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15 Solomon also had 70,000 common laborers[a] and 80,000 stonecutters[b] in the hills, 16 besides 3,300 officials[c] who supervised the workers.[d] 17 By royal order[e] they supplied large valuable stones in order to build the temple’s foundation with chiseled stone.

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  1. 1 Kings 5:15 tn Heb “carriers of loads.”
  2. 1 Kings 5:15 tn Heb “cutters” (probably of stones).
  3. 1 Kings 5:16 tc Some Greek mss of the OT read “3,600”; cf. 2 Chr 2:2, 18 and NLT.
  4. 1 Kings 5:16 tn Heb “besides thirty-three hundred from the officials of Solomon’s governors who were over the work, the ones ruling over the people, the ones doing the work.”
  5. 1 Kings 5:17 tn Heb “and the king commanded.”