2 Chronicles 2-5 Bible in Basic English

Solomon's Agreement with King Huram

2 1  Now it was Solomon's purpose to put up a house for the name of the Lord and a house for himself as king. 2  And Solomon had seventy thousand men numbered for transport, and eighty thousand for cutting stone in the mountains, and three thousand, six hundred as overseers. 3  And Solomon sent to Huram, king of Tyre, saying, As you did for my father David, sending him cedar-trees for the building of his house, 4  See! I am building a house for the name of the Lord my God, to be made holy to him, where perfumes of sweet spices will be burned before him, and the holy bread will be placed at all times, and burned offerings will be offered morning and evening, on the Sabbaths and at the new moons, and on the regular feasts of the Lord our God. This is a law for ever to Israel. 5  And the house which I am building is to be great, for our God is greater than all gods. 6  But who may have strength enough to make a house for him, seeing that the heaven and the heaven of heavens are not wide enough to be his resting-place? who am I then to make a house for him? But I am building it only for the burning of perfume before him. 7  So now send me an expert worker in gold and silver and brass and iron? in purple and red and blue, and in the cutting of all sorts of ornament, to be with the expert workmen who are here in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom my father David got together. 8  And send me cedar-trees, cypress-trees and sandal-wood from Lebanon, for, to my knowledge, your servants are expert wood-cutters in Lebanon; and my servants will be with yours, 9  To get trees for me in great numbers, for the house which I am building is to be great and a wonder. 10  And I will give as food to your servants, the wood-cutters, twenty thousand measures of grain, and twenty thousand measures of barley and twenty thousand measures of wine and twenty thousand measures of oil.

11  Then Huram, king of Tyre, sent Solomon an answer in writing, saying, Because of his love for his people the Lord has made you king over them. 12  And Huram said, Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, maker of heaven and earth, who has given to David the king a wise son, full of wisdom and good sense, to be the builder of a house for the Lord and a house for himself as king. 13  And now I am sending you a wise and expert man, Huram who is as my father, 14  The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, whose father was a man of Tyre, an expert worker in gold and silver and brass and iron, in stone and wood, in purple and blue and fair linen and red, trained in the cutting of every sort of ornament and the invention of every sort of design; let him be given a place among your expert workmen and those of my lord, your father David. 15  So now let my lord send to his servants the grain and the oil and the wine as my lord has said; 16  And we will have wood cut from Lebanon, as much as you have need of, and will send it to you on flat boats by sea to Joppa, and from there you may take it up to Jerusalem. 17  Then Solomon took the number of all the men from strange lands who were living in Israel, as his father David had done; there were a hundred and fifty-three thousand, six hundred. 18  Seventy thousand he put to the work of transport, eighty thousand to cutting stone in the mountains, and three thousand, six hundred as overseers to put the people to work.

Solomon Builds the House of the LORD

3 1  Then Solomon made a start at building the house of the Lord on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, where the Lord had been seen by his father David, in the place which David had made ready in the grain-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 2  The building was started in the second month in the fourth year of his rule. 3  And Solomon put the base of the house of God in position; by the older measure it was sixty cubits long and twenty cubits wide. 4  And the covered way in front of the house was twenty cubits long, as wide as the house, and a hundred and twenty cubits high, all plated inside with the best gold. 5  And the greater house was roofed with cypress-wood, plated with the best gold and ornamented with designs of palm-trees and chains. 6  And the house was made beautiful with stones of great value, and the gold was gold of Parvaim. 7  All the house was plated with gold, the supports, the steps, the walls and the doors; and the walls were ornamented with designs of winged ones. 8  And he made the most holy place; it was twenty cubits long, and twenty cubits wide, like the greater house, and was plated all over with the best gold; six hundred talents were used for it. 9  And fifty shekels weight of gold was used for the nails. He had all the higher rooms plated with gold.

10  And in the most holy place he made images of two winged beings, covering them with gold. 11  Their outstretched wings were twenty cubits across; one wing, five cubits long, touching the wall of the house, and the other, of the same size, meeting the wing of the other winged one. 12  And in the same way, the wings of the other, five cubits long, were stretched out, one touching the wall and the other meeting the wing of the first winged one. 13  Their outstretched wings were twenty cubits across; they were placed upright on their feet, facing the inner part of the house. 14  And he made the veil of blue and purple and red, of the best linen, worked with winged ones.

The Two Pillars

15  And in front of the house he made two pillars, thirty-five cubits high, with crowns on the tops of them, five cubits high. 16  And he made chains, like neck ornaments, and put them on the tops of the pillars, and a hundred apples on the chains. 17  He put up the pillars in front of the Temple, one on the right side and one on the left, naming the one on the right Jachin and that on the left Boaz.

