1 Kings 7:11-21 NIV

11 Above were high-grade stones, cut to size, and cedar beams.
12 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.

References for 1 Kings 7:12

The Temple's Furnishings

7:23-26pp -- 2Ch 4:2-5 7:38-51pp -- 2Ch 4:6,10-5:1

13 King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram,a2

References for 1 Kings 7:13

    • g 7:13 - Hebrew "Hiram," a variant of "Huram"; also in verses 40 and 45
      14 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.

      References for 1 Kings 7:14

      15 He cast two bronze pillars,5 each eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits around,b by line.

      References for 1 Kings 7:15

        • h 7:15 - That is, about 27 feet (about 8.1 meters) high and 18 feet (about 5.4 meters) around
          16 He also made two capitals6 of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars; each capital was five cubitsc high.

          References for 1 Kings 7:16

            • i 7:16 - That is, about 7 1/2 feet (about 2.3 meters); also in verse 23
              17 A network of interwoven chains festooned the capitals on top of the pillars, seven for each capital.
              18 He made pomegranates in two rowsd encircling each network to decorate the capitals on top of the pillars.e He did the same for each capital.

              References for 1 Kings 7:18

                • j 7:18 - Two Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts "made the pillars, and there were two rows"
                • k 7:18 - Many Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts "pomegranates"
                  19 The capitals on top of the pillars in the portico were in the shape of lilies, four cubitsf high.

                  References for 1 Kings 7:19

                    • l 7:19 - That is, about 6 feet (about 1.8 meters); also in verse 38
                      20 On the capitals of both pillars, above the bowl-shaped part next to the network, were the two hundred pomegranates7 in rows all around.

                      References for 1 Kings 7:20

                      21 He erected the pillars at the portico of the temple. The pillar to the south he named Jaking and the one to the north Boaz.h8

                      References for 1 Kings 7:21

                        • m 7:21 - "Jakin" probably means "he establishes."
                        • n 7:21 - "Boaz" probably means "in him is strength."