1 Kings Chapter Five part 2, A study of 1 Kings 5:6, 1 Kings 5:7 - 9, and 1 Kings 5:10 - 12

1 Kings 5:6

"'So give orders that cedars 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.'" NIV translation

Solomon ended his letter to Hiram with a request to purchase cedars from Lebanon. The cedars of Lebanon were the finest of cedar trees which grew very tall and wide. They had a wonderful smell and were resistant to bugs and decay. Solomon offers to pay whatever price Hiram asks for the lumber.

1 Kings 5:7 - 9

"When Hiram heard Solomon's message, he was greatly pleased and said, 'Praise be to the Lord 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, 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 for my royal household.'" NIV translation

We see the legacy of respect that David had left to Solomon as Hiram praises a God that he did not even know. He answered Solomon with the price which was to provide food for the King of Lebanon's table. The logs were to be cut from the mountains of Lebanon and floated through the Mediterranean Sea to the coast of Israel at Joppa.

1 Kings 5:10 - 12

"In this way Hiram kept Solomon supplied with all the cedar and juniper logs he wanted, and Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand cors of wheat as food for his household, in addition to twenty thousand baths of pressed olive oil. Solomon continued to do this for Hiram year after year. The Lord gave Solomon wisdom, just as he had promised him. There were peaceful relations between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty." NIV translation

This business arrangement continued for years and there was peace between the two leaders.

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