1 Kings 6

Thomson(i) 1 Now in the four hundred and fortieth year of the departure of the Israelites out of Egypt, in the fourth year and second month of king Solomon's reign over Israel, the king having given orders for bringing great costly stones for the foundation of the house, even hewn stones; and the men or Solomon and those of Chiram having hewn them, they began laying them. In the fourth year he laid the foundation of the house of the Lord, in the month of Ziu, which is the second month, and in the eleventh year, in the month Baal, which is the eighth month, the house with all its appendages was completely finished. 2 Now the house which the king built for the Lord, was forty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty five cubits in height. 3 And the Ailam in front of the temple was twenty cubits in length commensurate with the breadth of the house. And when he had built the house, and finished it 4 he made windows for the house, wide within and narrow without 5 and placed against the wall of the house, galleries all around the temple and the dabir. 6 The lower gallery was five cubits broad, and the middle six, and the third seven cubits broad; for he made ledges to the house, all around on the outside of the house that the beams might not be fastened into the walls of the house. 7 Now the house when building was built with white hewn stones, so that not a mallet nor a hammer nor any instrument of iron was heard in the house while it was building. 8 The entrance into the lower gallery was under the right shoulder of the house; and there were winding stairs up to the middle and from the middle to the third gallery. 9 And when he had compleated the building of the house he wainscotted it with cedar. 10 And having built the binding walls through the whole house to the height of five cubits, he connected the binding walls with cedar beams. 11 [Omitted] 12 [Omitted] 13 [Omitted] 14 [Omitted] 15 And having lined the walls of the house on the inside with planks of cedar, from the ground floor of the house up the walls and to the beams, and vaulted the ceiling on the inside with beams, he covered the floor of the house with planks of fir. 16 And he built up the twenty cubits from the end wall as one compartment from the floor to the beams, and made of that the dabir; the holy of holies; 17 [the temple being forty cubits, 18 [Omitted] 19 the front of the dabir was in the middle of the house on the inside to put there the ark of the covenant of the Lord. 20 The length of this compartment was twenty cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits, and the height twenty cubits, and he covered it with plated gold. When he had made the altar in front of the dabir and overlaid it with gold, 21 he covered all this compartment with gold at the complete finishing of the whole house. 22 [Omitted] 23 And in the dabir, he made two cherubim; ten cubits the exact magnitude, 24 and five cubits the wing of one cherubim, and five cubits its other wing, making ten cubits from the tip of one wing, to the tip of the other wing. 25 And so in respect to the other cherubim. In measure and workmanship, they were both alike. 26 The height of the one cherubim was ten cubits, and that of the other cherubim was the same. 27 And both the cherubim were in the middle of the innermost house, and they spread their wings so that a wing of one cherubim touched one wall, and a wings; of the other cherubim touched the other wall, and their wings touched one another in the middle of the house. 28 And he overlaid the cherubim with gold, 29 and engraved all the walls of the house round about with engravings of cherubim and palm trees, both in the inner and outer apartment. 30 And he overlaid the floor both of the inner and outer apartment with gold. 31 [Omitted] 32 [Omitted] 33 And for the entrance into the dabir he made doors of juniper wood. 34 The four cheeks for both the doors were of fir, and each door consisted of two leaves which turned each on its own hinges. 35 And the doors were carved with cherubim and palm trees and open leaves, and covered with gold fitted to the carving. 36 He built also the inner court with three rows of hewn stone, and one row of cedar beams; and he made the curtain for the court of the porch of the house which was in the front of the temple. 37 [Omitted] 38 [Omitted]