2 Chronicles 2:1-18, NLT
2 Chronicles 2
Preparations for Building the Temple
1*2:1 Verse 2:1 is numbered 1:18 in Hebrew text.Solomon decided to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord, and also a royal palace for himself.
3Solomon also sent this message to King Hiram*2:3 Hebrew Huram, a variant spelling of Hiram; also in 2:11. at Tyre:
“Send me cedar logs as you did for my father, David, when he was building his palace.
5“This must be a magnificent Temple because our God is greater than all other gods.
7“So send me a master craftsman who can work with gold, silver, bronze, and iron, as well as with purple, scarlet, and blue cloth. He must be a skilled engraver who can work with the craftsmen of Judah and Jerusalem who were selected by my father, David.
8“Also send me cedar, cypress, and red sandalwood*2:8 Or juniper; Hebrew reads algum, perhaps a variant spelling of almug; compare 9:10-11 and parallel text at 1 Kgs 10:11-12. logs from Lebanon, for I know that your men are without equal at cutting timber in Lebanon. I will send my men to help them.
11King Hiram sent this letter of reply to Solomon:
“It is because the Lord loves his people that he has made you their king!
13“I am sending you a master craftsman named Huram-abi, who is extremely talented.
15“Send along the wheat, barley, olive oil, and wine that my lord has mentioned.
17Solomon took a census of all foreigners in the land of Israel, like the census his father had taken, and he counted 153,600.