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°.
 ILit built a2Ch 3:1, 2
 II.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
 ILit in its length IILit on the face of IIILit width
 aEzk 40:16; 41:16
 aEzk 41:6 b1K 6:16, 19, 20 cEzk 41:5
 ILit gave IILit take hold
7 ¶ aThe 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°.
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°.
 ISo with Gr and versions; M.T. middle
 ILit rows a1K 6:14, 38
 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°.”
14 ¶ aSo 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°.
 a1K 6:9, 38
 ILit walls of ceiling a1K 7:7
 ILit walls a2Ch 3:8 bEx 26:33, 34; Lv 16:2; 1K 8:6; He 9:3
 II.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
 a1K 7:24
 ILit before
 aEx 30:1, 3, 6
23 ¶ aAlso 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°.
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°.
37 ¶ aIn 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.
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The building of Solomon's Temple.
1 ¶ And it came to pass² in the fourº hundredº¹ and eightiethº yearº after the childrenº of Israelº were come outºª of the landº² of Egypt,º in the fourthº yearº of Solomon'sº reignºª over² Israel,º in the monthº Zif,º which² [is] the secondº month,º that he began to buildºª the houseº of the LORD.º 2 And the houseº which² kingº Solomonº builtºª for the LORD,º the lengthº thereof [was] threescoreº cubits,º and the breadthº thereof twentyº [cubits], and the heightº thereof thirtyº cubits.º 3 And the porchº beforeº² the templeº of the house,º twentyº cubitsº [was] the lengthº thereof, according²² to the breadthº of the house;º [and] tenº cubitsº [was] the breadthº thereof before²² the house.º 4 And for the houseº he madeºª windowsº of narrowºª lights.º
 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.
 Ezr 6:3; Ezk 40:1; 41:1; Rv 21:16.
 1Ch 28:11; 2Ch 3:3; Ezk 41:15; Mt 4:5; Jn 10:23; Ac 3:10.
 1K 6:4; So 2:9; Ezk 40:16; 41:26.
The chambers thereof.
5 ¶ And against² the wallº of the houseº he builtºª chambersºª round about,º [against]² the wallsº of the houseº round about,º [both] of the templeº and of the oracle:º and he madeºª chambersº round about:º 6 The nethermostº chamberºª [was] fiveº cubitsº broad,º and the middleº [was] sixº cubitsº broad,º and the thirdº [was] sevenº cubitsº broad:º for² without² [in the wall] of¹ the houseº he madeºª narrowed restsº round about,º that [the beams] should not² be fastenedºª in the wallsº of the house.º 7 And the house,º when it was in building,ºª was builtºª of stoneº made readyº before it was broughtº thither: so that there was neither² hammer¹² nor axeº [nor] any² toolº of ironº heardºª in the house,º while it was in building.ºª 8 The doorº for the middleº chamberº [was] in² the rightº sideº of the house:º and they went upºª with winding stairsº into² the middleº [chamber], and out of² the middleº into² the third.º 9 So he builtºª² the house,º and finishedºª it; and coveredºª² the houseº with beamsº and boardsº of cedar.º 10 And [then] he builtºª² chambersºª against² all² the house,º fiveº cubitsº high:º and they rested¹ª on²² the houseº [with] timberº of cedar.º
 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.
 1K 6:6.
 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.
 Ezk 41:6.
 1K 6:14, 38.
God's promise unto it.
11 ¶ And the wordº of the LORDº came² to² Solomon,º saying,ºª 12 [Concerning] this² houseº which² thou² art in building,ºª if² thou wilt walk¹ª² in my statutes,º and executeºª my judgments,º and keepºª² all² my commandmentsº to walk¹ª² in them; then will I performºª² my wordº with thee,² which² I spakeºª unto² Davidº thy father:º 13 And I will dwellºª amongº the childrenº of Israel,º and will not² forsakeºª² my peopleº Israel.º 14 So Solomonº builtºª² the house,º and finishedºª it.
 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.
 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.
 1K 6:9, 38; Ac 7:47.
The cieling and adorning of it.
