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1 Solomon began to build the LORD's temple 480 years after Israel left Egypt. He began building in the month of Ziv (the second month) of the fourth year of his reign over Israel. 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 temple that King Solomon built for the LORD 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 hall in front of the main room of the temple was the same length as the shorter side of the temple. It extended 15 feet in front of the temple. 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 He also made latticed windows for the temple. 4 He made narrow clerestory windows in the temple.
5 He built an annex containing side rooms all around the temple. This annex was next to the walls of the main building and the inner sanctuary. 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 [interior of] the lowest story of the annex was 7½ feet wide, the second story was 9 feet wide, and the third story was 10½ feet wide. Solomon made ledges all around the temple so that this annex would not be fastened to the walls of the temple. 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 temple was built with stone blocks that were finished at the quarry. No hammer, chisel, or any other iron tool made a sound at the temple construction site. 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 first story was on the south side of the temple. A staircase went up to the middle story and then to the third story. 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 When he had finished building the walls, he roofed the temple with rows of cedar beams and planks. 9 So he built the temple and completed it, roofing it with beams and cedar planks.
10 He built [each story of the] annex 7½ feet high alongside the entire temple. Its cedar beams were attached to the temple. 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 spoke to Solomon, saying, 11 The word of the LORD came to Solomon:
12 "This concerns the temple you are building: If you live by my laws, follow my rules, and keep my commands, I will fulfill the promise I made about you to 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 the Israelites and never abandon my people." 13 And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel."
14 When Solomon had finished building the temple's [frame], 14 So Solomon built the temple and completed it.
15 he began to line the inside walls of the temple with cedar boards. He paneled the inside of the temple with wood from floor to ceiling. He covered the floor of the temple with cypress planks. 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 He sectioned off a 30-foot-long room at the rear of the temple with cedar boards from the floor to the rafters. He built it to serve as an inner room, the most holy place. 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 60-foot-long room at the front of the temple served as the main hall. 17 The main hall in front of this room was forty cubits long.
18 Gourds and flowers were carved into the cedar paneling inside the temple. Everything was [covered with] cedar. No stone could 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 He prepared the inner room of the temple in order to put the ark of the LORD's promise there. 19 He prepared the inner sanctuary within the temple to set the ark of the covenant of the LORD there.
20 The inner room was 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 30 feet high. Solomon covered it and the cedar altar with pure 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 He covered the inside of the temple with pure gold. He put golden chains across the front of the inner room which 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 He covered the entire inside of the temple with gold. He also covered the entire altar in the inner room 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 inner room he made two 15-foot-tall angels out of olive wood. 23 In the inner sanctuary he made a pair of cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high.
24 Each wing of the angels was 7½ feet long. The distance from the tip of one wing to the tip of 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.
25 Both angels had a 15-foot [wingspan]. Both had the same measurements and the same shape. 25 The second cherub also measured ten cubits, for the two cherubim were identical in size and shape.
26 Each was 15 feet high. 26 The height of each cherub was ten cubits.
27 Solomon put the angels in the inner room of the temple. The wings of the angels extended so that the wing of one of the angels touched the one wall, and the wing of the other touched the other wall. Their remaining wings touched each other in the center of the room. 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 He covered the angels with gold. 28 He overlaid the cherubim with gold.
29 He carved angels, palm trees, and flowers into the walls all around the inner and outer rooms of the temple. 29 On the walls all around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers.
30 He covered the floor of the inner and outer rooms of the temple with gold. 30 He also covered the floors of both the inner and outer rooms of the temple with gold.
31 He made doors for the entrance to the inner room out of olive wood. The doorposts had five sides. 31 For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood with five-sided jambs.
32 The two doors were [made out of] olive wood. He carved angels, palm trees, and flowers into them and covered them with gold. The gold was hammered onto the angels and the palm trees. 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 In the same way he made square doorposts out of olive wood for the temple's entrance. 33 In the same way he made four-sided jambs of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall.
34 He made two doors from cypress. Each of the doors had two folding panels. 34 He also made two pine doors, each having two leaves that turned in sockets.
35 On them he carved angels, palm trees, and flowers. He evenly covered them with gold. 35 He carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers on them and overlaid them with gold hammered evenly over the carvings.
36 He built the inner courtyard with three courses of finished stones and a course of finished cedar beams. 36 And he built the inner courtyard of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams.
37 In the month of Ziv of the fourth year of Solomon's reign, the foundation of the LORD's temple was laid. 37 The foundation of the temple of the LORD was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv.
38 In the month of Bul (the eighth month) of the eleventh year [of his reign], the temple was finished according to all its plans and specifications. He spent 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.