1But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.2He built also the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length thereof was an hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars.3And it was covered with cedar above upon the beams, that lay on forty five pillars, fifteen in a row.4And there were windows in three rows, and light was against light in three ranks.5And all the doors and posts were square, with the windows: and light was against light in three ranks.6And he made a porch of pillars; the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth thereof thirty cubits: and the porch was before them: and the other pillars and the thick beam were before them.7Then he made a porch for the throne where he might judge, even the porch of judgment: and it was covered with cedar from one side of the floor to the other.8And his house where he dwelt had another court within the porch, which was of the like work. Solomon made also an house for Pharaoh' daughter, whom he had taken to wife , like unto this porch.9All these were of costly 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.10And the foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits.11And above were costly stones, after the measures of hewed stones, and cedars.12And the great court round about was with three 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.13And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.14He was a widow' son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.15For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them about.16And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits:17And 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.18And 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.19And the chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were of lily work in the porch, four cubits.20And the chapiters upon the two pillars had pomegranates also above, over against the belly which was by the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the other chapiter.21And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz.22And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.23And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.24And under the brim of it round about there were knops compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the knops were cast in two rows, when it was cast.25It 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 their hinder parts were inward.26And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it contained two thousand baths.27And he made ten bases of brass; four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and three cubits the height of it.28And the work of the bases was on this manner : they had borders, and the borders were between the ledges:29And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubims: and upon the ledges there was a base above: and beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions made of thin work.30And 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.31And 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.32And under the borders were four wheels; and the axletrees of the wheels were joined to the base: and the height of a wheel was a cubit and half a cubit.33And 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.34And there were four undersetters to the four corners of one base: and the undersetters were of the very base itself.35And 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.36For on the plates of the ledges thereof, and on the borders thereof, he graved cherubims, lions, and palm trees, according to the proportion of every one, and additions round about.37After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one size.38Then made he ten lavers of brass: one laver contained forty baths: and every laver was four cubits: and upon every one of the ten bases one laver.39And he put five bases on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house: and he set the sea on the right side of the house eastward over against the south.40And Hiram 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:41The two pillars, and the two bowls 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;42And 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 upon the pillars;43And the ten bases, and ten lavers on the bases;44And one sea, and twelve oxen under the sea;45And the pots, 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.46In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarthan.47And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed , because they were exceeding many: neither was the weight of the brass found out.48And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold, whereupon the shewbread was ,49And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side , and five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold,50And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers of pure 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.51So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of the LORD. And Solomon brought in the things which David 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.
1 Kings 7
English Standard Version
Solomon Builds His Palace
1Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished his entire house. (1Ki 3:1; 1Ki 9:10; 2Ch 8:1)2He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon. Its length was a hundred cubits and its breadth fifty cubits and its height thirty cubits, and it was built on four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams on the pillars. (1Ki 10:17; 1Ki 10:21)3And it was covered with cedar above the chambers that were on the forty-five pillars, fifteen in each row.4There were window frames in three rows, and window opposite window in three tiers.5All the doorways and windows had square frames, and window was opposite window in three tiers.6And he made the Hall of Pillars; its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth thirty cubits. There was a porch in front with pillars, and a canopy in front of them. (1Ki 7:12; Eze 41:25)7And he made the Hall of the Throne where he was to pronounce judgment, even the Hall of Judgment. It was finished with cedar from floor to rafters. (1Ki 6:15)8His own house where he was to dwell, in the other court back of the hall, was of like workmanship. Solomon also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter whom he had taken in marriage. (1Ki 3:1; 2Ch 8:11)9All these were made of costly stones, cut according to measure, sawed with saws, back and front, even from the foundation to the coping, and from the outside to the great court.10The foundation was of costly stones, huge stones, stones of eight and ten cubits.11And above were costly stones, cut according to measurement, and cedar.12The great court had three courses of cut stone all around, and a course of cedar beams; so had the inner court of the house of the Lord and the vestibule of the house. (1Ki 6:36; 1Ki 7:6)
