1 Kings 5 – Hiram of Tyre (a great friend of David’s) sent his servants to help Solomon build the temple David had planned for but not built. Solomon explains to Hiram that David never had the peace he needed to build the Temple; there were endless threats on his borders. But Solomon now has the peace needed to devote himself to the task. They get their timber from Lebanon – cedar and cypress. The king had it made into rafts and sent by sea. In return, Solomon will provide food to Hiram’s household – wheat and olive oil in large quantities.
Solomon conscripts 30,000 forced laborers in Israel and sent 10,000 to Lebanon in three-month shifts – one months of labor in Lebanon, then two months back at home (5:14). He also had 75,000 stonecutters in the hill country, and 3,300 supervisors.