“So give orders that cedars(A) of Lebanon be cut for me. My men will work with yours, and I will pay you for your men whatever wages you set. You know that we have no one so skilled in felling timber as the Sidonians.”

When Hiram heard Solomon’s message, he was greatly pleased and said, “Praise be to the Lord(B) today, for he has given David a wise son to rule over this great nation.”

So Hiram sent word to Solomon:

“I have received the message you sent me and will do all you want in providing the cedar and juniper logs. My men will haul them down from Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea(C), and I will float them as rafts by sea to the place you specify. There I will separate them and you can take them away. And you are to grant my wish by providing food(D) for my royal household.”

10 In this way Hiram kept Solomon supplied with all the cedar and juniper logs he wanted,

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15 He lined its interior walls with cedar boards, paneling them from the floor of the temple to the ceiling,(A) and covered the floor of the temple with planks of juniper.(B) 16 He partitioned off twenty cubits at the rear of the temple with cedar boards from floor to ceiling to form within the temple an inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place.(C) 17 The main hall in front of this room was forty cubits[a] long. 18 The inside of the temple was cedar,(D) carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.

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  1. 1 Kings 6:17 That is, about 60 feet or about 18 meters

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