1 Kings 7 ©

The building of Solomon’s house, v. 1. &c. Of the house of Lebanon, 2. Of the porch of pillars, 6. Of the porch of judgment, 7. Of the house of Pharaoh’s daughter, 8. Of Hiram the skillful artificer, 13. Of the two brasen pillars, 15. The molten sea, 23. The ten brasen bases, 27. The ten brasen lavers, 38. Briefly, all work, tools, and vessels, of brass and of gold, 40. The dedicated things are brought into the temple, 51.


BUT Solomona was building 1his own house 2thirteen years, and he finished all his house.


¶He built also the house of the 3forest of Lebanon; the length thereof was an 4hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, 5upon four rows of cedar pillars, 6with cedar beams upon the pillars.


And it was covered with 7cedar above upon the 8beams, 9that lay on forty five pillars, fifteen in a row.


10And there were windows in three rows, and light was against light in three ranks.


And all the doors and posts were square, 11with the windows: and light was against light 12in three ranks.


¶And he made 13a porch 14of pillars; the length thereof was 15fifty cubits, and the breadth thereof thirty cubits: and the porch was before 16them: and the other pillars and the thick beam were before them.


¶Then he made 17a porch for the throne where he might judge, even the porch of judgment: and it was covered with cedar 18from one side of the floor to the other.


¶And his house where he dwelt had another court 19within the porch, which was of the like work. Solomon made also 20an house for Pharaoh's daughter, whomb he had taken to wife, like unto this 21porch.


22All these were of costly stones, 23according to the measures of hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and without, even from the foundation unto the 24coping,c and so on the outside toward the great 25court.


And the foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits.


And 26above were costly stones, after the measures of hewed stones, and 27cedars.


And the 28great court round about was with three rows of hewed stones, and a row of cedar beams, both for the 29inner court of the house of the LORD, and for the porch of the house.


¶And king Solomon sent and 30fetched 31Hiramd out of 32Tyre.


He was a 33widow’s son 34of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a 35man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was fillede with wisdom, and understanding, and cunningf to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.


For he 36cast twog pillars of brass, of eighteen 37cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass 38either of them about.


And he made 39two 40chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was 41five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits:


42And nets of 43checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; 44seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.


And he made the pillars, and two 45rows round about upon the one network, to cover 46the chapiters that were upon the top, with pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter.


And the chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars 47were of lily work 48in the porch, 49four cubits.


50And the chapiters upon the two pillars had pomegranates also above, over against the 51belly which was by the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the other chapiter.


And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof 52Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof 53Boaz.


And upon the top of the pillars was 54lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.


¶And heh made a 55molten sea, ten cubits 56from the one 57brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line 58of thirty cubits did compass it round about.


And 59under the brim of it roundi about there were 60knops compassing it, 61ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the knops were 62cast in two rows, when it was cast.


It stood upon twelve 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 above upon them, and all 63their hinder parts were inward.


And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it contained 64two thousand 65baths.


¶And he made ten 66bases of brass; four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and three cubits the height of it.


And the work of the bases was on this manner: they had 67borders, and the borders were between the 68ledges:


And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubims: and upon the ledges there was a 69base above: and beneath the lions and oxen were certain 70additions made of thin work.


And every base had four brasen wheels, and 71plates of brass: and the four corners thereof had 72undersetters: under the 73laver were undersettersj molten, at the side of every addition.


And the 74mouth of it within the 75chapiter and above was a cubit: but the mouth thereof was round after the 76work of the base, 77a cubit and an half: and also 78upon the mouth of it were gravings with their 79borders, foursquare, not round.


And under the borders were four wheels; and the 80axletreesk of the wheels were joined to the base: and the height of a wheel was a cubit and half a cubit.


And the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel: their axletrees, and their naves,l and their felloes,m and their spokes, were all molten.


And there were four 81undersetters to the four corners of one base: and the undersetters 82were of the very base itself.


And in 83the top of the base was there a round compass of half a cubit high: and on the top of the base the 84ledges thereof and the borders thereof were of the same.


For on the plates of the ledges thereof, and 85on the borders thereof, he graved cherubims, lions, and palm trees, according to the proportion of every one, and additions round about.


After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one size.


¶Thenn made he ten 86lavers of brass: one laver contained forty 87baths:oand every laverp was four cubits: and upon every one of the ten bases one laver.


And he put five bases on the right side of 88the house, and five on the left side of the house: and he set 89the sea on the right side of the house 90eastward over against the south.


¶And 91Hiram made the lavers, and the shovels, and the basons. So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he made king Solomon for the house of the LORD:


The two pillars, and the two 92bowls of the chapiters that were on the top of the two pillars; and the two networks, to cover the two bowls of the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars;


And 93four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, even two rows of pomegranates for one network, to cover the two bowls of the chapiters that were upon the pillars;


And the ten 94bases, and 95ten lavers on the bases;


And 96one sea, and 97twelve oxen under the sea;


And the 98pots, and the shovels, and the basons: and all these vessels, which Hiram made to king Solomon for the house of the LORD, were of bright brass.


In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the 99clay ground between 100Succoth and 101Zarthan.


And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were 102exceeding many: neither was the weight of the brass found out.


And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the LORD: the 103altar of gold,q and the 104table of gold,r whereupon the 105shewbread was,


And the candlesticks of 106pure gold, five 107on the right side, and five on the left, before 108the oracle, with the 109flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold,


And the bowls, and the 110snuffers, and the 111basons, and the 112spoons, and the censers of 113pure gold; and the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple.


So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of the LORD. Ands Solomon brought in 114the things which David his father had tdedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD.