And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an
house for his kingdom.
2:2And Solomon told out
threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand to
hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.
(2:2) "Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens,
and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them."
Solomon enlists a huge workforce (over 150,000
men) to construct a small chapel. (See 1 Kings 6:2
where the dimensions of the building are given as approximately 90 feet long, 30
feet wide, and 45 feet high.)
And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou didst deal
with David my father, and didst send him cedars to build him an house to
dwell therein, even so deal with me.
Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to
him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread,
and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the
new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an
ordinance for ever to Israel.
And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.
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 sacrifice before him?
Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in
brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill
to grave with the cunning men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem,
whom David my father did provide.
Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and 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,
Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I am about to
build shall be wonderful great.
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 thousand baths of oil.
(2:10) "Twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand measures of
barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil" What did Solomon give to Huram?
Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon,
Because the LORD hath loved his people, he hath made thee king over them.
Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that made heaven
and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence
and understanding, that might build an house for the LORD, and an house for
And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my
2:14The son of a woman of
the 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.
Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine, which my
lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants:
And we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt need: and we
will bring it to thee in floats by sea to Joppa; and thou shalt carry it up
2:17And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel,
after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and they
were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred.
(2:17) "And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel,
after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them." (And God didn't seem to mind.) Is it OK to take a census?
And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens,
and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and
six hundred overseers to set the people a work.