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1 Kings 5:17-18

5:17 By royal order 1  they supplied large valuable stones in order to build the temple’s foundation with chiseled stone. 5:18 Solomon’s and Hiram’s construction workers, 2  along with men from Byblos, 3  did the chiseling and prepared the wood and stones for the building of the temple. 4 

1 tn Heb “and the king commanded.”

2 tn Heb “builders.”

3 tn Heb “the Gebalites.” The reading is problematic and some emend to a verb form meaning, “set the borders.”

4 tc The LXX includes the words “for three years.”

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