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1 Kings 7:1-12 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.