1 Kings 6
The Building of the Temple
6:1 In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites left Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, during the month Ziv1 (the second month), he began building the
6:14 So Solomon finished building the temple.28 6:15 He constructed the walls inside the temple with cedar planks; he paneled the inside with wood from the floor of the temple to the rafters29 of the ceiling. He covered the temple floor with boards made from the wood of evergreens. 6:16 He built a wall 30 feet in from the rear of the temple as a partition for an inner sanctuary that would be the most holy place.30 He paneled the wall with cedar planks from the floor to the rafters.31 6:17 The main hall in front of the inner sanctuary was 60 feet long.32 6:18 The inside of the temple was all cedar and was adorned with carvings of round ornaments and of flowers in bloom. Everything was cedar; no stones were visible.33
6:19 He prepared the inner sanctuary inside the temple so that the ark of the covenant of the
6:23 In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubs of olive wood; each stood 15 feet40 high. 6:24 Each of the first cherub’s wings was seven and a half feet long; its entire wingspan was 15 feet.41 6:25 The second cherub also had a wingspan of 15 feet; it was identical to the first in measurements and shape.42 6:26 Each cherub stood 15 feet high.43 6:27 He put the cherubs in the inner sanctuary of the temple.44 Their wings were spread out. One of the first cherub’s wings touched one wall and one of the other cherub’s wings touched the opposite wall. The first cherub’s other wing touched the second cherub’s other wing in the middle of the room.45 6:28 He plated the cherubs with gold.
6:29 On all the walls around the temple, inside and out,46 he carved47 cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom. 6:30 He plated the floor of the temple with gold, inside and out.48 6:31 He made doors of olive wood at the entrance to the inner sanctuary; the pillar on each doorpost was five-sided.49 6:32 On the two doors made of olive wood he carved50 cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom, and he plated them with gold.51 He plated the cherubs and the palm trees with hammered gold.52 6:33 In the same way he made doorposts of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall, only with four-sided pillars.53 6:34 He also made54 two doors out of wood from evergreens; each door had two folding leaves.55 6:35 He carved cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom and plated them with gold, leveled out over the carvings. 6:36 He built the inner courtyard with three rows of chiseled stones and a row of cedar beams.
6:37 In the month Ziv56 of the fourth year of Solomon’s reign57 the foundation was laid for the