1 Kings 6:23

23 He made two cherubim of wild olive wood, each 15 feet tall, and placed them in the inner sanctuary.

1 Kings 6:23 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 6:23

And within the oracle he made two cherubim [of] olive tree,
&c.] Or of the oil tree, as in ( Isaiah 41:19 ) ; see ( Nehemiah 8:15 ) ; for there are other trees besides olives, out of which oil is pressed, as pine trees, cypress trees and which some think are here meant; though the Targum interprets it of the olive tree: these cherubim are different from those made by Moses, and were besides them; these were larger than they; these were made of olive wood, they of gold; these stood on the floor of the house, they at the two ends of the mercy seat, and were made out of it, and were with it in this holy place in Solomon's temple: these two cherubim may be emblems of the angels in their greatness and glory, who are always in the presence of God, behold his face, and wait to do his will; or it may be rather of the two witnesses, said to be the two olive trees standing before the God of the whole earth, ( Revelation 11:3 Revelation 11:4 ) ; who have boldness to enter into the holiest of all, and have sight and knowledge of the mysteries of the ark and mercy seat; have their commission from heaven, and speak according to the oracles of God; these are said to be of image work, ( 2 Chronicles 3:10 ) ; that is, of various forms, as the thee of a man, a lion, an ox, and eagle, ( Ezekiel 1:10 ) . Dr. Lightfoot thinks F7 they resembled the two Testaments, which in their beginning and end reach the two sides of the world, the creation and the last judgment, and in the middle do sweetly join the one to the other:

[each] ten cubits high;
half as high as the most holy place; emblems either of the high angels, those thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, or of men of uncommon size as to their gifts and grace.


FOOTNOTES:

F7 Prospect of the Temple, c. 15. sect. 4.

1 Kings 6:23 In-Context

21 Then Solomon overlaid the rest of the Temple’s interior with solid gold, and he made gold chains to protect the entrance to the Most Holy Place.
22 So he finished overlaying the entire Temple with gold, including the altar that belonged to the Most Holy Place.
23 He made two cherubim of wild olive wood, each 15 feet tall, and placed them in the inner sanctuary.
24 The wingspan of each of the cherubim was 15 feet, each wing being 7 feet long.
25 The two cherubim were identical in shape and size;

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or pine; Hebrew reads oil tree; also in 6:31, 33 .
  • [b]. Hebrew 10 cubits [4.6 meters]; also in 6:24, 26 .