15 And he builtºª² the wallsº of the houseº withinº² with boardsº of cedar,º both the floorº² of the house,º and the wallsº of the cieling:º [and] he coveredºª [them] on the insideº² with wood,º and coveredºª² the floorº of the houseº with planksº of fir.º 16 And he builtºª² twentyº cubitsº on the sidesº² of the house,º bothº the floorº and the wallsº with boardsº of cedar:º he even builtºª [them] for it within,º² [even] for the oracle,º [even] for the most¹ holyº [place]. 17 And the house,º that² [is], the templeº beforeº it, was² fortyº cubitsº [long]. 18 And the cedarº of² the houseº withinº [was] carvedº with knopsº and open¹ª² flowers:º all² [was] cedar;º there was no² stoneº seen.ºª 19 And the oracleº he preparedºª in¹ the houseº² within,º² to setºª there²² the arkº of the covenantº of the LORD.º 20 And the oracleº in the forepartº [was] twentyº cubitsº in length,º and twentyº cubitsº in breadth,º and twentyº cubitsº in the heightº thereof: and he overlaidºª it with pureºª gold;º and [so] coveredºª the altarº [which was of] cedar.º 21 So Solomonº overlaidºª² the houseº withinº² with pureºª gold:º and he made a partitionºª by the chainsºª² of goldº beforeº the oracle;º and he overlaidºª it with gold.º 22 And the whole² houseº he overlaidºª with gold,º until² he had finishedºª all² the house:º also the whole² altarº that² [was] by the oracleº he overlaidºª with gold.º
 1K 6:16.
 Ex 25:21; 26:23; Lv 16:2; 1K 6:5, 19; 8:6; 2Ch 3:8; Ezk 45:3; He 9:3.
 1K 6:18; 2K 4:39.
 Ex 40:20; 1K 6:5, 16; 8:6; 2Ch 4:20; 5:7; Ps 28:2; He 9:3.
 Ex 30:1; 1K 6:2, 22; 7:48.
 Ex 26:29, 32; 36:34; 1K 6:5; 2Ch 3:7, 14.
 Ex 30:1, 3, 5; 1K 6:20; 2Ch 3:7.
23 ¶ And within the oracleº he madeºª twoº cherubimsº [of] oliveº tree,º [each] tenº cubitsº high.º 24 And fiveº cubitsº [was] the oneº wingº of the cherub,º and fiveº cubitsº the otherº wingº of the cherub:º from the uttermost partº² of the one wingº unto² the uttermost partº of the otherº [were] tenº cubits.º 25 And the otherº cherubº [was] tenº cubits:º bothº the cherubimsº [were] of oneº measureº and oneº size.º 26 The heightº of the oneº cherubº [was] tenº cubits,º and so² [was it] of the otherº cherub.º 27 And he setºª² the cherubimsº withinº the innerº house:º and they stretched forthºª² the wingsº of the cherubims,º so that the wingº of the oneº touchedºª the [one] wall,º and the wingº of the otherº cherubº touchedºª the otherº wall;º and their wingsº touchedºª oneº anotherº² in² the midstº of the house.º 28 And he overlaidºª² the cherubimsº with gold.º 29 And he carvedºª all² the wallsº of the houseº round aboutº with carvedº figuresº of cherubimsº and palm treesº and open¹ª² flowers,º within¹²² and without.º 30 And the floorº of the houseº he overlaidºª with gold,º withinº and without.º
 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.
 Ex 25:20; 37:9; 2Ch 3:11; 5:8.
 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.
 Is 54:11; 60:17; Rv 21:18.
31 ¶ And for the enteringº of the oracleº he madeºª doorsº [of] oliveº tree:º the lintelº [and] side postsº [were] a fifth partº [of the wall]. 32 The twoº doorsº also [were of] oliveº tree;º and he carvedºª upon² them carvingsº of cherubimsº and palm treesº and open¹ª² flowers,º and overlaidºª [them] with gold,º and spreadºª² goldº upon² the cherubims,º and upon² the palm trees.º 33 So² also madeºª he for the doorº of the templeº postsº [of] oliveº tree,º a fourth partº²² [of the wall]. 34 And the twoº doorsº [were of] firº tree:º the twoº leavesº of the oneº doorº [were] folding,º and the twoº leavesº of the otherº doorº [were] folding.º 35 And he carvedºª [thereon] cherubimsº and palm treesº and open¹ª² flowers:º and coveredºª [them] with goldº fittedºª upon² the carved work.ºª
The time of building it.
37 ¶ In the fourthº yearº was the foundationºª of the houseº of the LORDº laid,¹ª in the monthº Zif:º 38 And in the eleventhºº year,º in the monthº Bul,º which² [is] the eighthº month,º was the houseº finishedºª throughout all² the partsº thereof, and according to all² the fashionº of it. So was he sevenº yearsº in buildingºª it.
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