1It came to pass in the 480th year after the children of Israel had 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 Yahweh.
2The house that king Solomon built for Yahweh, its length was sixty cubits and its breadth twenty and its height thirty cubits.
3The porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits was its length, according to the breadth of the house. Ten cubits was its breadth before the house.
4For the house he made windows of fixed lattice work.
5Against the wall of the house he built stories all around, against the walls of the house all around, both of the nave and of the inner sanctuary, and he made side rooms all around.
6The lowest story was five cubits wide and the middle was six cubits wide and the third was seven cubits wide, for on the outside he made offsets in the wall of the house all around, so that the beams would not have to be inserted into the walls of the house.
7The house, when it was being built, was built of stone prepared at the quarry, and there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house while it was being built.
8The door for the middle side rooms was in the right side of the house, and they went up by winding stairs into the middle story and out of the middle into the third.
9So he built the house and finished it, and he covered the house with beams and planks of cedar.
10He built the stories against all the house, each five cubits high, and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.
11The word of Yahweh came to Solomon, saying,
12“Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and execute my ordinances and keep all my commandments to walk in them, then I will establish my word with you that I spoke to David your father.
13I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel.”
14So Solomon built the house and finished it.
15He built the walls of the house inside with boards of cedar; from the floor of the house to the walls of the ceiling he covered them on the inside with wood, and he covered the floor of the house with boards of fir.
16He built twenty cubits on the back part of the house with boards of cedar from the floor to the ceiling; he built them for it within, for the inner sanctuary; for the most holy place.
17In front of the temple sanctuary was forty cubits.
18There was cedar on the house inside, carved with buds and open flowers; all was cedar; there was no stone seen.
19He prepared an inner sanctuary in the middle of the house inside, to set there the ark of the covenant of Yahweh.
20Inside the inner sanctuary was twenty cubits in length and twenty cubits in breadth and twenty cubits in its height, and he overlaid it with pure gold and he overlaid the altar of cedar.
21So Solomon overlaid the house inside with pure gold and he drew chains of gold across before the inner sanctuary, and he overlaid it with gold.
22The whole house he overlaid with gold until all the house was finished; also the whole altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold.
23In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high.
24Five cubits was the one wing of the cherub and five cubits the other wing of the cherub; from the uttermost part of the one wing to the uttermost part of the other was ten cubits.
25The other cherub was ten cubits; both the cherubim were of one measure and one form.
26The height of the one cherub was ten cubits and so it was of the other cherub.
27He set the cherubim inside the inner house, and the wings of the cherubim were stretched out so that the wing of the one touched the one wall and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall, and their wings touched one another in the middle of the house.
28He overlaid the cherubim with gold.
31For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood; the lintel and door posts were a fifth part of the wall.
32So he made two doors of olive wood and he carved on them carvings of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers and overlaid them with gold, and he spread the gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees.
33So also he made for the entrance of the nave door posts of olive wood out of a fourth part of the wall,
34and two doors of fir wood; the two leaves of the one door were folding and the two leaves of the other door were folding.
35He carved cherubim and palm trees and open flowers and he overlaid them with gold fitted on the engraved work.
36He built the inner court with three courses of cut stone and a course of cedar beams.
37In the fourth year of Solomon’s reign the foundation of the house of Yahweh was laid in the month Ziv.
38In the 11th year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished throughout all its parts and according to all its specifications. So was he seven years in building it.