Solomon Builds the Temple
1In the four hundred and eightieth Hebrew; Septuagint four hundred and fortieth year after the Israelites came 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 .
2The temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high. That is, about 90 feet long, 30 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 27 meters long, 9 meters wide and 14 meters high
3The portico at the front of the main hall of the temple extended the width of the temple, that is twenty cubits, That is, about 30 feet or about 9 meters; also in verses 16 and 20 and projected ten cubits That is, about 15 feet or about 4.5 meters; also in verses 23-26 from the front of the temple.
4He made narrow windows high up in the temple walls.
5Against the walls of the main hall and inner sanctuary he built a structure around the building, in which there were side rooms.
6The lowest floor was five cubits That is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters; also in verses 10 and 24 wide, the middle floor six cubits That is, about 9 feet or about 2.7 meters and the third floor seven. That is, about 11 feet or about 3.2 meters He made offset ledges around the outside of the temple so that nothing would be inserted into the temple walls.
7In 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.
8The entrance to the lowest Septuagint; Hebrew middle floor was on the south side of the temple; a stairway led up to the middle level and from there to the third.
9So he built the temple and completed it, roofing it with beams and cedar planks.
10And 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.
11The word of the LORD came to Solomon:
12“As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, observe my laws and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father.
13And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.”
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