1 Kings 6:2

2 And the house which king Solomon built for Jehovah, the length thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty [cubits], and the height thereof thirty cubits.

1 Kings 6:2 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 6:2

And the house which King Solomon built for the Lord
For his worship, honour, and glory:

the length thereof [was] threescore cubits;
sixty cubits from east to west, including the holy place and the most holy place; the holy place was forty cubits, and the most holy place twenty; the same measure, as to length, Eupolemus, an Heathen writer F14, gives of the temple, but is mistaken in the other measures:

and the breadth thereof twenty [cubits];
from north to south:

and the height thereof thirty cubits;
this must be understood of the holy place, for the oracle or most holy place was but twenty cubits high, ( 1 Kings 6:20 ) ; though the holy place, with the chambers that were over it, which were ninety cubits, three stories high, was in all an hundred twenty cubits, ( 2 Chronicles 3:4 ) ; some restrain it to the porch only, which stood at the end, like one of our high steeples, as they think.


FOOTNOTES:

F14 Apud Euseb. Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 34.

1 Kings 6:2 In-Context

1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Ziv, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of Jehovah.
2 And the house which king Solomon built for Jehovah, the length thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty [cubits], and the height thereof thirty cubits.
3 And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; [and] ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.
4 And for the house he made windows of fixed lattice-work.
5 And against the wall of the house he built stories round about, against the walls of the house round about, both of the temple and of the oracle; and he made side-chambers round about.