1 Kings

1 Kings 6 ©

1 The building of the temple begun. 2 The dimensions of the house, and of the porch before it. 4 The windows. 5 The chambers. 11 God's promise concerning the house. 14 The ceiling and ornaments of it. 19 The oracle. 23 The cherubims within it. 31 The doors of the oracle, and of the temple. 36 The inner court. 37 The time taken up in the building.


AND it acame to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in bthe month Zif, which is the second month, that he 1began to build the house of the LORD.


And cthe house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the length thereof was dthreescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits.


And the eporch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.


And for the house he made 2windows of narrow lights.


¶And 3against the wall of the house he 4built chambers round about, against the walls of the house round about, both of the temple and of the foracle: and he 5made chambers round about:

f ch. 7.49; 8.6,8.

The *nethermost chamber was five cubits broad, and the middle was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad: for *without in the wall of the house he made narrowed 6rests round about, gthat the beams should not be fastened in the walls of the house.


And the house, when it was in building, was hbuilt of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither ihammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.


The door for the middle chamber was in the right 7side of the house: and they jwent up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third.


So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house with 8beams and boards of cedar.


And then he built kchambers against all the house, five cubits high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.


¶And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying,


Concerning this house which thou art in building, lif thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father:


And I mwill dwell among the children of Israel, and will not nforsake my people Israel.


So Solomon built the house, and finished it.


And he built the walls of the house within with boards of cedar, 9both the floor of the house, and the walls of the cieling: and he covered them on the inside with wood, and covered the floor of the house with planks of ofir.

o ch. 5.8.

And he pbuilt twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both the floor and the walls with boards of cedar: he even built them for it within, even for the oracle, even for the qmost holy place.


And the house, that is, the temple before it, was forty cubits long.


And the cedar of the house within was carved with 10*knops and 11open flowers: all was cedar; there was no stone seen.


And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to rset there the ark of the covenant of the LORD.


And the oracle in the forepart was twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the height thereof: and he 12overlaid it with pure gold; and so covered the saltar which was of cedar.


So tSolomon overlaid the house within with pure gold: and he made a partition by the uchains of gold before the oracle; and he overlaid it with gold.


And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the whole valtar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold.

v Ex. 30.1,3,6.

¶And within the oracle he made wtwo cherubims of 13olive tree, each ten cubits high.


And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the *uttermost part of the one wing unto the uttermost part of the other were ten cubits.


And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were of one measure and one size.


The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it of the other cherub.


And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and 14they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house.


And he overlaid the cherubims with gold.


And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved xfigures of cherubims and palm trees and 15open flowers, within and *without.


And the yfloor of the house he overlaid with gold, within and *without.


¶And for the zentering of the oracle he made doors of olive tree: the lintel and side posts were a 16fifth part of the wall.


The two 17doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open aflowers, and overlaid them with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims, and upon the palm trees.

a v.18.

So also made he for the door of the temple posts of olive tree, a 18fourth part of the wall.


And the two doors were of bfir tree: the two cleaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding.

b ch. 5.8.

And he carved thereon cherubims and palm trees and open flowers: and covered them with gold fitted upon the carved work.


¶And he built the inner dcourt with ethree rows of *hewed stone, and a row of cedar beams.


¶In fthe fourth year was the foundation of the house of the LORD laid, in the month Zif:

f v.1.

And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the house gfinished throughout all the parts thereof, 19and according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it.