1 Kings 6:38

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.

Read 1 Kings 6:38 Using Other Translations

And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it.
And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its parts, and according to all its specifications. He was seven years in building it.
The entire building was completed in every detail by midautumn, in the month of Bul, during the eleventh year of his reign. So it took seven years to build the Temple.

What does 1 Kings 6:38 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Kings 6:38

In the eleventh year
That is, of the reign of Solomon:

in the month Bul, [which is] the eighth month;
from the month Abib or Nisan; this month answers to part of our October, and part of November; it is the same month sometimes called Marchesvan; it had the name of Bul, because of the rains which usually fell in this month, as Kimchi thinks, like a flood; and Noah's flood is called Mabbul, from the same root F9, and when all the fruits were withered, and the leaves were fallen from the trees; or, as Jarchi supposes, because the grass was consumed in the field, and they were obliged to mix provender for cattle, deriving the word from another root F11: in this month

was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof;
the porch, the holy place, and holy of holies, with all the chambers and courts belonging to it:

and according to all the fashion of it;
which David had given to Solomon, to frame it by:

so he was seven years in building it;
and six months, which are not mentioned, only the round number is given, as appears by comparing it with ( 1 Kings 6:1 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F9 (lbn) "concidit", Buxtorf.
F11 (hlb) "consumpsit, vel" (llb) "miscuit", ib.
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