2 Chronicles Trivia:

2 Chronicles 2

Materials for God's house
2:1-16, Cf. 1 Kings 5:1-12

2:1 And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.

Solomon decided to build a house for God's name and kingdom.

2:2 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.

He assigned 70,000 men to carry things, 80,000 to cut stones in the mountains, and 3600 to supervise them. [1]

2:3 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.

2:4 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.

2:5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.

2:6 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?

Solomon sent a message to King Huram of Tyre, saying,
I'd like to build a house for our God, who is better than any other god. [2]

2:7 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 a man who can do cunning work with gold, silver, brass, iron, purple, crimson, and blue.

2:8 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,

2:9 Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I am about to build shall be wonderful great.

Also send some cedar, fir, and algum trees from Lebanon.

2:10 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 of oil.

I'll pay your workers 20,000 measures of wheat, 20,000 measure of barley, 20,000 baths of wine, and 20,000 baths of oil. [3]

2:11 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 wrote back to Solomon, saying,
God loves his people so much that he made you their king.

2:12 Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an house for the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.

Blessed be the God of Israel, who gave David such a wise son, who would build a house for God.

2:13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father's,

2:14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson; also to grave any manner of graving, and to find out every device which shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my lord David thy father.

I'll send you a craftsman to help you build God's house.

His name is Huram, the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan. [4]

2:15 Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine, which my lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants:

Go ahead and send the wheat, barley, oil, and wine.

2:16 And we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt need: and we will bring it to thee in floats by sea to Joppa; and thou shalt carry it up to Jerusalem.

We'll cut the trees and float them to Joppa. You can carry them to Jerusalem from there.
Solomon's census of strangers
2:17-18

2:17 And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred.

Solomon counted all the strangers in Israel and came up with 153,600. [5]

2:18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people a work.

He forced 70,000 to be bearers of burdens, 80,000 to cut rocks, and 3600 to oversee them. [6]