Solomon Builds the Temple

In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites had come out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the LORD.

Solomon's Temple

The temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high. The portico at the front of the main hall of the temple extended the width of the temple, that is twenty cubits, and projected ten cubits from the front of the temple. He made narrow clerestory windows in the temple. Against the walls of the main hall and inner sanctuary he built a structure around the building, in which there were side rooms. The lowest floor was five cubits wide, the middle floor six cubits and the third floor seven. He made offset ledges around the outside of the temple so that nothing would be inserted into the temple walls.

In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built.

The entrance to the lowest floor was on the south side of the temple; a stairway led up to the middle level and from there to the third. So he built the temple and completed it, roofing it with beams and cedar planks. And he built the side rooms all along the temple. The height of each was five cubits, and they were attached to the temple by beams of cedar.

The word of the LORD came to Solomon: “As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.”

So Solomon built the temple and completed it. He lined its interior walls with cedar boards, paneling them from the floor of the temple to the ceiling, and covered the floor of the temple with planks of pine. He partitioned off twenty cubits at the rear of the temple with cedar boards from floor to ceiling to form within the temple an inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place. The main hall in front of this room was forty cubits long. The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.

He prepared the inner sanctuary within the temple to set the ark of the covenant of the LORD there. The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty wide and twenty high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold, and he also overlaid the altar of cedar. Solomon covered the inside of the temple with pure gold, and he extended gold chains across the front of the inner sanctuary, which was overlaid with gold. So he overlaid the whole interior with gold. He also overlaid with gold the altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary.

In the inner sanctuary he made a pair of cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high. One wing of the first cherub was five cubits long, and the other wing five cubits—ten cubits from wing tip to wing tip. The second cherub also measured ten cubits, for the two cherubim were identical in size and shape. The height of each cherub was ten cubits. He placed the cherubim inside the innermost room of the temple, with their wings spread out. The wing of one cherub touched one wall, while the wing of the other touched the other wall, and their wings touched each other in the middle of the room. He overlaid the cherubim with gold.

On the walls all around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers. He also covered the floors of both the inner and outer rooms of the temple with gold.

For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood with five-sided jambs. And on the two olive wood doors he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid the cherubim and palm trees with beaten gold. 33 In the same way he made four-sided jambs of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall. He also made two pine doors, each having two leaves that turned in sockets. He carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers on them and overlaid them with gold hammered evenly over the carvings.

And he built the inner courtyard of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams.

The foundation of the temple of the LORD was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv. In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.

1 Kings 6:1-38 (New International Version)

10 Responses to “Solomon Builds the Temple”

  1. ruba says:

    There is no god but Allah alone Eshrik him
    Certify that to God but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God

    May God guide us and you to the path of truth and when we die may God be pleased with us

  2. Steve says:

    Ruba,
    No, Allah and God are not the same. I do not agree with you that Muhammad was “the messenger of God”. I hope that God (not Allah) will guide you and show you the truth.

  3. Anonymous says:

    News flash! Allah is god, literally in Arabic “Allah” means “God (have fun)”. “God”, “Allah”, “Yahweh”, “Ahura Mazda”, “Jehovah”, it’s all the same thing, it’s all “God”. It doesn’t matter what their name is. what matters is if you act of the intolerance of someone who is slightly different than you. i mean both Jews and Muslims believe they are descendent of Abraham, so why do they want to kill each other if they are like brothers. it’s just childish to kill over such a small thing especially when you all believe the same thing anyway. the issue has strayed away from religion all together and now is just political manipulation of racism. And I’m sure that if the great kings Cyrus II & Darius and prophet of prophets Zarathushtra would feel ashamed of what has happened to their land, which was once known for having the most religious freedom in the world.

  4. Steve says:

    The “god” of the Muslims is NOT the God of my Bible.

  5. True believer says:

    Anonymous you speak in ignorance. There is only one God and Mediator between God and man Christ Jesus. To Whom every knee will bow. If you don’t know your history Judiasm was first then some of the beliefs were taken by Islam and made up their own religion.
    1 Timothy 2:5 (King James Version)
    5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

  6. Anonymous says:

    Allah according to what i’ve read from an article in the net is not pertaining or is not the same to GOD that is being described in the bible. In fact, Allah according to him is another god, which is the moon god. That’s why he said their symbol is a cresent moon.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Dear readers. first of all, David, Solomon, Jesus and Muhammad {peace be upon them} were all prophets and messengers of one God only. Maybe ya be astray and in ignorance.
    David lived simple where as his disciple as we can see today {jews} live the life of luxury to the extreme of disobedience to their own religion.
    Solomon was rich, a king. but he was never as those kings that we see today and as jews do today .
    Jesus lived the lives of a poor man but he never complain where as the vatican is in total contracdiction to their own teaching.
    Muhammad is the globalization of the prophets sent down on earth by God before him. If you want true islam, not that which you see on the media, go and seek it.

  8. Darius says:

    My dear Muslim and Other friends. We all have tried so many things in life, to obtain our objective. Why don’t you just try asking “Jesus” JUST ONCE, to show you the truth about GOD. Do it sincerely and then let your conscious decide! Just TRY Once, after all its the question about what happens beyond the doors of death, where we do not have any second chances. Lets not regret as death can happen any time to anyone. Now just, pause, relax, remove all those things that people told you about Him and let God himself speak to you. Speak to Jesus, Ask Him, just once to show you who God Is ! God Bless you’ll.

  9. JESUS_theWAY_theTRUTH_theLIFE says:

    TO THE MUSLIMS: the GOD of the Bible is YHVH, ISLAM HAS A STRANGE GOD, A PERVERSION OF TRUTH.

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