2 Chronicles 1
Solomon asks God for wisdom.
Solomon was David's son. The Lord God was with
him and helped him very much. He was a strong king.
 And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in
his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified him
Solomon spoke to all of Israel. He talked to the
army leaders, judges, governors, and leaders of the families.
 Then Solomon spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands
and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every governor in all Israel, the
chief of the fathers.
Solomon and the group of people went to Gibeon.
That is where Moses' tent tabernacle from the wilderness was still located.
 So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high
place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation
of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD had made in the wilderness.
But the Ark was in
Jerusalem. David had brought it from the place named Kirjath-jearim.
He put it in a tent in Jerusalem.
 But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjath-jearim to
the place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it
The brass altar that Bezaleel (his father's name was Uri and his grandfather
was Hur) made was in front of the Lord's tabernacle. Solomon and the
people with him wanted to find it. Solomon went up to the altar. It
was in front of the tabernacle. Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings
on the altar.
 Moreover the brasen altar, that Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son
of Hur, had made, he put before the tabernacle of the LORD: and Solomon and
the congregation sought unto it.
 And Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar before the LORD,
which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand
burnt offerings upon it.
That night, God
appeared to Solomon. God asked Solomon, "What do you want Me to give you?"
 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask
what I shall give thee.
Solomon answered, "You showed great mercy to my
father, David. You have made me to be king in his place. Now,
Lord, please give me wisdom and knowledge so that I can lead your people
 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto
David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.
 Now , O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be
established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the
earth in multitude.
 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in
before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?
God said to Solomon,
"You could have asked for other things. You could have asked for riches,
honor, or for your enemies to die. You could have asked for a long life. But
you asked for wisdom and knowledge so that you can be a better king. I am giving you wisdom and knowledge. I am also giving you wealth and honor.
You will have more than any of the kings before you and more than the kings
who come after you."
 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and
thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine
enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and
knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have
made thee king:
 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee
riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have
been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.
Solomon went back to Jerusalem before the other people. He ruled over
 Then Solomon came from his journey to the high place that was at
Gibeon to Jerusalem, from before the tabernacle of the congregation, and
reigned over Israel.
Solomon was very rich.
Solomon had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 soldiers who rode horses. He kept them
in Jerusalem and other cities.
 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had a
thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he
placed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.
Silver and gold were common in Jerusalem. They were
as common as rocks. Cedar trees were common, too. They were as
common as the sycamore trees.
 And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as
stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the vale
Solomon bought horses and linen fabric in Egypt.
They paid 600 shekels for a chariot and 150 shekels for a horse. They also sold
horses to the kings of the Hittites and Syria.
 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the
king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
 And they fetched up, and brought forth out of Egypt a chariot
for six hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty:
and so brought they out horses for all the kings of the Hittites, and for
the kings of Syria, by their means.
2 Chronicles 2
Solomon builds the Lord's house in Jerusalem.
Solomon wanted to build a house for the Lord.
 And Solomon determined to build an house for the
name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.
Solomon got 70,000 men to carry heavy things. He
got 80,000 men to cut rock in the mountains. He had 3,600 men to supervise them.
 And 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 sent a message to the king of Tyre named Huram. He said, "You
sold cedar wood to my father to build a house. Now, I am building a home for
the Lord God. It will be a place to burn sweet incense and to
keep out the shewbread. It will be a place to burn the burnt offerings in
the mornings and evenings and on the sabbath and feast days. This is
the law in Israel.
 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
nd 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.
The house I build will be very big because our God
is greater than all gods.
 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above
Who can build Him a house since the heavens cannot
keep Him in. Who am I that I should build Him a house? I will build a
house to burn sacrifices to Him.
 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?
Please send me someone who is skilled in working
with gold, silver, brass, iron, purple, red, and blue. The helper you send
can help my men here who make things.
 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.
Please also send cedar trees, fir trees, and algum
trees from Lebanon. I know your workers are skilled at working in wood. My
workers will be with your workers to cut the timber. We will need much
lumber because the Lord's house will be very big.
 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.
I will give the people who cut the wood 20,000 measures of wheat, 20,000
measures of barley, 20,000 containers of wine, and 20,000 containers of oil.
 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.
