Bible: 2 Chron. 2:1-7:22
Solomon Gathers Building Materials for the Temple
2:1 1 Solomon ordered a temple to be built to honor the
2:3 Solomon sent a message to King Huram 7 of Tyre: 8 “Help me 9 as you did my father David, when you sent him cedar logs 10 for the construction of his palace. 11 2:4 Look, I am ready to build a temple to honor 12 the
2:7 “Now send me a man who is skilled in working with gold, silver, bronze, and iron, as well as purple, crimson, and violet colored fabrics, and who knows how to engrave. He will work with my skilled craftsmen here in Jerusalem 17 and Judah, whom my father David provided. 2:8 Send me cedars, evergreens, and algum 18 trees from Lebanon, for I know your servants are adept 19 at cutting down trees in Lebanon. My servants will work with your servants 2:9 to supply me with large quantities of timber, for I am building a great, magnificent temple. 2:10 Look, I will pay your servants who cut the timber 20,000 kors 20 of ground wheat, 20,000 kors of barley, 120,000 gallons 21 of wine, and 120,000 gallons of olive oil.”
2:11 King Huram 22 of Tyre sent this letter to Solomon: “Because the
2:17 Solomon took a census 29 of all the male resident foreigners in the land of Israel, after the census his father David had taken. There were 153,600 in all. 2:18 He designated 30 70,000 as common laborers, 31 80,000 as stonecutters 32 in the hills, and 3,600 as supervisors to make sure the people completed the work. 33
The Building of the Temple
3:1 Solomon began building the
3:3 Solomon laid the foundation for God’s temple; 37 its length (determined according to the old standard of measure) was 90 feet, and its width 30 feet. 38 3:4 The porch in front of the main hall was 30 feet long, corresponding to the width of the temple, 39 and its height was 30 feet. 40 He plated the inside with pure gold. 3:5 He paneled 41 the main hall 42 with boards made from evergreen trees 43 and plated it with fine gold, decorated with palm trees and chains. 44 3:6 He decorated the temple with precious stones; the gold he used came from Parvaim. 45 3:7 He overlaid the temple’s rafters, thresholds, walls and doors with gold; he carved decorative cherubim on the walls.
3:8 He made the most holy place; 46 its length was 30 feet, 47 corresponding to the width of the temple, and its width 30 feet. 48 He plated it with 600 talents 49 of fine gold. 3:9 The gold nails weighed 50 shekels; he also plated the upper areas with gold. 3:10 In the most holy place he made two images of cherubim and plated them with gold. 3:11 The combined wing span of the cherubs was 30 feet. 50 One of the first cherub’s wings was seven and one-half feet long and touched one wall of the temple; its other wing was also seven and one-half feet long and touched one of the second cherub’s wings. 51 3:12 Likewise one of the second cherub’s wings was seven and one-half feet long and touched the other wall of the temple; its other wing was also seven and one-half feet long and touched one of the first cherub’s wings. 52 3:13 The combined wingspan of these cherubim was 30 feet. 53 They stood upright, facing inward. 54 3:14 He made the curtain out of violet, purple, crimson, and white fabrics, and embroidered on it decorative cherubim.
3:15 In front of the temple he made two pillars which had a combined length 55 of 52½ feet, 56 with each having a plated capital seven and one-half feet high. 57 3:16 He made ornamental chains 58 and put them on top of the pillars. He also made one hundred pomegranate-shaped ornaments and arranged them within the chains. 3:17 He set up the pillars in front of the temple, one on the right side and the other on the left. 59 He named the one on the right Jachin, 60 and the one on the left Boaz. 61
4:1 He made a bronze altar, 30 feet 62 long, 30 feet 63 wide, and 15 feet 64 high. 4:2 He also made the big bronze basin called “The Sea.” 65 It measured 15 feet 66 from rim to rim, was circular in shape, and stood seven and one-half feet 67 high. Its circumference was 45 feet. 68 4:3 Images of bulls were under it all the way around, ten every eighteen inches 69 all the way around. The bulls were in two rows and had been cast with “The Sea.” 4:4 “The Sea” stood on top of twelve bulls. Three faced northward, three westward, three southward, and three eastward. “The Sea” was placed on top of them, and they all faced outward. 70 4:5 It was four fingers thick and its rim was like that of a cup shaped like a lily blossom. It could hold 18,000 gallons. 71 4:6 He made ten washing basins; he put five on the south side and five on the north side. In them they rinsed the items used for burnt sacrifices; the priests washed in “The Sea.”
4:7 He made ten gold lampstands according to specifications and put them in the temple, five on the right and five on the left. 4:8 He made ten tables and set them in the temple, five on the right and five on the left. He also made one hundred gold bowls. 4:9 He made the courtyard of the priests and the large enclosure and its doors; 72 he plated their doors with bronze. 4:10 He put “The Sea” on the south side, in the southeast corner.
