You get that for which you ask

2 Chronicles Bible Background

Old Testament: 2Ch 2.7–10

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Chronicles 1–3 on May 31, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

As Solomon set out to build the temple of God, he knew that he needed help and materials even from outside Israel. He wrote to Hiram king of Tyre:

“Therefore send me at once a man skillful to work in gold and silver, in bronze and iron, in purple and crimson and blue, who has skill to engrave with the skillful men who are with me in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father provided. Also send me cedar and cypress and algum logs from Lebanon, for I know that your servants have skill to cut timber in Lebanon; and indeed my servants will be with your servants, to prepare timber for me in abundance, for the temple which I am about to build shall be great and wonderful. And indeed I will give to your servants, the woodsmen who cut timber, twenty thousand kors of ground wheat, twenty thousand kors of barley, twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.”

– 2 Chronicles 2.7–10

Hiram gladly gave Solomon all for which he asked, because he commended the ability of King Hiram’s people and Solomon let Hiram know of the great work in which he could have a part. He also promised to give them a large wage.

Questions:

  • What is algum?
  • Are you willing to pay what a skilled man or woman is worth?

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