1 Kings 5:15
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New International Version
Solomon had seventy thousand carriers and eighty thousand stonecutters in the hills,

New Living Translation
Solomon also had 70,000 common laborers, 80,000 quarry workers in the hill country,

English Standard Version
Solomon also had 70,000 burden-bearers and 80,000 stonecutters in the hill country,

New American Standard Bible
Now Solomon had 70,000 transporters, and 80,000 hewers of stone in the mountains,

King James Bible
And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Solomon had 70,000 porters and 80,000 stonecutters in the mountains,

International Standard Version
Solomon also employed 70,000 heavy-lift workers and 80,000 stonecutters in the hill country.

NET Bible
Solomon also had 70,000 common laborers and 80,000 stonecutters in the hills,

New Heart English Bible
Solomon had seventy thousand who bore burdens, and eighty thousand who were stone cutters in the mountains;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Solomon had 70,000 men who carried heavy loads, 70,000 who quarried stone in the mountains,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bore burdens, and fourscore thousand that were hewers in the mountains;

New American Standard 1977
Now Solomon had 70,000 transporters, and 80,000 hewers of stone in the mountains,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Solomon had seventy thousand that bore burdens and eighty thousand hewers in the mountains;

King James 2000 Bible
And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bore burdens, and fourscore thousand quarried stone in the mountains;

American King James Version
And Solomon had three score and ten thousand that bore burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;

American Standard Version
And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand that were hewers in the mountains;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Solomon had seventy thousand to carry burdens, and eighty thousand to hew stones in the mountain:

Darby Bible Translation
And Solomon had seventy thousand that bore burdens, and eighty thousand stone-masons in the mountains;

English Revised Version
And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand that were hewers in the mountains;

Webster's Bible Translation
And Solomon had seventy thousand that bore burdens, and eighty thousand hewers in the mountains;

World English Bible
Solomon had seventy thousand who bore burdens, and eighty thousand who were stone cutters in the mountains;

Young's Literal Translation
And king Solomon hath seventy thousand bearing burdens, and eighty thousand hewing in the mountain,
Study Bible
Solomon's Workmen and Laborers
14He sent them to Lebanon, 10,000 a month in relays; they were in Lebanon a month and two months at home. And Adoniram was over the forced laborers. 15Now Solomon had 70000 transporters, and 80,000 hewers of stone in the mountains, 16besides Solomon's 3,300 chief deputies who were over the project and who ruled over the people who were doing the work.…
Cross References
Joshua 9:21
The leaders said to them, "Let them live." So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water for the whole congregation, just as the leaders had spoken to them.

1 Kings 9:20
As for all the people who were left of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, who were not of the sons of Israel,

2 Chronicles 2:2
So Solomon assigned 70,000 men to carry loads and 80,000 men to quarry stone in the mountains and 3,600 to supervise them.

2 Chronicles 2:17
Solomon numbered all the aliens who were in the land of Israel, following the census which his father David had taken; and 153,600 were found.

2 Chronicles 2:18
He appointed 70,000 of them to carry loads and 80,000 to quarry stones in the mountains and 3,600 supervisors to make the people work.
Treasury of Scripture

And Solomon had three score and ten thousand that bore burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;

threescore These were all strangers, or proselytes, dwelling among the israelites, as we learn from the paralled place in 2 Chron.

1 Kings 9:20-22 And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, …

2 Chronicles 2:17,18 And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel…

2 Chronicles 8:7-9 As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, …

Ezra 2:58 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants, were three …

Nehemiah 7:57,60 The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the children …

Verse 15. - And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains. [These 150,000, destined for the more laborious and menial works, were not Israelites, but Canaanites. We learn from 2 Chronicles 2:17, 18 that "all the strangers that were in the land of Israel" were subjected to forced labour by Solomon - there were, that is to say, but 150,000 of them remaining. They occupied a very different position from that of the 30,000 Hebrews. None of the latter were reduced to bondage (1 Kings 9:22), while the former had long been employed in servile work. The Gibeonites were reduced to serfdom by Joshua (Joshua 9:27), and the rest of the Canaanites as they were conquered (Joshua 6:10; Joshua 17:13; Judges 1:29, 30). In 1 Chronicles 22:2, we find some of them employed on public works by David. By the "hewers" many commentators have supposed that stonecutters alone are intended (so Jos., Ant., 8:02.9) partly because stone is mentioned presently, and partly because חָצַב is mostly used of the quarrying or cutting of stone, as in Deuteronomy 6:11; Deuteronomy 8:9; 2 Kings 12:12, etc. Gesenius understands the word both of stone and wood cutters. But is it not probable that the latter alone are indicated? That the word is sometimes used of woodcutting Isaiah 10:15 shows. And the words, "in the mountain" (בָּהָר) almost compel us so to understand it here. "The mountain" must be Lebanon. But surely the stone was not transported, to any great extent, like the wood, so great a distance over land and sea, especially when it abounded on the spot. (The tradition that the stone was quarried at Baalbek is quite unworthy of credence. It has no doubt sprung from the huge stones found there. "The temple was built of the beautiful white stone of the country, the hard missal" (Warren, p. 60.) It is true the number of wood cutters would thus appear to be very great, but it is to be remembered how few comparatively were the appliances or machines of those days: almost everything must be done by manual labour. And Pliny tells us that no less than 360,000 men were employed for twenty years on one of the pyramids. It is possible, however, that the huge foundations mentioned below (ver. 17) were brought from Lebanon.] And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens,.... Seventy thousand to carry the stones from the mountains out of which they were dug, and which were near Jerusalem, to the city; these were strangers in Israel, as were those that follow:

and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains: eighty thousand that dug the stones out of the quarries, and squared them; these, with the others, made 150,000, see 2 Chronicles 2:17; according to Jacob Leon (g), the number of workmen at the temple for seven years was 163,600, and some make them more.

(g) Relation of Memorable Things in the Temple, ch. 3. p. 14. 5:10-18 The temple was chiefly built by the riches and labour of Gentiles, which typified their being called into the church. Solomon commanded, and they brought costly stones for the foundation. Christ, who is laid for a Foundation, is a chosen and precious Stone. We should lay our foundation firm, and bestow most pains on that part of our religion which lies out of the sight of men. And happy those who, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, for a habitation of God through the Spirit. Who among us will build in the house of the Lord?
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