Kings- Chapter 7

Kings- Chapter 7

Solomon Palace

1 But Solomon took thirteen years to build his own house; so he finished all his house.

2 He also built the House of the Forest of Lebanon; its length [was] one hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits, with four rows of cedar pillars, and cedar beams on the pillars.

3 And [it was] paneled with cedar above the beams that [were] on forty-five pillars, fifteen [to] a row.

4 [There were] windows [with beveled frames in] three rows, and window [was] opposite window [in] three tiers.

5 And all the doorways and doorposts [had] rectangular frames; and window [was] opposite window [in] three tiers.

6 He also made the Hall of Pillars: its length [was] fifty cubits, and its width thirty cubits; and in front of them [was] a portico with pillars, and a canopy [was] in front of them.

7 Then he made a hall for the throne, the Hall of Judgment, where he might judge; and [it was] paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling.

8 And the house where he dwelt [had] another court inside the hall, of like workmanship. Solomon also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken [as wife.]

9 All these [were of] costly stones cut to size, trimmed with saws, inside and out, from the foundation to the eaves, and also on the outside to the great court.

10 The foundation [was of] costly stones, large stones, some ten cubits and some eight cubits.

11 And above [were] costly stones, hewn to size, and cedar wood.

12 The great court [was] enclosed with three rows of hewn stones and a row of cedar beams. So were the inner court of the house of the LORD and the vestibule of the temple.

Decoration of the Sanctuary

13 Now King Solomon sent and brought Huram from Tyre.

14 He [was] the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father [was] a man of Tyre, a bronze worker; he was filled with wisdom and understanding and skill in working with all kinds of bronze work. So he came to King Solomon and did all his work.

15 And he cast two pillars of bronze, each one eighteen cubits high, and a line of twelve cubits measured the circumference of each.

16 Then he made two capitals [of] cast bronze, to set on the tops of the pillars. The height of one capital [was] five cubits, and the height of the other capital [was] five cubits.

17 [He made] a lattice network, with wreaths of chainwork, for the capitals which [were] on top of the pillars: seven chains for one capital and seven for the other capital.

18 So he made the pillars, and two rows of pomegranates above the network all around to cover the capitals that [were] on top; and thus he did for the other capital.

19 The capitals which [were] on top of the pillars in the hall [were] in the shape of lilies, four cubits.

20 The capitals on the two pillars also [had pomegranates] above, by the convex surface which [was] next to the network; and there [were] two hundred such pomegranates in rows on each of the capitals all around.

21 Then he set up the pillars by the vestibule of the temple; he set up the pillar on the right and called its name Jachin, and he set up the pillar on the left and called its name Boaz.

22 The tops of the pillars were in the shape of lilies. So the work of the pillars was finished.

23 And he made the Sea of cast bronze, ten cubits from one brim to the other; [it was] completely round. Its height [was] five cubits, and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference.

24 Below its brim [were] ornamental buds encircling it all around, ten to a cubit, all the way around the Sea. The ornamental buds [were] cast in two rows when it was cast.

25 It stood on twelve oxen: three looking toward the north, three looking toward the west, three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; the Sea [was set] upon them, and all their back parts [pointed] inward.

26 It [was] a handbreadth thick; and its brim was shaped like the brim of a cup, [like] a lily blossom. It contained two thousand baths.

27 He also made ten carts of bronze; four cubits [was] the length of each cart, four cubits its width, and three cubits its height.

28 And this [was] the design of the carts: They had panels, and the panels [were] between frames;

29 on the panels that [were] between the frames [were] lions, oxen, and cherubim. And on the frames [was] a pedestal on top. Below the lions and oxen [were] wreaths of plaited work.

30 Every cart had four bronze wheels and axles of bronze, and its four feet had supports. Under the laver [were] supports of cast [bronze] beside each wreath.

31 Its opening inside the crown at the top [was] one cubit in diameter; and the opening [was] round, shaped [like] a pedestal, one and a half cubits in outside diameter; and also on the opening [were] engravings, but the panels were square, not round.

32 Under the panels [were] the four wheels, and the axles of the wheels [were joined] to the cart. The height of a wheel [was] one and a half cubits.

33 The workmanship of the wheels [was] like the workmanship of a chariot wheel; their axle pins, their rims, their spokes, and their hubs [were] all of cast [bronze.]

34 And [there were] four supports at the four corners of each cart; its supports [were] part of the cart itself.

35 On the top of the cart, at the height of half a cubit, [it was] perfectly round. And on the top of the cart, its flanges and its panels [were] of the same casting.

36 On the plates of its flanges and on its panels he engraved cherubim, lions, and palm trees, wherever there was a clear space on each, with wreaths all around.

37 Thus he made the ten carts. All of them were of the same mold, one measure, [and] one shape.

38 Then he made ten lap of bronze; each laver contained forty baths, [and] each laver [was] four cubits. On each of the ten carts [was] a laver.

39 And he put five carts on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house. He set the Sea on the right side of the house, toward the southeast.

40 Huram made the lap and the shovels and the bowls. So Huram finished doing all the work that he was to do for King Solomon [for] the house of the LORD:

41 the two pillars, the [two] bowl-shaped capitals that [were] on top of the two pillars; the two networks covering the two bowl-shaped capitals which [were] on top of the pillars;

42 four hundred pomegranates for the two networks (two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowl-shaped capitals that [were] on top of the pillars);

43 the ten carts, and ten lap on the carts;

44 one Sea, and twelve oxen under the Sea;

45 the pots, the shovels, and the bowls. All these articles which Huram made for King Solomon [for] the house of the LORD [were of] burnished bronze.

46 In the plain of Jordan the king had them cast in clay molds, between Succoth and Zaretan.

47 And Solomon did not weigh all the articles, because [there were] so many; the weight of the bronze was not determined.

48 Thus Solomon had all the furnishings made for the house of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold on which [was] the showbread;

49 the lampstands of pure gold, five on the right [side] and five on the left in front of the inner sanctuary, with the flowers and the lamps and the wick-trimmers of gold;

50 the basins, the trimmers, the bowls, the ladles, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold, [both] for the doors of the inner room (the Most Holy [Place) and] for the doors of the main hall of the temple.

51 So all the work that King Solomon had done for the house of the LORD was finished; and Solomon brought in the things which his father David had dedicated: the silver and the gold and the furnishings. He put them in the treasuries of the house of the LORD.