Bible: 1 Kings 5:1-9:1
Solomon Gathers Building Materials for the Temple
5:1 1 King Hiram of Tyre 2 sent messengers 3 to Solomon when he heard that he had been anointed king in his father’s place. (Hiram had always been an ally of David.) 5:2 Solomon then sent this message to Hiram: 5:3 “You know that my father David was unable to build a temple to honor the
5:7 When Hiram heard Solomon’s message, he was very happy. He said, “The
5:10 So Hiram supplied the cedars and evergreens Solomon needed, 15 5:11 and Solomon supplied Hiram annually with 20,000 cors 16 of wheat as provision for his royal court, 17 as well as 20,000 baths 18 of pure 19 olive oil. 20 5:12 So the
5:13 King Solomon conscripted 22 work crews 23 from throughout Israel, 30,000 men in all. 5:14 He sent them to Lebanon in shifts of 10,000 men per month. They worked in Lebanon for one month, and then spent two months at home. Adoniram was supervisor of 24 the work crews. 5:15 Solomon also had 70,000 common laborers 25 and 80,000 stonecutters 26 in the hills, 5:16 besides 3,300 27 officials who supervised the workers. 28 5:17 By royal order 29 they supplied large valuable stones in order to build the temple’s foundation with chiseled stone. 5:18 Solomon’s and Hiram’s construction workers, 30 along with men from Byblos, 31 did the chiseling and prepared the wood and stones for the building of the temple. 32
The Building of the Temple
6:1 In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites left Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, during the month Ziv 33 (the second month), he began building the
6:14 So Solomon finished building the temple. 60 6:15 He constructed the walls inside the temple with cedar planks; he paneled the inside with wood from the floor of the temple to the rafters 61 of the ceiling. He covered the temple floor with boards made from the wood of evergreens. 6:16 He built a wall 30 feet in from the rear of the temple as a partition for an inner sanctuary that would be the most holy place. 62 He paneled the wall with cedar planks from the floor to the rafters. 63 6:17 The main hall in front of the inner sanctuary was 60 feet long. 64 6:18 The inside of the temple was all cedar and was adorned with carvings of round ornaments and of flowers in bloom. Everything was cedar; no stones were visible. 65
6:19 He prepared the inner sanctuary inside the temple so that the ark of the covenant of the
6:23 In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubs of olive wood; each stood 15 feet 72 high. 6:24 Each of the first cherub’s wings was seven and a half feet long; its entire wingspan was 15 feet. 73 6:25 The second cherub also had a wingspan of 15 feet; it was identical to the first in measurements and shape. 74 6:26 Each cherub stood 15 feet high. 75 6:27 He put the cherubs in the inner sanctuary of the temple. 76 Their wings were spread out. One of the first cherub’s wings touched one wall and one of the other cherub’s wings touched the opposite wall. The first cherub’s other wing touched the second cherub’s other wing in the middle of the room. 77 6:28 He plated the cherubs with gold.
6:29 On all the walls around the temple, inside and out, 78 he carved 79 cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom. 6:30 He plated the floor of the temple with gold, inside and out. 80 6:31 He made doors of olive wood at the entrance to the inner sanctuary; the pillar on each doorpost was five-sided. 81 6:32 On the two doors made of olive wood he carved 82 cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom, and he plated them with gold. 83 He plated the cherubs and the palm trees with hammered gold. 84 6:33 In the same way he made doorposts of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall, only with four-sided pillars. 85 6:34 He also made 86 two doors out of wood from evergreens; each door had two folding leaves. 87 6:35 He carved cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom and plated them with gold, leveled out over the carvings. 6:36 He built the inner courtyard with three rows of chiseled stones and a row of cedar beams.
