1 Kings 5:13-18

1 Kings 5:13-18 King James Version (KJV)

13 And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men.

14 And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month by courses: a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home: and Adoniram was over the levy.

15 And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;

16 Beside the chief of Solomon's officers which were over the work, three thousand and three hundred, which ruled over the people that wrought in the work.

17 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.

18 And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did hew them, and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the house.

Easy English Bible

13 Then King Solomon caused 30 000 men from all Israel to work for him. 14 He sent them to Lebanon in groups of 10 000 men each month. So, they were one month in Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram was the master of these men. 15 Solomon had 70 000 men that carried things. And he had 80 000 men that cut stones in the hills. 16 He also had 3300 leaders. They told the workers what they should do. 17 The king ordered them to take large pieces of the best stone that they had cut. They had to take these from the hills where they had cut them. These were the stones that they would build the foundation of the temple with. 18 So the men that worked for Solomon and for Hiram prepared the stone and the wood to build the temple.

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13 He made the men work they were most likely not paid to do the work, this large number of men would have been the size of an army which was something Solomon would not need.

14 He only made them work one out of three months at a time but they had to go to another land to work. Solomon had someone in charge, this man had an important job of making sure the temple was finished and that the workers were building it as quick as possible.

15 This are many men working for the building of the temple, most of the Israelite men of age would have at some point had a part in building the temple.

16 Leadership was needed for such a large task so these men were important and probably only answer to Adoniram and Solomon.

17 A foundation was important if it was not strong the temple would fall down.

18 They were getting the supplies ready while the foundation was being ready they were doing many different things at once which would make the building go quicker.