1 Kings 6-7 Young’s Literal Translation

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Solomon Builds the House of the LORD

6 1  And it cometh to pass, in the four hundred and eightieth year of the going out of the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt, in the fourth year—in the month of Zif, it 'is' the second month—of the reigning of Solomon over Israel, that he buildeth the house for Jehovah. 2  As to the house that king Solomon hath built for Jehovah, sixty cubits 'is' its length, and twenty its breadth, and thirty cubits its height. 3  As to the porch on the front of the temple of the house, twenty cubits 'is' its length on the front of the breadth of the house; ten by the cubit 'is' its breadth on the front of the house; 4  and he maketh for the house windows of narrow lights. 5  And he buildeth against the wall of the house a couch round about, 'even' the walls of the house round about, of the temple and of the oracle, and maketh sides round about. 6  The lowest couch, five by the cubit 'is' its breadth; and the middle, six by the cubit 'is' its breadth; and the third, seven by the cubit 'is' its breadth, for withdrawings he hath put to the house round about, without—not to lay hold on the walls of the house. 7  And the house, in its being built, of perfect stone brought 'thither' hath been built, and hammer, and the axe—any instrument of iron—was not heard in the house, in its being built. 8  The opening of the middle side 'is' at the right shoulder of the house, and with windings they go up on the middle one, and from the middle one unto the third. 9  And he buildeth the house, and completeth it, and covereth the house 'with' beams and rows of cedars. 10  And he buildeth the couch against all the house, five cubits 'is' its height, and it taketh hold of the house by cedar-wood.

11  And the word of Jehovah is unto Solomon, saying, 12  'This house that thou art building—if thou dost walk in My statutes, and My judgments dost do, yea, hast done all My commands, to walk in them, then I have established My word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father, 13  and have tabernacled in the midst of the sons of Israel, and do not forsake My people Israel.' 14  And Solomon buildeth the house and completeth it;

15  and he buildeth the walls of the house within with beams of cedar, from the floor of the house unto the walls of the ceiling; he hath overlaid with wood the inside, and covereth the floor of the house with ribs of fir. 16  And he buildeth the twenty cubits on the sides of the house with ribs of cedar, from the floor unto the walls; and he buildeth for it within, for the oracle, for the holy of holies. 17  And forty by the cubit was the house, it 'is' the temple before 'it'. 18  And the cedar for the house within 'is' carvings of knobs and openings of flowers; the whole 'is' cedar, there is not a stone seen. 19  And the oracle in the midst of the house within he hath prepared, to put there the ark of the covenant of Jehovah. 20  And before the oracle 'is' twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits 'is' its height; and he overlayeth it with gold refined, and overlayeth the altar with cedar. 21  And Solomon overlayeth the house within with gold refined, and causeth 'it' to pass over in chains of gold before the oracle, and overlayeth it with gold. 22  And the whole of the house he hath overlaid with gold, till the completion of all the house; and the whole of the altar that the oracle hath, he hath overlaid with gold. 23  And he maketh within the oracle two cherubs, of the oil-tree, ten cubits 'is' their height; 24  and five cubits 'is' the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the second wing of the cherub, ten cubits from the ends of its wings even unto the ends of its wings; 25  and ten by the cubit 'is' the second cherub, one measure and one form 'are' to the two cherubs, 26  the height of the one cherub 'is' ten by the cubit, and so 'is' the second cherub; 27  and he setteth the cherubs in the midst of the inner house, and they spread out the wings of the cherubs, and a wing of the one cometh against the wall, and a wing of the second cherub is coming against the second wall, and their wings 'are' unto the midst of the house, coming wing against wing; 28  and he overlayeth the cherubs with gold, 29  and all the walls of the house round about he hath carved with openings of carvings, cherubs, and palm trees, and openings of flowers, within and without. 30  And the floor of the house he hath overlaid with gold, within and without; 31  as to the opening of the oracle, he made doors of the oil-tree; the lintel, side-posts, a fifth. 32  And the two doors 'are' of the oil-tree, and he hath carved upon them carvings of cherubs, and palm-trees, and openings of flowers, and overlaid with gold, and he causeth the gold to go down on the cherubs and on the palm-trees. 33  And so he hath made for the opening of the temple, side-posts of the oil-tree, from the fourth. 34  And the two doors 'are' of fir-tree, the two sides of the one door are revolving, and the two hangings of the second door are revolving. 35  And he hath carved cherubs, and palms, and openings of flowers, and overlaid with straightened gold the graved work. 36  And he buildeth the inner court, three rows of hewn work, and a row of beams of cedar. 37  In the fourth year hath the house of Jehovah been founded, in the month Zif, 38  and in the eleventh year, in the month Bul—'that is' the eighth month—hath the house been finished in all its matters, and in all its ordinances, and he buildeth it seven years.

