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1 Kings 6:8 ASV
The door for the middle side-chambers was in the right side of the house: and they went up by winding stairs into the middle [story], and out of the middle into the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 BBE
The door to the lowest side rooms was in the right side of the house; and they went up by twisting steps into the middle rooms, and from the middle into the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 CEB
The door to the stairs was at the south side of the temple. Winding stairs went up to the second floor and from there to the third floor.
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1 Kings 6:8 CJB
The entrance to the lowest floor was on the south side of the house; a spiral staircase went up to the middle floor and on to the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 RHE
The door, for the middle side, was on the right hand of the house: and by winding stairs they went up to the middle room, and from the middle to the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 ESV
The entrance for the lowest 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.
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1 Kings 6:8 GW
The entrance to the first story was on the south side of the temple. A staircase went up to the middle story and then to the third story.
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1 Kings 6:8 GNT
The entrance to the lowest story of the annex was on the south side of the Temple, with stairs leading up to the second and third stories.
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1 Kings 6:8 HNV
The door for the middle side- chambers was in the right side of the house: and they went up by winding stairs into the middle [story], and out of the middle into the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 CSB
The door for the lowest side chamber was on the right side of the temple. They went up a stairway to the middle [chamber], and from the middle to the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 KJV
The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 LEB
The doorway of the side room in the middle of the side of the temple [was] on the south; they went up with a stairway to the middle and from the middle to the third [floor].
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1 Kings 6:8 NAS
The doorway for the lowest side chamber was on the right side of the house; and they would go up by winding stairs to the middle story, and from the middle to the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 NCV
The entrance to the lower rooms beside the Temple was on the south side. From there, stairs went up to the second-floor rooms. And from there, stairs went on to the third-floor rooms.
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1 Kings 6:8 NIRV
The entrance to the first floor was on the south side of the temple. A stairway led up to the second floor. From there it went on up to the third floor.
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1 Kings 6:8 NIV
The entrance to the lowest floor was on the south side of the temple; a stairway led up to the middle level and from there to the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 NKJV
The doorway for the middle story was on the right side of the temple. They went up by stairs to the middle story, and from the middle to the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 NLT
The entrance to the bottom floor was on the south side of the Temple. There were winding stairs going up to the second floor, and another flight of stairs between the second and third floors.
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1 Kings 6:8 NRS
The entrance for the middle story was on the south side of the house: one went up by winding stairs to the middle story, and from the middle story to the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 RSV
The entrance for the lowest 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.
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1 Kings 6:8 DBY
The entrance to the side-chambers of the middle [floor] was in the right side of the house; and they went up by winding stairs into the middle [floor], and out of the middle into the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 MSG
The entrance to the ground floor was at the south end of The Temple; stairs led to the second floor and then to the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 WBT
The door for the middle chamber [was] in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle [chamber], and out of the middle into the third;
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1 Kings 6:8 TMB
The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house; and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 TNIV
The entrance to the lowest floor was on the south side of the temple; a stairway led up to the middle level and from there to the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 WEB
The door for the middle side- chambers was in the right side of the house: and they went up by winding stairs into the middle [story], and out of the middle into the third.
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1 Kings 6:8 WYC
The door of the middle side was in the wall of the right half of the house; and by a vice men went up into the middle solar, and from the middle solar into the third solar. (The door for the bottom story was in the wall for the right side of the House of the Lord; and by a stairway, men went up to the middle story, and from the middle story to the third story.)
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1 Kings 6:8 YLT
The opening of the middle side [is] at the right shoulder of the house, and with windings they go up on the middle one, and from the middle one unto the third.
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1 Kings 6 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 6

The building of Solomon's temple. (1-10) Promise given concerning the temple. (11-14) Particulars respecting the temple. (15-38)

Verses 1-10 The temple is called the house of the Lord, because it was directed and modelled by him, and was to be employed in his service. This gave it the beauty of holiness, that it was the house of the Lord, which was far beyond all other beauties. It was to be the temple of the God of peace, therefore no iron tool must be heard; quietness and silence suit and help religious exercises. God's work should be done with much care and little noise. Clamour and violence often hinder, but never further the work of God. Thus the kingdom of God in the heart of man grows up in silence, ( Mark 5:27 ) .

Verses 11-14 None employ themselves for God, without having his eye upon them. But God plainly let Solomon know that all the charge for building this temple, would neither excuse from obedience to the law of God, nor shelter from his judgments, in case of disobedience.

