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Solomon’s Palace Built
1#1Ki 9:10; 2Ch 8:1Solomon was building his own house for thirteen years, and he finished all his house. 2#1Ki 10:17; 2Ch 9:16He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon. Its length was a hundred cubits, and its width was fifty cubits, and its height was thirty cubits,#About 150 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high, or 45 meters long, 23 meters wide and 14 meters high. built on four rows of cedar pillars with cedar beams upon the pillars. 3It was covered with cedar over the top of the beams, which sat upon forty-five pillars, fifteen in a row. 4There were window frames in three rows and window opposite window in three tiers. 5All the doors and posts were rectangular with the openings facing each other in three tiers.
6He made a porch of pillars with a length of fifty cubits and a breadth of thirty cubits.#About 75 feet long and 45 feet wide, or 23 meters long and 14 meters wide. There was a porch in front with pillars, and a canopy in front of them.
7#Ps 122:5; Pr 20:8Then he made a porch for the throne, from which he would judge, and called it the Hall of Judgment. It was covered with cedar from one side of the floor to the other. 8#1Ki 3:1; 2Ch 8:11His own house where he lived, in the other court back of the hall, was similar in style. Solomon also made a house like this for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had taken as a wife.
9All these were built with costly stones, cut to size and sawed with saws on the inside and outside, from the foundation up to the coping, throughout the outside toward the great court. 10The foundation was of large, costly stones, stones of ten#About 15 feet, or 4.5 meters; and in v. 23. and eight#About 12 feet, or 3.6 meters. cubits in size. 11Above were costly stones cut to size, along with cedars. 12#1Ki 6:36The great court was enclosed with three rows of hewed stones and a row of cedar beams. So were the inner court of the house of the Lord and the porch of the house.
The Furnishings of the Temple
2Ch 4:2–5:1
13#2Ch 4:11Now King Solomon sent and called Hu­ram out of Tyre. 14#2Ch 2:14; 4:16He was the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre who worked in bronze, and he was filled with wisdom and understanding and skill to make all sorts of items in bronze. So he came to King Solomon and performed all his work.
15#Jer 52:21; 1Ki 7:21He cast two pillars of bronze eighteen cubits high each and twelve cubits#About 27 feet high and 18 feet in circumference, or 8.1 meters high and 5.4 meters in circumference. in circumference. 16He made two capitals of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars. The height of the one capital was five cubits,#About 15 pounds, or 6.9 kilograms; and in v. 29. and the height of the other capital was five cubits. 17He made lattices of checker work with wreaths of chainwork for the capitals on top of the pillars: seven for one capital and seven for the other. 18Likewise he made pomegranates in two rows around the one latticework to cover the capital that was on the top of the pillar, and he did the same for the other capital. 19The capitals that were on top of the pillars in the porch were four cubits#About 6 feet, or 1.8 meters; and in v. 38. high and in the shape of lilies. 20#2Ch 3:16; 4:13The capitals on top of the two pillars also had pomegranates above, by the convex surface which was next to the latticework. There were two hundred pomegranates in rows encircling each capital. 21#2Ch 3:17; 1Ki 6:3He set up the pillars in the porch of the temple. He set up the right pillar and called it Jakin, and he set up the left pillar and called it Boaz. 22The tops of the pillars were in the shape of lilies. This completed the work on the pillars.
23#2Ki 25:13; 2Ch 4:2He made a cast metal sea, ten cubits from one side to the other. It was round and had a height of five cubits, and a line of thirty cubits#About 45 feet, or 14 meters. encircled it. 24#1Ki 6:18; 2Ch 4:3Under the brim all the way around there were gourds, ten in a cubit. When it was cast, the gourds were placed in two rows going all the way around it.
25#Jer 52:20; 2Ch 4:4–5It stood on top of twelve oxen with three facing north, three facing toward the west, three facing toward the south, and three facing toward the east. The sea was set on them, and their hindquarters were turned inward. 26#2Ch 4:5It was a hand-breadth#About 3 inches, or 7.5 centimeters. thick, and the brim was made similar to the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It could hold two thousand baths.#About 12,000 gallons, or 44,000 liters.
27#2Ch 4:14; 2Ki 25:13He made ten stands out of bronze, each measuring four cubits long, four cubits wide, and three cubits high.#About 6 feet long and wide and 41/2 feet high, or 1.8 meters long and wide and 1.4 meters high. 28The work of the stands looked like this: They had panels, and the panels were set in the frames. 29And on the panels that were set in the frames were lions, oxen, and cherubim. On the frames both above and below the lions and oxen, there were wreaths of beveled work. 30Every stand had four bronze wheels and axles of bronze, and at the four corners were supports for a basin. The supports were cast with wreaths at the side of each. 31Its opening was within a crown that projected upward one cubit. Its opening was round, like the work of a pedestal, a cubit and a half deep.#About 21/4 feet, or 68 centimeters; and in v. 32. At its opening there were engravings, and its panels were four-sided, not round. 32Underneath the panels were four wheels, and the axles of the wheels were joined to the stand, and the height of a wheel was a cubit and a half. 33The wheels worked like chariot wheels in that their axles and rims and spokes and hubs were all cast metal.
34There were four supports for the four corners of each stand, and the supports were part of one piece with the stand itself. 35On the top of the stand, there was a round band half a cubit#About 9 inches, or 23 centimeters. high, and on the top of the stand its stays and its panels were of one piece with it. 36On the surface 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 stands, with them all having the same shape, measure, and size.
38Then he made ten basins of bronze, with each basin able to hold forty baths,#About 240 gallons, or 880 liters. each being four cubits. Upon every one of the ten stands sat one basin. 39He put five stands on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house. He set the sea on the right side of the house toward the southeast. 40#2Ch 4:11–16Huram also made the pots, the shovels, and the basins.
So Huram finished all the work in making items for King Solomon for use in the house of the Lord: 41the two pillars, the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the two pillars, the two latticeworks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were upon the top of the pillars; 42#1Ki 7:20and the four hundred pomegranates for the two latticeworks, two rows of pomegranates for each latticework, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the pillars; 43the ten stands and ten basins on the stands; 44one sea and twelve oxen under the sea; 45#Ex 27:3; 38:3the pots, the shovels, and the basins.
All these vessels that Huram made for King Solomon for the house of the Lord were of burnished bronze. 46#Jos 3:16; Ge 33:17In the plain of the Jordan the king cast them, in the clay ground between Sukkoth and Zarethan. 47#1Ch 22:14; 22:3Solomon left all the vessels unweighed because there were so many. The weight of the bronze was also never measured.
48#Ex 37:10–16; 2Ch 4:8Solomon made all the vessels that were needed for the house of the Lord: the altar of gold, the table of gold on which was showbread, 49#2Ch 4:7the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side and five on the left before the inner sanctuary; the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs, of gold; 50the cups, snuffers, basins, dishes for incense, fire pans, of pure gold; the sockets for the doors of the innermost part of the house, the Most Holy Place, and for the doors of the nave of the temple, of gold.
51#2Ch 5:1All the work that King Solomon made for the house of the Lord was completed. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated—the silver, the gold, and the cups—and he put them among the treasures of the house of the Lord.