5:4 But now the LORD my God hath given me a rest on every side, [so that there is] neither adversary nor evil occurrent.
(a) He declares that he was bound to set forth
God's glory for as much as the Lord had sent him rest and peace.
5:6 Now therefore
command thou that they hew me cedar trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall
be with thy servants: and unto thee will I give b
hire for thy servants according to all that thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest
that [there is] not among us any that can skill to hew timber like unto the
(b) This was his equity, that he would not
receive a benefit without some recompence.
5:7 And it came to pass, when c
Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed
[be] the LORD this day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great
(c) In Hiram is prefigured the calling of the
Gentiles who would help build the spiritual temple.
5:9 My servants shall
bring [them] down from Lebanon unto the sea: and I will convey them by sea in
floats unto the place that thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be
discharged there, and thou shalt receive [them]: and thou shalt accomplish my
desire, in giving food for d my
(d) While my servants are occupied with your
And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and there was peace
between Hiram and Solomon; and they e
two made a league together.
(e) Concerning the furniture of wood.
And Solomon's builders and Hiram's f
builders did hew [them], and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and
stones to build the house.
(f) The Hebrew word is Giblim, which some say
were excellent masons.