Solomon's Agreement with King Huram
2 1 Now Solomon decided to build a house for the name of the Lord and a royal palace for himself. 2 So Solomon assigned 70,000 e men to carry loads and 80,000 e men to quarry stone in the mountains and 3,600 e e to supervise them. 3 Then Solomon sent word to Huram the king of Tyre , saying , " As you dealt with David my father and sent him cedars to build him a house to dwell in, so do for me. 4 "Behold , I am about to build a house for the name of the Lord my God , dedicating it to Him, to burn fragrant incense before Him and to set out the showbread continually , and to offer burnt offerings morning and evening , on sabbaths and on new moons and on the appointed feasts of the Lord our God , this being required forever in Israel . 5 "The house which I am about to build will be great , for greater is our God than all the gods . 6 "But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except e to burn incense before Him? 7 "Now send me a skilled man to work in gold , silver , brass and iron , and in purple , crimson and violet fabrics, and who knows how to make engravings , to work with the skilled men whom I have in Judah and Jerusalem , whom David my father provided . 8 " Send me also cedar , cypress and algum timber from Lebanon , for I know that your servants know how to cut timber of Lebanon ; and indeed my servants will work with your servants , 9 to prepare timber in abundance for me, for the house which I am about to build will be great and wonderful . 10 "Now behold , I will give to your servants , the woodsmen who cut the timber , 20,000 e kors of crushed wheat and 20,000 e kors of barley , and 20,000 e baths of wine and 20,000 e baths of oil ."
11 Then Huram , king of Tyre , answered in a letter sent to Solomon : " Because the Lord loves His people , He has made you king over them." 12 Then Huram continued , "Blessed be the Lord , the God of Israel , who has made heaven and earth , who has given King David a wise son , endowed with discretion and understanding , who will build a house for the Lord and a royal palace for himself. 13 "Now I am sending Huram-abi e , a skilled man , endowed with understanding , 14 the son of a Danite e woman and a Tyrian father , who knows how to work in gold , silver , bronze , iron , stone and wood , and in purple , violet , linen and crimson fabrics, and who knows how to make all kinds of engravings and to execute any design which may be assigned to him, to work with your skilled men and with those of my lord David your father . 15 "Now then, let my lord send to his servants wheat and barley , oil and wine , of which he has spoken . 16 " We will cut whatever timber you need from Lebanon and bring it to you on rafts by sea to Joppa , so that you may carry it up to Jerusalem ." 17 Solomon numbered all the aliens who were in the land of Israel , following the census which his father David had taken ; and 153,600 e e e e e were found . 18 He appointed 70,000 e of them to carry loads and 80,000 e to quarry stones in the mountains and 3,600 e e supervisors to make the people work .
Solomon Builds the House of the LORD
3 1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah , where the Lord had appeared to his father David , at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite . 2 He began to build on the second day in the second month of the fourth year of his reign . 3 Now these are the foundations which Solomon laid for building the house of God . The length in cubits , according to the old standard was sixty cubits , and the width twenty cubits . 4 The porch which was in front of the house was as long as the width of the house , twenty cubits , and the height 120 e ; and inside e he overlaid it with pure gold . 5 He overlaid the main room with cypress wood and overlaid it with fine gold , and ornamented e it with palm trees and chains . 6 Further, he adorned the house with precious stones ; and the gold was gold from Parvaim . 7 He also overlaid the house with gold -the beams , the thresholds and its walls and its doors ; and he carved cherubim on the walls . 8 Now he made the room of the holy of holies : its length across e the width of the house was twenty cubits , and its width was twenty cubits ; and he overlaid it with fine gold , amounting to 600 e talents . 9 The weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold . He also overlaid the upper rooms with gold .
10 Then he made two sculptured e cherubim in the room of the holy of holies and overlaid them with gold . 11 The wingspan of the cherubim was twenty cubits ; the wing of one , of five cubits , touched the wall of the house , and its other wing , of five cubits , touched the wing of the other cherub . 12 The wing of the other cherub , of five cubits , touched the wall of the house ; and its other wing of five cubits was attached to the wing of the first cherub . 13 The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits , and they stood on their feet facing the main room . 14 He made the veil of violet , purple , crimson and fine linen , and he worked cherubim on it.
