2:2 And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and a six hundred to oversee them.
(a) Which is to be understood of all sorts of
officers and overseers: for else the chief officers were but 3300 as in (1 Kings
But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens
cannot contain him? who [am] I then, that I should build him an house, save only
to burn b sacrifice before him?
(b) That is, to do the service which he has
commanded, signifying that no one is able to honour and serve God in the
perfection his majesty deserves.
2:8 Send me also cedar
trees, fir trees, and c algum trees, out
of Lebanon: for I know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon;
and, behold, my servants [shall be] with thy servants,
(c) Some take it for Brazil, or the wood called
Ebenum, others for coral.
2:10 And, behold, I
will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut timber, twenty thousand measures
of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand measures of barley, and twenty thousand
baths of wine, and twenty d thousand
baths of oil.
(d) Of "bath" read (1 Kings
7:26). It is also called ephah, but an ephah measures dry things as a bath
is a measure for liquids.
2:12 Huram said moreover,
Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given
to David the king a e wise son, endued
with prudence and understanding, that might build an house for the LORD, and an
house for his kingdom.
(e) The very heavens confessed that it was a
singular gift of God when he gave to any nation a king that was wise and of
understanding, though it appears that this Hiram had the true knowledge of
2:14 The son of a
woman of the f daughters of Dan, and his
father [was] a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in
iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in
crimson; also to grave any manner of graving, and to find out every device which
shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my lord
David thy father.
(f) It is also written that she was of the tribe
of Naphtali, (1 Kings
7:14) which may be understood that by reason of the confusion of tribes
which then began to be, they married in various tribes so that by her father she
might be of Dan and by her mother of Naphtali.