1 Solomon ordered that his men should build

               A temple in God’s honor, as well as

               A royal palace for himself. 2 The king

Had workers (seventy thousand) and stone-

               Cutters (with eighty thousand) in the hills,

               Plus three thousand six hundred supervisors.

3 Solomon sent a message to King Huram

               Of Tyre: “Help me as you did with my father

               David, when you sent him some cedar logs

To build his palace. 4 Look, I’m ready to

               Construct a temple to give honor to

               The Lord my God and dedicate it to

Him to burn fragrant incense in front of

               Him, to set out the bread that is displayed

               And offer up burnt sacrifices each

Morning and evening, and on Sabbaths, new

               Moon festivals, and other times the Lord

               Our God appoints. This ritual is something

Israel must do permanently. 5 I’ll

               Build a great temple, for our God is greater

               Than all gods. 6 Of course, who can really build

A temple for him, since the sky as well

               As highest heavens can’t contain him? And

               Who am I that I should build him a temple!

Which will be where we offer sacrifices

               Before him. 7 Now send me a man who’s skilled

               To work with gold and silver, bronze and iron,

As well as colored fabrics: purple, crimson,

               And violet, and who knows how to engrave,

               And he will work with my skilled craftsmen here

Inside Jerusalem and Judah, whom

               My father David has provided. 8 Send

               Me cedars, evergreens, and algum trees

From Lebanon, for I know that your servants

               Are skilled at felling trees in Lebanon.

               My servants will cooperate with yours

9 To furnish me large quantities of timber,

               For I am building a magnificent

               Temple. 10 Look, I will pay your servants who

Cut timber twenty thousand cors of ground

               Wheat, twenty thousand cors of barley, one

               Hundred and twenty thousand  gallons of

Wine, and one hundred twenty thousand gallons

               Of olive oil.” 11 King Huram out of Tyre

               Sent Solomon this letter: “As the Lord

So loves his people, he’s made you their king.”

               12 Huram said, “Praiseworthy is the Lord God

               Of Israel, who made the sky and earth!

He has provided David a wise son

               Who has discernment and perception and

               Will build a temple for the Lord, and for

Himself, a  royal palace. 13 Now I am

               Sending you Huram Abi, who’s a skilled,

               Capable man, 14 whose mother is a Danite,

Whose father is a Tyrian, and he

               Knows how to work with gold and silver, bronze,

               Iron and stones and wood, as well as purple,

White, violet, and crimson fabrics. He

               Knows how to do engraving of all kinds

               And understands designs that he receives.

He’ll work with your skilled craftsmen as well as

               Skilled craftsmen of your father, my lord David.

               15 Now let my lord send to his servants wheat

And barley, olive oil, and wine that he

               Has promised; 16 we will get the timber that

               You need from Lebanon and bring it in

Some raft-like bundles by the sea to Joppa.

               You can then haul it to Jerusalem.”

               17 Solomon took a census of the male

Resident foreigners in Israel,

               After the census that his father David

               Had taken. And in all there were one hundred

Fifty-three thousand and six hundred. 18 He

               Assigned as common workers seventy

               Thousand; and eighty thousand in the hills

As stonecutters, and as the supervisors

               Three thousand and six hundred men to check

That laborers completed work correctly.