3 1So Solomon broke ground, launched construction of the house of God in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, the place where God had appeared to his father David. The precise site, the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, had been designated by David. 2He broke ground on the second day in the second month of the fourth year of his rule. 3These are the dimensions that Solomon set for the construction of the house of God: ninety feet long and thirty feet wide.4The porch in front stretched the width of the building, that is, thirty feet; and it was thirty feet high. 5The interior was gold–plated. He paneled the main hall with cypress and veneered it with fine gold engraved with palm tree and chain designs. 6He decorated the building with precious stones and gold from Parvaim.7Everything was coated with gold veneer: rafters, doorframes, walls, and doors. Cherubim were engraved on the walls. 8He made the Holy of Holies a cube, thirty feet wide, long, and high. It was veneered with six hundred talents (something over twenty–two tons) of gold. 9The gold nails weighed fifty shekels (a little over a pound). The upper rooms were also veneered in gold. 10He made two sculptures of cherubim, gigantic angel–like figures, for the Holy of Holies, both veneered with gold. 111211-12The combined wingspread of the side–by–side cherubim (each wing measuring seven and a half feet) stretched from wall to wall, thirty feet. 13They stood erect facing the main hall. 14He fashioned the curtain of violet, purple, and crimson fabric and worked a cherub design into it. 15He made two huge free–standing pillars, each fifty–two feet tall, their capitals extending another seven and a half feet. 16The top of each pillar was set off with an elaborate filigree of chains, like necklaces, from which hung a hundred pomegranates. 17He placed the pillars in front of The Temple, one on the right, and the other on the left. The right pillar he named Jakin (Security) and the left pillar he named Boaz (Stability).
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