2 Chronicles
Chapter 2

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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,

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

Commentary for 2 Chronicles 2

Solomon's message to Huram respecting the temple, His treaty with Huram.

- Solomon informs Huram of the particular services to be performed in the temple. The mysteries of the true religion, unlike those of the Gentile superstitions, sought not concealment. Solomon endeavoured to possess Huram with great and high thoughts of the God of Israel. We should not be afraid or ashamed to embrace every opportunity to speak of God, and to impress others with a deep sense of the importance of his favour and service. Now that the people of Israel kept close to the law and worship of God, the neighbouring nations were willing to be taught by them in the true religion, as the Israelites had been willing in the days of their apostacy, to be infected with the idolatries and superstitions of their neighbours. A wise and pious king is an evidence of the Lord's special love for his people. How great then was God's love to his believing people, in giving his only-begotten Son to be their Prince and their Saviour.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 2 Chronicles 2

  • Annysia on 2 Chronicles 2
    In this chapter, we see how commendable Solomon's perception towards God used to be before his death. He made a temple not hoping to contain God, but as a place to cherish Him and maybe receive blessings from Him as well. He also decides not to be prideful and ask for help from neighboring nations. People nowadays can be very prideful, and not ask for help when they are trying to reach a goal. Where does this fear come from? We should be a community, and aim to improve each other just as Hiram and Solomon did.
  • Matty on 2 Chronicles 2:6
    This seems to mirror Solomon's special interest and intent. Just as God's promise to David was everlasting, so did Solomon mean to introduce his lasting of order to decree this sacred space forever.
  • Matty on 2 Chronicles 2:5
    Like the greatness of GOD, Solomon's temple was also celebrated, strong, grand, noble and exalted.
  • Matty on 2 Chronicles 2:4
    To me, the meaning behind this verse in Chronicles is the dedication to the LORD, of the temple space that was build for Solomon and shows an offering.
  • Matty on 2 Chronicles 2:3
    It's know that Hiram, King of Tyre existed at the same time period and was on close terms with both David and Solomon. Maybe Hiram was able to see the perfection of the work being done to this temple for Solomon as Hiram was known to be the Grand Master of Masons.
  • Matty on 2 Chronicles 2:2
    In this verse, I see that Solomon sends the men to get materials and chop with tools for the royal palace of the Lord while being overseen by other men or workers. This is a beautiful passage in all.
  • Matty on 2 Chronicles 2:1
    I love this passage. It's interesting that David was only allowed to plan, prepare and purchase the land and the work and completion of building had to be done by Solomon. Solomon was determined and would not be discouraged in his work. I always wonder though, was the duty of building the temple reserved for Solomon before his birth?
  • Florence on 2 Chronicles 2
    People with special talents are always needed in the house of the Lord. what is that talent that God has endowed you with? make it available for God's use and you will be blessed.
  • Anne on 2 Chronicles 2
    It would be a great blessing if everyone would bring their special talent to help in building up the work of the Lord. God gave us special talents to serve him and his people.
  • MAGGIE on 2 Chronicles 2:9
    This verse has been a Motto To people who discipline into maturity and let God guide them so they can identify their purpose in life.. We are all part of building His KINGDOM.. Everyone is precious in the sight of God. His house will be great and a glorious one.


 

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