1 Kings 6 NLT

1 It was in midspring, in the month of Ziv,a during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign, that he began to construct the Temple of the . This was 480 years after the people of Israel were rescued from their slavery in the land of Egypt.

References for 1 Kings 6:1

    • Ү 6:1 - Hebrew It was in the month of Ziv, which is the second month. This month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the months of April and May.
      2 The Temple that King Solomon built for the was 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet high.b

      References for 1 Kings 6:2

        • ү 6:2 - Hebrew 60 cubits [27.6 meters] long, 20 cubits [9.2 meters] wide, and 30 cubits [13.8 meters] high.
          3 The entry room at the front of the Temple was 30 feetc wide, running across the entire width of the Temple. It projected outward 15 feetd from the front of the Temple.

          References for 1 Kings 6:3

            • Ұ 6:3 - Hebrew 20 cubits [9.2 meters]; also in 6:16, 20 .
            • ұ 6:3 - Hebrew 10 cubits [4.6 meters].
              4 Solomon also made narrow recessed windows throughout the Temple.
              5 He built a complex of rooms against the outer walls of the Temple, all the way around the sides and rear of the building.
              6 The complex was three stories high, the bottom floor being 7 feet wide, the second floor 9 feet wide, and the top floor 10 feet wide.e The rooms were connected to the walls of the Temple by beams resting on ledges built out from the wall. So the beams were not inserted into the walls themselves.

              References for 1 Kings 6:6

                • Ҳ 6:6 - Hebrew the bottom floor being 5 cubits [2.3 meters] wide, the second floor 6 cubits [2.8 meters] wide, and the top floor 7 cubits [3.2 meters] wide .
                  7 The stones used in the construction of the Temple were finished at the quarry, so there was no sound of hammer, ax, or any other iron tool at the building site.
                  8 The entrance to the bottom floorf was on the south side of the Temple. There were winding stairs going up to the second floor, and another flight of stairs between the second and third floors.

                  References for 1 Kings 6:8

                    • ҳ 6:8 - As in Greek version; Hebrew reads middle floor.
                      9 After completing the Temple structure, Solomon put in a ceiling made of cedar beams and planks.
                      10 As already stated, he built a complex of rooms along the sides of the building, attached to the Temple walls by cedar timbers. Each story of the complex was 7 feetg high.

                      References for 1 Kings 6:10

                        • Ҵ 6:10 - Hebrew 5 cubits [2.3 meters].
                          11 Then the gave this message to Solomon:
                          12 “Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my decrees and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father, David.
                          13 I will live among the Israelites and will never abandon my people Israel.”
                          14 So Solomon finished building the Temple.
                          15 The entire inside, from floor to ceiling, was paneled with wood. He paneled the walls and ceilings with cedar, and he used planks of cypress for the floors.
                          16 He partitioned off an inner sanctuary—the Most Holy Place—at the far end of the Temple. It was 30 feet deep and was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling.
                          17 The main room of the Temple, outside the Most Holy Place, was 60 feeth long.

                          References for 1 Kings 6:17

                            • ҵ 6:17 - Hebrew 40 cubits [18.4 meters].
                              18 Cedar paneling completely covered the stone walls throughout the Temple, and the paneling was decorated with carvings of gourds and open flowers.
                              19 He prepared the inner sanctuary at the far end of the Temple, where the Ark of the ’s Covenant would be placed.
                              20 This inner sanctuary was 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 30 feet high. He overlaid the inside with solid gold. He also overlaid the altar made of cedar.i

                              References for 1 Kings 6:20

                                • Ҷ 6:20 - Or overlaid the altar with cedar. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
                                  21 Then Solomon overlaid the rest of the Temple’s interior with solid gold, and he made gold chains to protect the entrancej to the Most Holy Place.

                                  References for 1 Kings 6:21

                                    • ҷ 6:21 - Or to draw curtains across. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
                                      22 So he finished overlaying the entire Temple with gold, including the altar that belonged to the Most Holy Place.
                                      23 He made two cherubim of wild olivek wood, each 15 feetl tall, and placed them in the inner sanctuary.

                                      References for 1 Kings 6:23

                                        • Ҹ 6:23 - Or pine; Hebrew reads oil tree; also in 6:31, 33 .
                                        • ҹ 6:23 - Hebrew 10 cubits [4.6 meters]; also in 6:24, 26 .
                                          24 The wingspan of each of the cherubim was 15 feet, each wing being 7 feetm long.

                                          References for 1 Kings 6:24

                                            • Һ 6:24 - Hebrew 5 cubits [2.3 meters].
                                              25 The two cherubim were identical in shape and size;
                                              26 each was 15 feet tall.
                                              27 He placed them side by side in the inner sanctuary of the Temple. Their outspread wings reached from wall to wall, while their inner wings touched at the center of the room.
                                              28 He overlaid the two cherubim with gold.
                                              29 He decorated all the walls of the inner sanctuary and the main room with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers.
                                              30 He overlaid the floor in both rooms with gold.
                                              31 For the entrance to the inner sanctuary, he made double doors of wild olive wood with five-sided doorposts.n

                                              References for 1 Kings 6:31

                                                • һ 6:31 - The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
                                                  32 These double doors were decorated with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers. The doors, including the decorations of cherubim and palm trees, were overlaid with gold.
                                                  33 Then he made four-sided doorposts of wild olive wood for the entrance to the Temple.
                                                  34 There were two folding doors of cypress wood, and each door was hinged to fold back upon itself.
                                                  35 These doors were decorated with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers—all overlaid evenly with gold.
                                                  36 The walls of the inner courtyard were built so that there was one layer of cedar beams between every three layers of finished stone.
                                                  37 The foundation of the ’s Temple was laid in midspring, in the month of Ziv,o during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign.

                                                  References for 1 Kings 6:37

                                                    • Ҽ 6:37 - Hebrew was laid in the month of Ziv. This month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the months of April and May.
                                                      38 The entire building was completed in every detail by midautumn, in the month of Bul,p during the eleventh year of his reign. So it took seven years to build the Temple.

                                                      References for 1 Kings 6:38

                                                        • ҽ 6:38 - Hebrew by the month of Bul, which is the eighth month. This month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the months of October and November.