1 Kings 6-7 New American Standard Bible

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Solomon Builds the House of the LORD

6 Now 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 began to build the house of the Lord . 2  As for the house which King Solomon built for the Lord , its length was sixty cubits and its width twenty cubits and its height thirty cubits . 3  The porch in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits in length , corresponding e to the width of the house , and its depth along the front of the house was ten cubits . 4  Also for the house he made windows with artistic frames . 5  Against the wall of the house he built stories encompassing the walls of the house around both the nave and the inner sanctuary ; thus he made side 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 made offsets in the wall of the house all around in order that the beams would not be inserted in the walls of the house . 7  The house , while it was being built , was built of stone prepared 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 lowest 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 he built the house and finished it; and he covered the house with beams and planks of cedar . 10  He also built the stories against the whole house , each five cubits high ; and they were fastened to the house with timbers of cedar .

11  Now the word of the Lord came to Solomon saying , 12  "Concerning this house which you are building , if 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  " I will dwell among the sons of Israel , and will not forsake My people Israel ." 14  So Solomon built the house and finished it.

15  Then he built the walls of the house on the inside e with boards of cedar ; from the floor of the house to the ceiling e he overlaid the walls on the inside e with wood , and he overlaid the floor of the house with boards of cypress . 16  He built twenty cubits on the rear part of the house with boards of cedar from the floor to the ceiling ; he built them for it on the inside e as an inner sanctuary , even as the most holy place . 17  The house , that is, the nave in front of the inner sanctuary, was forty cubits long. 18  There was cedar on the house within , carved in the shape of gourds 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  The 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 e 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 the whole altar which was by the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold . 23  Also 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 the 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 two doors of cypress wood ; the two leaves of the one door turned on pivots , and the two leaves 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  He built the inner court with three rows of cut stone and a row of cedar beams . 37  In the fourth year the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid , in the month of Ziv . 38  In the eleventh e 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.

Solomon's Other Buildings

7 Now Solomon was building his own house thirteen e years , and he finished all his house . 2  He built the house of the forest of Lebanon ; its length was 100 cubits and its width 50 cubits and its height 30 cubits , on four rows of cedar pillars with cedar beams on the pillars . 3  It was paneled with cedar above e the side chambers which were on the 45 e pillars , 15 e in each row . 4  There were artistic window frames in three rows , and window was opposite window in three ranks . 5  All the doorways and doorposts had squared artistic frames , and window was opposite e window in three ranks . 6  Then he made the hall of pillars ; its length was 50 cubits and its width 30 cubits , and a porch was in front of them and pillars and a threshold in front of them. 7  He made the hall of the throne where e he was to judge , the hall of judgment , and it was paneled with cedar from floor to floor . 8  His house where e he was to live , the other court inward e from the hall , was of the same workmanship . He also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh's daughter , whom Solomon had married . 9  All these were of costly stones , of stone cut according to measure , sawed with saws , inside e and outside e ; even from the foundation to the coping , and so on the outside to the great court . 10  The foundation was of costly stones , even large stones , stones of ten cubits and stones of eight cubits . 11  And above e were costly stones , stone cut according to measure , and cedar . 12  So the great court all around had three rows of cut stone and a row of cedar beams even as the inner court of the house of the Lord , and the porch of the house .

Solomon Employs Hiram of Tyre

13  Now King Solomon sent and brought Hiram from Tyre . 14  He was a widow's son from the tribe of Naphtali , and his father was a man of Tyre , a worker in bronze ; and he was filled with wisdom and understanding and skill for doing any work in bronze . So he came to King Solomon and performed all his work . 15  He fashioned the two pillars of bronze ; eighteen e cubits was the height of one pillar , and a line of twelve e cubits measured the circumference of both . 16  He also made two capitals of molten bronze to set on the tops of the pillars ; the height of the one capital was five cubits and the height of the other capital was five cubits . 17  There were nets of network and twisted threads of chainwork e for the capitals which were on the top of the pillars ; seven for the one capital and seven for the other capital . 18  So he made the pillars , and two rows around on the one network to cover the capitals which were on the top of the pomegranates ; and so he did for the other capital . 19  The capitals which were on the top of the pillars in the porch were of lily design , four cubits . 20  There were capitals on the two pillars , even above e and close e to the rounded projection which was beside the network ; and the pomegranates numbered two hundred in rows around both capitals . 21  Thus he set up the pillars at the porch of the nave ; and he set up the right pillar and named e it Jachin , and he set up the left pillar and named e it Boaz . 22  On the top of the pillars was lily design . So the work of the pillars was finished .