4:11 Huram Abi 73 made the pots, shovels, and bowls. He finished all the work on God’s temple he had been assigned by King Solomon. 74 4:12 He made 75 the two pillars, the two bowl-shaped tops of the pillars, the latticework for the bowl-shaped tops of the two pillars, 4:13 the four hundred pomegranate-shaped ornaments for the latticework of the two pillars (each latticework had two rows of these ornaments at the bowl-shaped top of the pillar), 4:14 the ten 76 movable stands with their ten 77 basins, 4:15 the big bronze basin called “The Sea” with its twelve bulls underneath, 4:16 and the pots, shovels, and meat forks. 78 All the items King Solomon assigned Huram Abi to make for the
4:19 Solomon also made these items for God’s temple: the gold altar, the tables on which the Bread of the Presence 82 was kept, 4:20 the pure gold lampstands and their lamps which burned as specified at the entrance to the inner sanctuary, 4:21 the pure gold flower-shaped ornaments, lamps, and tongs, 4:22 the pure gold trimming shears, basins, pans, and censers, and the gold door sockets for the inner sanctuary (the most holy place) and for the doors of the main hall of the temple. 5:1 When Solomon had finished constructing the
Solomon Moves the Ark into the Temple
5:2 Then Solomon convened Israel’s elders – all the leaders of the Israelite tribes and families – in Jerusalem, 83 so they could witness the transferal of the ark of the covenant of the
5:7 The priests brought the ark of the covenant of the
5:11 The priests left the holy place. 96 All the priests who participated had consecrated themselves, no matter which division they represented. 97 5:12 All the Levites who were musicians, including Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and relatives, wore linen. They played cymbals and stringed instruments as they stood east of the altar. They were accompanied by 120 priests who blew trumpets. 5:13 The trumpeters and musicians played together, praising and giving thanks to the
6:1 Then Solomon said, “The
6:12 He stood before the altar of the
6:18 “God does not really live with humankind on the earth! 123 Look, if the sky and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this temple I have built! 6:19 But respond favorably to 124 your servant’s prayer and his request for help, O
6:22 “When someone is accused of sinning against his neighbor and the latter pronounces a curse on the alleged offender before your altar in this temple, 132 6:23 listen from heaven and make a just decision about your servants’ claims. Condemn the guilty party, declare the other innocent, and give both of them what they deserve. 133
6:24 “If your people Israel are defeated by an enemy 134 because they sinned against you, then if they come back to you, renew their allegiance to you, 135 and pray for your help 136 before you in this temple, 6:25 then listen from heaven, forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them back to the land you gave to them and their ancestors. 137
6:26 “The time will come when 138 the skies 139 are shut up tightly and no rain falls because your people 140 sinned against you. When they direct their prayers toward this place, renew their allegiance to you, 141 and turn away from their sin because you punish 142 them, 6:27 then listen from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Certainly 143 you will then teach them the right way to live 144 and send rain on your land that you have given your people to possess. 145
6:28 “The time will come when the land suffers from a famine, a plague, blight, and disease, or a locust 146 invasion, or when their enemy lays siege to the cities of the land, 147 or when some other type of plague or epidemic occurs. 6:29 When all your people Israel pray and ask for help, 148 as they acknowledge their intense pain 149 and spread out their hands toward this temple, 6:30 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place, forgive their sin, 150 and act favorably toward each one based on your evaluation of their motives. 151 (Indeed you are the only one who can correctly evaluate the motives of all people.) 152 6:31 Then they will honor 153 you by obeying you 154 throughout their lifetimes as 155 they live on the land you gave to our ancestors.
6:32 “Foreigners, who do not belong to your people Israel, will come from a distant land because of your great reputation 156 and your ability to accomplish mighty deeds; 157 they will come and direct their prayers toward this temple. 6:33 Then listen from your heavenly dwelling place and answer all the prayers of the foreigners. 158 Then all the nations of the earth will acknowledge your reputation, 159 obey 160 you like your people Israel do, and recognize that this temple I built belongs to you. 161
6:34 “When you direct your people to march out and fight their enemies, 162 and they direct their prayers to you toward this chosen city and this temple I built for your honor, 163 6:35 then listen from heaven to their prayers for help 164 and vindicate them. 165
6:36 “The time will come when your people 166 will sin against you (for there is no one who is sinless!) and you will be angry at them and deliver them over to their enemies, who will take them as prisoners to their land, whether far away or close by. 6:37 When your people 167 come to their senses 168 in the land where they are held prisoner, they will repent and beg for your mercy in the land of their imprisonment, admitting, ‘We have sinned and gone astray 169 , we have done evil!’ 6:38 When they return to you with all their heart and being 170 in the land where they are held prisoner and direct their prayers toward the land you gave to their ancestors, your chosen city, and the temple I built for your honor, 171 6:39 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place to their prayers for help, 172 vindicate them, 173 and forgive your sinful people.
6:40 “Now, my God, may you be attentive and responsive to the prayers offered in this place. 174 6:41 Now ascend, O
Solomon Dedicates the Temple
7:1 When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven 178 and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the
7:4 The king and all the people were presenting sacrifices to the
The Lord Gives Solomon a Promise and a Warning
7:11 After Solomon finished building the
7:19 “But if you people 206 ever turn away from me, fail to obey the regulations and rules I instructed you to keep, 207 and decide to serve and worship other gods, 208 7:20 then I will remove you 209 from my land I have given you, 210 I will abandon this temple I have consecrated with my presence, 211 and I will make you 212 an object of mockery and ridicule 213 among all the nations. 7:21 As for this temple, which was once majestic, 214 everyone who passes by it will be shocked and say, ‘Why did the