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Solomon Continues to Build
1Solomon built his house over thirteen years, and he finished all of his house.
2He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon; one hundred cubits its length, fifty cubits its width, and thirty cubits its height, on four rows of cedar pillars and cedar beams atop the pillars. 3It was covered with cedar above, and the supporting beams which were on the forty-five pillars, fifteen to the row. 4There were three rows of specially designed windows; with window to window three times. 5All of the doorways and the doorframes had four-sided casings, with opening to opposite opening three times.
6The hall of pillars he made fifty cubits in its length and thirty cubits in its width, and a porch was in front of them,#Literally “on their face” with pillars and an overhang in front of them.#Literally “on their face” 7He made the hall of the throne where he would pronounce judgment, the hall of justice, and it was covered with cedar from the floor to the rafters.#Hebrew “floor,” but other ancient versions have “rafters” 8His house where he would live in the next courtyard on the inside of the porch was like this work, and he would make a house like this porch for the daughter of Pharaoh whom Solomon had taken as wife. 9All of these were of precious stones, according to the measurement of dressed stone, sawn with a saw on all sides;#Literally “on the inside and on the outside” from the foundation up to the eaves and from the outside up to the great courtyard. 10The foundation was of precious stones, and large stones of ten cubits and stones of eight cubits 11with precious stones above, just the right size,#Literally “according to the measurement of dressed stones” and cedar. 12The great courtyard all around had three rows of dressed stones and a row of cedar beams; for both the courtyard of the inner house#Or “temple” of Yahweh and for the porch of the house.
13King Solomon invited and received Hiram from Tyre. 14He was the son of a widow woman from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, an artisan of bronze. He was filled with wisdom and with ability and with the knowledge to do all the work with the bronze. And he came to King Solomon, and he did all of his work. 15He cast the two pillars out of bronze; eighteen cubits was the height of the first, and a cord of twelve cubits would encircle the second pillar. 16He made two capitals to place on the tops of the pillars out of molten bronze; the first capital was five cubits in height, and the second capital was five cubits in height. 17A network of latticework and wreaths of chainwork with small chains were for the capitals which were on top of the pillars; seven for the first capital and seven for the second capital. 18He also made the pillars with two rows around on the lattice, each to cover the capitals which were on top, out of the pomegranate-shaped ornaments, and thus he did for the second capital as well. 19And on the capitals which were on top of the pillars in the porch were works of lilies four cubits high. 20And capitals were on the two pillars above near the bulging section which was beside the lattice, and two hundred pomegranate-shaped ornaments were in rows all around on the second capital. 21He set up the pillars for the porch of the main hall; he erected the pillar on the right and called its name Jakin, and he set up the pillar on the left and called its name Boaz. 22On the top of the pillars was a work of lilies; and so the work of the pillars was finished.
23He also made the molten#That is, cast from molten bronze sea, ten cubits in diameter,#Literally “from its edge up to its edge, round all around” and five cubits was its height. A measuring line of thirty cubits would encircle it all around. 24Gourds were under its rim surrounding it all around; ten to the cubit, surrounding the sea all around with two rows of gourds, which were cast when he cast the metal. 25The sea was standing on twelve oxen, with three facing to the north, three facing to the west, three facing to the south, and three facing to the east. The sea was on top of them, with all of their hindquarters turned to the inside. 26Its thickness was a handbreadth, but its rim was as the work on the brim of a cup, like the bud of a lily; it held two thousand baths.
27He made the ten stands of bronze; each stand was four cubits long, four cubits wide, and three cubits in height. 28Now this was the construction of the stands: there were frames for them and frames between the crossbars, 29and on the frames which were between the crossbars were lions, oxen, and cherubim. On the crossbars both above and beneath the lions and oxen were works of cascading wreaths. 30There were four bronze wheels for each of the stands, with bronze axles; the four support pedestals for these were under the basin, and the supports were decorated on each side with wreaths. 31Its opening from the inside of the capital and above was a cubit; its pedestal was a round work of a cubit and a half; moreover, on its opening were the carvings with four-sided frames, not circular. 32Four of the wheels were underneath the frames, and the axles of the wheels were on the stands. The height of each wheel was a cubit and a half. 33The construction of the wheel was like the construction of the wheel of the chariot; their axles, their rims, their spokes, and their naves were all cast. 34The four supports were the four corners of each stand, with the stand supporting it. 35On top of the stand was half a cubit deep, circular all around, and on the top of the stand were its supports and its frames. 36He engraved on the plates, on its supports, and on its frame cherubim, lions and images of a palm tree, according to the space for each, with wreaths all around. 37He made the ten stands like this in one cast, with the same measurement and shape for each of them.
38He also made ten bronze basins, each holding forty baths; each basin was four cubits, one basin on each of the ten stands. 39He placed five of the stands on the south side of the house and five on the north side of the house, and the sea he set on the southeast side of the house.
40Hiram also made the basins and the shovels and the bowls for drinking wine; and so Hiram finished doing all of the work that he was to do#Literally “that he did” for King Solomon in the house of Yahweh: 41the two pillars and the bowls of the capitals which were atop the two pillars, and the two lattice works to cover the two bowls of the capitals which were atop the pillars; 42and the four hundred pomegranate-shaped ornaments for the two lattice works, the two rows of pomegranate-shaped ornaments for each latticework to cover the two bowls of the capitals which were on the surface of the pillars; 43and the ten stands and the ten basins on the stands; 44and the one sea and the twelve oxen under the sea; 45and the pots, the shovels, and the bowls for drinking wine. All the vessels of the tent which Hiram had made for King Solomon for the house of Yahweh were polished bronze. 46The king had cast them in the plain of the Jordan with the casting mold set in the ground between Succoth and Zarethan. 47Solomon left all of the vessels unweighed because of their very great abundance, so the weight of the bronze could not be determined.
48Solomon also made all of the vessels which were in the house of Yahweh: the golden altar and the golden table on which was the bread of the presence; 49as well as the five lampstands of beaten gold at the south and five lampstands at the north before the presence of the inner sanctuary, with the flower-shaped ornaments, the lamps, and the pair of tongs all of gold. 50The cups, the snuffers, the bowls for drinking wine, the bowls for the incense, and the firepans were made from beaten gold; the facades for the doors of the inner house, for the most holy place,#Literally “holy of the holiest” for the doors of the main hall of the temple were of gold. 51When all of the work which king Solomon did on the house of Yahweh was completed, Solomon brought out the holy objects of his father David, the silver and the gold and the vessels, which he put in the treasury rooms of the house of Yahweh.
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