1 Kings 7 ©
The building of Solomon's house; of the house of the forest of Lebanon; of the porch of pillars; of the porch of judgment; of the house for Pharaoh's daughter. The costly materials for these buildings, and for the great court round about. Hiram, a skilful artificer, is fetched from Tyre. His work in brass of the two great pillars, the molten sea, the ten bases, the ten lavers, and other vessels for the use of the temple. The furniture and vessels of gold which Solomon made for the temple.
And it was covered with cedar above upon the 1beams, that lay on forty five pillars, fifteen in a row.
And there were windows in three rows, and 2light was against light in three ranks.
And 3all the doors and posts were square, with the windows: and light was against light in three ranks.
¶And he made a porch of pillars; the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth thereof thirty cubits: and the porch was 4before them: and the other pillars and the thick beam were 5before them.
All these were of hcostly stones, according to the measures of *hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and *without, even from the foundation unto the *coping, and so on the outside toward the great court.
And the great court round about was with kthree rows of *hewed stones, and a row of cedar beams, both for the inner court of the house of the LORD, and for the porch of the house.
He was 8a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and mhis father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was nfilled with wisdom, and understanding, and *cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.
For he 9cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did *compass either of them about.
And he made two *chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was ofive cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits:
And nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the *chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.
And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon the one network, to cover the *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 were of lily work in pthe porch, four cubits.
And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.
And the work of the bases was on this manner : they had borders, and the borders were between the ledges:
And every base had four brasen wheels, and plates of brass: and the four corners thereof had *undersetters: under the *laver were undersetters molten, at the side of every addition.
And the mouth of it within the *chapiter and above was a cubit: but the mouth thereof was round after the work of the base, a cubit and an half: and also upon the mouth of it were *gravings with their borders, foursquare, not round.
And under the borders were four wheels; and the *axletrees of the wheels were 13joined 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, and their *felloes, and their spokes, were all molten.
And there were four *undersetters to the four corners of one base: and the undersetters were of the very base itself.
And in the top of the base was there a round *compass of half a cubit high: and on the top of the base the ledges thereof and the borders thereof were of the same.
After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one size.
And he put five bases on the right 15side of the house, and five on the left side of the house: and bhe set the sea on the right side of the house eastward over against the south.
And four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, even two rows of pomegranates for one network, to cover the two bowls of the *chapiters that were 17upon the pillars;
And gone sea, and twelve oxen under the sea;
In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, 19in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarthan.
And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, 20because they were exceeding many: neither was the weight of the brass 21found out.
So was ended all the swork that king Solomon made for the house of the LORD. And Solomon brought in the 23things which tDavid his father had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD.