The entrance to the ground floor was at the south end of The Temple; stairs led to the second floor and then to the third.
Solomon built and completed The Temple, finishing it off with roof beams and planks of cedar.
The supporting structure along the outside walls was attached to The Temple with cedar beams and the rooms in it were seven and a half feet tall.
The word of God came to Solomon saying,
"About this Temple you are building - what's important is that you live the way I've set out for you and do what I tell you, following my instructions carefully and obediently. Then I'll complete in you the promise I made to David your father.
I'll personally take up my residence among the Israelites - I won't desert my people Israel."
Solomon built and completed The Temple.
He paneled the interior walls from floor to ceiling with cedar planks; for flooring he used cypress.
The thirty feet at the rear of The Temple he made into an Inner Sanctuary, cedar planks from floor to ceiling - the Holy of Holies.
The Main Sanctuary area in front was sixty feet long.
The entire interior of The Temple was cedar, with carvings of fruits and flowers. All cedar - none of the stone was exposed.
The Inner Sanctuary within The Temple was for housing the Chest of the Covenant of God.
This Inner Sanctuary was a cube, thirty feet each way, all plated with gold. The Altar of cedar was also gold-plated.
Everywhere you looked there was pure gold: gold chains strung in front of the gold-plated Inner Sanctuary
- gold everywhere - walls, ceiling, floor, and Altar. Dazzling!
Then he made two cherubim, gigantic angel-like figures, from olivewood. Each was fifteen feet tall.
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)