1 Kings 5:14

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for 1 Kings 5:14

And hee sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a moneth by courses: a moneth they were in Lebanon, and two moneths at home: and Adoniram was ouer the leuie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He sent them to Lebanon, 10,000 a month in relays; they were in Lebanon a month {and} two months at home. And Adoniram {was} over the forced laborers.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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 men subject to taskwork.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And sent them to Lebanon in bands of ten thousand every month: for a month they were working in Lebanon and for two months in their country, and Adoniram was in control of them.
- Basic English Bible

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

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.
- Webster's Bible

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 men subject to forced labor.
- World English Bible

and he sendeth them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month, by changes, a month they are in Lebanon, two months in their own house; and Adoniram [is] over the tribute.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(5:28) 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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for 1 Kings 5:14

Wesley's Notes for 1 Kings 5:14


5:13 The levy - Which were to be employed in the most honourableand easy parts of the work relating to the temple; and these wereIsraelites; but those fifteen hundred thousand mentioned ver.#15|,were strangers. If it seem strange, that so many thousands should beemployed about so small a building as the temple was; it must be considered, that the temple, all its parts being considered, was far larger than men imagine; that it is probable, they were employed by turns, as the thirty thousand were, ver.#14|, else they had been oppressed with hard and uninterrupted labours. that the timber and stone hewed and carried by them, was designed, not only for the temple, but also for Solomon's own houses, and buildings; because we read of no other levy of men, nor of any care and pains taken after the building of the temple, for the procurement, or preparation of materials for his own houses, or his other buildings; nay, that this very levy of men was made and employed for the building of the Lord's house, and Solomon's house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer, is expressed chap.#9:15|.

5:16 Three thousand &c. - Whereof three thousand were set over thefifteen hundred thousand, expressed ver.#15|, each of these, over fiftyof them, and the odd three hundred were set over these three thousand, eachof these to have the oversight of ten of them, to take an account of thework for them. But in #2Chron 2:18|, these overseers are said to bethirty - six hundred. The three thousand added in #2Chron 2:2|, might bea reserve, to supply the places of the other three thousand: yea, or of thethirty - three hundred, as any of them should be taken off from the work bydeath, or sickness, or weakness, or necessary occasions; which was a prudentprovision, and not unusual in like cases. And so there were thirty - sixhundred commissioned for the work, but only thirty - three hundred employed atone time; and therefore both computations fairly stand together.


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