1 Kings 6 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Four hundred and eighty years after the Israelites came out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's rule over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, Solomon started building The Temple of God. 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 to God was ninety feet long, thirty feet wide, and forty-five feet high. 2 The temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high.
3 There was a porch across the thirty-foot width of The Temple that extended out fifteen feet. 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 Within The Temple he made narrow, deep-silled windows. 4 He made narrow clerestory windows in the temple.
5 Against the outside walls he built a supporting structure in which there were smaller rooms: 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 lower floor was seven and a half feet wide, the middle floor nine feet, and the third floor ten and a half feet. He had projecting ledges built into the outside Temple walls to support the buttressing beams. 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 stone blocks for the building of The Temple were all dressed at the quarry so that the building site itself was reverently quiet - no noise from hammers and chisels and other iron tools. 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 ground floor was at the south end of The Temple; stairs led to the second floor and then to 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 Solomon built and completed The Temple, finishing it off with roof beams and planks of cedar. 9 So he built the temple and completed it, roofing it with beams and cedar planks.
10 The supporting structure along the outside walls was attached to The Temple with cedar beams and the rooms in it were seven and a half feet tall. 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 word of God came to Solomon saying, 11 The word of the LORD came to Solomon:
12 "About this Temple you are building - what's important is that you live the way I've set out for you and do what I tell you, following my instructions carefully and obediently. Then I'll complete in you the promise I made 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 I'll personally take up my residence among the Israelites - I won't desert my people Israel." 13 And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel."
14 Solomon built and completed The Temple. 14 So Solomon built the temple and completed it.
15 He paneled the interior walls from floor to ceiling with cedar planks; for flooring he used cypress. 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 The thirty feet at the rear of The Temple he made into an Inner Sanctuary, cedar planks from floor to ceiling - the Holy of Holies. 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 Main Sanctuary area in front was sixty feet long. 17 The main hall in front of this room was forty cubits long.
18 The entire interior of The Temple was cedar, with carvings of fruits and flowers. All cedar - none of the stone was exposed. 18 The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.
19 The Inner Sanctuary within The Temple was for housing the Chest of the Covenant of God. 19 He prepared the inner sanctuary within the temple to set the ark of the covenant of the LORD there.
20 This Inner Sanctuary was a cube, thirty feet each way, all plated with gold. The Altar of cedar was also gold-plated. 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 Everywhere you looked there was pure gold: gold chains strung in front of the gold-plated Inner Sanctuary 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 - gold everywhere - walls, ceiling, floor, and Altar. Dazzling! 22 So he overlaid the whole interior with gold. He also overlaid with gold the altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary.
23 Then he made two cherubim, gigantic angel-like figures, from olivewood. Each was fifteen feet tall. 23 In the inner sanctuary he made a pair of cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high.
24 The outstretched wings of the cherubim (they were identical in size and shape) measured another fifteen feet. He placed the two cherubim, their wings spread, in the Inner Sanctuary. The combined wingspread stretched the width of the room, the wing of one cherub touched one wall, the wing of the other the other wall, and the wings touched in the middle. 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 25 The second cherub also measured ten cubits, for the two cherubim were identical in size and shape.
26 26 The height of each cherub was ten cubits.
27 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 The cherubim were gold plated. 28 He overlaid the cherubim with gold.
29 He then carved engravings of cherubim, palm trees, and flower blossoms on all the walls of both the Inner and the Main Sanctuary. 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 all the floors of both inner and outer rooms were gold plated. 30 He also covered the floors of both the inner and outer rooms of the temple with gold.
31 He constructed doors of olivewood for the entrance to the Inner Sanctuary; the lintel and doorposts were five-sided. 31 For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood with five-sided jambs.
32 The doors were also carved with cherubim, palm trees, and flowers, and then covered with gold leaf. 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 Similarly, he built the entrance to the Main Sanctuary using olivewood for the doorposts but these doorposts were four-sided. 33 In the same way he made four-sided jambs of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall.
34 The doors were of cypress, split into two panels, each panel swinging separately. 34 He also made two pine doors, each having two leaves that turned in sockets.
35 These also were carved with cherubim, palm trees, and flowers, and plated with finely hammered gold leaf. 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 court with three courses of dressed stones topped with a course of planed cedar timbers. 36 And he built the inner courtyard of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams.
37 The foundation for God's Temple was laid in the fourth year in the month of Ziv. 37 The foundation of the temple of the LORD was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv.
38 It was completed in the eleventh year in the month of Bul (the eighth month) down to the last detail, just as planned. It took Solomon seven years to build 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.