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1 It took Solomon another thirteen years to finish building his own palace complex. 1 It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace.
2 He built the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon a hundred and fifty feet long, seventy-five feet wide, and forty-five feet high. 2 He built the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon a hundred cubits long, fifty wide and thirty high, with four rows of cedar columns supporting trimmed cedar beams.
3 There were four rows of cedar columns supporting forty-five cedar beams, fifteen in each row, and then roofed with cedar. 3 It was roofed with cedar above the beams that rested on the columns--forty-five beams, fifteen to a row.
4 Windows in groupings of three were set high in the walls on either side. 4 Its windows were placed high in sets of three, facing each other.
5 All the doors were rectangular and arranged symmetrically. 5 All the doorways had rectangular frames; they were in the front part in sets of three, facing each other.
6 He built a colonnaded courtyard seventy-five feet long and forty-five wide. It had a roofed porch at the front with ample eaves. 6 He made a colonnade fifty cubits long and thirty wide. In front of it was a portico, and in front of that were pillars and an overhanging roof.
7 He built a court room, the Hall of Justice, where he would decide judicial matters, and paneled it with cedar. 7 He built the throne hall, the Hall of Justice, where he was to judge, and he covered it with cedar from floor to ceiling.
8 He built his personal residence behind the Hall on a similar plan. Solomon also built another one just like it for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had married. 8 And the palace in which he was to live, set farther back, was similar in design. Solomon also made a palace like this hall for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had married.
9 No expense was spared - everything here, inside and out, from foundation to roof was constructed using high-quality stone, accurately cut and shaped and polished. 9 All these structures, from the outside to the great courtyard and from foundation to eaves, were made of blocks of high-grade stone cut to size and trimmed with a saw on their inner and outer faces.
10 The foundation stones were huge, ranging in size from twelve to fifteen feet, and of the very best quality. 10 The foundations were laid with large stones of good quality, some measuring ten cubits and some eight.
11 The finest stone was used above the foundation, shaped to size and trimmed with cedar. 11 Above were high-grade stones, cut to size, and cedar beams.
12 The courtyard was enclosed with a wall made of three layers of stone and topped with cedar timbers, just like the one in the porch of The Temple of God. 12 The great courtyard was surrounded by a wall of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams, as was the inner courtyard of the temple of the LORD with its portico.
13 King Solomon sent to Tyre and asked Hiram (not the king; another Hiram) to come. 13 King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram,
14 Hiram's mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali. His father was a Tyrian and a master worker in bronze. Hiram was a real artist - he could do anything with bronze. He came to King Solomon and did all the bronze work. 14 whose mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali and whose father was a man of Tyre and a craftsman in bronze. Huram was highly skilled and experienced in all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all the work assigned to him.
15 First he cast two pillars in bronze, each twenty-seven feet tall and eighteen feet in circumference. 15 He cast two bronze pillars, each eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits around, by line.
16 He then cast two capitals in bronze to set on the pillars; each capital was seven and a half feet high 16 He also made two capitals of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars; each capital was five cubits high.
17 and flared at the top in the shape of a lily. Each capital was dressed with an elaborate filigree of seven braided chains and a double row of two hundred pomegranates, setting the pillars off magnificently. 17 A network of interwoven chains festooned the capitals on top of the pillars, seven for each capital.
18 18 He made pomegranates in two rows encircling each network to decorate the capitals on top of the pillars. He did the same for each capital.
19 19 The capitals on top of the pillars in the portico were in the shape of lilies, four cubits high.
20 20 On the capitals of both pillars, above the bowl-shaped part next to the network, were the two hundred pomegranates in rows all around.
21 He set the pillars up in the entrance porch to The Temple; the pillar to the south he named Security (Jachin) and the pillar to the north Stability (Boaz). 21 He erected the pillars at the portico of the temple. The pillar to the south he named Jakin and the one to the north Boaz.
22 The capitals were in the shape of lilies. 22 The capitals on top were in the shape of lilies. And so the work on the pillars was completed.
23 Hiram's next project was to make the Sea - an immense round basin of cast metal fifteen feet in diameter, seven and a half feet tall, and forty-five feet in circumference. 23 He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line of thirty cubits to measure around it.
24 Just under the rim there were two bands of decorative gourds, ten gourds to each foot and a half. The gourds were cast in one piece with the Sea. 24 Below the rim, gourds encircled it--ten to a cubit. The gourds were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.
25 The Sea was set on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east; the bulls faced outward supporting the Sea on their hindquarters. 25 The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east. The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center.
26 The Sea was three inches thick and flared at the rim like a cup, or like a lily. It held about 11,500 gallons. 26 It was a handbreadth in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held two thousand baths.
27 Hiram also made ten washstands of bronze. Each was six feet square and four and a half feet tall. 27 He also made ten movable stands of bronze; each was four cubits long, four wide and three high.
28 They were made like this: Panels were fastened to the uprights. 28 This is how the stands were made: They had side panels attached to uprights.
