Then Solomon sent word
to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, 'As you dealt with my father David and sent him cedars to build him a house to live in, do it for me.
Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, dedicating it to Him, to burn fragrant incense before Him and to set out
the showbread continually, and to offer burnt offerings morning and evening, on Sabbaths, on new moons, and on the appointed feasts of the LORD our God. This is to be done
in Israel forever.
The house which I am about to build will be
great, for our God is greater than all the gods.
But who is able to build a house for Him, since the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? And who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense
Now send me a skilled man to work in gold, silver, brass, iron, and in purple, crimson, and violet fabrics,
one who knows how to make engravings, to work
with the skilled workers whom I have in Judah and Jerusalem, whom my father David provided.
Send me also cedar, juniper, and algum timber from Lebanon, for I know that your servants know how to cut timber of Lebanon; and indeed my servants will work
with your servants,
to prepare timber in abundance for me, for the house which I am about to build will be
great and wonderful.