All these structures, from the outside to the great courtyard and from foundation to eaves, were made of blocks of high-grade stone cut to size and trimmed with a saw on their inner and outer faces.
The foundations were laid with large stones of good quality, some measuring ten cubitsa and some eight.b11
Above were high-grade stones, cut to size, and cedar beams.
The great courtyard was surrounded by a wall of three courses1 of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams, as was the inner courtyard of the temple of the LORD with its portico.
King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram,c214
whose mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali and whose father was a man of Tyre and a craftsman in bronze. Huram was highly skilled3 and experienced in all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all4 the work assigned to him.
He cast two bronze pillars,5 each eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits around,d by line.
He also made two capitals6 of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars; each capital was five cubitse high.
A network of interwoven chains festooned the capitals on top of the pillars, seven for each capital.
He made pomegranates in two rowsf encircling each network to decorate the capitals on top of the pillars.g He did the same for each capital.
The capitals on top of the pillars in the portico were in the shape of lilies, four cubitsh high.