King Hiram, Huram
Hiram I, was the Phoenician king of Tyre Lebanon in the time of Prophet David and Prophet Solomon. His regnal years have been calculated by some as 980 to 947 BC, in succession to his father, Abibaal.
Full name: Hiram I of Tyre
Hiram was politically allied with King David, Hiram's workmen helped David's people to build David's palace in Jerusalem, and then after Solomon succeeded his father David as King of The Israelites, Hiram's workers also participated in the building of the first Temple. Much of the fine cedar for both the palace and Temple came from Lebanon.
1 Kings 5:1-12
New International Version (NIV)
Preparations for Building the Temple
5 [a] When Hiram king of Tyre heard that Solomon had been anointed king to succeed his father David, he sent his envoys to Solomon, because he had always been on friendly terms with David. 2 Solomon sent back this message to Hiram:
3 “You know that because of the wars waged against my father David from all sides, he could not build a temple for the Name of the Lord his God until the Lord put his enemies under his feet. 4 But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster. 5 I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the Lord my God, as the Lord told my father David, when he said, ‘Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.’
6 “So give orders that cedars of Lebanon be cut for me. My men will work with yours, and I will pay you for your men whatever wages you set. You know that we have no one so skilled in felling timber as the Sidonians.”
7 When Hiram heard Solomon’s message, he was greatly pleased and said, “Praise be to the Lord today, for he has given David a wise son to rule over this great nation.”
8 So Hiram sent word to Solomon:
“I have received the message you sent me and will do all you want in providing the cedar and juniper logs.
9 My men will haul them down from Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea, and I will float them as rafts by sea to the place you specify. There I will separate them and you can take them away. And you are to grant my wish by providing food for my royal household.”
10 In this way Hiram kept Solomon supplied with all the cedar and juniper logs he wanted, 11 and Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand cors[b] of wheat as food for his household, in addition to twenty thousand baths[c][d] of pressed olive oil. Solomon continued to do this for Hiram year after year. 12 The Lord gave Solomon wisdom, just as he had promised him. There were peaceful relations between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty.
The Tomb Of Hiram The Great Phoenician King Of Tyre
The Tomb is located in Hanawai (Hanawiya or Hanawey) Village in South Lebanon. According to Historians, The name of the village “Hana Wai” is derived from John The Baptist. Today there is a sacred square standing place of Prophet John The Baptist well preserved in the heart of the village.
Hanawai village is a direct neighbour to the Biblical Cana The Galilee where Prophet Jesus performed the water miracle.