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1 It was in midspring, during the fourth year of Solomon's reign, that he began the construction of the Temple of the LORD. This was 480 years after the people of Israel were delivered from their slavery in the land of Egypt. 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 foyer at the front of the Temple was 30 feet wide, running across the entire width of the Temple. It projected outward 15 feet from the 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 Solomon also made narrow, recessed windows throughout the Temple. 4 He made narrow clerestory windows in the temple.
5 A complex of rooms was built against the outer walls of the Temple, all the way around the sides and rear of the building. 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 complex was three stories high, the bottom floor being 7 1/2 feet wide, the second floor 9 feet wide, and the top floor 10 1/2 feet wide. 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. 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 used in the construction of the Temple were prefinished at the quarry, so the entire structure was built without the sound of hammer, ax, or any other iron tool at the building 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 bottom floor 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. 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 After completing the Temple structure, Solomon put in a ceiling made of beams and planks of cedar. 9 So he built the temple and completed it, roofing it with beams and cedar planks.
10 As already stated, there was a complex of rooms on three sides of the building, attached to the Temple walls by cedar timbers. Each story of the complex was 7 1/2 feet high. 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 Then the LORD gave this message to Solomon: 11 The word of the LORD came to Solomon:
12 "Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my laws and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made 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 people of Israel and never forsake my people." 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 entire inside, from floor to ceiling, was paneled with wood. He paneled the walls and ceilings with cedar, and he used cypress for the floors. 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 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. 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 room of the Temple, outside the Most Holy Place, was 60 feet long. 17 The main hall in front of this room was forty cubits long.
18 Cedar paneling completely covered the stone walls throughout the Temple, and the paneling was decorated with carvings of gourds and open flowers. 18 The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.
19 Solomon prepared the inner sanctuary in the rear of the Temple, where the Ark of the LORD's covenant would 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 sanctuary was 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 30 feet high. Solomon overlaid its walls and ceiling with pure gold. He also overlaid the altar made of cedar. 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 Then he overlaid the rest of the Temple's interior with pure gold, and he made gold chains to protect the entrance to the Most Holy Place. 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 So he finished overlaying the entire Temple with gold, including the altar that belonged to 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 Within the inner sanctuary Solomon placed two cherubim made of olive wood, each 15 feet tall. 23 In the inner sanctuary he made a pair of cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high.
24 The wingspan of each of the cherubim was 15 feet, each wing being 7 1/2 feet long. 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 cherubim were identical in shape and size; 25 The second cherub also measured ten cubits, for the two cherubim were identical in size and shape.
26 each was 15 feet tall. 26 The height of each cherub was ten cubits.
27 Solomon 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. 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 overlaid the two cherubim with gold. 28 He overlaid the cherubim with gold.
29 All the walls of the inner sanctuary and the main room were decorated with carvings of cherubim, 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 The floor in both rooms was overlaid with gold. 30 He also covered the floors of both the inner and outer rooms of the temple with gold.
31 For the entrance to the inner sanctuary, Solomon made double doors of olive wood with five-sided doorposts. 31 For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood with five-sided jambs.
32 These doors were decorated with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, and the doors were overlaid 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 four-sided doorposts of olive wood for the entrance to the Temple. 33 In the same way he made four-sided jambs of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall.
34 There were two folding doors of cypress wood, and each door was hinged to fold back upon itself. 34 He also made two pine doors, each having two leaves that turned in sockets.
35 These doors were decorated with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, and the doors were overlaid with gold. 35 He carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers on them and overlaid them with gold hammered evenly over the carvings.
36 The walls of the inner courtyard were built so that there was one layer of cedar beams after every three layers of hewn stone. 36 And he built the inner courtyard of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams.
37 The foundation of the LORD's Temple was laid in midspring of the fourth year of Solomon's reign. 37 The foundation of the temple of the LORD was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv.
38 The entire building was completed in every detail by midautumn of the eleventh year of his reign. So it took seven years to build the Temple. 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.