Four hundred and eighty years after the Israelites came out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's rule over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, Solomon started building The Temple of God.
The Temple that King Solomon built to God was ninety feet long, thirty feet wide, and forty-five feet high.
There was a porch across the thirty-foot width of The Temple that extended out fifteen feet.
Within The Temple he made narrow, deep-silled windows.
Against the outside walls he built a supporting structure in which there were smaller rooms:
The lower floor was seven and a half feet wide, the middle floor nine feet, and the third floor ten and a half feet. He had projecting ledges built into the outside Temple walls to support the buttressing beams.
The stone blocks for the building of The Temple were all dressed at the quarry so that the building site itself was reverently quiet - no noise from hammers and chisels and other iron tools.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)