Solomon's Other Buildings

7 1  And his own house hath Solomon built thirteen years, and he finisheth all his house. 2  And he buildeth the house of the forest of Lebanon; a hundred cubits 'is' its length, and fifty cubits its breadth, and thirty cubits its height, on four rows of cedar pillars, and cedar-beams on the pillars; 3  and 'it is' covered with cedar above, on the sides that 'are' on the forty and five pillars, fifteen in the row. 4  And windows 'are' in three rows, and sight 'is' over-against sight three times. 5  And all the openings and the side-posts 'are' square—windows; and sight 'is' over-against sight three times. 6  And the porch of the pillars he hath made; fifty cubits its length, and thirty cubits its breadth, and the porch 'is' before them, and pillars and a thick place 'are' before them. 7  And the porch of the throne where he judgeth—the porch of judgment—he hath made, and 'it is' covered with cedar from the floor unto the floor. 8  As to his house where he dwelleth, the other court 'is' within the porch—as this work it hath been; and a house he maketh for the daughter of Pharaoh—whom Solomon hath taken—like this porch. 9  All these 'are' of precious stone, according to the measures of hewn work, sawn with a saw, within and without, even from the foundation unto the coping, and at the outside, unto the great court. 10  And the foundation 'is' of precious stone, great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits; 11  and above 'are' precious stone, according to the measures of hewn work, and cedar; 12  and the great court round about 'is' three rows of hewn work, and a row of cedar-beams, even for the inner court of the house of Jehovah, and for the porch of the house.

Solomon Employs Hiram of Tyre

13  And king Solomon sendeth and taketh Hiram out of Tyre— 14  he 'is' son of a woman, a widow, of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father a man of Tyre, a worker in brass, and he is filled with the wisdom and the understanding, and the knowledge to do all work in brass—and he cometh unto king Solomon, and doth all his work. 15  And he formeth the two pillars of brass; eighteen cubits 'is' the height of the one pillar, and a cord of twelve cubits doth compass the second pillar. 16  And two chapiters he hath made to put on the tops of the pillars, cast in brass; five cubits the height of the one chapiter, and five cubits the height of the second chapiter. 17  Nets of net-work, wreaths of chain-work 'are' for the chapiters that 'are' on the top of the pillars, seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the second chapiter. 18  And he maketh the pillars, and two rows round about on the one net-work, to cover the chapiters that 'are' on the top, with the pomegranates, and so he hath made for the second chapiter. 19  And the chapiters that 'are' on the top of the pillars 'are' of lily-work in the porch, four cubits; 20  and the chapiters on the two pillars also above, over-against the protuberance that 'is' beside the net; and the pomegranates 'are' two hundred, in rows round about on the second chapiter. 21  And he raiseth up the pillars for the porch of the temple, and he raiseth up the right pillar, and calleth its name Jachin, and he raiseth up the left pillar, and calleth its name Boaz; 22  and on the top of the pillars 'is' lily-work; and the work of the pillars 'is' completed.

