1 Kings 7:1-12 NIV

Solomon Builds His Palace

1 It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace.

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2 He built the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon a hundred cubits long, fifty wide and thirty high,a with four rows of cedar columns supporting trimmed cedar beams.

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    • t 7:2 - That is, about 150 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 45 meters long, 23 meters wide and 14 meters high
      3 It was roofed with cedar above the beams that rested on the columns—forty-five beams, fifteen to a row.
      4 Its windows were placed high in sets of three, facing each other.
      5 All the doorways had rectangular frames; they were in the front part in sets of three, facing each other.b

      References for 1 Kings 7:5

        • u 7:5 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
          6 He made a colonnade fifty cubits long and thirty wide.c In front of it was a portico, and in front of that were pillars and an overhanging roof.

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            • v 7:6 - That is, about 75 feet long and 45 feet wide or about 23 meters long and 14 meters wide
              7 He built the throne hall, the Hall of Justice, where he was to judge, and he covered it with cedar from floor to ceiling.d

              References for 1 Kings 7:7

                • w 7:7 - Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew "floor"
                  8 And the palace in which he was to live, set farther back, was similar in design. Solomon also made a palace like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had married.

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                  9 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 smoothed on their inner and outer faces.
                  10 The foundations were laid with large stones of good quality, some measuring ten cubitse and some eight.f

                  References for 1 Kings 7:10

                    • x 7:10 - That is, about 15 feet or about 4.5 meters; also in verse 23
                    • y 7:10 - That is, about 12 feet or about 3.6 meters
                      11 Above were high-grade stones, cut to size, and cedar beams.
                      12 The great courtyard was surrounded by a wall of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams, as was the inner courtyard of the temple of the LORD with its portico.

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