Solomon Builds the Temple
1Then Solomon began to build the house of Yahweh in Jerusalem, on Mount Moriah, where Yahweh had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had established, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 2And he began to build in the second month of the fourth year of his reign.
3Now these were the measurements of Solomon for building the house of God: the length in cubits by the former measurement was sixty cubits, and the width was twenty cubits. 4The length of the portico that was in front was the same as the front of the width of the house:#Literally “The length at the front of the portico the front of the width of the house” twenty cubits. And its height was one hundred and twenty cubits. And he overlaid it on the inside with pure gold. 5And the great house itself he covered with cypress wood, then he overlaid it with pure gold. And he put on it palm tree images and ornate chains. 6Then he overlaid the house with precious stone as decoration. (Now the gold was the gold of Parvaim.) 7And he overlaid the house with gold—the beams, the thresholds, the walls, and the doors. And he carved cherubim upon the walls. 8Then he made the most holy place.#Literally “the house of the holy of the holies” Its length was equal to#Literally “at the front of” the width of the house: twenty cubits. And its breadth was twenty cubits. And he overlaid it with six hundred talents of fine gold. 9And the weight for the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid its upper rooms with gold. 10And he made two sculpted wood cherubim in the most holy place,#Literally “the house of the holy of the holies” and he overlaid them with gold. 11The length of the outstretched wings of the cherubim were twenty cubits; one wing of five cubits touched the wall of the house, and the other wing of five cubits was touching the outstretched wing of the other cherub. 12And the wing of five cubits of the other cherub was touching the wall of the house, and its other wing five cubits long touching the wing of the first#Or “other” cherub. 13The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits, and they were standing on their feet, their faces toward the house. 14And he made the curtain of blue and purple and crimson and fine linen, and put cherubim on it. 15And at the front of the house he made two columns, thirty-five cubits high, and the capital on their top was five cubits. 16And he made decorative chains in the inner sanctuary and put them on top of the columns. And he made one hundred pomegranate ornaments, and put them on the chains. 17And he erected the columns in front of the temple, one on the south and one on the north. He called the name of the southern one Jakin, and the name of the northern one Boaz.