1 Kings 6:2-20 NIV

2 The temple1 that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high.a

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    • b 6:2 - That is, about 90 feet (about 27 meters) long and 30 feet (about 9 meters) wide and 45 feet (about 13.5 meters) high
      3 The portico2 at the front of the main hall of the temple extended the width of the temple, that is twenty cubits,b and projected ten cubitsc from the front of the temple.

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        • c 6:3 - That is, about 30 feet (about 9 meters)
        • d 6:3 - That is, about 15 feet (about 4.5 meters)
          4 He made narrow clerestory windows3 in the temple.

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          5 Against the walls of the main hall and inner sanctuary he built a structure around the building, in which there were side rooms.4

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              6 The lowest floor was five cubitsd wide, the middle floor six cubitse and the third floor seven.f He made offset ledges around the outside of the temple so that nothing would be inserted into the temple walls.

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                • e 6:6 - That is, about 7 1/2 feet (about 2.3 meters); also in verses 10 and 24
                • f 6:6 - That is, about 9 feet (about 2.7 meters)
                • g 6:6 - That is, about 10 1/2 feet (about 3.1 meters)
                  7 In building the temple, only blocks dressed5 at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool6 was heard at the temple site while it was being built.

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                  8 The entrance to the lowestg 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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                    • h 6:8 - Septuagint; Hebrew "middle"
                      9 So he built the temple and completed it, roofing it with beams and cedar7 planks.

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                          10 And he built the side rooms all along the temple. The height of each was five cubits, and they were attached to the temple by beams of cedar.
                          11 The word of the LORD came8 to Solomon:

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                          12 "As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations and keep all my commands9 and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise10 I gave to David your father.

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                          13 And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon11 my people Israel."

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                          14 So Solomon12 built the temple and completed13 it.

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                          15 He lined its interior walls with cedar boards, paneling them from the floor of the temple to the ceiling,14 and covered the floor of the temple with planks of pine.15

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                          16 He partitioned off twenty cubitsh at the rear of the temple with cedar boards from floor to ceiling to form within the temple an inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place.16

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                            • i 6:16 - That is, about 30 feet (about 9 meters)
                              17 The main hall in front of this room was forty cubitsi long.

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                                • j 6:17 - That is, about 60 feet (about 18 meters)
                                  18 The inside of the temple was cedar,17 carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.

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                                  19 He prepared the inner sanctuary18 within the temple to set the ark of the covenant19 of the LORD there.

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                                  20 The inner sanctuary20 was twenty cubits long, twenty wide and twenty high.j He overlaid the inside with pure gold, and he also overlaid the altar of cedar.21

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                                    • k 6:20 - That is, about 30 feet (about 9 meters) long, wide and high