Solomon Builds the Temple for Yahweh

1 It happened in the four hundred and eightieth year [after] the {Israelites} went out from the land of Egypt, in the fourth year {of Solomon's rule} over Israel, the month of Ziv (that [is] the second month), that he began to build the house for Yahweh.

References for 1 Kings 6:1

    • a 6:1 - Literally "sons/children of Israel"
    • b 6:1 - Literally "Solomon to rule"
      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 temple [was] twenty cubits [in] its length, and the width of the temple [was] ten cubits wide on the face of the temple.

      References for 1 Kings 6:3

        • c 6:3 - Or "house"
        • d 6:3 - Or "house"
        • e 6:3 - Or "house"
          4 And he made for the temple specially designed framed windows,

          References for 1 Kings 6:4

            • f 6:4 - Or "house"
              5 and he built a structure against the wall of the temple [running] all along the walls of the house, for the outer sanctuary and for the inner sanctuary, and made side rooms all around.

              References for 1 Kings 6:5

                • g 6:5 - Or "house"
                  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 temple all around to the outside, [so that] beams [would] not attach to the walls of the temple.

                  References for 1 Kings 6:6

                    • h 6:6 - Or "house"
                    • i 6:6 - Or "house"
                      7 Now while the temple 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 temple as it was being built.

                      References for 1 Kings 6:7

                        • j 6:7 - Or "house"
                        • k 6:7 - Or "house"
                          8 The doorway of the side room in the middle of the side of the temple [was] on the south; they went up with a stairway to the middle and from the middle to the third [floor].

                          References for 1 Kings 6:8

                            • l 6:8 - Or "house"
                              9 So he built the house and finished it. He covered the temple [with] rafters and wood planks and with the cedars.

                              References for 1 Kings 6:9

                                • m 6:9 - Or "house"
                                  10 He also built the structure against all of the temple five cubits in height and fastened it to the temple with beams of cedar.

                                  References for 1 Kings 6:10

                                    • n 6:10 - Or "house"
                                    • o 6:10 - Or "house"
                                      11 Then the word of Yahweh came to Solomon, saying,
                                      12 "[Regarding] this temple 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.

                                      References for 1 Kings 6:12

                                        • p 6:12 - Or "house"
                                          13 And I will dwell {among} the {Israelites}, and I will not forsake my people Israel."

                                          References for 1 Kings 6:13

                                            • q 6:13 - Literally "in the middle of"
                                            • r 6:13 - Literally "sons/children of Israel"
                                              14 So Solomon built the temple and finished it.

                                              References for 1 Kings 6:14

                                                • s 6:14 - Or "house"
                                                  15 He lined the walls {of the inside of the house} with boards of cedar; from the floor of the temple up to the rafters of the ceiling he covered [them with] wood {on the inside}. He also covered the floor of the temple with cypress boards.

                                                  References for 1 Kings 6:15

                                                    • t 6:15 - Literally "the house from house"
                                                    • u 6:15 - Or "house"
                                                    • v 6:15 - Literally "from house"
                                                    • w 6:15 - Or "house"
                                                      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}.

                                                      References for 1 Kings 6:16

                                                        • x 6:16 - Literally "as the holy place of the holy places." Often referred to as the Holy of Holies
                                                          17 The main hall of the temple was forty cubits {in front of the inner sanctuary},

                                                          References for 1 Kings 6:17

                                                            • y 6:17 - Or "house"
                                                            • z 6:17 - So LXX supported by the Vulgate. MT has "before me"
                                                              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 temple he prepared the inside to place the ark of the covenant of Yahweh there.

                                                              References for 1 Kings 6:19

                                                                • { 6:19 - Or "house"
                                                                  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 temple 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.

                                                                  References for 1 Kings 6:21

                                                                    • | 6:21 - Or "house"
                                                                      22 All of the temple he overlaid with gold until all of the temple [was] finished; all of the altar which belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold.

                                                                      References for 1 Kings 6:22

                                                                        • } 6:22 - Or "house"
                                                                        • ~ 6:22 - Or "house"
                                                                          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} measurement, and [there] was one shape for the two cherubim.

                                                                          References for 1 Kings 6:25

                                                                            •  6:25 - Literally "one"
                                                                              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} out the gold on the cherubim and the palm tree images.

                                                                              References for 1 Kings 6:32

                                                                                • € 6:32 - Literally "and he beat out"
                                                                                  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, the house of Yahweh was founded in the month of Ziv.

                                                                                  References for 1 Kings 6:37

                                                                                    •  6:37 - That is, the fourth year of Solomon's reign
                                                                                      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.