1 Kings 7:1-12 New International Version

Solomon's Other Buildings

7 1  It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace. 2  He built the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon a hundred cubits long, fifty wide and thirty high,[1] with four rows of cedar columns supporting trimmed cedar beams. 3  It was roofed with cedar above the beams that rested on the columns-forty-five beams, fifteen to a row. 4  Its windows were placed high in sets of three, facing each other. 5  All the doorways had rectangular frames; they were in the front part in sets of three, facing each other.[2] 6  He made a colonnade fifty cubits long and thirty wide.[3] In front of it was a portico, and in front of that were pillars and an overhanging roof. 7  He built the throne hall, the Hall of Justice, where he was to judge, and he covered it with cedar from floor to ceiling.[4] 8  And the palace in which he was to live, set farther back, was similar in design. Solomon also made a palace like this hall for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had married. 9  All these structures, from the outside to the great courtyard and from foundation to eaves, were made of blocks of high-grade stone cut to size and smoothed on their inner and outer faces. 10  The foundations were laid with large stones of good quality, some measuring ten cubits[5] and some eight.[6] 11  Above were high-grade stones, cut to size, and cedar beams. 12  The great courtyard was surrounded by a wall of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams, as was the inner courtyard of the temple of the Lord with its portico.


Footnotes

[1] 7:2 That is, about 150 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 45 meters long, 23 meters wide and 14 meters high

[2] 7:5 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.

[3] 7:6 That is, about 75 feet long and 45 feet wide or about 23 meters long and 14 meters wide

[4] 7:7 Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew "floor"

[5] 7:10 That is, about 15 feet or about 4.5 meters; also in verse 23

[6] 7:10 That is, about 12 feet or about 3.6 meters

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