2 Chronicles 3 NIV

Solomon Builds the Temple

3:1-14pp -- 1Ki 6:1-29

1 Then Solomon began to build1 the temple of the LORD 2 in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunaha3 the Jebusite, the place provided by David.

References for 2 Chronicles 3:1

    • a 3:1 - Hebrew "Ornan," a variant of "Araunah"
      2 He began building on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign.4

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      3 The foundation Solomon laid for building the temple of God was sixty cubits long and twenty cubits wideb5 (using the cubit of the old standard).

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        • b 3:3 - That is, about 90 feet (about 27 meters) long and 30 feet (about 9 meters) wide
          4 The portico at the front of the temple was twenty cubitsc long across the width of the building and twenty cubitsd high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold.

          References for 2 Chronicles 3:4

            • c 3:4 - That is, about 30 feet (about 9 meters); also in verses 8, 11 and 13
            • d 3:4 - Some Septuagint and Syriac manuscripts; Hebrew "and a hundred and twenty"
              5 He paneled the main hall with pine and covered it with fine gold and decorated it with palm tree6 and chain designs.

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              6 He adorned the temple with precious stones. And the gold he used was gold of Parvaim.
              7 He overlaid the ceiling beams, doorframes, walls and doors of the temple with gold, and he carved cherubim7 on the walls.

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              8 He built the Most Holy Place,8 its length corresponding to the width of the temple--twenty cubits long and twenty cubits wide. He overlaid the inside with six hundred talentse of fine gold.

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                • e 3:8 - That is, about 23 tons (about 21 metric tons)
                  9 The gold nails9 weighed fifty shekels.f He also overlaid the upper parts with gold.

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                    • f 3:9 - That is, about 1 1/4 pounds (about 0.6 kilogram)
                      10 In the Most Holy Place he made a pair10 of sculptured cherubim and overlaid them with gold.

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                      11 The total wingspan of the cherubim was twenty cubits. One wing of the first cherub was five cubitsg long and touched the temple wall, while its other wing, also five cubits long, touched the wing of the other cherub.

                      References for 2 Chronicles 3:11

                        • g 3:11 - That is, about 7 1/2 feet (about 2.3 meters); also in verse 15
                          12 Similarly one wing of the second cherub was five cubits long and touched the other temple wall, and its other wing, also five cubits long, touched the wing of the first cherub.
                          13 The wings of these cherubim11 extended twenty cubits. They stood on their feet, facing the main hall.h

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                            • h 3:13 - Or "facing inward"
                              14 He made the curtain12 of blue, purple and crimson yarn and fine linen, with cherubim13 worked into it.

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                              15 In the front of the temple he made two pillars,14 which [together] were thirty-five cubitsi long, each with a capital15 on top measuring five cubits.

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                                • i 3:15 - That is, about 52 feet (about 16 meters)
                                  16 He made interwoven chainsj16 and put them on top of the pillars. He also made a hundred pomegranates17 and attached them to the chains.

                                  References for 2 Chronicles 3:16

                                    • j 3:16 - Or possibly "made chains in the inner sanctuary"; the meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
                                      17 He erected the pillars in the front of the temple, one to the south and one to the north. The one to the south he named Jakink and the one to the north Boaz.l

                                      References for 2 Chronicles 3:17

                                        • k 3:17 - "Jakin" probably means "he establishes."
                                        • l 3:17 - "Boaz" probably means "in him is strength."