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2 Chronicles 3 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Solomon Builds the Temple
(1Ki 6:1–22 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:1 - So Solomon began to build the Temple of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to David, his father. The Temple was built on the threshing floor of Araunah[fn] the Jebusite, the site that David had selected.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:2 - The construction began in midspring,[fn] during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:3 - These are the dimensions Solomon used for the foundation of the Temple of God (using the old standard of measurement).[fn] It was 90 feet long and 30 feet wide.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:4 - The entry room at the front of the Temple was 30 feet[fn] wide, running across the entire width of the Temple, and 30 feet[fn] high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:5 - He paneled the main room of the Temple with cypress wood, overlaid it with fine gold, and decorated it with carvings of palm trees and chains.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:6 - He decorated the walls of the Temple with beautiful jewels and with gold from the land of Parvaim.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:7 - He overlaid the beams, thresholds, walls, and doors throughout the Temple with gold, and he carved figures of cherubim on the walls.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:8 - He made the Most Holy Place 30 feet wide, corresponding to the width of the Temple, and 30 feet deep. He overlaid its interior with 23 tons[fn] of fine gold.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:9 - The gold nails that were used weighed 20 ounces[fn] each. He also overlaid the walls of the upper rooms with gold.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:10 - He made two figures shaped like cherubim, overlaid them with gold, and placed them in the Most Holy Place.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:11 - The total wingspan of the two cherubim standing side by side was 30 feet. One wing of the first figure was 7½ feet[fn] long, and it touched the Temple wall. The other wing, also 7½ feet long, touched one of the wings of the second figure.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:12 - In the same way, the second figure had one wing 7½ feet long that touched the opposite wall. The other wing, also 7½ feet long, touched the wing of the first figure.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:13 - So the wingspan of the two cherubim side by side was 30 feet. They stood on their feet and faced out toward the main room of the Temple.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:14 - Across the entrance of the Most Holy Place he hung a curtain made of fine linen, decorated with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and embroidered with figures of cherubim.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:15 - For the front of the Temple, he made two pillars that were 27 feet[fn] tall, each topped by a capital extending upward another 7½ feet.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:16 - He made a network of interwoven chains and used them to decorate the tops of the pillars. He also made 100 decorative pomegranates and attached them to the chains.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 3:17 - Then he set up the two pillars at the entrance of the Temple, one to the south of the entrance and the other to the north. He named the one on the south Jakin, and the one on the north Boaz.[fn]
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew reads Ornan, a variant spelling of Araunah; compare 2 Sam 24:16.
Hebrew on the second day of the second month. This day of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in April or May.
The “old standard of measurement” was a cubit equal to 18 inches [46 centimeters]. The new standard was a cubit of approximately 21 inches [53 centimeters].
Hebrew 60 cubits [27.6 meters] long and 20 cubits [9.2 meters] wide.
Hebrew 20 cubits [9.2 meters]; also in 3:8, 11, 13.
As in some Greek and Syriac manuscripts, which read 20 cubits [9.2 meters]; Hebrew reads 120 [cubits], which is 180 feet or 55 meters.
Hebrew 600 talents [20.4 metric tons].
Hebrew 50 shekels [570 grams].
Hebrew 5 cubits [2.3 meters]; also in 3:11b, 12, 15.
As in Syriac version (see also 1 Kgs 7:15; 2 Kgs 25:17; Jer 52:21), which reads 18 cubits [8.3 meters]; Hebrew reads 35 cubits, which is 52.5 feet or 16.5 meters.
Jakin probably means “he establishes”; Boaz probably means “in him is strength.”

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