NASB — 1 Kings 6 — KJV

The Building of the Temple

1 aNow it came about in the four hundred and eightieth year after the sons of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv which is the second month, that he Ibegan to build the house of the LORD. 2 As for the house which King Solomon built for the LORD, its length [was] sixty Icubits and its width twenty [cubits] and its height thirty cubits. 3 The porch in front of the nave of the house [was] twenty cubits Iin length, IIcorresponding to the width of the house, [and] its IIIdepth along the front of the house [was] ten cubits. 4 Also for the house ahe made windows with [artistic] frames. 5 aAgainst the wall of the house he built stories encompassing the walls of the house around both the nave and the binner sanctuary; thus he made cside chambers all around. 6 The lowest story [was] five cubits wide, and the middle [was] six cubits wide, and the third [was] seven cubits wide; for on the outside he Imade offsets [in the wall] of the house all around in order that [the beams] would not IIbe inserted in the walls of the house.

[1] ILit built a2Ch 3:1, 2
[2] II.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
[3] ILit in its length IILit on the face of IIILit width
[4] aEzk 40:16; 41:16
[5] aEzk 41:6 b1K 6:16, 19, 20 cEzk 41:5
[6] ILit gave IILit take hold

7aThe house, while it was being built, was built of stone Iprepared at the quarry, and there was neither hammer nor axe nor any iron tool heard in the house while it was being built.

[7] ILit finished aEx 20:25; Dt 27:5, 6

8 ¶ The doorway for the Ilowest side chamber [was] on the right side of the house; and they would go up by winding stairs to the middle [story], and from the middle to the third. 9 So ahe built the house and finished it; and he covered the house with beams and Iplanks of cedar. 10 He also built the stories against the whole house, each five Icubits high; and they IIwere fastened to the house with timbers of cedar.

[8] ISo with Gr and versions; M.T. middle
[9] ILit rows a1K 6:14, 38
[10] II.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in. IILit took hold

11 ¶ Now the word of the LORD came to Solomon saying, 12 “[Concerning] this house which you are building, aif you will walk in My statutes and execute My ordinances and keep all My commandments by walking in them, then I will carry out My word with you which I spoke to David your father. 13 aI will dwell among the sons of Israel, and bwill not forsake My people Israel.”

[12] a2S 7:5-16; 1K 9:4
[13] aEx 25:8; 29:45; Lv 26:11 bDt 31:6; Jsh 1:5; He 13:5

14aSo Solomon built the house and finished it. 15 Then he abuilt the walls of the house on the inside with boards of cedar; from the floor of the house to the Iceiling he overlaid [the walls] on the inside with wood, and he overlaid the floor of the house with boards of cypress. 16 aHe built twenty cubits on the rear part of the house with boards of cedar from the floor to the Iceiling; he built [them] for it on the inside as an inner sanctuary, [even] as bthe most holy place. 17 The house, that is, the nave in front of [the inner sanctuary], was forty Icubits [long]. 18 There was cedar on the house within, carved [in the shape] of agourds and open flowers; all was cedar, there was no stone seen. 19 Then he prepared an inner sanctuary within the house in order to place there the ark of the covenant of the LORD. 20 IThe inner sanctuary [was] twenty cubits in length, twenty cubits in width, and twenty cubits in height, and he overlaid it with pure gold. He also overlaid the altar with cedar. 21 So Solomon overlaid the inside of the house with pure gold. And he drew chains of gold across the front of the inner sanctuary, and he overlaid it with gold. 22 He overlaid the whole house with gold, until all the house was finished. Also athe whole altar which was by the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold.

[14] a1K 6:9, 38
[15] ILit walls of ceiling a1K 7:7
[16] ILit walls a2Ch 3:8 bEx 26:33, 34; Lv 16:2; 1K 8:6; He 9:3
[17] II.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
[18] a1K 7:24
[20] ILit before
[22] aEx 30:1, 3, 6

23aAlso in the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high. 24 Five cubits [was] the one wing of the cherub and five cubits the other wing of the cherub; from the end of one wing to the end of the other wing [were] ten cubits. 25 The other cherub [was] ten cubits; both the cherubim were of the same measure and the same form. 26 The height of the one cherub [was] ten cubits, and so [was] the other cherub. 27 He placed the cherubim in the midst of the inner house, and athe wings of the cherubim were spread out, so that the wing of the one was touching the [one] wall, and the wing of the other cherub was touching the other wall. So their wings were touching each other in the center of the house. 28 He also overlaid the cherubim with gold.

