Solomon asks Huram for help
3 Solomon wrote a letter to Huram, king of Tyre. It said, ‘Send to me the wood of cedar trees as you did for my father David. You sent it for him to build a house to live in. 4 Now I will build a house to honour the Lord my God. It will be a holy place for him. The people and I will burn oils with sweet smells for him. There we will offer special bread to him each day. And we will burn sacrifices to the Lord our God. We will do that every morning, every evening and on Sabbath days and New Moon days and on other holy days. This is a rule for Israel for all time.
5 The house that I will build for our God will be great. It will be great because he is greater than all gods. 6 But nobody can really build a house for our God because he is too great. The highest heavens above all the heavens, cannot contain him. I can only build for him a place to offer oils with sweet smells to him.
7 Now send to me a good worker who is able to make pictures on metal. He must be a man who can work with gold, silver, bronze and iron. And he must be able to work with dark red, purple and blue materials. He will work in Judah and in Jerusalem. He will work with the good workers that my father David chose for me.
8 And send to me also the wood of cedar, cypress and algum trees from Lebanon. I know that your servants know how to cut wood from there. And my servants will work with your servants. 9 I will need a lot of wood because I will build a large and beautiful temple. 10 I will pay your servants, the men who cut the wood. I will pay them 4,400 kilolitres (1,150,000 gallons) of wheat and 4,400 kilolitres of barley. Also, I will give to them 440 kilolitres (115,000 gallons) of wine and 440 kilolitres of olive oil.’