1As regards his palace, Solomon spent thirteen years on it before the building was completed. 2He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon, a hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide, and thirty cubitshigh, on four rows of cedar-wood pil ars, 3with lengths of cedar wood laid horizontal y on the pil ars. The upper part was panel ed with cedar rightdown to the tie-beams on forty-five pillars, fifteen in each row. 4There were three rows of window-frames, with the windows corresponding to one another at threelevels. 5Al the doorways and windows were rectangular, with the windows corresponding to one another atthree levels. 6He also made the Colonnade, fifty cubits long and thirty cubits broad, with a cornice in front. 7He also made the Hal of the Throne where he used to dispense justice, that is, the Hal of Justice; it waspanel ed in cedar from floor to beams. 8His own living quarters, in the other court and inwards from the Hal , were of the same construction. Andthere was a house similar to this Hal for Pharaoh's daughter whom he had taken in marriage. 9Al these buildings were of special stones cut to measure, trimmed on the inner and outer sides with thesaw, from the foundations to the coping- 10the foundations were of special stones, huge stones, of ten and eight cubits, 11and, above these, special stones, cut to measure, and cedar wood- 12and, on the outside, the great court had three courses of dressed stone round it and one course ofcedar beams; so also had the inner court of the Temple of Yahweh and the vestibule of the Temple. 13King Solomon sent for Hiram of Tyre; 14he was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, but his father had been a Tyrian, a bronzeworker.He was a highly intel igent craftsman, skil ed in al types of bronzework. He came to King Solomon and did althis work for him. 15He cast the two bronze pillars; the height of one pil ar was eighteen cubits, and a cord twelve cubitslong gave the measurement of its girth; so also was the second pil ar. 16He made two capitals of cast bronze for the tops of the pil ars; the height of one capital was five cubits,and the height of the other five cubits. 17He made two sets of filigree to cover the moulding of the two capitals surmounting the pil ars, onefiligree for one capital and one filigree for the other. 18He also made pomegranates: two rows of them round each filigree,four hundred in al , 19The capitals surrounding the pil ars were lily-shaped. 20applied on the raised moulding behind the filigree; there were two hundred pomegranates round onecapital and the same round the other capital. 21He erected the pil ars in front of the portico of the Temple, he erected the right-hand pil ar and named itJachin; he erected the left-hand pil ar and named it Boaz. 22Thus, the work on the pillars was completed. 23He made the Sea of cast metal, ten cubits from rim to rim, circular in shape and five cubits high; a cordthirty cubits long gave the measurement of its girth. 24Under its rim and completely encircling it were gourds surrounding the Sea; over a length of thirtycubits the gourds were in two rows, of one and the same casting with the rest. 25It rested on twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, three facing east; onthese, their hindquarters al turned inwards, stood the Sea. 26It was a hand's breadth in thickness, and its rim was shaped like the rim of a cup, lily-shaped. It couldhold two thousand measures. 27He made the ten bronze stands; each stand was four cubits long, four cubits wide, and three high. 28They were designed as fol ows; they had an undercarriage and crosspieces to the undercarriage. 29On the crosspieces of the undercarriage were lions and bul s and winged creatures, and on top of theundercarriage was a support; under the lions and oxen there were scrolls in the style of. . . 30Each stand had four bronze wheels with bronze axles; its four feet had shoulderings under the basin,and the shoulderings were cast. . . 31Its mouth measured one and a half cubits from where the shoulderings met to the top; its mouth wasround like a stand for a vessel, and on the mouth there were engravings too; the crosspieces, however, wererectangular and not round. 32The four wheels were under the crosspieces. The axles of the wheels were inside the stands; theheight of the wheels was one and a half cubits. 33The wheels were designed like chariot wheels: their axles, felloes, spokes and naves had al been cast. 34There were four shoulderings at the four corners of each stand: the stand and the shoulderings were alof a piece. 35At the top of the stand there was a support, circular in shape and half a cubit high; and on top of thestand there were lugs. The crosspieces were of a piece with the stand. 36On the bands he engraved winged creatures and lions and palm leaves. . . and scrol s right round. 37He made the ten stands like this: the same casting and the same measurements for all. 38He made ten bronze basins; each basin held forty measures and each basin measured four cubits, onebasin to each of the ten stands. 39He arranged the stands, five on the right-hand side of the Temple, five on the left-hand side of theTemple; the Sea he placed on the right-hand side of the Temple, to the south east. 40Hiram made the ash containers, the scoops and the sprinkling bowls. He finished all the work that hedid for King Solomon on the Temple of Yahweh: 41Two pil ars; the two mouldings of the capitals surrounding the pil ars; the two sets of filigree to coverthe two mouldings of the capitals surmounting the pil ars; 42the four hundred pomegranates for the two sets of filigree -- two rows of pomegranates for each set offiligree; 43the ten stands and the ten basins on the stands; 44the one Sea and the twelve oxen beneath the Sea; 45the ash containers, the scoops, and sprinkling bowls. All these objects made by Hiram for KingSolomon for the Temple of Yahweh were of burnished bronze. 46He made them by the process of sand casting, in the plain of the Jordan between Succoth andZarethan. 47There were so many of them, that the weight of the bronze was never calculated. 48Solomon made all the objects designed for the Temple of Yahweh: the golden altar and the gold tablefor the loaves of permanent offering; 49the lamp-stands, five on the right and five on the left in front of the Debir, of pure gold; the floral work,the lamps, the tongs, of gold; 50the basins, the snuffers, the sprinkling bowls, the incense ladles and the pans, of real gold; the doorpanels -- for the inner shrine -- that is, the Holy of Holies -- and for the Hekal, of gold. 51Thus al the work done by King Solomon for the Temple of Yahweh was completed, and Solomonbrought in the gifts which his father David had consecrated; and he had the silver, the gold and the utensils putinto the treasuries of the Temple of Yahweh.
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