7 1SOLOMON WAS building his own house [I]thirteen years, and he finished all of it. 2He built also the Forest of Lebanon House; its length was a hundred cubits, its breadth fifty, and its height thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars. 3And it was covered with cedar above the side chambers that were upon the forty-five pillars, fifteen in a row. 4There were window frames in three rows, and window opposite window in three tiers. 5All the doorways and windows were square cut, and window was opposite window in three tiers. 6He also made the Hall of Pillars; its length was fifty cubits and its breadth thirty cubits. There was a porch in front, and pillars and a cornice before them. 7He made the porch for the throne where he was to judge, the Porch of Judgment; it was covered with cedar from floor to ceiling. 8His house where he was to dwell had another court behind the Porch of Judgment of similar work. Solomon also made a house like this porch for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had married. 9All were of costly stones hewn according to measure, sawed with saws back and front, even from foundation to coping, and from the outside to the great court. 10The foundation was of costly stones, even great stones of eight and ten cubits. 11And above were costly stones hewn according to measure, and cedar timbers. 12Also the great encircling court had three courses of hewn stone and a course of cedar beams, like was around the inner court of the house of the Lord and the porch of the house. 13King Solomon brought Hiram from Tyre. 14He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze. He was full of wisdom, understanding, and skill to do any kind of work in bronze. So he came to King Solomon and did all his [bronze] work. 15He fashioned the two pillars of bronze, each eighteen cubits high, and a line of twelve cubits measured its circumference. 16He made two capitals of molten bronze to set upon the tops of the pillars; the height of each capital was five cubits. 17Nets of checkerwork and wreaths of chainwork for the capitals were on the tops of the pillars, seven for each capital. 18So Hiram made the pillars. There were two rows of pomegranates encircling each network to cover the capitals that were upon the top. 19The capitals that were upon the top of the pillars in the porch were of lily work [design], four cubits. 20The capitals were upon the two pillars and also above the rounded projection beside the network. There were 200 pomegranates in two rows round about, and so with the other capital. 21Hiram set up the pillars of the porch of the temple; he set up the right pillar and called its name Jachin [he will establish], and he set up the left pillar and called its name Boaz [in strength]. 22On the tops of the pillars was lily work [design]. So the work of the pillars was finished. 23He made a round molten Sea, ten cubits from brim to brim, five cubits high and thirty cubits in circumference. 24Under its brim were gourds encircling the Sea, ten to a cubit; the gourds were in two rows, cast in one piece with it. 25It stood upon twelve oxen, three facing north, three west, three south, and three east; the Sea was set upon them, and all their rears pointed inward. 26It was a handbreadth thick, and its brim was made like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held 2,000 baths [Hebrew liquid measurement]. 27Hiram made ten bronze bases [for the lavers]; their length and breadth were four cubits, and the height three cubits. 28This is the way the bases were made: they had panels between the ledges. 29On the panels between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubim; and upon the ledges there was a pedestal above. Beneath the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging work. 30And every base had four bronze wheels and axles of bronze, and at the four corners were supports for a laver. Beneath the laver the supports were cast, with wreaths at the side of each. 31Its mouth within the capital projected upward a cubit, and its mouth was round like the work of a pedestal, a cubit and a half. Also upon its mouth were carvings, and their borders were square, not round. 32Under the borders were four wheels, and the axles of the wheels were one piece with the base. And the height of a wheel was a cubit and a half. 33The wheels were made like a chariot wheel: their axles, their rims, their spokes, and their hubs were all cast. 34There were four supports to the four corners of each base; the supports were part of the base itself. 35On the top of the base there was a circular elevation half a cubit high, and on the top of the base its stays and panels were of one piece with it. 36And on the surface of its stays and its panels Hiram carved cherubim, lions, and palm trees, according to the space of each, with wreaths round about. 37Thus he made the ten bases. They all had one casting, one measure, and one form. 38Then he made ten lavers of bronze; each laver held forty baths and measured four cubits, and there was one laver on each of the ten bases. 39He put the bases five on the south side of the house and five on the north side; and he set the Sea at the southeast corner of the house. 40Hiram made the lavers, the shovels, and the basins. So Hiram finished all the work that he did for King Solomon on the house of the Lord: 41The two pillars; and the two bowls of the capitals that were on the tops of the two pillars; and the two networks to cover the two bowls; 42And the 400 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; 43The ten bases and the ten lavers on the bases; 44One Sea, and the twelve oxen under it; 45The pots, the shovels, and the basins. All these vessels which Hiram made for King Solomon in the house of the Lord were of burnished bronze. 46In the Jordan plain the king cast them, in clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan. 47Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were so many; the weight of the bronze was not found out. 48Solomon made all the other vessels of the Lord’s house: the [incense] altar of gold; the table of gold for the showbread; 49The lampstands 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; 50The cups, snuffers, basins, spoons, firepans--of pure gold; and the hinges of gold for the doors of the innermost room, the Holy of Holies, and for the doors of the Holy Place. 51So all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the Lord was completed. Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated--the silver, the gold, and the vessels--and put them in the treasuries of the Lord’s house.
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