The Furnishings for the Temple

23  And he maketh the molten sea, ten by the cubit from its edge unto its edge; 'it is' round all about, and five by the cubit 'is' its height, and a line of thirty by the cubit doth compass it round about; 24  and knops beneath its brim round about are compassing it, ten by the cubit, going round the sea round about; in two rows 'are' the knops, cast in its being cast. 25  It is standing on twelve oxen, three facing the north, and three facing the west, and three facing the south, and three facing the east, and the sea 'is' upon them above, and all their hinder parts 'are' inward. 26  And its thickness 'is' an handbreadth, and its edge as the work of the edge of a cup, flowers of lilies; two thousand baths it containeth. 27  And he maketh the ten bases of brass; four by the cubit 'is' the length of the one base, and four by the cubit its breadth, and three by the cubit its height. 28  And this 'is' the work of the base: they have borders, and the borders 'are' between the joinings; 29  and on the borders that 'are' between the joinings 'are' lions, oxen, and cherubs, and on the joinings a base above, and beneath the lions and the oxen 'are' additions—sloping work. 30  And four wheels of brass 'are' to the one base, and axles of brass; and its four corners have shoulders—under the laver 'are' the molten shoulders, beside each addition. 31  And its mouth within the chapiter and above 'is' by the cubit, and its mouth 'is' round, the work of the base, a cubit and half a cubit; and also on its mouth 'are' carvings and their borders, square, not round. 32  And the four wheels 'are' under the borders, and the spokes of the wheels 'are' in the base, and the height of the one wheel 'is' a cubit and half a cubit. 33  And the work of the wheels 'is' as the work of the wheel of a chariot, their spokes, and their axles, and their felloes, and their naves; the whole 'is' molten. 34  And four shoulders 'are' unto the four corners of the one base; out of the base 'are' its shoulders. 35  And in the top of the base 'is' the half of a cubit in the height all round about; and on the top of the base its spokes and its borders 'are' of the same. 36  And he openeth on the tablets of its spokes, and on its borders, cherubs, lions, and palm-trees, according to the void space of each, and additions round about. 37  Thus he hath made the ten bases; one casting, one measure, one form, have they all. 38  And he maketh ten lavers of brass; forty baths doth the one laver contain, four by the cubit 'is' the one laver, one laver on the one base 'is' to the ten bases; 39  and he putteth the five bases on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house, and the sea he hath put on the right side of the house, eastward—over-against the south. 40  And Hiram maketh the lavers, and the shovels, and the bowls; and Hiram completeth to do all the work that he made for king Solomon, 'for' the house of Jehovah; 41  pillars two, and bowls of the chapiters that 'are' on the top of the pillars two, and the nets two, to cover the two bowls of the chapiters that 'are' on the top of the pillars; 42  and the pomegranates four hundred for the two nets, two rows of pomegranates for the one net, to cover the two bowls of the chapiters that 'are' on the front of the pillars; 43  and the ten bases, and the ten lavers on the bases; 44  and the one sea, the twelve oxen under the sea, 45  and the pots, and the shovels, and the bowls; and all these vessels, that Hiram hath made to king Solomon 'for' the house of Jehovah, 'are' of brass—polished. 46  In the circuit of the Jordan hath the king cast them, in the thick soil of the ground, between Succoth and Zarthan. 47  And Solomon placeth the whole of the vessels; because of the very great abundance, the weight of the brass hath not been searched out.

48  And Solomon maketh all the vessels that 'are' in the house of Jehovah: the altar of gold, and the table—on which 'is' the bread of the Presence—of gold, 49  and the candlesticks, five on the right, and five on the left, before the oracle, of refined gold, and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold, 50  and the basins, and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the spoons, and the censers, of refined gold, and the hinges for the doors of the inner-house, for the holy of holies, for the doors of the house of the temple, of gold. 51  And it is complete—all the work that king Solomon hath made 'for' the house of Jehovah, and Solomon bringeth in the sanctified things of David his father; the silver, and the gold, and the vessels he hath put in the treasuries of the house of Jehovah.

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