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27 King Solomon raised thirty thousand forced laborers from all Israel.[a] 28 He sent them to the Lebanon for a month in relays of ten thousand, so that they spent one month in the Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram was in charge of the forced labor. 29 Solomon had seventy thousand carriers and eighty thousand stonecutters in the mountain, 30 in addition to three thousand three hundred overseers answerable to Solomon, who were in charge of the work and directed the people engaged in the work. 31 By order of the king, fine, large blocks of stone were quarried to give the house a foundation of hewn stone. 32 Solomon’s and Hiram’s builders, along with others from Gebal,[b] shaped them, and prepared the wood and stones for building the house.

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  1. 5:27 All Israel: see note on 4:7–19.
  2. 5:32 Gebal: Byblos.

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