The Two Pillars
15 He also made two pillars for the front of the house , thirty-five e cubits high , and the capital on the top of each was five cubits . 16 He made chains in the inner sanctuary and placed them on the tops of the pillars ; and he made one hundred pomegranates and placed them on the chains . 17 He erected the pillars in front of the temple , one on the right and the other on the left , and named e the one on the right Jachin and the one on the left Boaz .
The Furnishings for the Temple
4 1 Then he made a bronze altar , twenty cubits in length and twenty cubits in width and ten cubits in height . 2 Also he made the cast metal sea , ten cubits from brim to brim , circular in form , and its height was five cubits and its circumference e e thirty cubits . 3 Now figures like oxen were under it and all around e it, ten cubits , entirely encircling the sea . The oxen were in two rows , cast in one piece . 4 It stood on twelve e oxen , three facing the north , three facing west , three facing south and three facing east ; and the sea was set on top of them and all their hindquarters turned inwards . 5 It was a handbreadth thick , and its brim was made like the brim of a cup , like a lily blossom ; it could hold 3,000 e baths . 6 He also made ten basins in which to wash , and he set five on the right side and five on the left to rinse things for the burnt offering ; but the sea was for the priests to wash in. 7 Then he made the ten golden lampstands in the way prescribed for them and he set them in the temple , five on the right side and five on the left . 8 He also made ten tables and placed them in the temple , five on the right side and five on the left . And he made one hundred golden bowls . 9 Then he made the court e of the priests and the great court and doors for the court , and overlaid their doors with bronze . 10 He set the sea on the right side of the house toward the southeast .
11 Huram also made the pails , the shovels and the bowls . So Huram finished doing the work which he performed for King Solomon in the house of God : 12 the two pillars , the bowls and the two capitals on top of the pillars , and the two networks to cover the two bowls of the capitals which were on top of the pillars , 13 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 pillars . 14 He also made the stands and he made the basins on the stands , 15 and the one sea with the twelve e oxen under it. 16 The pails , the shovels , the forks and all its utensils , Huram-abi e made of polished bronze for King Solomon for the house of the Lord . 17 On the plain of the Jordan the king cast them in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredah . 18 Thus Solomon made all these utensils in great quantities , for the weight of the bronze could not be found out. 19 Solomon also made all the things that were in the house of God : even the golden altar , the tables with the bread of the Presence on them, 20 the lampstands with their lamps of pure gold , to burn in front of the inner sanctuary in the way prescribed ; 21 the flowers , the lamps , and the tongs of gold , of purest gold ; 22 and the snuffers , the bowls , the spoons and the firepans of pure gold ; and the entrance of the house , its inner doors for the holy of holies and the doors of the house , that is, of the nave , of gold .
5 1 Thus all the work that Solomon performed for the house of the Lord was finished . And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated , even the silver and the gold and all the utensils , and put them in the treasuries of the house of God .
Solomon Brings the Ark into the Temple
2 Then Solomon assembled to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes , the leaders of the fathers' households of the sons of Israel , to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David , which is Zion . 3 All the men of Israel assembled themselves to the king at the feast , that is in the seventh month . 4 Then all the elders of Israel came , and the Levites took up the ark . 5 They brought up the ark and the tent of meeting and all the holy utensils which were in the tent ; the Levitical priests brought them up. 6 And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him before the ark , were sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered . 7 Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place , into the inner sanctuary of the house , to the holy of holies , under the wings of the cherubim . 8 For the cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark , so that the cherubim made a covering over the ark and its poles . 9 The poles were so long that the ends of the poles of the ark could be seen in front of the inner sanctuary , but they could not be seen outside ; and they are there to this day . 10 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets which Moses put there at Horeb , where the Lord made a covenant with the sons of Israel , when they came out of Egypt .
11 When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions ), 12 and all the Levitical singers , Asaph , Heman , Jeduthun , and their sons and kinsmen , clothed in fine linen , with cymbals , harps and lyres , standing east of the altar , and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets 13 in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord , and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music , and when they praised the Lord saying, " He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting ," then the house , the house of the Lord , was filled with a cloud , 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because e of the cloud , for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God .