6:1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month a Zif, which [is] the second month, that he began to build the b house of the LORD.
(a) Which contains part of April and part of May.
(b) By which is meant the temple and the oracle.
6:3 And the c
porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits [was] the length thereof,
according to the breadth of the house; [and] ten cubits [was] the breadth
thereof before the house.
(c) Or the court where the people prayed which
was before the place where the altar of burnt offerings stood.
6:5 And against the
wall of the house he built chambers round about, [against] the walls of the
house round about, [both] of the temple and of d
the oracle: and he made chambers round about:
(d) When God spoke between the Cherubim, called
also the most holy place.
6:6 The nethermost chamber [was] five cubits
broad, and the middle [was] six cubits broad, and the third [was] seven cubits
broad: for without [in the wall] of the house he made narrowed e
rests round about, that [the beams] should not be fastened in the walls of the
(e) Which were certain stones coming out of the
wall, as stays for the beams to rest upon.
So he built the f house, and finished
it; and covered the house with beams and boards of cedar.
(f) In Exodus it is called the tabernacle, and
the temple is here called the sanctuary and the oracle the most holy place.
And I will g dwell among the children of
Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.
(g) According as he promised to Moses, (Exodus
6:15 And he built the
walls of the house within with boards of cedar, both the floor of the house, and
h the walls of the cieling: [and] he
covered [them] on the inside with wood, and covered the floor of the house with
planks of fir.
(h) Meaning, to the roof which was also sealed.
6:17 And the i
house, that [is], the temple before it, was forty cubits [long].
(i) For when he spoke of the house in the first
verse, he meant both the oracle and the temple.
6:19 And the oracle
he prepared in the k house within, to
set there the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
(k) That is, in the most inward place of the
And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house:
also the l whole altar that [was] by the
oracle he overlaid with gold.
(l) Meaning, the altar of incense, (Exodus
And he m overlaid the cherubims with
(m) For the others which Moses made of beaten
gold were taken away with the other jewels by their enemies, whom God
permitted at various times to overcome them for their great sins.
The two doors also [were of] olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings of
cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid [them] with gold, and n
spread gold upon the cherubims, and upon the palm trees.
(n) So that the fashion of the carved work might
And he built the inner o court with
three rows of hewed stone, and a row of cedar beams.
(o) Where the priests were, and was thus called
in respect to the great court, which is called the porch of Solomon in (Acts
3:11) where the people used to pray.
6:38 And in the eleventh
year, in the month p Bul, which [is] the
eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and
according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it.
(p) Which contains part of October and part of