1In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt, in the fourth year ofSolomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began building the Temple ofYahweh. 2The temple which King Solomon built for Yahweh was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and twenty-five high. 3The portico in front of the Hekal of the Temple was twenty cubits long across the width of the Templeand ten cubits wide along the length of the Temple. 4He made windows for the Temple with frames and latticework. 5He also built an annex against the Temple wal , right round the Hekal and Debir. He built lateral storeysal round; 6the lowest lateral storey was five cubits wide, the middle one six cubits, and the third seven cubits, for hehad made the outside of the Temple wal correspondingly stepped back al round, so that the annex was notattached to the Temple wal s. 7(The building of the Temple was done with quarry -- dressed stone; no sound of hammer or pick or anyiron tool was to be heard in the Temple while it was being built.) 8The entrance to the lowest storey was at the right-hand corner of the Temple; access to the middlestorey was by a spiral staircase, and so from the middle storey to the third. 9Having finished building the Temple, he roofed the Temple with a coffered ceiling of cedar wood. 10Round the outside of the Temple he then built the annex which was five cubits high and was joined tothe Temple by cedar-wood beams. 11And the word of Yahweh came to Solomon, 12'With regard to this temple which you are now building, if you follow my statutes and obey myordinances and faithful y follow my commandments, I shal fulfil the promise which I made about you to yourfather David. 13And I shal make my home among the Israelites and never forsake Israel my people.' 14Solomon finished building the Temple. 15He lined the inside of the Temple wal s with panels of cedar wood-panelling them on the inside fromthe floor of the Temple to the beams of the ceiling -- and laid the floor of the Temple with juniper planks. 16The twenty cubits measured from the end of the Temple he built of cedar planks from the floor to thebeams, and this part was reserved as the Debir, the Holy of Holies. 17The Temple measured forty cubits -- the Hekal -- in front of the Debir. 18There was cedar wood round the inside of the Temple, ornamentally carved with gourds and rosettes;al was cedar wood, with no stone showing. 19In the inner part of the Temple he designed a Debir, to contain the ark of the covenant of Yahweh. 20The Debir was twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and twenty high, and he overlaid it on the insidewith pure gold. He made an altar of cedar wood 21in front of the Debir and overlaid it with gold. 22He overlaid the whole Temple with gold, the whole Temple entirely. 23In the Debir he made two great winged creatures of wild-olive wood. . .It was ten cubits high. 24One winged creature's wing was five cubits long and the other wing five cubits: ten cubits from wing tipto wing tip. 25The other winged creature also measured ten cubits; both had the same measurements and the sameshape. 26The height of one was the same as the other's. 27He placed them in the middle of the inner chamber; their wings were spread out so that the wing of onetouched one of the wal s and the wing of the other touched the other wall, while their wings met in the middle ofthe chamber wing to wing. 28And he overlaid them with gold. 29Al round the Temple wal s he carved figures of winged creatures, palm trees and rosettes, both insideand outside. 30He overlaid the floor of the Temple with gold, both inside and outside. 31He made the door of the Debir with uprights of wild-olive wood, and door jambs with five indentedsections, 32and the two leaves of wild-olive wood. He carved figures of great winged creatures, palm trees androsettes which he overlaid with gold, and he gilded winged creatures and palm trees. 33Similarly, he made uprights of wild-olive wood for the door of the Hekal, and door jambs with fourindented sections, 34and the two leaves of juniper: one leaf had two ribs binding it, and the other had two ribs binding it. 35He carved winged creatures, palm trees and rosettes, which he overlaid with gold laid evenly over thecarvings. 36He built the wal of the inner court in three courses of dressed stone and one course of cedar beams. 37In the fourth year, in the month of Ziv, the foundations of the Temple were laid; 38in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul -- that is, the eighth month -- the Temple was completedexactly as it had been planned and designed. Solomon took seven years to build it.
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