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2 Chronicles 3 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Solomon Builds the Temple

(1Ki 6:1–22 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:1 - Then Solomon began to build the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah[fn] the Jebusite, the place provided by David.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:2 - He began building on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:3 - The foundation Solomon laid for building the temple of God was sixty cubits long and twenty cubits wide[fn] (using the cubit of the old standard).
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:4 - The portico at the front of the temple was twenty cubits[fn] long across the width of the building and twenty[fn] cubits high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:5 - He paneled the main hall with juniper and covered it with fine gold and decorated it with palm tree and chain designs.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:6 - He adorned the temple with precious stones. And the gold he used was gold of Parvaim.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:7 - He overlaid the ceiling beams, doorframes, walls and doors of the temple with gold, and he carved cherubim on the walls.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:8 - He built the Most Holy Place, its length corresponding to the width of the temple—twenty cubits long and twenty cubits wide. He overlaid the inside with six hundred talents[fn] of fine gold.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:9 - The gold nails weighed fifty shekels.[fn] He also overlaid the upper parts with gold.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:10 - For the Most Holy Place he made a pair of sculptured cherubim and overlaid them with gold.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:11 - The total wingspan of the cherubim was twenty cubits. One wing of the first cherub was five cubits[fn] long and touched the temple wall, while its other wing, also five cubits long, touched the wing of the other cherub.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:12 - Similarly one wing of the second cherub was five cubits long and touched the other temple wall, and its other wing, also five cubits long, touched the wing of the first cherub.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:13 - The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits. They stood on their feet, facing the main hall.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:14 - He made the curtain of blue, purple and crimson yarn and fine linen, with cherubim worked into it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:15 - For the front of the temple he made two pillars, which together were thirty-five cubits[fn] long, each with a capital five cubits high.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:16 - He made interwoven chains[fn] and put them on top of the pillars. He also made a hundred pomegranates and attached them to the chains.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:17 - He erected the pillars in the front of the temple, one to the south and one to the north. The one to the south he named Jakin[fn] and the one to the north Boaz.[fn]
NIV Footnotes
Hebrew Ornan, a variant of Araunah
That is, about 90 feet long and 30 feet wide or about 27 meters long and 9 meters wide
That is, about 30 feet or about 9 meters; also in verses 8, 11 and 13
Some Septuagint and Syriac manuscripts; Hebrew and a hundred and twenty
That is, about 23 tons or about 21 metric tons
That is, about 1 1/4 pounds or about 575 grams
That is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters; also in verse 15
Or facing inward
That is, about 53 feet or about 16 meters
Or possibly made chains in the inner sanctuary; the meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
Jakin probably means he establishes.
Boaz probably means in him is strength.

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