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1 Kings 7:1-12 (Good News Translation)

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1 Solomon also built a palace for himself, and it took him thirteen years. 2 The Hall of the Forest of Lebanon a was 150 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. It had three b rows of cedar pillars, 15 in each row, with cedar beams resting on them. The ceiling was of cedar, extending over storerooms, which were supported by the pillars. 4 On each of the two side walls there were three rows of windows. 5 The doorways and the windows c had rectangular frames, and the three rows of windows in each wall faced the opposite rows. 6 The Hall of Columns was 75 feet long and 45 feet wide. It had a covered porch, supported by columns. 7 The Throne Room, also called the Hall of Judgment, where Solomon decided cases, had cedar panels from the floor to the rafters. d 8 Solomon's own quarters, in another court behind the Hall of Judgment, were made like the other buildings. He also built the same kind of house for his wife, the daughter of the king of Egypt. 1 9 All these buildings and the great court were made of fine stones from the foundations to the eaves. The stones were prepared at the quarry and cut to measure, with their inner and outer sides trimmed with saws. 10 The foundations were made of large stones prepared at the quarry, some of them twelve feet long and others fifteen feet long. 11 On top of them were other stones, cut to measure, and cedar beams. 12 The palace court, the inner court of the Temple, and the entrance room of the Temple had walls with one layer of cedar beams for every three layers of cut stones.
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