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1 Kings 7

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 1  When Solomon had completed his own palace, it had took thirteen years.

 2 He also built the palace from wood of the Forest of Lebanon; the length was a hundred cubits [150 ft], the width fifty cubits [75 ft], and the height thirty cubits [45 ft], with four rows of cedar pillars supporting cedar beams.

 3 And it was roofed with cedar upon the beams that were upon forty five pillars, fifteen in each row.

 4 There were window in three rows, and were opposite one another in three tiers.

 5 All the doorways and windows were square, with window opposite window in three tiers.

 6 He also made the Hall of Pillars; fifty cubits [75 ft] long and thirty cubits [45 ft]wide. There was a portico in front of it, and in front of that other pillars and an overhanging roof.

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

 8 His palace where he was to dwell, was behind the Hall of Judgment, and was of similar design. Solomon also made a similar palace for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken as a wife.

 9 All these were of costly stones, hewn according measure, sawed with saws, inside and out, from the foundation to the eaves, and also from the outside to the great courtyard.

 10 The foundation was of costly stones, even great stones of eight [12 ft] and ten cubits [15 ft].

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

 12 The great courtyard was surrounded with three rows of hewn stones and a row of cedar beams, like those around the inner courtyard of the temple of the LORD and its portico.

 13 Then king Solomon sent for Hiram out of Tyre [to work on the temple].

 14 He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze. He was filled with wisdom, understanding, and skill to do work all kinds in bronze. And he came to King Solomon and did all his bronze work.

 15 He cast two pillars of bronze [for the temple], eighteen cubits [27 ft] high and twelve cubits [18 ft] around.

 16 And he made two capitals [the upper part of an architectural pillar] of molten bronze to set on the tops of the pillars; the height of the each capital was five cubits [7.5 ft].

 17 A network of interwoven chains was on each capital on the tops of the pillars, seven for each capital.

 18 So he finished the pillars. There were two rows of pomegranates around each network to cover the capitals that were upon the top.

 19 The capitals that were on the top of the pillars in the hall were in the same shape of lilies, four cubits [6 ft] high.

 20 The capitals that were upon the two pillars, above the rounded projection that was next to the network, also had pomegranates; two hundred in rows all around.

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

 22 On the top of the pillars was the lily design. So the work of the pillars was finished.

 23 Now he made the Sea [a round basin for washing the priest's hands and feet] of molten metal, ten cubits from brim to brim, five cubits high and thirty cubits around.

 24 Under its brim were gourds encircling the Sea, ten to a cubit; the gourds were in two rows, cast in one piece with the Sea.

 25 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, three toward the west, three 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 made like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held two thousand baths [about 11,500 gallons].

 27 Then he made ten bases of bronze [for the basins used in washing the burnt offerings]; four cubits was the length of one base, four cubits the width, and three cubits the height.

 28 This was the design of the bases: they had side panels, and the panels were between the frames.

 29 And on the panels that were between the frames were lions, oxen, and cherubim; and on the frames there was a pedestal on top. Beneath the lions and oxen were wreaths of plaited work.

 30 Every base had four bronze wheels and axles, and the four corners had supports for a basin. Under the basin were supports cast of bronze beside each wreath.

 31 The opening of it inside the capital and projecting above it was a cubit in diameter; the opening was round like a pedestal, a cubit and an half around outside. Upon the opening were carvings with square borders, not round.

 32 Under the borders were four wheels, and the axles of the wheels were joined to the base as one piece. The height of each wheel was a cubit and a half.

 33 The wheels were made like chariot wheels; their axles, rims, spokes, and their hubs were all of cast bronze.

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

 35 On the top of the base there was a circular band half a cubit high, and on the top of the base its rims and borders were of one piece with it.

 36 On the surface of its rims and its borders he carved cherubim, lions, and palm trees, according to the clear space on each, with wreaths all around.

 37 Thus he made the ten bases. All of them had the same casting, measure, and shape.

 38 Then made he ten basins of bronze; one basin contained forty baths and was four cubits across, one basin to go on each of the ten bases.

 39 He put five bases on the south side of the temple and five on the north side; and he set the Sea on the southeast corner of the temple.

 40 Then Hiram made the basins, the shovels, and the bowls. So Hiram completed all the work that he was to do for King Solomon on the house of the LORD:

 41 The two pillars; the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the two pillars; and the two networks to cover the two bowls;

 42 Four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were upon the pillars;

 43 The ten bases and ten basins on the bases;

 44 One Sea, and twelve oxen under it;

 45 The pots, the shovels, and the bowls. All these furnishings, which Hiram made for king Solomon in the house of the LORD, were of burnished bronze.

 46 The king cast them in the plain of Jordan, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarthan.

 47 Solomon left all the furnishings unweighed, because there were so many; nor was the weight of the bonze determined.

 48 This is how Solomon made all the furnishings that were in the house of the LORD: the altar was of gold, the table was of gold for the show bread,

 49 The candlesticks were of pure gold, five on the right side and five on the left, in front of the Holy of Holies, with the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs of gold;

 50 The bowls, snuffers, basins, spoons, and the censers were of pure gold; and the hinges were of gold, both for the doors of the inner house, the Holy of Holies, and for the doors of the temple.

 51 So all the work that King Solomon did for the house of the LORD was completed. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated — the silver, the gold, and the furnishings — and he put them in the treasuries of the temple of the LORD.


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