Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom
1 1 And strengthen himself doth Solomon son of David over his kingdom, and Jehovah his God 'is' with him, and maketh him exceedingly great. 2 And Solomon saith to all Israel, to heads of the thousands, and of the hundreds, and to judges, and to every honourable one of all Israel, heads of the fathers, 3 and they go—Solomon, and all the assembly with him—to the high place that 'is' in Gibeon, for there hath been God's tent of meeting, that Moses, servant of Jehovah, made in the wilderness, 4 but the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjath-Jearim, when David prepared for it, for he stretched out for it a tent in Jerusalem; 5 and the altar of brass that Bezaleel son of Uri, son of Hur made, he put before the tabernacle of Jehovah; and Solomon and the assembly seek to it. 6 And Solomon goeth up thither, on the altar of brass, before Jehovah, that 'is' at the tent of meeting, and causeth to ascend upon it a thousand burnt-offerings. 7 In that night hath God appeared to Solomon, and saith to him, 'Ask—what do I give to thee?' 8 And Solomon saith to God, 'Thou hast done with David my father great kindness, and hast caused me to reign in his stead. 9 Now, O Jehovah God, is Thy word with David my father stedfast, for Thou hast caused me to reign over a people numerous as the dust of the earth; 10 now, wisdom and knowledge give to me, and I go out before this people, and I come in, for who doth judge this Thy great people?' 11 And God saith to Solomon, 'Because that this hath been with thy heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, and honour, and the life of those hating thee, and also many days hast not asked, and dost ask for thyself wisdom and knowledge, so that thou dost judge My people over which I have caused thee to reign— 12 the wisdom and the knowledge is given to thee, and riches and wealth and honour I give to thee, that there hath not been so to the kings who 'are' before thee, and after thee it is not so.'
13 And Solomon cometh in 'from' the high place that 'is' in Gibeon to Jerusalem, from before the tent of meeting, and reigneth over Israel,
Solomon's Trade in Horses and Chariots
14 and Solomon gathereth chariots and horsemen, and he hath a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, and he placeth them in the cities of the chariots, and with the king in Jerusalem. 15 And the king maketh the silver and the gold in Jerusalem as stones, and the cedars he made as sycamores that 'are' in the low country, for abundance. 16 And the source of the horses that 'are' to Solomon 'is' from Egypt and from Keva; merchants of the king from Keva take at a price, 17 and they come up, and bring out from Egypt a chariot for six hundred silverlings, and a horse for fifty and a hundred, and so for all the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of Aram—by their hand they bring out.
Solomon's Agreement with King Huram
2 1 And Solomon saith to build a house for the name of Jehovah, and a house for his kingdom, 2 and Solomon numbereth seventy thousand men bearing burden, and eighty thousand men hewing in the mountain, and overseers over them—three thousand and six hundred. 3 And Solomon sendeth unto Huram king of Tyre, saying, 'When thou hast dealt with David my father, then thou dost send to him cedars to build for him a house to dwell in; 4 lo, I am building a house to the name of Jehovah my God, to sanctify 'it' to Him, to make perfume before Him, perfume of spices, and a continual arrangement, and burnt-offerings at morning and at evening, at sabbaths, and at new moons, and at appointed seasons of Jehovah our God; to the age this 'is' on Israel. 5 'And the house that I am building 'is' great, for greater 'is' our God than all gods; 6 and who doth retain strength to build to Him a house, for the heavens, even the heavens of the heavens, do not contain Him? and who 'am' I that I do build to Him a house, except to make perfume before Him? 7 'And now, send to me a wise man to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and knowing to grave gravings with the wise men who 'are' with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father prepared; 8 and send to me cedar-trees, firs, and algums from Lebanon, for I have known that thy servants know to cut down trees of Lebanon, and lo, my servants 'are' with thy servants, 9 even to prepare for me trees in abundance, for the house that I am building 'is' great and wonderful. 10 'And lo, to hewers, to those cutting the trees, I have given beaten wheat to thy servants, cors twenty thousand, and barley, cors twenty thousand, and wine, baths twenty thousand, and oil, baths twenty thousand.'
11 And Huram king of Tyre saith in writing, and sendeth unto Solomon: 'In the love of Jehovah to His people He hath given thee king over them.' 12 And Huram saith, 'Blessed 'is' Jehovah, God of Israel, who made the heavens and the earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, knowing wisdom and understanding, who doth build a house for Jehovah, and a house for his kingdom. 13 'And now, I have sent a wise man having understanding, of Huram my father, 14 (son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father a man of Tyre), knowing to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stones, and in wood, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson, and to grave any graving, and to devise any device that is given to him, with thy wise men, and the wise men of my lord David thy father. 15 'And, now, the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the wine, as my lord said, let him send to his servants, 16 and we—we cut trees out of Lebanon, according to all thy need, and bring them in to thee—floats by sea, to Joppa, and thou dost take them up to Jerusalem.' 17 And Solomon numbereth all the men, the sojourners who 'are' in the land of Israel, after the numbering with which David his father numbered them, and they are found a hundred and fifty thousand, and three thousand, and six hundred; 18 and he maketh of them seventy thousand burden-bearers, and eighty thousand hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers, to cause the people to work.
