Solomon also built a palace for himself, and it took him thirteen years to complete the construction.
One of Solomon's buildings was called the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. It was 150 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. a The great cedar ceiling beams rested on four rows of cedar pillars.
It had a cedar roof supported by forty-five rafters that rested on three rows of pillars, fifteen in each row.
On each of the side walls there were three rows of windows facing each other.
All the doorways were rectangular in frame; they were in sets of three, facing each other.
He also built the Hall of Pillars, which was 75 feet long and 45 feet wide. There was a porch at its front, covered by a canopy that was supported by pillars.
There was also the Hall of the Throne, also known as the Hall of Judgment, where Solomon sat to hear legal matters. It was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling. b8
Solomon's living quarters surrounded a courtyard behind this hall; they were built the same way. He also built similar living quarters for Pharaoh's daughter, one of his wives.
All these buildings were built entirely from huge, costly blocks of stone, cut and trimmed to exact measure on all sides.
Some of the huge foundation stones were 15 feet long, and some were 12 feet long.
The costly blocks of stone used in the walls were also cut to measure, and cedar beams were also used.
The walls of the great courtyard were built so that there was one layer of cedar beams after every three layers of hewn stone, just like the walls of the inner courtyard of the LORD's Temple with its entrance foyer.
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