Bible: 1 Kings 6-7
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 1 (the second month), he began building the
6:14 So Solomon finished building the temple. 28 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 29 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. 30 He paneled the wall with cedar planks from the floor to the rafters. 31 6:17 The main hall in front of the inner sanctuary was 60 feet long. 32 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. 33
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 40 high. 6:24 Each of the first cherub’s wings was seven and a half feet long; its entire wingspan was 15 feet. 41 6:25 The second cherub also had a wingspan of 15 feet; it was identical to the first in measurements and shape. 42 6:26 Each cherub stood 15 feet high. 43 6:27 He put the cherubs in the inner sanctuary of the temple. 44 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. 45 6:28 He plated the cherubs with gold.
6:29 On all the walls around the temple, inside and out, 46 he carved 47 cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom. 6:30 He plated the floor of the temple with gold, inside and out. 48 6:31 He made doors of olive wood at the entrance to the inner sanctuary; the pillar on each doorpost was five-sided. 49 6:32 On the two doors made of olive wood he carved 50 cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom, and he plated them with gold. 51 He plated the cherubs and the palm trees with hammered gold. 52 6:33 In the same way he made doorposts of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall, only with four-sided pillars. 53 6:34 He also made 54 two doors out of wood from evergreens; each door had two folding leaves. 55 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 56 of the fourth year of Solomon’s reign 57 the foundation was laid for the
The Building of the Royal Palace
7:1 Solomon took thirteen years to build his palace. 60 7:2 He named 61 it “The Palace of the Lebanon Forest”; 62 it was 150 feet 63 long, 75 feet 64 wide, and 45 feet 65 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. 66 7:5 All of the entrances 67 were rectangular in shape 68 and they were arranged in sets of three. 69 7:6 He made a colonnade 70 75 feet 71 long and 45 feet 72 wide. There was a porch in front of this and pillars and a roof in front of the porch. 73 7:7 He also made a throne room, called “The Hall of Judgment,” where he made judicial decisions. 74 It was paneled with cedar from the floor to the rafters. 75 7:8 The palace where he lived was constructed in a similar way. 76 He also constructed a palace like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had married. 77 7:9 All of these were built with the best 78 stones, chiseled to the right size 79 and cut with a saw on all sides, 80 from the foundation to the edge of the roof 81 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. 82 7:11 Above the foundation 83 the best 84 stones, chiseled to the right size, 85 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 87 of Tyre. 88 7:14 He was the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, 89 and his father was a craftsman in bronze from Tyre. He had the skill and knowledge 90 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 91 high and 18 feet 92 in circumference. 7:16 He made two bronze tops for the pillars; each was seven-and-a-half feet high. 93 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. 94 7:18 When he made the pillars, there were two rows of pomegranate-shaped ornaments around the latticework covering the top of each pillar. 95 7:19 The tops of the two pillars in the porch were shaped like lilies and were six feet high. 96 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. 97 7:21 He set up the pillars on the porch in front of the main hall. He erected one pillar on the right 98 side and called it Jakin; 99 he erected the other pillar on the left 100 side and called it Boaz. 101 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.” 102 It measured 15 feet 103 from rim to rim, was circular in shape, and stood seven-and-a-half feet 104 high. Its circumference was 45 feet. 105 7:24 Under the rim all the way around it 106 were round ornaments 107 arranged in settings 15 feet long. 108 The ornaments were in two rows and had been cast with “The Sea.” 109 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. 110 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. 111
7:27 He also made ten bronze movable stands. Each stand was six feet 112 long, six feet 113 wide, and four-and-a-half feet 114 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. 115 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. 116 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. 117 On the edge of the opening were carvings in square frames. 118 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 119 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. 120 7:35 On top of each stand was a round opening three-quarters of a foot deep; 121 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, 122 with wreaths 123 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. 124 Each basin was six feet in diameter; 125 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 126 finished all the work on the
7:48 Solomon also made all these items for the