The Furnishings for the Temple

4 1  Then he made a brass altar, twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high. 2  And he made the great water-vessel of metal, round in form, measuring ten cubits across from edge to edge; it was five cubits high and thirty cubits round. 3  And under it was a design of flowers all round it, ten to a cubit, circling the water-vessel in two lines; they were made from liquid metal at the same time as the water-vessel. 4  It was supported on twelve oxen, three facing to the north, three to the west, three to the south, and three to the east, the water-vessel resting on top of them; their back parts were all turned to the middle of it. 5  It was as thick as a man's open hand, and the edge of it was curved like the edge of a cup, like a lily flower; it would take three thousand baths. 6  And he made ten washing-vessels, putting five on the right side and five on the left; such things as were used in making the burned offering were washed in them; but the great water-vessel was to be used by the priests for washing themselves. 7  And he made the ten gold supports for the lights, as directions had been given for them, and he put them in the Temple, five on the right side and five on the left. 8  He made ten tables, and put them in the Temple, five on the right side and five on the left. And he made a hundred gold basins. 9  Then he made the open space for the priests, and the great open space and its doors, plating the doors with brass. 10  He put the great water-vessel on the right side of the house to the east, facing south.

11  And Huram made all the pots and the spades and the basins. So he came to the end of all the work he did for King Solomon in the house of God: 12  The two pillars, and the two crowns on the tops of the pillars, and the network covering the two cups of the crowns on the tops of the pillars; 13  And the four hundred apples for the network, two lines of apples for the network covering the two cups of the crowns on the pillars. 14  And he made the ten bases and the ten washing-vessels which were on the bases; 15  The great water-vessel with the twelve oxen under it. 16  All the pots and the spades and the meat-hooks and their vessels, which Huram, who was as his father, made for King Solomon for the house of the Lord, were of polished brass. 17  The king made them of liquid metal in the lowland of Jordan, in the soft earth between Succoth and Zeredah. 18  So Solomon made all these vessels, a very great store of them, and the weight of the brass used was not measured. 19  And Solomon made all the vessels used in the house of God, the gold altar and the tables on which the holy bread was placed, 20  And the supports for the lights with their lights, to be burning in the regular way in front of the inmost room, of the best gold; 21  The flowers and the vessels for the lights and the instruments used for them, were all of gold; it was the best gold. 22  The scissors and the basins and the spoons and the fire-trays, of the best gold; and the inner doors of the house, opening into the most holy place, and the doors of the Temple, were all of gold.

5 1  So all the work which Solomon did for the house of the Lord was complete. And Solomon took the holy things which David his father had given, the silver and the gold and all the vessels, and put them in the store-houses of the house of God.

Solomon Brings the Ark into the Temple

2  Then Solomon sent for all the responsible men of Israel, all the chiefs of the tribes and the heads of families of the children of Israel, to come to Jerusalem and take the ark of the Lord's agreement up out of the town of David, which is Zion. 3  And all the men of Israel came together to the king at the feast in the seventh month. 4  All the responsible men of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark. 5  They took up the ark and the Tent of meeting and all the holy vessels which were in the Tent; all these the priests, the Levites, took up. 6  And King Solomon and all the men of Israel who had come together there with him, were before the ark, making offerings of sheep and oxen more than might be numbered. 7  And the priests took the ark of the Lord's agreement and put it in its place, in the inner room of the house, in the most holy place, under the wings of the winged ones. 8  For their wings were outstretched over the place where the ark was, covering the ark and its rods. 9  The rods were so long that their ends were seen from the holy place before the inmost room; but they were not seen from outside; and there they are to this day. 10  Nothing was in the ark but the two flat stones which Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made an agreement with the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt.

11  Now when the priests had come out of the holy place, (for all the priests who were present had made themselves holy, not keeping to their divisions; 12  And the Levites who made the music, all of them, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and brothers, robed in fair linen, were in their places with their brass and corded instruments at the east side of the altar, and with them a hundred and twenty priests blowing horns;) 13  And when the players on horns, and those who made melody in song, with one voice were sounding the praise and glory of the Lord; with loud voices and with wind instruments, and brass and corded instruments of music, praising the Lord and saying, He is good; his mercy is unchanging for ever: then the house was full of the cloud of the glory of the Lord, 14  So that the priests were not able to keep their places to do their work because of the cloud; for the house of God was full of the glory of the Lord.


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