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1 Kings 5-7
The Lord (see also YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD) gave King Solomon the responsibility of constructing the original Temple of God in Jerusalem. Solomon's father King David had made some of the early preparations for it, including the purchase of what became known as the Temple Mount from Ornan the Jebusite (1 Chronicles 21:22-25; also known as Araunah the Jebusite i.e. 2 Samuel 24:16 RSV). Much of the cedar lumber and skilled workmen were provided by one of David's allies, King Hiram Of Tyre, from up in what is today Lebanon.
"Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon, when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father; for Hiram always loved David." (1 Kings 5:1 RSV)
Such a massive transportation and construction project, in an age of crude or no mechanical power equipment, required tens of thousands of skilled workmen and laborers who were drafted for the job.
"King Solomon raised a levy of forced labor out of all Israel; and the levy numbered thirty thousand men. And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month in relays; they would be a month in Lebanon and two months at home; Adoniram was in charge of the levy.
1 Kings Chapter 6
"In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of The Lord.
The Temple was completed a little over seven years later, in the eighth month (mid-autumn).
"In the fourth year the foundation of the house of The Lord was laid, in the month of Ziv. And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its parts, and according to all its specifications. He was seven years in building it." (1 Kings 6:37-38 RSV)
1 Kings Chapter 7
Solomon also had the royal palace of Israel (see Israelite Monarchy - The United Kingdom; also Israelite Dynasties and Royal Democracy) constructed at that time (the palace and the original Temple were later destroyed by the Babylonians - see Ancient Empires - Babylon). Great quantities of high-quality stone and cedar were used for the Temple and palace.
"Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished his entire house. He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon; its length was a hundred cubits, and its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits, and it was built upon three rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars. And it was covered with cedar above the chambers that were upon the forty-five pillars, fifteen in each row." (1 Kings 7:1-3 RSV)
"And King Solomon sent and brought Hiram from Tyre. He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze; and he was full of wisdom, understanding, and skill, for making any work in bronze. He came to King Solomon, and did all his work. He cast two pillars of bronze. Eighteen cubits was the height of one pillar, and a line of twelve cubits measured its circumference; it was hollow, and its thickness was four fingers; the second pillar was the same. He also made two capitals of molten bronze, to set upon the tops of the pillars; the height of the one capital was five cubits, and the height of the other capital was five cubits. Then he made two nets of checker work with wreaths of chain work for the capitals upon the tops of the pillars; a net for the one capital, and a net for the other capital." (1 Kings 7:13-17 RSV)
When all of the work was completed, Solomon brought in the articles of silver and gold that his father David had provided.
"Thus all the work that King Solomon did on the house of The Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of The Lord." (1 Kings 7:51 RSV)