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1 Kings 7 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Solomon Builds His Palace

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:1 - Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished his entire house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:2 - He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon. Its length was a hundred cubits[fn] and its breadth fifty cubits and its height thirty cubits, and it was built on four[fn] rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams on the pillars.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:3 - And it was covered with cedar above the chambers that were on the forty-five pillars, fifteen in each row.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:4 - There were window frames in three rows, and window opposite window in three tiers.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:5 - All the doorways and windows[fn] had square frames, and window was opposite window in three tiers.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:6 - And he made the Hall of Pillars; its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth thirty cubits. There was a porch in front with pillars, and a canopy in front of them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:7 - And he made the Hall of the Throne where he was to pronounce judgment, even the Hall of Judgment. It was finished with cedar from floor to rafters.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:8 - His own house where he was to dwell, in the other court back of the hall, was of like workmanship. Solomon also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter whom he had taken in marriage.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:9 - All these were made of costly stones, cut according to measure, sawed with saws, back and front, even from the foundation to the coping, and from the outside to the great court.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:10 - The foundation was of costly stones, huge stones, stones of eight and ten cubits.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:11 - And above were costly stones, cut according to measurement, and cedar.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:12 - The great court had three courses of cut stone all around, and a course of cedar beams; so had the inner court of the house of the LORD and the vestibule of the house.

The Temple Furnishings

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:13 - And King Solomon sent and brought Hiram from Tyre.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:14 - He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze. And he was full of wisdom, understanding, and skill for making any work in bronze. He came to King Solomon and did all his work.
(2Ch 3:15–17 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:15 - He cast two pillars of bronze. Eighteen cubits was the height of one pillar, and a line of twelve cubits measured its circumference. It was hollow, and its thickness was four fingers. The second pillar was the same.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:16 - He also made two capitals of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars. The height of the one capital was five cubits, and the height of the other capital was five cubits.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:17 - There were lattices of checker work with wreaths of chain work for the capitals on the tops of the pillars, a lattice[fn] for the one capital and a lattice for the other capital.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:18 - Likewise he made pomegranates[fn] in two rows around the one latticework to cover the capital that was on the top of the pillar, and he did the same with the other capital.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:19 - Now the capitals that were on the tops of the pillars in the vestibule were of lily-work, four cubits.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:20 - The capitals were on the two pillars and also above the rounded projection which was beside the latticework. There were two hundred pomegranates in two rows all around, and so with the other capital.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:21 - He set up the pillars at the vestibule of the temple. He set up the pillar on the south and called its name Jachin, and he set up the pillar on the north and called its name Boaz.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:22 - And on the tops of the pillars was lily-work. Thus the work of the pillars was finished.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:23 - Then he made the sea of cast metal. It was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits high, and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:24 - Under its brim were gourds, for ten cubits, compassing the sea all around. The gourds were in two rows, cast with it when it was cast.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:25 - It stood on twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. The sea was set on them, and all their rear parts were inward.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:26 - Its thickness was a handbreadth,[fn] and its brim was made like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily. It held two thousand baths.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:27 - He also made the ten stands of bronze. Each stand was four cubits long, four cubits wide, and three cubits high.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:28 - This was the construction of the stands: they had panels, and the panels were set in the frames,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:29 - and on the panels that were set in the frames were lions, oxen, and cherubim. On the frames, both above and below the lions and oxen, there were wreaths of beveled work.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:30 - Moreover, each stand had four bronze wheels and axles of bronze, and at the four corners were supports for a basin. The supports were cast with wreaths at the side of each.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:31 - Its opening was within a crown that projected upward one cubit. Its opening was round, as a pedestal is made, a cubit and a half deep. At its opening there were carvings, and its panels were square, not round.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:32 - And the four wheels were underneath the panels. The axles of the wheels were of one piece with the stands, and the height of a wheel was a cubit and a half.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:33 - The wheels were made like a chariot wheel; their axles, their rims, their spokes, and their hubs were all cast.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:34 - There were four supports at the four corners of each stand. The supports were of one piece with the stands.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:35 - And on the top of the stand there was a round band half a cubit high; and on the top of the stand its stays and its panels were of one piece with it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:36 - And on the surfaces of its stays and on its panels, he carved cherubim, lions, and palm trees, according to the space of each, with wreaths all around.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:37 - After this manner he made the ten stands. All of them were cast alike, of the same measure and the same form.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:38 - And he made ten basins of bronze. Each basin held forty baths, each basin measured four cubits, and there was a basin for each of the ten stands.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:39 - And he set the stands, five on the south side of the house, and five on the north side of the house. And he set the sea at the southeast corner of the house.
(2Ch 4:11–18 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:40 - Hiram also made the pots, the shovels, and the basins. So Hiram finished all the work that he did for King Solomon on the house of the LORD:
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:41 - the two pillars, the two bowls of the capitals that were on the tops of the pillars, and the two latticeworks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the tops of the pillars;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:42 - and the four hundred pomegranates for the two latticeworks, two rows of pomegranates for each latticework, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the pillars;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:43 - the ten stands, and the ten basins on the stands;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:44 - and the one sea, and the twelve oxen underneath the sea.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:45 - Now the pots, the shovels, and the basins, all these vessels in the house of the LORD, which Hiram made for King Solomon, were of burnished bronze.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:46 - In the plain of the Jordan the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:47 - And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because there were so many of them; the weight of the bronze was not ascertained.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:48 - So Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of the LORD: the golden altar, the golden table for the bread of the Presence,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:49 - the lampstands of pure gold, five on the south side and five on the north, before the inner sanctuary; the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs, of gold;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:50 - the cups, snuffers, basins, dishes for incense, and fire pans, of pure gold; and the sockets of gold, for the doors of the innermost part of the house, the Most Holy Place, and for the doors of the nave of the temple.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 7:51 - Thus all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the LORD was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the LORD.
ESV Footnotes
A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
Septuagint three
Septuagint; Hebrew posts
Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew floor
Targum, Syriac (compare Septuagint and Jeremiah 52:21); Hebrew and a line of twelve cubits measured the circumference of the second pillar
Septuagint; Hebrew seven; twice in this verse
Two manuscripts (compare Septuagint); Hebrew pillars
A handbreadth was about 3 inches or 7.5 centimeters
A bath was about 6 gallons or 22 liters

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