6:37 In the month Ziv 88 of the fourth year of Solomon’s reign 89 the foundation was laid for the
The Building of the Royal Palace
7:1 Solomon took thirteen years to build his palace. 92 7:2 He named 93 it “The Palace of the Lebanon Forest”; 94 it was 150 feet 95 long, 75 feet 96 wide, and 45 feet 97 high. It had four rows of cedar pillars and cedar beams above the pillars. 7:3 The roof above the beams supported by the pillars was also made of cedar; there were forty-five beams, fifteen per row. 7:4 There were three rows of windows arranged in sets of three. 98 7:5 All of the entrances 99 were rectangular in shape 100 and they were arranged in sets of three. 101 7:6 He made a colonnade 102 75 feet 103 long and 45 feet 104 wide. There was a porch in front of this and pillars and a roof in front of the porch. 105 7:7 He also made a throne room, called “The Hall of Judgment,” where he made judicial decisions. 106 It was paneled with cedar from the floor to the rafters. 107 7:8 The palace where he lived was constructed in a similar way. 108 He also constructed a palace like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had married. 109 7:9 All of these were built with the best 110 stones, chiseled to the right size 111 and cut with a saw on all sides, 112 from the foundation to the edge of the roof 113 and from the outside to the great courtyard. 7:10 The foundation was made of large valuable stones, measuring either 15 feet or 12 feet. 114 7:11 Above the foundation 115 the best 116 stones, chiseled to the right size, 117 were used along with cedar. 7:12 Around the great courtyard were three rows of chiseled stones and one row of cedar beams, like the inner courtyard of the
Solomon Commissions Hiram to Supply the Temple
7:13 King Solomon sent for Hiram 119 of Tyre. 120 7:14 He was the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, 121 and his father was a craftsman in bronze from Tyre. He had the skill and knowledge 122 to make all kinds of works of bronze. He reported to King Solomon and did all the work he was assigned.
7:15 He fashioned two bronze pillars; each pillar was 27 feet 123 high and 18 feet 124 in circumference. 7:16 He made two bronze tops for the pillars; each was seven-and-a-half feet high. 125 7:17 The latticework on the tops of the pillars was adorned with ornamental wreaths and chains; the top of each pillar had seven groupings of ornaments. 126 7:18 When he made the pillars, there were two rows of pomegranate-shaped ornaments around the latticework covering the top of each pillar. 127 7:19 The tops of the two pillars in the porch were shaped like lilies and were six feet high. 128 7:20 On the top of each pillar, right above the bulge beside the latticework, there were two hundred pomegranate-shaped ornaments arranged in rows all the way around. 129 7:21 He set up the pillars on the porch in front of the main hall. He erected one pillar on the right 130 side and called it Jakin; 131 he erected the other pillar on the left 132 side and called it Boaz. 133 7:22 The tops of the pillars were shaped like lilies. So the construction of the pillars was completed.
7:23 He also made the large bronze basin called “The Sea.” 134 It measured 15 feet 135 from rim to rim, was circular in shape, and stood seven-and-a-half feet 136 high. Its circumference was 45 feet. 137 7:24 Under the rim all the way around it 138 were round ornaments 139 arranged in settings 15 feet long. 140 The ornaments were in two rows and had been cast with “The Sea.” 141 7:25 “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. 142 7:26 It was four fingers thick and its rim was like that of a cup shaped like a lily blossom. It could hold about 12,000 gallons. 143
7:27 He also made ten bronze movable stands. Each stand was six feet 144 long, six feet 145 wide, and four-and-a-half feet 146 high. 7:28 The stands were constructed with frames between the joints. 7:29 On these frames and joints were ornamental lions, bulls, and cherubs. Under the lions and bulls were decorative wreaths. 147 7:30 Each stand had four bronze wheels with bronze axles and four supports. Under the basin the supports were fashioned on each side with wreaths. 148 7:31 Inside the stand was a round opening that was a foot-and-a-half deep; it had a support that was two and one-quarter feet long. 149 On the edge of the opening were carvings in square frames. 150 7:32 The four wheels were under the frames and the crossbars of the axles were connected to the stand. Each wheel was two and one-quarter feet 151 high. 7:33 The wheels were constructed like chariot wheels; their crossbars, rims, spokes, and hubs were made of cast metal. 7:34 Each stand had four supports, one per side projecting out from the stand. 152 7:35 On top of each stand was a round opening three-quarters of a foot deep; 153 there were also supports and frames on top of the stands. 7:36 He engraved ornamental cherubs, lions, and palm trees on the plates of the supports and frames wherever there was room, 154 with wreaths 155 all around. 7:37 He made the ten stands in this way. All of them were cast in one mold and were identical in measurements and shape.