The Temple Furnishings
13And King Solomon sent and brought Hiram from Tyre. (2Ch 2:14)14He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze. And he was full of wisdom, understanding, and skill for making any work in bronze. He came to King Solomon and did all his work. (Ex 31:3; Ex 35:31)15He cast two pillars of bronze. Eighteen cubits was the height of one pillar, and a line of twelve cubits measured its circumference. It was hollow, and its thickness was four fingers. The second pillar was the same. (1Ki 7:41; 2Ki 25:17; 1Ch 18:8; 2Ch 3:15; 2Ch 4:12; Jer 52:21)16He also made two capitals of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars. The height of the one capital was five cubits, and the height of the other capital was five cubits. (1Ki 7:15)17There were lattices of checker work with wreaths of chain work for the capitals on the tops of the pillars, a lattice for the one capital and a lattice for the other capital.18Likewise he made pomegranates in two rows around the one latticework to cover the capital that was on the top of the pillar, and he did the same with the other capital.19Now the capitals that were on the tops of the pillars in the vestibule were of lily-work, four cubits.20The capitals were on the two pillars and also above the rounded projection which was beside the latticework. There were two hundred pomegranates in two rows all around, and so with the other capital. (1Ki 7:42; 2Ch 3:16; 2Ch 4:13; Jer 52:23)21He set up the pillars at the vestibule of the temple. He set up the pillar on the south and called its name Jachin, and he set up the pillar on the north and called its name Boaz. (2Ch 3:17)22And on the tops of the pillars was lily-work. Thus the work of the pillars was finished.23Then he made the sea of cast metal. It was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits high, and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference. (Ex 30:18; 2Ki 16:17; 2Ki 25:13; 1Ch 18:8; 2Ch 4:2; Jer 52:17)24Under its brim were gourds, for ten cubits, compassing the sea all around. The gourds were in two rows, cast with it when it was cast. (1Ki 6:18)25It stood on twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. The sea was set on them, and all their rear parts were inward. (Jer 52:20)26Its thickness was a handbreadth, and its brim was made like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily. It held two thousand baths.27He also made the ten stands of bronze. Each stand was four cubits long, four cubits wide, and three cubits high. (2Ki 25:13; 2Ch 4:14; Jer 52:17)28This was the construction of the stands: they had panels, and the panels were set in the frames,29and on the panels that were set in the frames were lions, oxen, and cherubim. On the frames, both above and below the lions and oxen, there were wreaths of beveled work.30Moreover, each stand had four bronze wheels and axles of bronze, and at the four corners were supports for a basin. The supports were cast with wreaths at the side of each.31Its opening was within a crown that projected upward one cubit. Its opening was round, as a pedestal is made, a cubit and a half deep. At its opening there were carvings, and its panels were square, not round.32And the four wheels were underneath the panels. The axles of the wheels were of one piece with the stands, and the height of a wheel was a cubit and a half.33The wheels were made like a chariot wheel; their axles, their rims, their spokes, and their hubs were all cast.34There were four supports at the four corners of each stand. The supports were of one piece with the stands.35And on the top of the stand there was a round band half a cubit high; and on the top of the stand its stays and its panels were of one piece with it.36And on the surfaces of its stays and on its panels, he carved cherubim, lions, and palm trees, according to the space of each, with wreaths all around.37After this manner he made the ten stands. All of them were cast alike, of the same measure and the same form. (1Ki 7:27)38And he made ten basins of bronze. Each basin held forty baths, each basin measured four cubits, and there was a basin for each of the ten stands. (Ex 30:18; 2Ch 4:6)39And he set the stands, five on the south side of the house, and five on the north side of the house. And he set the sea at the southeast corner of the house.40Hiram also made the pots, the shovels, and the basins. So Hiram finished all the work that he did for King Solomon on the house of the Lord: (Ex 27:3; Ex 38:3; 2Ch 4:11)41the two pillars, the two bowls of the capitals that were on the tops of the pillars, and the two latticeworks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the tops of the pillars; (1Ki 7:17)42and the four hundred pomegranates for the two latticeworks, two rows of pomegranates for each latticework, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the pillars; (1Ki 7:20)43the ten stands, and the ten basins on the stands;44and the one sea, and the twelve oxen underneath the sea. (1Ki 7:23; 1Ki 7:25)45Now the pots, the shovels, and the basins, all these vessels in the house of the Lord, which Hiram made for King Solomon, were of burnished bronze. (Ex 27:3; Ex 38:3)46In the plain of the Jordan the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan. (Jos 3:16; Jos 13:27)47And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because there were so many of them; the weight of the bronze was not ascertained. (1Ch 22:3; 1Ch 22:14)48So Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of the Lord: the golden altar, the golden table for the bread of the Presence, (Ex 25:30; Ex 37:10; Ex 37:25; Le 24:5; 2Ch 4:8)49the lampstands of pure gold, five on the south side and five on the north, before the inner sanctuary; the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs, of gold; (Ex 25:31; 2Ch 4:7)50the cups, snuffers, basins, dishes for incense, and fire pans, of pure gold; and the sockets of gold, for the doors of the innermost part of the house, the Most Holy Place, and for the doors of the nave of the temple. (Ex 27:3; 1Ki 6:16)51Thus all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord. (2Sa 8:11)