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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.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

5:1 lover of David. This is political language, not personal. Hiram had cooperated in the building of David’s palace (II Samuel 5:11). Hiram was king of Tyre, but this apparently included Lebanon and Sidon (I Kings 5:6) and presumably all of Phoenicia.

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