Solomon Builds the Temple
1So Solomon began to build the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to David, his father. The Temple was built on the threshing floor of Araunah*3:1 Hebrew reads Ornan, a variant spelling of Araunah; compare
3These are the dimensions Solomon used for the foundation of the Temple of God (using the old standard of measurement).*3:3a The “old standard of measurement” was a cubit equal to 18 inches [46 centimeters]. The new standard was a cubit of approximately 21 inches [53 centimeters]. It was 90 feet long and 30 feet wide.*3:3b Hebrew 60 cubits [27.6 meters] long and 20 cubits [9.2 meters] wide.
4The entry room at the front of the Temple was 30 feet*3:4a Hebrew 20 cubits [9.2 meters]; also in
5He paneled the main room of the Temple with cypress wood, overlaid it with fine gold, and decorated it with carvings of palm trees and chains. 6He decorated the walls of the Temple with beautiful jewels and with gold from the land of Parvaim. 7He overlaid the beams, thresholds, walls, and doors throughout the Temple with gold, and he carved figures of cherubim on the walls.
8He made the Most Holy Place 30 feet wide, corresponding to the width of the Temple, and 30 feet deep. He overlaid its interior with 23 tons*3:8 Hebrew 600 talents [20.4 metric tons]. of fine gold. 9The gold nails that were used weighed 20 ounces*3:9 Hebrew 50 shekels [570 grams]. each. He also overlaid the walls of the upper rooms with gold.
10He made two figures shaped like cherubim, overlaid them with gold, and placed them in the Most Holy Place.
11The total wingspan of the two cherubim standing side by side was 30 feet. One wing of the first figure was 71/2 feet*3:11 Hebrew 5 cubits [2.3 meters]; also in
14Across the entrance of the Most Holy Place he hung a curtain made of fine linen, decorated with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and embroidered with figures of cherubim.
15For the front of the Temple, he made two pillars that were 27 feet*3:15 As in Syriac version (see also