1 Kings 5:1-3 King James Version (KJV) 5 And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David. 2 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, 3 Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the Lord his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet. Easy English Bible 1 Hiram (was the) king of Tyre. He heard that Solomon had become king after his father (David). So (Hiram) sent his servants to Solomon, because Hiram had always been a friend of David. 2 And Solomon sent (this message) to Hiram. It said, 3 ‘You know about my father David. He was unable to build a temple for the Name of the LORD his God. This was because people on all sides fought wars against my father David. (They did this) until God caused him to beat his enemies. © Wycliffe Associates (UK), 1997-2008 These are my thoughts, please share yours. 1 This shows that they had respect for Solomon as the new king. They had a respect for David and it carried on to Solomon. They did not know how exactly he would be as king they may have themselves went to visit David. They wanted to show last respect to David by showing they accept his son as the new king. 2 These servants served as messagers. They may have been sent for this purpose. 3 God would not let David build the temple because of him being a warrior but it would have been bad idea to build the temple prior to a time of peace because it would have been the first place they attacked. Instead of just taking the ark they would have destroyed the temple as the kingdoms would later.