0 King Solomon's houses (1 Kings 5-9)

Episode 134: King Solomon's houses

1 Kings 5-9

Materials for God's house

5 1 When Hiram the king of Tyre heard that Solomon was king, he sent his servants to him, since Hiram was always a lover of David.

2-3 Solomon sent a message to Hiram, saying,

I'm going to build a house for God, and I'll need some lumber.

Send me cedar trees from Lebanon. I'll pay your workers whatever you ask.

8-9 Hiram sent a message to Solomon, saying,

I'll send you cedar and fir.

For payment I ask that you feed my household.

10 So Hiram gave Solomon all the cedar and fir trees that he could possibly want.

12 God gave Solomon wisdom and there was peace between Solomon and Hiram.

13-14 Solomon's workforce consisted of 30,000 men: 10,000 were sent to Lebanon, with the remaining 20,000 at home, alternating month by month

15-16 There were also 70,000 carriers, 80,000 stone cutters, and 3,300 supervisors.

Solomon builds a house for God

6 1 Solomon began to build God's house in the fourth year of his reign, 480 years after the Israelites left Egypt.

2 God's house was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and thirty cubits tall.

38 It took Solomon seven years to build God's house.

Solomon builds much larger house for himself

7 Solomon spent thirteen years building his own house.

2 His house was one hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide, and thirty cubits tall.

23 He made a round molten sea, ten cubits in diameter and thirty cubits in circumference.

25 It stood on twelve oxen, with three facing north, south, east, and west.

26 It held 2000 baths.

The ark is brought into the temple

8 1 Solomon called all the men of Israel to witness the ark being carried into the tabernacle of the temple.

5 When it was brought into the temple, Solomon killed more animals than could be numbered.

9 There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses put in at Horeb.

11 When the priests brought the ark into the temple, a "cloud filled the house of the LORD so that the priests" could not see.

Solomon's speech

12 Then King Solomon spoke to the people, saying,

God said that he would dwell in thick darkness.

13 I’ve built a house for God to live in.

35-36 When God causes a drought by shutting up heaven to punish people for sinning, they can make it rain again by praying toward the Temple.

37-38 When God sends famine, disease, mildew, locusts, caterpillars, or war to punish people for sinning, they can make it all stop by praying toward the Temple.

44-45 If you sin and God punishes you by allowing your enemies to capture you, you can just pray towards Jerusalem and God will save you from them.

Solomon's animal sacrifice

62-63 When Solomon finished speaking, he dedicated the temple by sacrificing 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep.

God threatens Solomon

9 1 After Solomon finished building the houses (one for God and one for himself), God and Solomon met again. God said to Solomon,

4 If you always obey my commandments, like your father David did, then your kingdom will last forever. 6 But if you or your children don't obey me, I'll destroy your land and house, and cast you out of my sight.

8And everyone that passes by this house will hiss and say, "Why did God do this to this land and this house?"

9Then they'll answer their own question and say, "Because they didn't obey their God."

Hiram didn't like the cities Solomon gave him

10 Hiram provided the cedar, fir, and gold that Solomon used to build the two houses. 11To pay him for the building materials, Solomon gave him twenty Galilean cities.

12 But Hiram didn't like the cities that Solomon gave him.

13 Hiram said, "What are these cities that you gave me?"

And he called them the land of Cabul unto this day.

14-28 And Hiram gave Solomon 540 talents of gold.

A few more words about this episode

480 years after the Israelites left Egypt (6:1)
When did Solomon's reign begin?
It contained 2000 baths.(7:26)
Or 3000, if you believe 2 Chronicles 4:5
What was the volume of the molten sea?
There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses put in at Horeb. (8:9)
Well, there were a few more things in it than that, at least if you believe the author of Hebrews.
What was in the Ark of the Covenant?
The note in the HarperCollins Study Bible says, "Perhaps meaning a land good for nothing."
540 talents of gold (9:14-28)
According to the Wikipedia article, a talent was about 30 kilograms. If so, then Hiram gave Solomon a over 16 metric tons of gold, which would be worth nearly 1 billion US dollars today.
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