The king of Tyre was named Huram. He replied
to Solomon with a letter. He said, "The Lord loves His people so He made you
the king over them. Bless the Lord God of Israel who made heaven and
earth. He gave David a wise son. His wise son is very smart and
understands much. His son will build a house for the Lord and a house
for His kingdom.
 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
 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 his kingdom.
I am sending you a smart man to help you. He was a
worker for my father, Huram. His mother was from the tribe of Dan. He
father was from Tyre. He is skilled in working with gold, silver, brass,
iron, stone, timber, purple, blue, fine linen cloth, and crimson (red). He can
do any engraving and sculpting. He can learn to work any machine you have.
He can work with your skilled men.
 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of
Huram my father's,
 The 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.
Send the wheat, barley, oil, and
wine that you wrote about. Send it to your servants. We will cut wood in
Lebanon. We will cut as much as you need. We will float it on boats to
Joppa. Then, you can have it carried to Jerusalem.
 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 shall carry
it up to Jerusalem.
Solomon counted the people from other countries who
were living in Israel. His father, David, had also counted the people
from other countries. There were 153,600.
 And 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
He picked 70,000 of them to carry loads. He picked
80,000 to cut stone. And he picked 3,600 to supervise the other workers.
 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.
2 Chronicles 3
Solomon builds the Lord's temple in Jerusalem.
Then Solomon began to build the
Lord's house in Jerusalem. He built it on Mt. Moriah. Mt. Moriah is the same
place where God appeared to Solomon's father, David. It was at a threshing
floor that belonged to Ornan who was a Jebusite.
 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD
at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David his father,
in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the
Solomon began to build the
Lord's house on the second day of the second month. It was in the
fourth year after he became king.
 And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in
the fourth year of his reign.
These are the instructions for
the house of God. The length was 89 feet. The width was 30 feet.
It had a porch on the front of it. The length of the porch was the same as
the width of the house. That was 30 feet. The height was 178 feet.
Solomon overlaid all of the building with pure gold.
 Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the
building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure
was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.
 And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of
it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height
was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold.
Solomon used fir wood for the inside. Then he
put pure gold over the wood. Then he made drawings of palm trees and chains.
 And the greater house he cieled with fir tree, which he overlaid
with fine gold, and set thereon palm trees and chains.
He made the house beautiful with valuable
jewels. The gold was from Parvaim.
 And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and
the gold was gold of Parvaim.
He covered the house, the beams, the posts, the walls, and the doors with
gold. He carved cherubims (angels) on the walls.
 He overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the walls
thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubims on the
He made the most holy part. It was a square. It
was 30 feet wide and 30 feet long. He covered it with 600 talents
of precious gold.
 And he made the most holy house, the length whereof was according
to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty
cubits: and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to six hundred talents.
The nails weighed 50 shekels of gold. He
covered the upper parts with gold.
 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he
overlaid the upper chambers with gold.
He made 2 golden angels
for the most holy part.
 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image work,
and overlaid them with gold.
The angels' wings were 30 feet long. One
wing was 7 feet long. It reached to one wall. The other wing was 7
feet long. It reached to the wing of the other angel.
 And the wings of the cherubims were twenty cubits long: one wing
of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and
the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching to the wing of the other
The wing of the 2nd angel was also 7 feet
long. It reached to one wall. The other wing was 7 feet long. It
reached to the wing of the first angel.
 And one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to
the wall of the house: and the other wing was five cubits also, joining to
the wing of the other cherub.
The wings of the angels were 30 feet altogether. They stood on their feet and faced inward.
 The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty
cubits: and they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward.
He made the curtain blue, purple, and red. He
made it with linen cloth. There were angels on the curtain.
 And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine
linen, and wrought cherubims thereon.
In front of the house, he made 2 pillars
(columns). They were 35 cubits high. The chapiter (top of the pillar)
was 7 feet tall.
 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five
cubits high, and the chapiter that was on the top of each of them was five
He made chains and put them on the tops of the pillars. He made 100
pomegranates and put them on the chains.
 And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads
of the pillars; and made an hundred pomegranates, and put them on the
He put the pillars up in front of the temple. He
put one on the right and and one of the left hand. He named the right
pillar Jachin. He named the left pillar Boaz.
 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right
hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right
hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.