1 Kings 5:15
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,

Berean Study Bible
Solomon had 70,000 porters and 80,000 stonecutters in the mountains,

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

New King James Version
Solomon had seventy thousand who carried burdens, and eighty thousand who quarried stone in the mountains,

New American Standard Bible
Now Solomon had seventy thousand porters, and eighty thousand stonemasons in the mountains,

NASB 1995
Now Solomon had 70,000 transporters, and 80,000 hewers of stone in the mountains,

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

Amplified Bible
Solomon had 70,000 burden bearers (transporters) and 80,000 stonemasons in the hill country [of Judah],

Christian Standard Bible
Solomon had seventy thousand porters and eighty thousand stonecutters in the mountains,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Solomon had 70,000 porters and 80,000 stonecutters 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;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And there were seventy thousand Porters for Solomon, and eighty thousand who cut stone in the mountain.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Solomon had seventy thousand bearers of burdens, and eighty thousand hewers of stone in the mountain;

Contemporary English Version
He also had 80,000 workers to cut stone in the hill country of Israel, 70,000 workers to carry the stones,

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

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

Good News Translation
Solomon also had 80,000 stone cutters in the hill country, with 70,000 men to carry the stones,

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And King Solomon has seventy thousand bearing burdens, and eighty thousand hewing in the mountain,

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;

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Solomon's Workmen and Laborers
14He sent them to Lebanon in monthly shifts of 10,000 men, so that they would spend one month in Lebanon and two months at home. And Adoniram was in charge of the forced labor. 15Solomon had 70,000 porters and 80,000 stonecutters in the mountains, 16not including his 3,300 foremen who supervised the workers.…

Cross References
Joshua 9:21
They continued, "Let them live, but let them be woodcutters and water carriers for the whole congregation." So the leaders kept their promise.

1 Kings 9:20
As for all the people who remained of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites (the people who were not Israelites)--

2 Chronicles 2:2
So he conscripted 70,000 porters, 80,000 stonecutters in the mountains, and 3,600 supervisors.

2 Chronicles 2:17
Solomon numbered all the foreign men in the land of Israel following the census his father David had conducted, and there were found to be 153,600 in all.

2 Chronicles 2:18
Solomon made 70,000 of them porters, 80,000 stonecutters in the mountains, and 3,600 supervisors.


Treasury of Scripture

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

1 Kings 9:20-22
And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which were not of the children of Israel, …

2 Chronicles 2:17,18
And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred…

2 Chronicles 8:7-9
As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel, …









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.]

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Solomon
לִשְׁלֹמֹ֛ה (liš·lō·mōh)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 8010: Solomon -- David's son and successor to his throne

had
וַיְהִ֧י (way·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

70,000 {}
שִׁבְעִ֥ים (šiḇ·‘îm)
Number - common plural
Strong's 7657: Seventy (a cardinal number)

porters
נֹשֵׂ֣א (nō·śê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

and 80,000 {}
וּשְׁמֹנִ֥ים (ū·šə·mō·nîm)
Conjunctive waw | Number - common plural
Strong's 8084: Eighty, eightieth

stonecutters
חֹצֵ֥ב (ḥō·ṣêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2672: To cut, carve, to hew, split, square, quarry, engrave

in the mountains,
בָּהָֽר׃ (bā·hār)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2022: Mountain, hill, hill country


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