And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with
him, and magnified him exceedingly.
 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 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 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 at Jerusalem.
 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.
 In that night did God
appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.
 And Solomon said unto God,
Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.
, 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?
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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 for abundance.
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.
 And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.
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.
 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 continual
shewbread, and 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.
 And the house
which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.
 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?
 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.
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.
 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
 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 over them.
 Huram said moreover, Blessed