1Solomon was overlord of al the kingdoms from the River to the territory of the Philistines and theEgyptian border. They brought tribute and served him al his life long. 2The daily provisions for Solomon were: thirty measures of fine flour and sixty measures of meal, 3ten fattened oxen, twenty free-grazing oxen, one hundred sheep, besides deer and gazelles, roebucksand fattened poultry. 4For he was master of al Transeuphrates -- of all the kings of Transeuphrates from Tiphsah to Gaza --and he enjoyed peace on al his frontiers. 5Judah and Israel lived in security, everyone under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan to Beersheba,throughout the lifetime of Solomon. 6And Solomon had four thousand stal s of horses for his chariots and twelve thousand cavalrymen. 7These administrators provided the food for Solomon and for al those who were admitted by him to theroyal table, each for the period of a month; they ensured that nothing was wanting. 8They also provided the barley and straw for the horses and draught animals, where required, eachaccording to the quota demanded of him. 9God gave Solomon immense wisdom and understanding, and a heart as vast as the sand on the sea-shore. 10The wisdom of Solomon surpassed the wisdom of al the sons of the East and al the wisdom of Egypt. 11He was wiser than anyone else, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, than the sons of Mahol, Heman, Calcoland Darda; his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. 12He composed three thousand proverbs, and his songs numbered a thousand and five. 13He could discourse on plants from the cedar in Lebanon to the hyssop growing on the wal ; and hecould discourse on animals and birds and reptiles and fish. 14Men from al nations came to hear Solomon's wisdom, and he received gifts from al the kings in theworld, who had heard of his wisdom. 15Hiram king of Tyre sent an embassy to Solomon, having learnt that he had been anointed king insuccession to his father and because Hiram had always been a friend of David. 16And Solomon sent this message to Hiram, 17'You are aware that my father David was unable to build a temple for the name of Yahweh his God, onaccount of the wars waged on him from every side, until Yahweh put his enemies under the soles of his feet. 18But now Yahweh my God has given me peace on every side: not one enemy, no calamities. 19I propose, then, to build a temple for the name of Yahweh my God, in accordance with what Yahwehtold my father David, "Your son whom I shall place on your throne to succeed you wil be the man to build atemple for my name." 20So now have cedars of Lebanon cut down for me; my servants wil work with your servants, and I shallpay for the hire of your servants at whatever rate you fix. As you know, we have no one as skil ed in felling treesas the Sidonians.' 21When Hiram heard what Solomon had said, he was delighted. 'Now blessed be Yahweh,' he said, 'whohas given David a wise son to rule over this great people!' 22And Hiram sent word to Solomon, 'I have received your message. For my part, I shall supply you withal you require in the way of cedar wood and juniper. 23Your servants wil bring these down from Lebanon to the sea, and I shal have them towed by sea toany place you name; I shal discharge them there, and you wil take them over. For your part, you wil see to theprovisioning of my household as I desire.' 24So Hiram provided Solomon with al the cedar wood and juniper he wanted 25while Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand kor of wheat to feed his household, and twenty thousandkor of pure oil. Solomon gave Hiram this every year. 26Yahweh gave Solomon wisdom as he had promised him; good relations persisted between Solomonand Hiram, and the two of them concluded a treaty. 27King Solomon raised a levy throughout Israel for forced labour: the levy numbered thirty thousand men. 28He sent these to Lebanon in relays, ten thousand a month; they spent one month in Lebanon and twomonths at home. Adoram was in charge of the forced labour. 29Solomon also had seventy thousand porters and eighty thousand quarrymen in the mountains, 30as wel as the administrators, officials who supervised the work, three thousand three hundred of themin charge of the men employed in the work. 31At the king's orders they quarried huge stones, special stones for the laying of the temple foundations,dressed stones. 32Solomon's workmen and Hiram's workmen and the Giblites cut and assembled the wood and stone forthe building of the Temple.
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