1 Kings 6:1-7 TNIV

Solomon Builds the Temple

6:1-29pp -- 2Ch 3:1-14

1 In the four hundred and eightietha year after the Israelites came out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month,1 he began to build the temple of the LORD.2

References for 1 Kings 6:1

    • a 6:1 - Hebrew; Septuagint "four hundred and fortieth"
      2 The temple3 that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high.b

      References for 1 Kings 6:2

        • b 6:2 - That is, about 90 feet long, 30 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 27 meters long, 9 meters wide and 13.5 meters high
          3 The portico4 at the front of the main hall of the temple extended the width of the temple, that is twenty cubits,c and projected ten cubitsd from the front of the temple.

          References for 1 Kings 6:3

            • c 6:3 - That is, about 30 feet or about 9 meters; also in verses 16 and 20
            • d 6:3 - That is, about 15 feet or about 4.5 meters; also in verse 23
              4 He made narrow windows5 high up in the temple walls.

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              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

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                  6 The lowest floor was five cubitse wide, the middle floor six cubitsf and the third floor seven.g He made offset ledges around the outside of the temple so that nothing would be inserted into the temple walls.

                  References for 1 Kings 6:6

                    • e 6:6 - That is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters; also in verses 10 and 24
                    • f 6:6 - That is, about 9 feet or about 2.7 meters
                    • g 6:6 - That is, about 10 1/2 feet or about 3.2 meters
                      7 In building the temple, only blocks dressed7 at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool8 was heard at the temple site while it was being built.

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