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2 Chronicles 3 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Solomon Builds the Temple

(1Ki 6:1–22 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:1 - Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD[fn] had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:2 - He began to build in the second month of the fourth year of his reign.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:3 - These are Solomon’s measurements[fn] for building the house of God: the length, in cubits[fn] of the old standard, was sixty cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:4 - The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits long, equal to the width of the house,[fn] and its height was 120 cubits. He overlaid it on the inside with pure gold.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:5 - The nave he lined with cypress and covered it with fine gold and made palms and chains on it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:6 - He adorned the house with settings of precious stones. The gold was gold of Parvaim.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:7 - So he lined the house with gold—its beams, its thresholds, its walls, and its doors—and he carved cherubim on the walls.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:8 - And he made the Most Holy Place. Its length, corresponding to the breadth of the house, was twenty cubits, and its breadth was twenty cubits. He overlaid it with 600 talents[fn] of fine gold.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:9 - The weight of gold for the nails was fifty shekels.[fn] And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:10 - In the Most Holy Place he made two cherubim of wood[fn] and overlaid[fn] them with gold.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:11 - The wings of the cherubim together extended twenty cubits: one wing of the one, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house, and its other wing, of five cubits, touched the wing of the other cherub;
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:12 - and of this cherub, one wing, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house, and the other wing, also of five cubits, was joined to the wing of the first cherub.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:13 - The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits. The cherubim[fn] stood on their feet, facing the nave.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:14 - And he made the veil of blue and purple and crimson fabrics and fine linen, and he worked cherubim on it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:15 - In front of the house he made two pillars thirty-five cubits high, with a capital of five cubits on the top of each.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:16 - He made chains like a necklace[fn] and put them on the tops of the pillars, and he made a hundred pomegranates and put them on the chains.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:17 - He set up the pillars in front of the temple, one on the south, the other on the north; that on the south he called Jachin, and that on the north Boaz.
ESV Footnotes
Septuagint; Hebrew lacks the LORD
Syriac; Hebrew foundations
A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
Compare 1 Kings 6:3; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
A talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilograms
A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
Hebrew they overlaid
Hebrew they
Hebrew chains in the inner sanctuary

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