1 Kings 6:22

22 So he added the gold overlay to the entire temple until everything was completely finished, including the entire altar that belongs in the inner sanctuary.

1 Kings 6:22 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 6:22

And the whole house he overlaid with gold
Both the holy place, and the most holy place:

until he had finished all the house;
in this splendid and glorious manner:

also the whole altar that [was] by the oracle;
the altar of incense, which stood just before the entrance into the oracle, or most holy place:

he overlaid with gold;
he overlaid it all over with gold; hence it is called the golden altar, and was an emblem of the excellent and effectual mediation and intercession of Christ, ( Revelation 8:3 Revelation 8:4 ) . Agreeably to this account Eupolemus, an Heathen writer F4 testifies, that the whole house, from the floor to the tool, was covered with gold, as well as with cedar and cypress wood, that the stonework might not appear; and so the capitol at Rome, perhaps in imitation of this temple, its roofs and tiles were glided with gold F5; a magnificent temple, like this, was at Upsal in Switzerland, as Olaus Magnus relates F6.


FOOTNOTES:

F4 Apud Euseb. Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 34. p. 450.
F5 Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 33. c. 3. Vid. Rycquium de Capitol. Roman. c. 16.
F6 De Ritu Gent. Septent. l. 3. c. 5.

1 Kings 6:22 In-Context

20 The interior of the sanctuary was 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 30 feet high; he overlaid it with pure gold. He also overlaid the cedar altar.
21 Next, Solomon overlaid the interior of the temple with pure gold, and he hung gold chains across the front of the inner sanctuary and overlaid it with gold.
22 So he added the gold overlay to the entire temple until everything was completely finished, including the entire altar that belongs in the inner sanctuary.
23 In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim 15 feet high out of olive wood.
24 One wing of the [first] cherub was seven and a half feet long, and the other wing was seven and a half feet long. The wingspan was 15 feet from tip to tip.