jehovah, God of Israel, who made the heavens and the earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, knowing wisdom and understanding, who doth build a house for Jehovah, and a house for his kingdom. 13  'And now, I have sent a wise man having understanding, of Huram my father, 14  (son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father a man of Tyre), knowing to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stones, and in wood, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson, and to grave any graving, and to devise any device that is given to him, with thy wise men, and the wise men of my lord David thy father. 15  'And, now, the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine, as my lord said, let him send to his servants, 16  and we—we cut trees out of Lebanon, according to all thy need, and bring them in to thee—floats by sea, to Joppa, and thou dost take them up to Jerusalem.' 17  And Solomon numbereth all the men, the sojourners who 'are' in the land of Israel, after the numbering with which David his father numbered them, and they are found a hundred and fifty thousand, and three thousand, and six hundred; 18  and he maketh of them seventy thousand burden-bearers, and eighty thousand hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers, to cause the people to work.

Solomon Builds the House of the LORD

3 1  And Solomon beginneth to build the house of Jehovah, in Jerusalem, in the mount of Moriah, where He appeared to David his father, in the place that David had prepared, in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, 2  and he beginneth to build in the second 'day', in the second month, in the fourth year of his reign. 3  And 'in' these hath Solomon been instructed to build the house of God: The length 'in' cubits by the former measure 'is' sixty cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits. 4  As to the porch that 'is' on the front, the length 'is' by the front of the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height a hundred and twenty, and he overlayeth it within with pure gold. 5  And the large house he hath covered with fir-trees, and he doth cover it with good gold, and causeth to ascend on it palms and chains, 6  and he overlayeth the house with precious stone for beauty, and the gold 'is' gold of Parvaim, 7  and he covereth the house, the beams, the thresholds, and its walls, and its doors, with gold, and hath graved cherubs on the walls. 8  And he maketh the most holy house: its length 'is' by the front of the breadth of the house twenty cubits, and its breadth twenty cubits, and he covereth it with good gold, to six hundred talents; 9  and the weight of the nails 'is' fifty shekels of gold, and the upper chambers he hath covered with gold.

10  And he maketh in the most holy house two cherubs, image work, and he overlayeth them with gold; 11  as to the wings of the cherubs, their length 'is' twenty cubits, the wing of the one 'is' five cubits, touching the wall of the house, and the other wing 'is' five cubits, touching the wing of the other cherub. 12  And the wing of the other cherub 'is' five cubits touching the wall of the house, and the other wing 'is' five cubits, adhering to the wing of the other cherub. 13  The wings of these cherubs are spreading forth twenty cubits, and they are standing on their feet and their faces 'are' inward. 14  And he maketh the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and causeth cherubs to go up on it.

The Two Pillars

15  And he maketh at the front of the house two pillars, thirty and five cubits in length, and the ornament that 'is' on their heads five cubits. 16  And he maketh chains in the oracle, and putteth on the heads of the pillars, and maketh a hundred pomegranates, and putteth on the chains. 17  And he raiseth up the pillars on the front of the temple, one on the right, and one on the left, and calleth the name of that on the right Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.

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