King Solomon and precious algum wood (2 Chr 9:10-9:11)

“Moreover the servants of King Huram and the servants of King Solomon, who brought gold from Ophir, brought algum wood and precious stones. From the algum wood, the king made steps for the house of Yahweh. For the king’s house, he made lyres and harps for the singers. There never was seen the like of them before in the land of Judah.”

Once again, based on 1 Kings, chapter 10, King Solomon, who was an expert in wood, with his cedar and cypress wood planks, also had some almug wood, some kind of hard wood, which came from near the gold mines of Ophir. It is sometimes referred to as sandalwood. He also had some precious stones from his mines. Here he used this almug wood as steps for the Temple, and not as supports in the Temple as in 1 Kings. He also made lyres and harps from this wood. No one has ever seen any wood like this before. There is no mention of the present day as in 1 Kings.

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