King Hiram supplied experienced sailors to accompany Solomon’s crews. They used to sail back and forth from Ophir, bringing gold to King Solomon, the total value of which was several million dollars each trip.
And ships! King Solomon also built ships at Ezion Geber, located near Elath in Edom on the Red Sea. Hiram sent seaworthy sailors to assist Solomon’s men with the fleet. They embarked for Ophir, brought back sixteen tons of gold, and presented it to King Solomon.
And Hiram sent in that navy his servants, (those who were) shipmen, and knowing of the sea, with the servants of Solomon; (And Hiram sent some of his servants, those who were shipmen, and knowledgeable about the sea, to be in that navy with Solomon’s servants;)
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