2 Chronicles 3 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So Solomon broke ground, launched construction of the house of God in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, the place where God had appeared to his father David. The precise site, the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, had been designated by David. 1 Then Solomon began to build the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David.
2 He broke ground on the second day in the second month of the fourth year of his rule. 2 He began building on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign.
3 These are the dimensions that Solomon set for the construction of the house of God: ninety feet long and thirty feet wide. 3 The foundation Solomon laid for building the temple of God was sixty cubits long and twenty cubits wide (using the cubit of the old standard).
4 The porch in front stretched the width of the building, that is, thirty feet; and it was thirty feet high. 4 The portico at the front of the temple was twenty cubits long across the width of the building and twenty cubits high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold.
5 He paneled the main hall with cypress and veneered it with fine gold engraved with palm tree and chain designs. 5 He paneled the main hall with pine and covered it with fine gold and decorated it with palm tree and chain designs.
6 He decorated the building with precious stones and gold from Parvaim. 6 He adorned the temple with precious stones. And the gold he used was gold of Parvaim.
7 Everything was coated with gold veneer: rafters, doorframes, walls, and doors. Cherubim were engraved on the walls. 7 He overlaid the ceiling beams, doorframes, walls and doors of the temple with gold, and he carved cherubim on the walls.
8 He made the Holy of Holies a cube, thirty feet wide, long, and high. It was veneered with 600 talents (something over twenty-two tons) of gold. 8 He built the Most Holy Place, its length corresponding to the width of the temple--twenty cubits long and twenty cubits wide. He overlaid the inside with six hundred talents of fine gold.
9 The gold nails weighed fifty shekels (a little over a pound). The upper rooms were also veneered in gold. 9 The gold nails weighed fifty shekels. He also overlaid the upper parts with gold.
10 He made two sculptures of cherubim, gigantic angel-like figures, for the Holy of Holies, both veneered with gold. 10 In the Most Holy Place he made a pair of sculptured cherubim and overlaid them with gold.
11 The combined wingspread of the side-by-side cherubim (each wing measuring seven and a half feet) stretched from wall to wall, thirty feet. 11 The total wingspan of the cherubim was twenty cubits. One wing of the first cherub was five cubits long and touched the temple wall, while its other wing, also five cubits long, touched the wing of the other cherub.
12 12 Similarly one wing of the second cherub was five cubits long and touched the other temple wall, and its other wing, also five cubits long, touched the wing of the first cherub.
13 They stood erect facing the main hall. 13 The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits. They stood on their feet, facing the main hall.
14 He fashioned the curtain of violet, purple, and crimson fabric and worked a cherub design into it. 14 He made the curtain of blue, purple and crimson yarn and fine linen, with cherubim worked into it.
15 He made two huge free-standing pillars, each fifty-two feet tall, their capitals extending another seven and a half feet. 15 In the front of the temple he made two pillars, which [together] were thirty-five cubits long, each with a capital on top measuring five cubits.
16 The top of each pillar was set off with an elaborate filigree of chains, like necklaces, from which hung a hundred pomegranates. 16 He made interwoven chains and put them on top of the pillars. He also made a hundred pomegranates and attached them to the chains.
17 He placed the pillars in front of The Temple, one on the right, and the other on the left. The right pillar he named Jakin (Security) and the left pillar he named Boaz (Stability). 17 He erected the pillars in the front of the temple, one to the south and one to the north. The one to the south he named Jakin and the one to the north Boaz.