Was King Solomon an Egyptian king
Solomon's power and wisdom
51 So Solomon was ruler over all kingdoms, from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt; they brought him presents and served him all his life.
2 And every day Solomon had to have thirty sacks of fine flour and sixty sacks of other flour to eat.
3 ten fattened cattle and twenty grazing cattle and a hundred sheep, excluding the stags and gazelles and roe deer and the fattened poultry.
4 For he ruled over all the land on this side of the Euphrates, from Tifsach to Gaza, over all the kings on this side of the Euphrates, and was at peace with all his neighbors round about.
5 So that Judah and Israel dwelt safely, each under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan to Beersheba, as long as Solomon lived.
6 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for his chariot-horses, and twelve thousand riding-horses.
7 And the officials took care of King Solomon and all that belonged to the king's table, each in his month, leaving nothing to be wanting.
8 They also brought barley and straw for the horses and teams to the place where they were, each according to his order.
9 And God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding and a spirit as far as sand is on the seashore.
10 that the wisdom of Solomon was greater than the wisdom of all who dwell in the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.
11 And he was wiser than all men, also wiser than Etan the Esrachite, Heman, Kalkol, and Darda the sons of Mahol, and was famous among all the peoples round about.
12 And he composed three thousand proverbs and a thousand and five songs.
13 He wrote from the trees, from the cedar in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He also wrote about the animals of the country, birds, worms and fish.
14 And they came from all the peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.
Preparation for temple building
15 And Hiram king of Tire sent his messengers to Solomon; for he heard that they had anointed him king instead of his father. Because Hiram loved David all his life.
16 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,
17 You know that David my father could not build a house in the name of the Lord his God because of the war that was around him, until the Lord delivered his enemies under his feet.
18 But now the Lord my God has given me rest all around, so that there is no longer an adversary or an evil obstacle.
19 Behold, I intend to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, just as the Lord said to David my father: Your son, whom I will put on your throne instead of you, shall house my name to build.
20 So then command that cedar trees be felled for me from Lebanon, and my servants shall be with your servants. And I will give you the wages of your servants, whatever you say. Because you know that there is nobody with us who knows how to cut wood like the Sidonians.
21 But when Hiram heard Solomon's words, he was very happy and said, “Praise be to the Lord today, who gave David a wise son over this great people.
22 And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have heard the message which you sent me. I want to grant all your wishes for cedar and cypress wood.
23 My servants will bring the tribes from Lebanon down to the sea, and I will have them folded in rafts on the sea to the place you will tell me, and I will cut them up there, and you will have them fetched. But you should also fulfill my wishes and give food for my court.
24 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar and cypress wood according to his wishes.
25 Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand sacks of wheat to support his court, and twenty thousand buckets of pressed oil. This is what Solomon gave to Hiram year after year.
26 And the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as he had promised him. And there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and they made a covenant with one another.
27 And Solomon took out laborers from all Israel, and they numbered thirty thousand men.
28 and sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand each month, so that they were in Lebanon for a month and at home for two months. And Adoniram was the bailiff.
29 And Solomon had seventy thousand porters and eighty thousand stone cutters in the mountains
30 excluding Solomon's officers who were in charge of the work: three thousand three hundred who commanded the people who did the work.
31 And the king commanded that great and precious stones should be broken out, stones that were hewn for the foundation of the house.
32 And Solomon's builders, and Hiram's builders, and the Gebalites cut them straight; so they prepared wood and stones to build the house.
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