1But it took Solomon 13 years to finish constructing his palace and the other buildings that were related to it.2He built the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. It was 150 feet long. It was 75 feet wide. And it was 45 feet high. It had four rows of cedar columns. They held up beautiful cedar beams.3Above the beams was a roof that was made out of cedar boards. It rested on the columns. There were three rows of beams with 15 in each row. The total number of beams was 45.4The windows of the palace were placed high up in the walls. They were in groups of three. And they faced each other.5All of the doorways had frames that were shaped like rectangles. They were in front. They were in groups of three. And they faced each other.6Solomon made a covered area. It was 75 feet long. And it was 45 feet wide. Its roof was held up by columns. In front of it was a porch. In front of that were pillars and a roof that went out beyond them.7Solomon built the throne hall. It was called the Hall of Justice. That's where he would serve as judge. He covered the hall with cedar boards from floor to ceiling.8The palace where he would live was set farther back. Its plan was something like the plan for the hall. Solomon had gotten married to Pharaoh's daughter. He made a palace for her. It was like the hall.9All of those buildings were made out of blocks of very fine stone. They were cut to the right size. They were shaped with a saw on the back and front sides. Those stones were used for the outside of each building and for the large courtyard. They were also used from the foundations up to the roofs.10Large blocks of very fine stone were used for the foundations. Some were 15 feet long. Others were 12 feet long.11The walls that were above them were made out of very fine stones. The stones were cut to the right size. On top of them was a layer of cedar beams.12The large courtyard had a wall around it. The first three layers of the wall were made out of blocks of stone. The top layer was made out of beautiful cedar wood. The same thing was done with the inside courtyard of the Lord's temple and its porch.
More Facts About the Temple
13King Solomon sent messengers to Tyre. He wanted them to bring Huram back with them.14Huram's mother was a widow. She was from the tribe of Naphtali. Huram's father was from Tyre. He was skilled in working with bronze. Huram also was very skilled. He had done all kinds of work with bronze. He came to King Solomon and did all of the work he was asked to do.15Huram made two bronze pillars. Each of them was 27 feet high. And each was 18 feet around.16Each pillar had a decorated top that was made out of bronze. Each top was seven and a half feet high.17Chains that were linked together hung down from the tops of the pillars. There were seven chains for each top.18Huram made two rows of pomegranates. They circled the chains. The pomegranates decorated the tops of the pillars. Huram did the same thing for each pillar.19The tops on the pillars of the porch were shaped like lilies. The lilies were 6 feet high.20On the tops of both pillars were 200 pomegranates. They were in rows all around the tops. They were above the part that was shaped like a bowl. And they were next to the chains.21Huram set the pillars up at the temple porch. The pillar on the south he named Jakin. The one on the north he named Boaz.22The tops of the pillars were shaped like lilies. So the work on the pillars was finished.23Huram made a huge metal bowl for washing. Its shape was round. It measured 15 feet from rim to rim. It was seven and a half feet high. And it was 45 feet around.24Below the rim there was a circle of gourds around the bowl. In every 18 inches around the bowl there were ten gourds. The gourds were arranged in two rows. They were made as part of the bowl itself.25The huge bowl stood on 12 bulls. Three of them faced north. Three faced west. Three faced south. And three faced east. The bowl rested on top of them. Their rear ends were toward the center.26The bowl was three inches thick. Its rim was like the rim of a cup. The rim was shaped like the bloom of a lily. The bowl held 11,500 gallons of water.27Huram also made ten stands out of bronze. They could be moved around. Each stand was six feet long. It was six feet wide. And it was four and a half feet high.28Here is how the stands were made. They had sides that were joined to posts.29On the sides between the posts were lions, bulls and cherubim. They were also on all of the posts. Above and below the lions and bulls were wreaths that were made out of hammered metal.30Each stand had four bronze wheels with bronze axles. Each one had a bowl that rested on four supports. They had wreaths on each side.31There was a round opening on the inside of each stand. The opening had a frame that was 18 inches deep. The sides were 27 inches high from the top of the opening to the bottom of the base. There was carving around the opening. The sides of the stands were square, not round.32The four wheels were under the sides. The axles of the wheels were connected to the stand. Each wheel was 27 inches across.33The wheels were made like chariot wheels. All of the axles, rims, spokes and hubs were made out of metal.34Each stand had four handles on it. There was one on each corner. They came out from the stand.35At the top of the stand there was a round band. It was nine inches deep. The sides and supports were connected to the top of the stand.36Huram carved cherubim, lions and palm trees on the sides of the stands. He also carved them on the surfaces of the supports. His carving covered every open space. He had also carved wreaths all around.37That's how he made the ten stands. All of them were made in the same molds. And they had the same size and shape.38Then Huram made ten bronze bowls. Each one held 230 gallons. The bowls measured six feet across. There was one bowl for each of the ten stands.39He placed five of the stands on the south side of the temple. He placed the other five on the north side. He put the huge bowl on the south side. It was at the southeast corner of the temple.40He also made the bowls, shovels and sprinkling bowls. So Huram finished all of the work he had started for King Solomon. Here's what he made for the Lord's temple.41He made the two pillars. He made the two tops for the pillars. The tops were shaped like bowls. He made the two sets of chains that were linked together. They decorated the two bowl‑shaped tops of the pillars.42He made the 400 pomegranates for the two sets of chains. There were two rows of pomegranates for each chain. They decorated the bowl‑shaped tops of the pillars.43He made the ten stands with their ten bowls.44He made the huge bowl. He made the 12 bulls that were under it.45He made the pots, shovels and sprinkling bowls. Huram made all of those objects for King Solomon for the Lord's temple. He made them out of bronze. Then he shined them up.46The king had made them in clay molds. It was done on the flatlands of the Jordan River between Succoth and Zarethan.47Solomon didn't weigh any of those things. There were too many of them to weigh. No one even tried to weigh the bronze they were made out of.48Solomon also made all of the articles that were in the Lord's temple. He made the golden altar. He made the golden table for the holy bread.49He made the pure gold lampstands. There were five on the right and five on the left. They were in front of the Most Holy Room. He made the gold flowers. He made the gold lamps and tongs.50He made the bowls, wick cutters, sprinkling bowls, dishes, and shallow cups for burning incense. All of them were made out of pure gold. He made the gold bases for the doors of the inside room. That's the Most Holy Room. He also made gold bases for the doors of the main hall of the temple.51King Solomon finished all of the work for the Lord's temple. Then he brought in the things his father David had set apart for the Lord. They included the silver and gold and all of the articles for the Lord's temple. Solomon placed them with the other treasures that were there.
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)