1 Kings 6 (Lexham English Bible)

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Solomon Builds the Temple for Yahweh

1 It happened in the four hundred and eightieth year [after] the {Israelites}a went out from the land of Egypt, in the fourth year {of Solomon's rule}b over Israel, the month of Ziv (that [is] the second month), that he began to build the house for Yahweh. 2 Now the house that King Solomon built for Yahweh [was] sixty cubits [in] its length and twenty cubits [in] its width and thirty cubits [in] its height. 3 The vestibule on the face of the main hall of the templec [was] twenty cubits [in] its length, and the width of the templed [was] ten cubits wide on the face of the temple.e 4 And he made for the templef specially designed framed windows, 5 and he built a structure against the wall of the templeg [running] all along the walls of the house, for the outer sanctuary and for the inner sanctuary, and made side rooms all around. 6 The lower structure [was] five cubits in its width and the middle [was] six cubits in its width and the third [was] seven cubits in its width, for he made niches for the templeh all around to the outside, [so that] beams [would] not attach to the walls of the temple.i 7 Now while the templej was being built, it was built [with] stones finished [at the] quarry, [so that] no hammer or stone shaping tool or any instrument of iron was heard in the templek as it was being built. 8 The doorway of the side room in the middle of the side of the templel [was] on the south; they went up with a stairway to the middle and from the middle to the third [floor]. 9 So he built the house and finished it. He covered the templem [with] rafters and wood planks and with the cedars. 10 He also built the structure against all of the templen five cubits in height and fastened it to the templeo with beams of cedar. 11 Then the word of Yahweh came to Solomon, saying, 12 "[Regarding] this templep that you are building: if you walk in my ordinances and if you do my judgments and you keep all my commandments to walk in them, then I will establish my promise with you which I made to David your father. 13 And I will dwell {among}q the {Israelites},r and I will not forsake my people Israel." 14 So Solomon built the temples and finished it. 15 He lined the walls {of the inside of the house}t with boards of cedar; from the floor of the templeu up to the rafters of the ceiling he covered [them with] wood {on the inside}.v He also covered the floor of the templew with cypress boards. 16 He built twenty cubits from the rear of the house with boards of cedar from the floor up to the ceiling, and he built for it an inner sanctuary on the inside, as the {most holy place}.x 17 The main hall of the templey was forty cubits {in front of the inner sanctuary},z 18 with the cedar within the inner house [having] carvings of gourds and buds of flowers. It [was] entirely of cedar; there was not a stone visible. 19 Now [in] the inner sanctuary in the middle of the templeaa he prepared the inside to place the ark of the covenant of Yahweh there. 20 In front, the inner sanctuary [was] twenty cubits long and twenty cubits wide and twenty cubits high, and he overlaid it [with] pure gold and covered the altar [with] cedar. 21 Solomon overlaid the templebb on the inside [with] pure gold, and he drew across it with golden chains in front of the inner sanctuary, which he overlaid with gold. 22 All of the templecc he overlaid with gold until all of the templedd [was] finished; all of the altar which belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold. 23 He made two cherubim of olive wood for the inner sanctuary, ten cubits high. 24 Five cubits [was] the first wing of the cherub, and five cubits the second wing of the cherub, from the tip of his [one] wing up to the tip of his [other] wing. 25 The second cherub [was] ten cubits [according to] {the same}ee measurement, and [there] was one shape for the two cherubim. 26 The height of the first cherub [was] ten cubits and so [was] the second cherub. 27 He placed the cherubim in the middle of the inner house, and they spread out the wings of the cherubim; the wing of the first cherub touched against the wall and the wing of the second cherub [was] touching against the second wall; their wings [spread] to the middle of the house [and were] touching wing to wing. 28 He also overlaid the cherubim with gold. 29 On all of the walls around the house, he carved engravings of cherubim and palm tree images and budding flowers both inside and out. 30 He overlaid the floor of the house with gold both inside and out. 31 He made doors of olive wood for the doorway of the inner sanctuary, [as well as for] the doorpost of the fifth doorframe. 32 [On] the two doors of olive wood he made carvings of cherubim and palm tree images and budding flowers, and he overlaid them with gold {by beating}ff out the gold on the cherubim and the palm tree images. 33 Thus he made doorframes of olive wood on four sides for the doorway of the main hall 34 and two doors of cypress wood; one door [with] two folding panels and the second door [with] two folding panels. 35 He carved cherubim and palm tree images and budding flowers and overlaid them with gold evenly applied on the carved work. 36 Then he built the inner courtyard [with] three rows of dressed stone and a row of cedar beams. 37 In the fourth year,gg the house of Yahweh was founded in the month of Ziv. 38 In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, that is, the eighth month, the house was finished [according] to all his specifications and [according] to all his plans. He had built it in seven years.
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