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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 cubitsa and its width 50 cubitsb and its height 30 cubitsc on four rows of cedar pillars with cedar beams 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).
  4And there were framed windows in three rows, and opening opposite opening three times.
  5All the doorways and doorposts had a square frame, and opening was opposite opening three times.
  6And he made the Hall of Pillars; its length was 50 cubits and its width 30 cubits; and a vestibule in front of it and with pillars supporting a canopy.
  7He made the Hall of the Throne where he was to judge, the Hall of Judgment, and it was covered with cedar from floor to floor.
  8His house where he was to live, which had another courtyard behind this Hall, was of similar construction. He also made a house for Pharaoh’s daughter (whom Solomon had taken as a wife) like this Hall.
 

9All these were made of costly stones, even of cut stone, cut according to measure, sawed with saws inside and outside, from the foundation to the coping,d and from the outside to the great courtyard.
  10The foundation was of costly stones, even large stones, stones of ten cubitse and stones of eight cubits.f
  11And above these were costly stones, cut stone, cut according to measure, and cedar wood.
  12The great court had three courses of cut stone all around, and a course of cedar beams, just like the inner court of the house of Yahweh and the vestibule of the house.
 

The Temple Furnishings

13King Solomon sent and brought Hiram from 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 make all kinds of works in bronze. He came to King Solomon and made all his works.
 

15For he formed the two pillars of bronze; 18 cubits high was the one column,g and the circumference was 12 cubits,h and the second column was the same.
  16He made two capitals of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars; the height of the one capital was five cubitsi and the height of the other capital was five cubits.
  17There were lattices of latticework and wreaths of chainwork for the capitals that were on the top of the pillars, seven for the one capital and seven for the other capital.
 

18And he made the two pillars, and he made two rows of pomegranates around the latticework, covering the capital that was on the top of the one, and he did the same with the other capital.
  19The capitals that were on the top of the pillars at the vestibule were of lily design, four cubits.j
  20There were capitals on the two pillars, which were also above the rounded projection that was beside the latticework. And there were 200 pomegranates in rows around it, and on the other capital.
  21He set up the pillars for the vestibule 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 design. Thus the work of the pillars was finished.
 

23He made the cast metal sea of ten cubitsk from brim to brim, circular in form, and its height was five cubits,l and it was 30 cubitsm in circumference.
  24Under its brim around there were gourds that encircled it, ten to a cubit,n 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 thicko 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 ten stands of bronze; four cubitsp was the length of each stand, and four cubits its breadth and three cubits its height.q
  28The design of the stands was like this: they had frames, and the frames were between the crosspieces,
  29and in the frames that were between the crosspieces were lions, oxen, and cherubim, and on the crosspieces, both above and beneath the lions and oxen, there were wreaths of hammered work.
  30Every stand had four bronze wheels with axles of bronze, and the four legs of it had supports for the basin; beneath the basin were the cast supports with wreaths at the side of each leg.
  31And the opening of it was on the inside of the crown that went above the stand for a cubitr and its opening was round, resembling the workmanship of the stand, a cubit and a half;s and also on its opening were engravings, and their frames were square, not round.
  32The four wheels were underneath the frames, and the axle-struts of the wheels were in the stand, and the height of a wheel was a cubit and a half.t
  33The design of the wheels was like the design of a chariot wheel; their axle-struts and their rims and their spokes and their hubs were all cast metal.
  34There were four supports at the four corners of each stand; its supports were part of the stand itself.
  35And at the top of the stand there was a circular band half a cubit high; and on the top of the stand its supports and its frames were of one piece with it.
  36On the panels of its supports and on its frame he engraved cherubim, lions and palm trees, according to the space on each, with wreaths all around.
  37This was how he made the ten stands: all of them had the same casting, the same measurements, and the same shape.
 

38And he made ten basins of bronze: each basin contained forty baths and each basin was four cubits,u and on every one of the ten stands was one basin.
  39He set the stands, 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, east of it, but toward the south.
  40And Hiram also made the pots and the shovels and the sprinkling-bowls. So Hiram finished doing all the work that he did for King Solomon on the house of Yahweh:
  41the two pillars and the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on the top of the pillars, and the two latticeworks for covering the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on the top of the pillars;
  42and the 400 pomegranates for the two latticeworks, two rows of pomegranates for each latticework for covering the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on the pillars,
  43and the ten stands, and the ten basins on the stands;
  44and the one sea, and the 12 oxen under the sea,
  45and the pots and the shovels and the sprinkling-bowls: 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 clay molds between Sukkoth and Zarethan.
  47Solomon left all the vessels unweighed because there were so many of them; the weight of the bronze was not measured.
 

48And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of Yahweh: the golden altar and the table that had the Bread of the Presence were of gold,
  49and the menorahs, five on the right side and five on the left in front of the inner sanctuary, of pure gold; and the floral work and the lamps and the tongs, of gold;
  50and the cups and the snuffers and the sprinkling-bowls and the spoons and the firepans of pure gold; and the panels, both for the doors of the inner house, the Holy of Holies, and for the doors of the house, that is the Holy Place, of gold.
 

51Thus all the work that King Solomon did for the house of Yahweh was finished. And Solomon brought in the holy objects of David his father, the silver and the gold and the vessels, and put them in the treasuries of the house of Yahweh.
 


a[2]
Or, 150 feet
b[2]
Or, 75 feet
c[2]
Or, 45 feet
d[9]
“Coping.” The uppermost course of stone in a wall
e[10]
Or, 15 feet
f[10]
Or, 12 feet
g[15]
Or, 27 feet high
h[15]
Or 18 feet in circumference
i[16]
Or, 7 1/2 feet
j[19]
Or, 6 feet
k[23]
Or, 15 feet
l[23]
Or, 7 1/2 feet
m[23]
Or, 45 feet
n[24]
Or, 18 inches.
o[26]
Or, about 4 inches
p[27]
Or, 6 feet
q[27]
Or, 4 1/2 feet
r[31]
Or, 18 inches
s[31]
Or, 27 inches
t[32]
Or, 27 inches
u[38]
Or, 6 feet

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