5:4 But now the LORD my God hath given me a rest on every
side, [so that there is] neither adversary nor evil
(a) He declares that he was bound to set forth God's glory
for as much as the Lord had sent him rest and peace.
5:6 Now therefore command thou that they hew me cedar trees out
of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and
unto thee will I give b hire for thy servants according to
all that thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest that [there
is] not among us any that can skill to hew timber like unto
(b) This was his equity, that he would not receive a benefit
without some recompence.
5:7 And it came to pass, when c Hiram heard the words of
Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed [be]
the LORD this day, which hath given unto David a wise son
over this great people.
(c) In Hiram is prefigured the calling of the Gentiles who
would help build the spiritual temple.
5:9 My servants shall bring [them] down from Lebanon unto the
sea: and I will convey them by sea in floats unto the place
that thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be
discharged there, and thou shalt receive [them]: and thou
shalt accomplish my desire, in giving food for d my
(d) While my servants are occupied with your business.
5:12 And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and
there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they e two
made a league together.
(e) Concerning the furniture of wood.
5:18 And Solomon's builders and Hiram's f builders did hew
[them], and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and
stones to build the house.
(f) The Hebrew word is Giblim, which some say were