1 Kings 7:1-12 NIV

Solomon Builds His Palace

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

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2 He built the Palace2 of the Forest of Lebanon3 a hundred cubits long, fifty wide and thirty high,a with four rows of cedar columns supporting trimmed cedar beams.

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    • a 7:2 - That is, about 150 feet (about 46 meters) long, 75 feet (about 23 meters) wide and 45 feet (about 13.5 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

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        • b 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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            • c 7:6 - That is, about 75 feet (about 23 meters) long and 45 feet (about 13.5 meters) wide
              7 He built the throne hall, the Hall of Justice, where he was to judge,4 and he covered it with cedar from floor to ceiling.d5

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                • d 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.6

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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 trimmed with a saw 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

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                    • e 7:10 - That is, about 15 feet (about 4.5 meters)
                    • f 7:10 - That is, about 12 feet (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 courses7 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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