7:38 He also made ten bronze basins, each of which could hold about 240 gallons. 156 Each basin was six feet in diameter; 157 there was one basin for each stand. 7:39 He put five basins on the south side of the temple and five on the north side. He put “The Sea” on the south side, in the southeast corner.
7:40 Hiram also made basins, shovels, and bowls. He 158 finished all the work on the
7:48 Solomon also made all these items for the
Solomon Moves the Ark into the Temple
Then Solomon convened in Jerusalem 168 Israel’s elders, all the leaders of the Israelite tribes and families, so they could witness the transferal of the ark of the
8:6 The priests brought the ark of the
8:12 Then Solomon said, “The
Solomon Prays for Israel
8:22 Solomon stood before the altar of the
8:27 “God does not really live on the earth! 206 Look, if the sky and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this temple I have built! 8:28 But respond favorably to 207 your servant’s prayer and his request for help, O
8:31 “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, be willing to forgive the accused if the accusation is false. 216 8:32 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. 217
8:33 “The time will come when 218 your people Israel are defeated by an enemy 219 because they sinned against you. If they come back to you, renew their allegiance to you, 220 and pray for your help 221 in this temple, 8:34 then listen from heaven, forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them back to the land you gave to their ancestors.
8:35 “The time will come when 222 the skies are shut up tightly and no rain falls because your people 223 sinned against you. When they direct their prayers toward this place, renew their allegiance to you, 224 and turn away from their sin because you punish 225 them, 8:36 then listen from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Certainly 226 you will then teach them the right way to live 227 and send rain on your land that you have given your people to possess. 228
8:37 “The time will come when the land suffers from a famine, a plague, blight and disease, or a locust 229 invasion, or when their enemy lays siege to the cities of the land, 230 or when some other type of plague or epidemic occurs. 8:38 When all your people Israel pray and ask for help, 231 as they acknowledge their pain 232 and spread out their hands toward this temple, 8:39 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place, forgive their sin, 233 and act favorably toward each one based on your evaluation of his motives. 234 (Indeed you are the only one who can correctly evaluate the motives of all people.) 235 8:40 Then they will obey 236 you throughout their lifetimes as 237 they live on the land you gave to our ancestors.
8:41 “Foreigners, who do not belong to your people Israel, will come from a distant land because of your reputation. 238 8:42 When they hear about your great reputation 239 and your ability to accomplish mighty deeds, 240 they will come and direct their prayers toward this temple. 8:43 Then listen from your heavenly dwelling place and answer all the prayers of the foreigners. 241 Then all the nations of the earth will acknowledge your reputation, 242 obey 243 you like your people Israel do, and recognize that this temple I built belongs to you. 244
8:44 “When you direct your people to march out and fight their enemies, 245 and they direct their prayers to the
8:46 “The time will come when your people 250 will sin against you (for there is no one who is sinless!) and you will be angry with them and deliver them over to their enemies, who will take them as prisoners to their own land, 251 whether far away or close by. 8:47 When your people 252 come to their senses 253 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; 254 we have done evil.’ 8:48 When they return to you with all their heart and being 255 in the land where they are held prisoner, 256 and direct their prayers to you toward the land you gave to their ancestors, your chosen city, and the temple I built for your honor, 257 8:49 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place to their prayers for help 258 and vindicate them. 259 8:50 Forgive all the rebellious acts of your sinful people and cause their captors to have mercy on them. 260 8:51 After all, 261 they are your people and your special possession 262 whom you brought out of Egypt, from the middle of the iron-smelting furnace. 263
8:52 “May you be attentive 264 to your servant’s and your people Israel’s requests for help and may you respond to all their prayers to you. 265 8:53 After all, 266 you picked them out of all the nations of the earth to be your special possession, 267 just as you, O sovereign
8:54 When Solomon finished presenting all these prayers and requests to the
Solomon Dedicates the Temple
8:62 The king and all Israel with him were presenting sacrifices to the
The Lord Gives Solomon a Promise and a Warning
9:1 After Solomon finished building the