Verses 15-38 See what was typified by this temple. 1. Christ is the true Temple. In him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead; in him meet all God's spiritual Israel; through him we have access with confidence to God. 2. Every believer is a living temple, in ( 1 Corinthians. 3:16 ) built upon Christ as its Foundation, and will be perfect in due time. 3. The gospel church is the mystical temple. It grows to a holy temple in the Lord, enriched and beautified with the gifts and graces of the Spirit. This temple is built firm, upon a Rock. 4. Heaven is the everlasting temple. There the church will be fixed. All that shall be stones in that building, must, in the present state of preparation, be fitted and made ready for it. Let sinners come to Jesus as the living Foundation, that they may be built on him, a part of this spiritual house, consecrated in body and soul to the glory of God.

1 Kings 6 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 6

1 Kings 6:1-4 . THE BUILDING OF SOLOMON'S TEMPLE.

2. the house which king Solomon built for the Lord--The dimensions are given in cubits, which are to be reckoned according to the early standard ( 2 Chronicles 3:3 ), or holy cubit ( Ezekiel 40:5 , 43:13 ), a handbreadth longer than the common or later one. It is probable that the internal elevation only is here stated.

3. the porch--or portico, extended across the whole front

4. windows of narrow lights--that is, windows with lattices, capable of being shut and opened at pleasure, partly to let out the vapor of the lamps, the smoke of the frankincense, and partly to give light [KEIL].

1 Kings 6:5-10 . THE CHAMBERS THEREOF.

5. against the wall of the house he built chambers--On three sides, there were chambers in three stories, each story wider than the one beneath it, as the walls were narrowed or made thinner as they ascended, by a rebate being made, on which the beams of the side floor rested, without penetrating the wall. These chambers were approached from the right-hand side, in the interior of the under story, by a winding staircase of stone, which led to the middle and upper stories.

7. there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house while it was in building--A subterranean quarry has been very recently discovered near Jerusalem, where the temple stones are supposed to have been hewn. There is unequivocal evidence in this quarry that the stones were dressed there; for there are blocks very similar in size, as well as of the same kind of stone, as those found in the ancient remains. Thence, probably, they would be moved on rollers down the Tyropean valley to the very side of the temple [PORTER, Tent and Kahn].

9, 10. built the house--The temple is here distinguished from the wings or chambers attached to it--and its roofing was of cedar-wood.

10. chambers . . . five cubits high--The height of the whole three stories was therefore about fifteen cubits.
they rested on the house with timber of cedar--that is, because the beams of the side stones rested on the ledges of the temple wall. The wing was attached to the house; it was connected with the temple, without, however, interfering injuriously with the sanctuary [KEIL].

1 Kings 6:11-14 . GOD'S PROMISES UNTO IT.

11-13. the word of the Lord came to Solomon--probably by a prophet. It was very seasonable, being designed: first, to encourage him to go on with the building, by confirming anew the promise made to his father David ( 2 Samuel 7:12-16 ); and secondly, to warn him against the pride and presumption of supposing that after the erection of so magnificent a temple, he and his people would always be sure of the presence and favor of God. The condition on which that blessing could alone be expected was expressly stated. The dwelling of God among the children of Israel refers to those symbols of His presence in the temple, which were the visible tokens of His spiritual relation to that people.

1 Kings 6:15-22 . THE CEILING AND ADORNING OF IT.

15-21. he built the walls of the house within--The walls were wainscotted with cedar-wood; the floor, paved with cypress planks; the interior was divided (by a partition consisting of folding doors, which were opened and shut with golden chains) into two apartments--the back or inner room, that is, the most holy place, was twenty cubits long and broad; the front, or outer room, that is, the holy place, was forty cubits. The cedar-wood was beautifully embellished with figures in relievo, representing clusters of foliage, open flowers, cherubims, and palm trees. The whole interior was overlaid with gold, so that neither wood nor stone was seen; nothing met the eye but pure gold, either plain or richly chased.

31-35. for the entering of the oracle--The door of the most holy place was made of solid olive tree and adorned with figures. The door of the holy place was made of cypress wood, the sides being of olive wood.

36. the inner court--was for the priests. Its wall, which had a coping of cedar, is said to have been so low that the people could see over it.

1 Kings 6:37 1 Kings 6:38 . THE TIME TAKEN TO BUILD IT

37. In the fourth year was the foundation laid--The building was begun in the second month of the fourth year and completed in the eighth month of the eleventh year of Solomon's reign, comprising a period of seven and a half years, which is reckoned here in round numbers. It was not a very large, but a very splendid building, requiring great care, and ingenuity, and division of labor. The immense number of workmen employed, together with the previous preparation of the materials, serves to account for the short time occupied in the process of building.