[23] aEx 37:7-9; 2Ch 3:10-12
[27] aEx 25:20; 37:9; 1K 8:7

29 ¶ Then he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved engravings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, inner and outer [sanctuaries]. 30 He overlaid the floor of the house with gold, inner and outer [sanctuaries].

31 ¶ For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood, the lintel [and] five-sided doorposts. 32 So [he made] two doors of olive wood, and he carved on them carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold; and he spread the gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees.

33 ¶ So also he made for the entrance of the nave four-sided doorposts of olive wood 34 and atwo doors of cypress wood; the two leaves of the one door turned on pivots, and the two Ileaves of the other door turned on pivots. 35 He carved [on it] cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers; and he overlaid [them] with gold evenly applied on the engraved work. 36 aHe built the inner court with three rows of cut stone and a row of cedar beams.

[34] ISo with Gr; M.T. curtains aEzk 41:23-25
[36] a1K 7:12; Jr 36:10

37aIn the fourth year the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid, in the month of Ziv. 38 In the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished throughout all its parts and according to all its plans. So he was seven years in building it.

[37] a1K 6:1


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The building of Solomon's Temple.

1 ¶ And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which [is] the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD. 2 And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the length thereof [was] threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty [cubits], and the height thereof thirty cubits. 3 And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits [was] the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; [and] ten cubits [was] the breadth thereof before the house. 4 And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.

[1] Nu 1:1; Jg 11:26; 1K 6:37; 1Ch 29:19; 2Ch 3:1; Zc 6:12, 15; Jn 2:19; Ac 7:47; 1Co 6:19; 2Co 6:16; Ep 2:20; Col 2:7; He 9:11; 11:10; 1P 2:5.
[2] Ezr 6:3; Ezk 40:1; 41:1; Rv 21:16.
[3] 1Ch 28:11; 2Ch 3:3; Ezk 41:15; Mt 4:5; Jn 10:23; Ac 3:10.
[4] 1K 6:4; So 2:9; Ezk 40:16; 41:26.

The chambers thereof.

5 ¶ And against the wall of the house he built chambers round about, [against] the walls of the house round about, [both] of the temple and of the oracle: and he made chambers round about: 6 The nethermost chamber [was] five cubits broad, and the middle [was] six cubits broad, and the third [was] seven cubits broad: for without [in the wall] of the house he made narrowed rests round about, that [the beams] should not be fastened in the walls of the house. 7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe [nor] any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building. 8 The door for the middle chamber [was] in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle [chamber], and out of the middle into the third. 9 So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house with beams and boards of cedar. 10 And [then] he built chambers against all the house, five cubits high: and they rested on the house [with] timber of cedar.

[5] Ex 25:22; Lv 16:2; Nu 7:89; 1K 6:16, 19, 31; 1Ch 9:26; 23:28; 28:11; 2Ch 4:20; 5:7, 9; 31:11; Ne 10:37; 12:44; 13:5; Ps 28:2; So 1:4; Jr 35:4; Ezk 40:44; 41:5; 42:3.
[6] 1K 6:6.
[7] Dt 27:5; 1K 5:17; Pv 24:27; Is 42:2; Ac 9:31; Ro 9:23; 2Co 5:5; Col 1:12; Jm 1:20; 3:17; 1P 2:5.
[8] Ezk 41:6.
[9] 1K 6:14, 38.

God's promise unto it.

11 ¶ And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying, 12 [Concerning] this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father: 13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel. 14 So Solomon built the house, and finished it.

