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1 Four hundred and eighty years after the people of Israel left Egypt, during the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the second month, the month of Ziv, Solomon began work on the Temple. 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 Inside it was 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 2 The temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high.
3 The entrance room was 15 feet deep and 30 feet wide, as wide as the sanctuary itself. 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 The walls of the Temple had openings in them, narrower on the outside than on the inside. 4 He made narrow clerestory windows in the temple.
5 Against the outside walls, on the sides and the back of the Temple, a three-storied annex was built, each story 7 1/2 feet high. 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 Each room in the lowest story was 7 1/2 feet wide, in the middle story 9 feet wide, and in the top story 10 1/2 feet wide. The Temple wall on each floor was thinner than on the floor below, so that the rooms could rest on the wall without having their beams built into it. 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 The stones with which the Temple was built had been prepared at the quarry, so that there was no noise made by hammers, axes, or any other iron tools as the Temple was being built. 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 entrance to the lowest story of the annex was on the south side of the Temple, with stairs leading up to the second and third stories. 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 King Solomon finished building the Temple. He put in a ceiling made of beams and boards of cedar. 9 So he built the temple and completed it, roofing it with beams and cedar planks.
10 The three-storied annex, each story 7 1/2 feet high, was built against the outside walls of the Temple, and was joined to them by cedar beams. 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 The Lord said to Solomon, 11 The word of the LORD came to Solomon:
12 "If you obey all my laws and commands, I will do for you what I promised your father David. 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 I will live among my people Israel in this Temple that you are building, and I will never abandon them." 13 And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel."
14 So Solomon finished building the Temple. 14 So Solomon built the temple and completed it.
15 The inside walls were covered with cedar panels from the floor to the ceiling, and the floor was made of pine. 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 An inner room, called the Most Holy Place, was built in the rear of the Temple. It was 30 feet long and was partitioned off by cedar boards reaching from the floor to the ceiling. 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 The room in front of the Most Holy Place was 60 feet long. 17 The main hall in front of this room was forty cubits long.
18 The cedar panels were decorated with carvings of gourds and flowers; the whole interior was covered with cedar, so that the stones of the walls could not be seen. 18 The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.
19 In the rear of the Temple an inner room was built, where the Lord's Covenant Box was to be placed. 19 He prepared the inner sanctuary within the temple to set the ark of the covenant of the LORD there.
20 This inner room was 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 30 feet high, all covered with pure gold. The altar was covered with cedar panels. 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 The inside of the Temple was covered with gold, and gold chains were placed across the entrance of the inner room, which was also 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 The whole interior of the Temple was covered with gold, as well as the altar in the Most Holy Place. 22 So he overlaid the whole interior with gold. He also overlaid with gold the altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary.
23 Two winged creatures were made of olive wood and placed in the Most Holy Place, each one 15 feet tall. 23 In the inner sanctuary he made a pair of cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high.
24 Both were of the same size and shape. Each had two wings, each wing 7 1/2 feet long, so that the distance from one wing tip to the other was 15 feet. 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.
27 They were placed side by side in the Most Holy Place, so that two of their outstretched wings touched each other in the middle of the room, and the other two wings touched the walls. 27 The second cherub also measured ten cubits, for the two cherubim were identical in size and shape.
28 The two winged creatures were covered with gold. 28 The height of each cherub was ten cubits.
29 The walls of the main room and of the inner room were all decorated with carved figures of winged creatures, palm trees, and flowers. 29 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.
30 Even the floor was covered with gold. 30 He overlaid the cherubim with gold.
31 A double door made of olive wood was set in place at the entrance of the Most Holy Place; the top of the doorway was a pointed arch. 31 On the walls all around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers.
32 The doors were decorated with carved figures of winged creatures, palm trees, and flowers. The doors, the winged creatures, and the palm trees were covered with gold. 32 He also covered the floors of both the inner and outer rooms of the temple with gold.
33 For the entrance to the main room a rectangular doorframe of olive wood was made. 33 For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood with five-sided jambs.
34 There were two folding doors made of pine 34 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.
35 and decorated with carved figures of winged creatures, palm trees, and flowers, which were evenly covered with gold. 35 In the same way he made four-sided jambs of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall.
36 An inner court was built in front of the Temple, enclosed with walls which had one layer of cedar beams for every three layers of stone. 36 He also made two pine doors, each having two leaves that turned in sockets.
37 The foundation of the Temple was laid in the second month, the month of Ziv, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign. 37 He carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers on them and overlaid them with gold hammered evenly over the carvings.
38 In the eighth month, the month of Bul, in the eleventh year of Solomon's reign, the Temple was completely finished exactly as it had been planned. It had taken Solomon seven years to build it. 38 And he built the inner courtyard of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams.
37 37 The foundation of the temple of the LORD was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv.
38 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.