And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the
children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of
Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month,
that he began to build the house of the LORD.
And the house which king
Solomon built for the LORD, the length thereof was threescore cubits, and
the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits.
And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits was the length
thereof, according to the breadth of the house; and ten cubits was the
breadth thereof before the house.
And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.
And against the wall of the house he built chambers round about, against
the walls of the house round about, both of the temple and of the oracle:
and he made chambers round about:
The nethermost chamber was five cubits broad, and the middle was six
cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad: for without in the wall
of the house he made narrowed rests round about, that the beams should not
be fastened in the walls of the house.
And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready
before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor
any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.
The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house: and
they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the
middle into the third.
So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house with beams
and boards of cedar.
And then he built chambers against all the house, five cubits high: and
they rested on the house with timber of cedar.
And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying,
Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my
statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in
them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy
And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my
So Solomon built the house, and finished it.
And he built the walls of the house within with boards of cedar, both the
floor of the house, and the walls of the ceiling: and he covered them on the
inside with wood, and covered the floor of the house with planks of fir.
And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both the floor and
the walls with boards of cedar: he even built them for it within, even for
the oracle, even for the most holy place.
And the house, that is, the temple before it, was forty cubits long.
And the cedar of the house within was carved with knops and open flowers:
all was cedar; there was no stone seen.
And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the ark of
the covenant of the LORD.
And the oracle in the forepart was twenty cubits in length, and twenty
cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the height thereof: and he overlaid
it with pure gold; and so covered the altar which was of cedar.
So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold: and he made a
partition by the chains of gold before the oracle; and he overlaid it with
And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the
house: also the whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold.
And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree, each ten cubits
And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the other
wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing unto the
uttermost part of the other were ten cubits.
And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were of one
measure and one size.
The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it of the other
And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they stretched forth
the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the one
wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their
wings touched one another in the midst of the house.
And he overlaid the cherubims with gold.
And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved figures
of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, within and without.
And the floors of the house he overlaid with gold, within and without.
And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive tree: the lintel
and side posts were a fifth part of the wall.
The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings of
cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold, and
spread gold upon the cherubims, and upon the palm trees.
So also made he for the door of the temple posts of olive tree, a fourth
part of the wall.
And the two doors were of fir tree: the two leaves of the one door were
folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding.
And he carved thereon cherubims and palm trees and open flowers: and
covered them with gold fitted upon the carved work.
And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone, and a row of
In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the LORD laid, in
the month Zif:
And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was
the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all
the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it.