Solomon Builds the House of the LORD
3 1 And Solomon beginneth to build the house of Jehovah, in Jerusalem, in the mount of Moriah, where He appeared to David his father, in the place that David had prepared, in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, 2 and he beginneth to build in the second 'day', in the second month, in the fourth year of his reign. 3 And 'in' these hath Solomon been instructed to build the house of God: The length 'in' cubits by the former measure 'is' sixty cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits. 4 As to the porch that 'is' on the front, the length 'is' by the front of the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height a hundred and twenty, and he overlayeth it within with pure gold. 5 And the large house he hath covered with fir-trees, and he doth cover it with good gold, and causeth to ascend on it palms and chains, 6 and he overlayeth the house with precious stone for beauty, and the gold 'is' gold of Parvaim, 7 and he covereth the house, the beams, the thresholds, and its walls, and its doors, with gold, and hath graved cherubs on the walls. 8 And he maketh the most holy house: its length 'is' by the front of the breadth of the house twenty cubits, and its breadth twenty cubits, and he covereth it with good gold, to six hundred talents; 9 and the weight of the nails 'is' fifty shekels of gold, and the upper chambers he hath covered with gold.
10 And he maketh in the most holy house two cherubs, image work, and he overlayeth them with gold; 11 as to the wings of the cherubs, their length 'is' twenty cubits, the wing of the one 'is' five cubits, touching the wall of the house, and the other wing 'is' five cubits, touching the wing of the other cherub. 12 And the wing of the other cherub 'is' five cubits touching the wall of the house, and the other wing 'is' five cubits, adhering to the wing of the other cherub. 13 The wings of these cherubs are spreading forth twenty cubits, and they are standing on their feet and their faces 'are' inward. 14 And he maketh the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and causeth cherubs to go up on it.
The Two Pillars
15 And he maketh at the front of the house two pillars, thirty and five cubits in length, and the ornament that 'is' on their heads five cubits. 16 And he maketh chains in the oracle, and putteth on the heads of the pillars, and maketh a hundred pomegranates, and putteth on the chains. 17 And he raiseth up the pillars on the front of the temple, one on the right, and one on the left, and calleth the name of that on the right Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.
The Furnishings for the Temple
4 1 And he maketh an altar of brass, twenty cubits its length, and twenty cubits its breadth, and ten cubits its height. 2 And he maketh the molten sea; ten by the cubit, from its edge unto its edge, round in compass, and five by the cubit its height, and a line of thirty by the cubit doth compass it, round about. 3 And the likeness of oxen 'is' under it, all round about encompassing it, ten in the cubit, compassing the sea round about; two rows of oxen are cast in its being cast. 4 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' within. 5 And its thickness 'is' a handbreadth, and its lip as the work of the lip of a cup flowered with lilies; taking hold—baths three thousand it containeth. 6 And he maketh ten lavers, and putteth five on the right, and five on the left, to wash with them; the work of the burnt-offering they purge with them; and the sea 'is' for priests to wash with. 7 And he maketh the ten candlesticks of gold, according to their ordinance, and placeth in the temple, five on the right, and five on the left. 8 And he maketh ten tables, and placeth in the temple, five on the right, and five on the left; and he maketh bowls of gold a hundred. 9 And he maketh the court of the priests, and the great court, and doors for the court, and their doors he hath overlaid with brass. 10 And the sea he hath placed on the right shoulder eastward, over-against the south.
11 And Huram maketh the pots, and the shovels, and the bowls, and Huram finisheth to make the work that he made for king Solomon in the house of God; 12 two pillars, and the bowls, and the crowns on the heads of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two bowls of the crowns that 'are' on the heads of the pillars; 13 and the pomegranates four hundred to the two wreaths, two rows of pomegranates to the one wreath, to cover the two bowls of the crowns that 'are' on the front of the pillars. 14 And the bases he hath made; and the lavers he hath made on the bases; 15 the one sea, and the twelve oxen under it, 16 and the pots, and the shovels, and the forks, and all their vessels, hath Huram his father made for king Solomon, for the house of Jehovah, of brass purified. 17 In the circuit of the Jordan hath the king cast them, in the thick soil of the ground, between Succoth and Zeredathah. 18 And Solomon maketh all these vessels in great abundance, that the weight of the brass hath not been searched out. 19 And Solomon maketh all the vessels that 'are for' the house of God, and the altar of gold, and the tables, and on them 'is' bread of the presence; 20 and the candlesticks, and their lamps, for their burning according to the ordinance, before the oracle, of gold refined; 21 and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold—it 'is' the perfection of gold; 22 and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the spoons, and the censers, of gold refined, and the opening of the house, its innermost doors to the holy of holies, and the doors of the house to the temple, of gold.