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1 In the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year that Solomon was king of Israel, in the month Ziv, which is the second month, the building of the Lord's house was started. 1 In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites had come out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the LORD.
2 The house which Solomon made for the Lord was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. 2 The temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high.
3 The covered way before the Temple of the house was twenty cubits long, as wide as the house, and ten cubits wide in front of the house. 3 The portico at the front of the main hall of the temple extended the width of the temple, that is twenty cubits, and projected ten cubits from the front of the temple.
4 And for the house he made windows, with network across. 4 He made narrow clerestory windows in the temple.
5 And against the walls all round, and against the walls of the Temple and of the inmost room, he put up wings, with side rooms all round: 5 Against the walls of the main hall and inner sanctuary he built a structure around the building, in which there were side rooms.
6 The lowest line of them being five cubits wide, the middle six cubits wide and the third seven cubits; for there was a space all round the outside walls of the house so that the boards supporting the rooms did not have to be fixed in the walls of the house. 6 The lowest floor was five cubits wide, the middle floor six cubits and the third floor seven. He made offset ledges around the outside of the temple so that nothing would be inserted into the temple walls.
7 (And the stones used in the building of the house were squared at the place where they were cut out; there was no sound of hammer or axe or any iron instrument while they were building the house.) 7 In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built.
8 The door to the lowest side rooms was in the right side of the house; and they went up by twisting steps into the middle rooms, and from the middle into the third. 8 The entrance to the lowest floor was on the south side of the temple; a stairway led up to the middle level and from there to the third.
9 So he put up the house and made it complete, roofing it with boards of cedar-wood. 9 So he built the temple and completed it, roofing it with beams and cedar planks.
10 And he put up the line of side rooms against the walls of the house, fifteen cubits high, resting against the house on boards of cedar-wood. 10 And he built the side rooms all along the temple. The height of each was five cubits, and they were attached to the temple by beams of cedar.
11 (And the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying, 11 The word of the LORD came to Solomon:
12 About this house which you are building: if you will keep my laws and give effect to my decisions and be guided by my rules, I will give effect to my word which I gave to David your father. 12 "As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father.
13 And I will be ever among the children of Israel, and will not go away from my people. 13 And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel."
14 So Solomon made the building of the house complete.) 14 So Solomon built the temple and completed it.
15 The walls of the house were covered inside with cedar-wood boards; from the floor to the roof of the house they were covered inside with wood; and the floor was covered with boards of cypress-wood. 15 He lined its interior walls with cedar boards, paneling them from the floor of the temple to the ceiling, and covered the floor of the temple with planks of pine.
16 And at the back of the house a further space of twenty cubits was shut in with boards of cedar-wood, for the inmost room. 16 He partitioned off twenty cubits at the rear of the temple with cedar boards from floor to ceiling to form within the temple an inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place.
17 And the house, that is, the Temple, in front of the holy place was forty cubits long. 17 The main hall in front of this room was forty cubits long.
18 (All the inside of the house was cedar-wood, ornamented with designs of buds and flowers; no stonework was to be seen inside.) 18 The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.
19 And he made ready an inmost room in the middle of the house, in which to put the ark of the agreement of the Lord. 19 He prepared the inner sanctuary within the temple to set the ark of the covenant of the LORD there.
20 And the inmost room was twenty cubits square and twenty cubits high, plated over with clear gold, and he made an altar of cedar-wood, plating it with gold. 20 The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty wide and twenty high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold, and he also overlaid the altar of cedar.
21 Solomon had all the inside of the house covered with gold, and he put chains of gold across in front of the inmost room, which itself was covered with gold. 21 Solomon covered the inside of the temple with pure gold, and he extended gold chains across the front of the inner sanctuary, which was overlaid with gold.
22 Plates of gold were put all through the house till it was covered completely (and the altar in the inmost room was all covered with gold). 22 So he overlaid the whole interior with gold. He also overlaid with gold the altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary.
23 In the inmost room he made two winged beings of olive-wood, ten cubits high; 23 In the inner sanctuary he made a pair of cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high.
24 With outstretched wings five cubits wide; the distance from the edge of one wing to the edge of the other was ten cubits. 24 One wing of the first cherub was five cubits long, and the other wing five cubits--ten cubits from wing tip to wing tip.
25 The two winged ones were ten cubits high, of the same size and form. 25 The second cherub also measured ten cubits, for the two cherubim were identical in size and shape.
26 The two of them were ten cubits high. 26 The height of each cherub was ten cubits.
27 These were placed inside the inner house, their outstretched wings touching the walls of the house, one touching one wall and one the other, while their other wings were touching in the middle. 27 He placed the cherubim inside the innermost room of the temple, with their wings spread out. The wing of one cherub touched one wall, while the wing of the other touched the other wall, and their wings touched each other in the middle of the room.
28 These winged ones were plated over with gold. 28 He overlaid the cherubim with gold.
29 And all the walls of the house inside and out were ornamented with forms of winged ones and palm-trees and open flowers. 29 On the walls all around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers.
30 And the floor of the house was covered with gold, inside and out. 30 He also covered the floors of both the inner and outer rooms of the temple with gold.
31 For the way into the inmost room he made doors of olive-wood, the arch and the door supports forming a five-sided opening. 31 For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood with five-sided jambs.
32 On the olive-wood doors were cut designs of winged ones and palm-trees and open flowers, all of them, with the doors, plated with gold. 32 And on the two olive wood doors he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid the cherubim and palm trees with beaten gold.
33 Then he made pillars of olive-wood for the way into the Temple; the pillars were square: 33 In the same way he made four-sided jambs of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall.
34 And two folding doors of cypress-wood, with two leaves. 34 He also made two pine doors, each having two leaves that turned in sockets.
35 These were ornamented with designs of winged ones and palm-trees and open flowers, plated over with gold. 35 He carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers on them and overlaid them with gold hammered evenly over the carvings.
36 And the inner space was walled with three lines of squared stones and a line of cedar-wood boards. 36 And he built the inner courtyard of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams.
37 In the fourth year the base of the house was put in its place, in the month Ziv. 37 The foundation of the temple of the LORD was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv.
38 And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, the building of the house was complete in every detail, as it had been designed. So he was seven years building it. 38 In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.