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Go to Commentary on 1 Kng 7
Solomon Builds His Palace

1Solomon was building his own house 13 years, and he finished all his house.
  2For he built the house of the forest of Lebanon; its length was 100 cubits and its breadth fifty cubits and its height thirty cubits on four rows of cedar pillars with cedar capitals above the pillars.
  3It was roofed with cedar above the planks that were placed on top of the pillars, 45 planks in 15 groups (three in each group).
  4There were lintels in three rows, and doorpost was over against doorpost three times.
  5All the doorways and doorposts were with a square lintel, and doorpost was opposite doorpost three times.
  6And he made the Hall of Pillars; its length was 50 cubits and its width 30 cubits; and a second floor with pillars and a thick wooden roof.
  7He made the Hall of the Throne where he was to judge, even the Hall of Judgment, and it was covered with cedar from floor to floor.
  8His house where he was to live, the other court inside the porch, was of the like work. He also made a house for Pharaoh’s daughter (whom Solomon had taken as wife) like this porch.

9All these were of costly stones, even of cut stone according to measure, sawed with saws inside and outside, even from the foundation to the coping, and so on the outside to the great court.
  10The foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten cubits and stones of eight cubits.
  11Above were costly stones, even cut stone according to measure, and cedar wood.
  12The great court had three courses of cut stone around it, and a course of cedar beams like the inner court of the house of Yahweh and the porch of the house.

The Temple Furnishings

13King Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.
  14He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze, and he was filled with wisdom and understanding and skill to work all works in bronze. He came to king Solomon and performed all his work.

15For he fashioned the two pillars of bronze, 18 cubits high apiece, and a line of 12 cubits encircled each of them around.
  16He made two capitals of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars; the height of the one capital was five cubits and the height of the other capital was five cubits.
  17There were nets of checker work and wreaths of chain work for the capitals that were on the top of the pillars, seven for the one capital and seven for the other capital.

18So he made the pillars, and there were two rows around on the one network to cover the capitals that were on the top of the pillars, and he did the same for the other capital.
  19The capitals that were on the top of the pillars in the porch were of lily design, four cubits.
  20There were capitals above also on the two pillars, close by the rounded projection that was beside the network, and the pomegranates were 200 in rows around on the other capital.
  21He set up the pillars at the porch of the temple, and he set up the right pillar and called its name Jachin, and he set up the left pillar and called its name Boaz.
  22On the top of the pillars was lily work; so was the work of the pillars finished.

23He made the cast metal sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, circular in form, and its height was five cubits; and a line of thirty cubits encircled it.
  24Under its brim around there were gourds that encircled it, ten to a cubit, encircling the sea; the gourds were in two rows, cast when it was cast.
  25It stood on 12 oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; and the sea was set on top of them, and all their hindquarters were inward.
  26It was a handbreadth thick and its brim was worked like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily, and it held 2,000 baths.

27He made the ten bases of bronze; four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits its breadth and three cubits its height.
  28The work of the bases was like this: they had panels, and there were panels set in frames,
  29and on the panels that were set in frames were lions, oxen, and cherubim, and on the frames, both above and beneath the lions and oxen, there were wreaths of beveled work.
  30Every stand had four bronze wheels with axles of bronze, and the four corners of it had supports for the basin; beneath the basin were the cast supports with wreaths at the side of each.
  31The mouth of it inside the capital and above was a cubit and its mouth was round according to the work of a pedestal, a cubit and a half; and also on its mouth were engravings, and their panels were foursquare, not round.
  32The four wheels were underneath the panels, and the axles of the wheels were in the base; and the height of a wheel was a cubit and half a cubit.
  33The work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel; their axles and their rims and their spokes and their naves were all cast metal.
  34There were four supports at the four corners of each base; its supports were of the base itself.
  35In the top of the base was there a round compass half a cubit high; and on the top of the base its stays and its panels were of the same.
  36On the plates of its stays and on its panels he engraved cherubim, lions and palm trees, according to the space of each, with wreaths all around.
  37In this way he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure and one form.

38He made ten basins of bronze: one basin contained forty baths and every basin was four cubits, and on every one of the ten bases one basin.
  39He set the bases, five on the right side of the house and five on the left side of the house, and he set the sea on the right side of the house eastward toward the south.
  40Hiram made the basins and the shovels, and the basins. So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he worked for king Solomon in the house of Yahweh:
  41the two pillars and the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars, and the two networks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars;
  42and the 400 pomegranates for the two networks, two rows of pomegranates for each network to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the pillars,
  43and the ten bases, and the ten basins on the bases;
  44and the one sea, and the 12 oxen under the sea,
  45and the pots and the shovels and the basins: even all these vessels that Hiram made for king Solomon in the house of Yahweh were of burnished bronze.
  46The king cast them in the plain of the Jordan, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan.
  47Solomon left all the vessels unweighed because they were exceeding many; the weight of the bronze could not be found out.

48Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of Yahweh: the golden altar and the table on which was the Bread of the Presence were of gold,
  49and the lampstands, five on the right side and five on the left before the inner sanctuary, of pure gold; and the flowers and the lamps and the tongs, of gold;
  50and the cups and the snuffers and the basins and the spoons and the fire pans of pure gold; and the hinges, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, that is the nave, of gold.

51Thus all the work that king Solomon worked in the house of Yahweh was finished. Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver and the gold and the vessels, and put them in the treasuries of the house of Yahweh.

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