1 Kings 7
The Building of the Royal Palace
7:1 Solomon took thirteen years to build his palace.1
7:2 He named2 it “The Palace of the Lebanon Forest”;3 it was 150 feet4 long, 75 feet5 wide, and 45 feet6 high. It had four rows of cedar pillars and cedar beams above the pillars.
7:3 The roof above the beams supported by the pillars was also made of cedar; there were forty-five beams, fifteen per row.
7:4 There were three rows of windows arranged in sets of three.7
7:5 All of the entrances8 were rectangular in shape9 and they were arranged in sets of three.10
7:6 He made a colonnade11 75 feet12 long and 45 feet13 wide. There was a porch in front of this and pillars and a roof in front of the porch.14
7:7 He also made a throne room, called “The Hall of Judgment,” where he made judicial decisions.15 It was paneled with cedar from the floor to the rafters.16
7:8 The palace where he lived was constructed in a similar way.17 He also constructed a palace like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had married.18
7:9 All of these were built with the best19 stones, chiseled to the right size20 and cut with a saw on all sides,21 from the foundation to the edge of the roof22 and from the outside to the great courtyard.
7:10 The foundation was made of large valuable stones, measuring either 15 feet or 12 feet.23
7:11 Above the foundation24 the best25 stones, chiseled to the right size,26 were used along with cedar.
7:12 Around the great courtyard were three rows of chiseled stones and one row of cedar beams, like the inner courtyard of the
Solomon Commissions Hiram to Supply the Temple
7:13 King Solomon sent for Hiram28 of Tyre.29 7:14 He was the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali,30 and his father was a craftsman in bronze from Tyre. He had the skill and knowledge31 to make all kinds of works of bronze. He reported to King Solomon and did all the work he was assigned.
7:15 He fashioned two bronze pillars; each pillar was 27 feet32 high and 18 feet33 in circumference. 7:16 He made two bronze tops for the pillars; each was seven-and-a-half feet high.34 7:17 The latticework on the tops of the pillars was adorned with ornamental wreaths and chains; the top of each pillar had seven groupings of ornaments.35 7:18 When he made the pillars, there were two rows of pomegranate-shaped ornaments around the latticework covering the top of each pillar.36 7:19 The tops of the two pillars in the porch were shaped like lilies and were six feet high.37 7:20 On the top of each pillar, right above the bulge beside the latticework, there were two hundred pomegranate-shaped ornaments arranged in rows all the way around.38 7:21 He set up the pillars on the porch in front of the main hall. He erected one pillar on the right39 side and called it Jakin;40 he erected the other pillar on the left41 side and called it Boaz.42 7:22 The tops of the pillars were shaped like lilies. So the construction of the pillars was completed.
7:23 He also made the large bronze basin called “The Sea.”43 It measured 15 feet44 from rim to rim, was circular in shape, and stood seven-and-a-half feet45 high. Its circumference was 45 feet.46 7:24 Under the rim all the way around it47 were round ornaments48 arranged in settings 15 feet long.49 The ornaments were in two rows and had been cast with “The Sea.”50 7:25 “The Sea” stood on top of twelve bulls. Three faced northward, three westward, three southward, and three eastward. “The Sea” was placed on top of them, and they all faced outward.51 7:26 It was four fingers thick and its rim was like that of a cup shaped like a lily blossom. It could hold about 12,000 gallons.52
7:27 He also made ten bronze movable stands. Each stand was six feet53 long, six feet54 wide, and four-and-a-half feet55 high. 7:28 The stands were constructed with frames between the joints. 7:29 On these frames and joints were ornamental lions, bulls, and cherubs. Under the lions and bulls were decorative wreaths.56 7:30 Each stand had four bronze wheels with bronze axles and four supports. Under the basin the supports were fashioned on each side with wreaths.57 7:31 Inside the stand was a round opening that was a foot-and-a-half deep; it had a support that was two and one-quarter feet long.58 On the edge of the opening were carvings in square frames.59 7:32 The four wheels were under the frames and the crossbars of the axles were connected to the stand. Each wheel was two and one-quarter feet60 high. 7:33 The wheels were constructed like chariot wheels; their crossbars, rims, spokes, and hubs were made of cast metal. 7:34 Each stand had four supports, one per side projecting out from the stand.61 7:35 On top of each stand was a round opening three-quarters of a foot deep;62 there were also supports and frames on top of the stands. 7:36 He engraved ornamental cherubs, lions, and palm trees on the plates of the supports and frames wherever there was room,63 with wreaths64 all around. 7:37 He made the ten stands in this way. All of them were cast in one mold and were identical in measurements and shape.
7:38 He also made ten bronze basins, each of which could hold about 240 gallons.65 Each basin was six feet in diameter;66 there was one basin for each stand. 7:39 He put five basins on the south side of the temple and five on the north side. He put “The Sea” on the south side, in the southeast corner.
7:40 Hiram also made basins, shovels, and bowls. He67 finished all the work on the
7:48 Solomon also made all these items for the