29 Lions, bulls, and cherubim were represented on the panels and uprights. Beveled wreath-work bordered the lions and bulls above and below. 29 On the panels between the uprights were lions, bulls and cherubim--and on the uprights as well. Above and below the lions and bulls were wreaths of hammered work.
30 Each stand was mounted on four bronze wheels with bronze axles. The uprights were cast with decorative relief work. 30 Each stand had four bronze wheels with bronze axles, and each had a basin resting on four supports, cast with wreaths on each side.
31 Each stand held a basin on a circular engraved support a foot and a half deep set on a pedestal two and a quarter feet square. The washstand itself was square. 31 On the inside of the stand there was an opening that had a circular frame one cubit deep. This opening was round, and with its basework it measured a cubit and a half. Around its opening there was engraving. The panels of the stands were square, not round.
32 The axles were attached under the stand and the wheels fixed to them. The wheels were twenty-seven inches in diameter; 32 The four wheels were under the panels, and the axles of the wheels were attached to the stand. The diameter of each wheel was a cubit and a half.
33 they were designed like chariot wheels. Everything - axles, rims, spokes, and hubs - was of cast metal. 33 The wheels were made like chariot wheels; the axles, rims, spokes and hubs were all of cast metal.
34 There was a handle at the four corners of each washstand, the handles cast in one piece with the stand. 34 Each stand had four handles, one on each corner, projecting from the stand.
35 At the top of the washstand there was a ring about nine inches deep. The uprights and handles were cast with the stand. 35 At the top of the stand there was a circular band half a cubit deep. The supports and panels were attached to the top of the stand.
36 Everything and every available surface was engraved with cherubim, lions, and palm trees, bordered by arabesques. 36 He engraved cherubim, lions and palm trees on the surfaces of the supports and on the panels, in every available space, with wreaths all around.
37 The washstands were identical, all cast in the same mold. 37 This is the way he made the ten stands. They were all cast in the same molds and were identical in size and shape.
38 He also made ten bronze washbasins, each six feet in diameter with a capacity of 230 gallons, one basin for each of the ten washstands. 38 He then made ten bronze basins, each holding forty baths and measuring four cubits across, one basin to go on each of the ten stands.
39 He arranged five stands on the south side of The Temple and five on the north. The Sea was placed at the southeast corner of The Temple. 39 He placed five of the stands on the south side of the temple and five on the north. He placed the Sea on the south side, at the southeast corner of the temple.
40 Hiram then fashioned the various utensils: buckets and shovels and bowls. Hiram completed all the work he set out to do for King Solomon on The Temple of God: 40 He also made the basins and shovels and sprinkling bowls. So Huram finished all the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the temple of the LORD:
41 two pillars; two capitals on top of the pillars; two decorative filigrees for the capitals; 41 the two pillars; the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars; the two sets of network decorating the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;
42 four hundred pomegranates for the two filigrees (a double row of pomegranates for each filigree); 42 the four hundred pomegranates for the two sets of network (two rows of pomegranates for each network, decorating the bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars);
43 ten washstands each with its washbasin; one Sea; 43 the ten stands with their ten basins;
44 twelve bulls under the Sea; 44 the Sea and the twelve bulls under it;
45 miscellaneous buckets, shovels, and bowls. 45 the pots, shovels and sprinkling bowls. All these objects that Huram made for King Solomon for the temple of the LORD were of burnished bronze.
46 He cast them in clay in a foundry on the Jordan plain between Succoth and Zarethan. 46 The king had them cast in clay molds in the plain of the Jordan between Succoth and Zarethan.
47 These artifacts were never weighed - there were far too many! Nobody has any idea how much bronze was used. 47 Solomon left all these things unweighed, because there were so many; the weight of the bronze was not determined.
48 Solomon was also responsible for all the furniture and accessories in The Temple of God: the gold Altar; the gold Table that held the Bread of the Presence; 48 Solomon also made all the furnishings that were in the LORD's temple: the golden altar; the golden table on which was the bread of the Presence;
49 the pure gold candelabras, five to the right and five to the left in front of the Inner Sanctuary; the gold flowers, lamps, and tongs; 49 the lampstands of pure gold (five on the right and five on the left, in front of the inner sanctuary); the gold floral work and lamps and tongs;
50 the pure gold dishes, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, ladles, and censers; the gold sockets for the doors of the Inner Sanctuary, the Holy of Holies, used also for the doors of the Main Sanctuary. 50 the pure gold basins, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishes and censers; and the gold sockets for the doors of the innermost room, the Most Holy Place, and also for the doors of the main hall of the temple.
51 That completed all the work King Solomon did on The Temple of God. He then brought in the items consecrated by his father David, the silver and the gold and the artifacts. He placed them all in the treasury of God's Temple. 51 When all the work King Solomon had done for the temple of the LORD was finished, he brought in the things his father David had dedicated--the silver and gold and the furnishings--and he placed them in the treasuries of the LORD's temple.