The Furnishings for the Temple

23  Now he made the sea of cast metal ten cubits from brim to brim , circular in form , and its height was five cubits , and thirty cubits in circumference e e . 24  Under its brim gourds went around encircling it ten to a cubit , completely surrounding the sea ; the gourds were in two rows , cast with the rest . 25  It stood on twelve e oxen , three facing north , three facing west , three facing south , and three facing east ; and the sea was set on top of them, and all their rear parts turned inward . 26  It was a handbreadth thick , and its brim was made like the brim of a cup , as a lily blossom ; it could hold two thousand baths . 27  Then he made the ten stands of bronze ; the length of each stand was four cubits and its width four cubits and its height three cubits . 28  This was the design of the stands : they had borders , even borders between the frames , 29  and on the borders which were between the frames were lions , oxen and cherubim ; and on the frames there was a pedestal above e , and beneath e the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging work . 30  Now each stand had four bronze wheels with bronze axles , and its four feet had supports ; beneath e the basin were cast supports with wreaths at each side . 31  Its opening inside e the crown at the top was a cubit , and its opening was round like the design of a pedestal , a cubit and a half ; and also on its opening there were engravings , and their borders were square , not round . 32  The four wheels were underneath the borders , and the axles of the wheels were on the stand . And the height of a wheel was a cubit and a half . 33  The workmanship of the wheels was like the workmanship of a chariot wheel . Their axles , their rims , their spokes , and their hubs were all cast . 34  Now there were four supports at the four corners of each stand ; its supports were part of the stand itself. 35  On the top of the stand there was a circular form half a cubit high , and on the top of the stand its stays and its borders were part of it. 36  He engraved on the plates of its stays and on its borders , cherubim , lions and palm trees , according to the clear space on each , with wreaths all around . 37  He made the ten stands like this : all of them had one casting , one measure and one form . 38  He made ten basins of bronze , one basin held forty baths ; each basin was four cubits , and on each of the ten stands was one basin . 39  Then he set the stands , five on the right side of the house and five on the left side of the house ; and he set the sea of cast metal on the right side of the house eastward toward e the south . 40  Now Hiram made the basins and the shovels and the bowls . So Hiram finished doing all the work which he performed for King Solomon in the house of the Lord : 41  the two pillars and the two bowls of the capitals which were on the top of the two pillars , and the two networks to cover the two bowls of the capitals which were on the top of the pillars ; 42  and the four hundred pomegranates for the two networks , two rows of pomegranates for each network to cover the two bowls of the capitals which were on the tops of the pillars ; 43  and the ten stands with the ten basins on the stands ; 44  and the one sea and the twelve e oxen under the sea ; 45  and the pails and the shovels and the bowls ; even all these utensils which Hiram made for King Solomon in the house of the Lord were of polished bronze . 46  In the plain of the Jordan the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan . 47  Solomon left all the utensils unweighed, because they were too many ; the weight of the bronze could not be ascertained .

48  Solomon made all the furniture which was in the house of the Lord : the golden altar and the golden table on which was the bread of the Presence ; 49  and the lampstands , five on the right side and five on the left , in front of the inner sanctuary , of pure gold ; and the flowers and the lamps and the tongs , of gold ; 50  and the cups and the snuffers and the bowls and the spoons and the firepans , of pure gold ; and the hinges both for the doors of the inner house , the most holy place , and for the doors of the house , that is, of the nave , of gold . 51  Thus all the work that King Solomon performed in the house of the Lord was finished . And Solomon brought in the things dedicated by his father David , the silver and the gold and the utensils , and he put them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord .

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