1 Kings 5:4-6 King James Version (KJV) 4 But now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent. 5 And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall build an house unto my name. 6 Now therefore command thou that they hew me cedar trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and unto thee will I give hire for thy servants according to all that thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among us any that can skill to hew timber like unto the Sidonians. Easy English Bible 4 But now the LORD my God has made it quiet all round (me). There are no enemies and nothing to destroy anything. 5 So, I have decided to build a temple for the Name of the LORD my God. This is what the LORD said to my father David. (The LORD) said, “I will put your son on your throne after you. He will build the temple for my Name.” 6 And you know that none of us can make wood from trees like the men from Sidon. So now, tell (your men) that they should cut down cedar trees in Lebanon for me. And my men will (work) with your men. And I will pay you whatever you ask for your men.’ © Wycliffe Associates (UK), 1997-2008 These are my thoughts, please share yours. 4 Solomon was given peace in the kingdom because of the Lord, this peace allow him the chance to build the temple which is what the Lord wanted of him. 5 Solomon was chosen by God to do this, he was made king so he could build the temple, it became known as Solomon's temple but it was always the temple of the Lord just built by Solomon. 6 In Israel building were often made of a stone and not wood so building from trees would not be known by them so Solomon asks for help. Sometimes even thought the Lord wants us to do something it does not mean we do not need help.