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1 Kings 6 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Solomon Builds the Temple

(2Ch 3:1–14 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:1 - In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:2 - The house that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits[fn] long, twenty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:3 - The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits long, equal to the width of the house, and ten cubits deep in front of the house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:4 - And he made for the house windows with recessed frames.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:5 - He also built a structure[fn] against the wall of the house, running around the walls of the house, both the nave and the inner sanctuary. And he made side chambers all around.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:6 - The lowest story[fn] was five cubits broad, the middle one was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad. For around the outside of the house he made offsets on the wall in order that the supporting beams should not be inserted into the walls of the house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:7 - When the house was built, it was with stone prepared at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the house while it was being built.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:8 - The entrance for the lowest[fn] story was on the south side of the house, and one went up by stairs to the middle story, and from the middle story to the third.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:9 - So he built the house and finished it, and he made the ceiling of the house of beams and planks of cedar.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:10 - He built the structure against the whole house, five cubits high, and it was joined to the house with timbers of cedar.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:11 - Now the word of the LORD came to Solomon,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:12 - “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:13 - And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:14 - So Solomon built the house and finished it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:15 - He lined the walls of the house on the inside with boards of cedar. From the floor of the house to the walls of the ceiling, he covered them on the inside with wood, and he covered the floor of the house with boards of cypress.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:16 - He built twenty cubits of the rear of the house with boards of cedar from the floor to the walls, and he built this within as an inner sanctuary, as the Most Holy Place.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:17 - The house, that is, the nave in front of the inner sanctuary, was forty cubits long.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:18 - The cedar within the house was carved in the form of gourds and open flowers. All was cedar; no stone was seen.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:19 - The inner sanctuary he prepared in the innermost part of the house, to set there the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:20 - The inner sanctuary[fn] was twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and twenty cubits high, and he overlaid it with pure gold. He also overlaid[fn] an altar of cedar.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:21 - And Solomon overlaid the inside of the house with pure gold, and he drew chains of gold across, in front of the inner sanctuary, and overlaid it with gold.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:22 - And he overlaid the whole house with gold, until all the house was finished. Also the whole altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:23 - In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of olivewood, each ten cubits high.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:24 - Five cubits was the length of one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the length of the other wing of the cherub; it was ten cubits from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:25 - The other cherub also measured ten cubits; both cherubim had the same measure and the same form.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:26 - The height of one cherub was ten cubits, and so was that of the other cherub.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:27 - He put the cherubim in the innermost part of the house. And the wings of the cherubim were spread out so that a wing of one touched the one wall, and a wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; their other wings touched each other in the middle of the house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:28 - And he overlaid the cherubim with gold.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:29 - Around all the walls of the house he carved engraved figures of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, in the inner and outer rooms.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:30 - The floor of the house he overlaid with gold in the inner and outer rooms.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:31 - For the entrance to the inner sanctuary he made doors of olivewood; the lintel and the doorposts were five-sided.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:32 - He covered the two doors of olivewood with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers. He overlaid them with gold and spread gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:33 - So also he made for the entrance to the nave doorposts of olivewood, in the form of a square,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:34 - and two doors of cypress wood. The two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:35 - On them he carved cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, and he overlaid them with gold evenly applied on the carved work.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:36 - He built the inner court with three courses of cut stone and one course of cedar beams.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:37 - In the fourth year the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid, in the month of Ziv.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 6:38 - And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its parts, and according to all its specifications. He was seven years in building it.
ESV Footnotes
A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
Or blocked lattice windows
Or platform; also verse 10
Septuagint; Hebrew structure, or platform
Septuagint, Targum; Hebrew middle
Vulgate; Hebrew And before the inner sanctuary
Septuagint made
The meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain

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