Old Testament

2 Chronicles 2
Preparations for Building the Temple
21Solomon said that he would build a temple for the Name of the Lord and a palace for his kingdom.[] 2He assigned seventy thousand men to transport materials, eighty thousand to quarry stone in the hills, and thirty-six hundred to supervise them.
Solomon's Letter to Huram
3Solomon sent this message to Huram[] king of Tyre:
Send me cedar as you did for my father David, when you sent him cedar to build a house for himself to live in.
4I am building a house for the Name of the Lord my God, to dedicate it to him for burning fragrant incense before him, for the continual arrangement of bread, for burnt offerings in the morning and evening, for the sabbaths, the new moons, and the appointed festivals of the Lord our God. This is to be a permanent regulation for Israel.
5The house that I am building will be great, because our God is greater than all the gods. 6But who is able to build a house for him? The heavens, even the highest heaven,[] cannot contain him. Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to send incense and sacrifices up in smoke before him?
7Now send me a man who is skillful at working with gold, silver, bronze, and iron, as well as with purple, crimson, and blue material, and who is trained in engraving. He will work with the skilled craftsmen who are with me in Judah and Jerusalem, whom my father David provided.
8Send me cedar, fir, and algum[] timber from Lebanon, because I know that your servants know how to cut timber from Lebanon. Look, my servants will work with your servants 9to prepare lumber for me in abundance because the house which I am building will be great and wonderful.
10To support the lumberjacks who work for you, I have set aside one hundred twenty thousand bushels[] of crushed wheat, and one hundred twenty thousand bushels of barley, one hundred twenty thousand gallons[] of wine, and one hundred twenty thousand gallons of olive oil.
Huram's Reply
11Huram king of Tyre sent a letter to Solomon which said:
Because of the love of the Lord for his people, he has made you king over them.
12Huram also said:
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who made the heavens and the earth. He has given King David a wise son, who has discretion and understanding, who will build a house for the Lord and a house for his kingdom.
13Now I have sent a skilled man who has expertise, Huram Abi, 14the son of a woman from among the daughters of Dan. His father is a man from Tyre. He is skillful at working with gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood, and with purple, blue, and crimson material and fine white linen. He is qualified to do all the engraving and to execute every design which is given to him, together with your craftsmen and the craftsmen of my lord David, your father.
15Now let my lord Solomon send the wheat, barley, oil, and wine that he promised to us, his servants. 16We will cut timber from Lebanon according to all your needs and will ship it to you at Joppa, as rafts upon the sea. You can then transport it up to Jerusalem.
17Solomon took a census of all the male aliens who were residing in the land of Israel, after the census his father David had taken. There were 153,600.
18Out of that number he designated 70,000 to transport materials, 80,000 to quarry stone in the hills, and 3600 overseers to make the people work.


  • 2:1 English chapter 2 starts at Hebrew 1:18. Therefore, in chapter 2 the English verse numbers are all one number higher than the corresponding Hebrew verse numbers.
  • 2:3 Also called Hiram in 1 Kings
  • 2:6 That is, the dwelling of God, which lies beyond the heavens where the birds fly and where the stars run their courses
  • 2:8 Perhaps the same as almug in 1 Kings 10:11, but that wood was from the Red Sea region. If this is a form of sandalwood, it may be from a source along the Mediterranean Sea, on the north coast of Africa.
  • 2:10 Literally twenty thousand cors. The value of the various ancient measures of volume is uncertain.
  • 2:10 Literally twenty thousand baths