[12] 1S 12:14; 2S 7:13; 1K 2:3; 3:14; 8:25; 9:3; 1Ch 22:10; 28:9; 2Ch 7:17; Ps 132:12; Zc 3:7; Col 1:23.
[13] Ex 25:8; Lv 26:11; Dt 31:6, 8; 1S 12:22; 1K 8:27; 1Ch 28:9, 20; Ps 68:18; 132:12; Is 57:15; Ezk 37:26; 2Co 6:16; He 13:5; Rv 21:3.
[14] 1K 6:9, 38; Ac 7:47.

The cieling and adorning of it.

15 And he built the walls of the house within with boards of cedar, both the floor of the house, and the walls of the cieling: [and] he covered [them] on the inside with wood, and covered the floor of the house with planks of fir. 16 And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both the floor and the walls with boards of cedar: he even built [them] for it within, [even] for the oracle, [even] for the most holy [place]. 17 And the house, that [is], the temple before it, was forty cubits [long]. 18 And the cedar of the house within [was] carved with knops and open flowers: all [was] cedar; there was no stone seen. 19 And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the ark of the covenant of the LORD. 20 And the oracle in the forepart [was] twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the height thereof: and he overlaid it with pure gold; and [so] covered the altar [which was of] cedar. 21 So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold: and he made a partition by the chains of gold before the oracle; and he overlaid it with gold. 22 And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the whole altar that [was] by the oracle he overlaid with gold.

[15] 1K 6:16.
[16] Ex 25:21; 26:23; Lv 16:2; 1K 6:5, 19; 8:6; 2Ch 3:8; Ezk 45:3; He 9:3.
[18] 1K 6:18; 2K 4:39.
[19] Ex 40:20; 1K 6:5, 16; 8:6; 2Ch 4:20; 5:7; Ps 28:2; He 9:3.
[20] Ex 30:1; 1K 6:2, 22; 7:48.
[21] Ex 26:29, 32; 36:34; 1K 6:5; 2Ch 3:7, 14.
[22] Ex 30:1, 3, 5; 1K 6:20; 2Ch 3:7.

The cherubims.

23 ¶ And within the oracle he made two cherubims [of] olive tree, [each] ten cubits high. 24 And five cubits [was] the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing unto the uttermost part of the other [were] ten cubits. 25 And the other cherub [was] ten cubits: both the cherubims [were] of one measure and one size. 26 The height of the one cherub [was] ten cubits, and so [was it] of the other cherub. 27 And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the [one] wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house. 28 And he overlaid the cherubims with gold. 29 And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved figures of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, within and without. 30 And the floor of the house he overlaid with gold, within and without.

[23] Gn 3:24; Ex 25:18; 37:7; 2Ch 3:10; Ps 18:10; 80:1; Is 37:16; Ezk 10:2; He 1:14; 1P 1:12.
[27] Ex 25:20; 37:9; 2Ch 3:11; 5:8.
[29] Ex 36:8; 1K 6:18, 32; 2Ch 3:14; 4:2; Ps 92:12; 103:20; 148:2; Lk 2:13; Ep 3:10; Rv 5:11; 7:9.
[30] Is 54:11; 60:17; Rv 21:18.

The doors.

31 ¶ And for the entering of the oracle he made doors [of] olive tree: the lintel [and] side posts [were] a fifth part [of the wall]. 32 The two doors also [were of] olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid [them] with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims, and upon the palm trees. 33 So also made he for the door of the temple posts [of] olive tree, a fourth part [of the wall]. 34 And the two doors [were of] fir tree: the two leaves of the one door [were] folding, and the two leaves of the other door [were] folding. 35 And he carved [thereon] cherubims and palm trees and open flowers: and covered [them] with gold fitted upon the carved work.

[31] Jn 10:9; 14:6; Ep 3:18; He 10:19.
[32] 1K 6:18, 29.
[33] 1K 6:33.
[34] 1K 5:8; Ezk 41:23.

The court.

36 ¶ And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone, and a row of cedar beams.

[36] Ex 27:9; 38:9; 2Ch 4:9; 7:7; Rv 11:2.

The time of building it.

37 ¶ In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the LORD laid, in the month Zif: 38 And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which [is] the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it.

[37] 1K 6:1; 2Ch 3:2.
[38] 1K 6:1, 9; 7:1; Ezr 3:8; 6:14, 15; Zc 4:9; 6:13; Jn 2:20.


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