1 Kings 7
And Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house. 2 For he built the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length of it was a hundred cubits, and the width of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars. 3 And it was covered with cedar above over the forty-five beams, that were upon the pillars; fifteen in a row. 4 And there were beams in three rows, and window was over against window in three ranks. 5 And all the doors and posts were made square with beams: and window was over against window in three ranks. 6 And he made the porch of pillars; the length of it was fifty cubits, and the width of it thirty cubits; and a porch before them; and pillars and a threshold before them. 7 And he made the porch of the throne where he was to judge, even the porch of judgment: and it was covered with cedar from floor to floor. 8 And his house where he was to dwell, the other court within the porch, was of the like work. He made also a house for Pharaoh’s daughter, (whom Solomon had taken to wife,) like this porch.
9 All these were of costly stones, even of hewn stone, according to measure, sawed with saws, inside and outside, even from the foundation to the coping, and so on the outside to the great court. 10 And the foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits. 11 And above were costly stones, even hewn stone, according to measure, and cedarwood. 12 And the great court all around had three courses of hewn stone, and a course of cedar beams; like as the inner court of the house of Yahweh, and the porch of the house.
13 And king Solomon sent and brought Hiram out of Tyre. 14 He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze; and he was filled with wisdom and understanding and skill, to work all works in bronze. And he came to king Solomon, and worked all his work. 15 For he fashioned the two pillars of bronze, eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits was the circumference of them. 16 And he made two capitals of molten bronze, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one capital was five cubits, and the height of the other capital was five cubits. 17 There were nets of checker-work, and wreaths of chain-work, for the capitals which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one capital, and seven for the other capital. 18 So he made the pillars; and there were two rows all around upon the one network, to cover the capitals that were upon the top of the pillars: and so did he for the other capital. 19 And the capitals that were upon the top of the pillars in the porch were of lily-work, four cubits. 20 And there were capitals above also upon the two pillars, close by the belly which was beside the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred, in rows all around upon the other capital. 21 And he set up the pillars at the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name of it Jachin; and he set up the left pillar, and called the name of it Boaz. 22 And upon the top of the pillars was lily-work: so was the work of the pillars finished.
23 And he made the molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and the height of it was five cubits; and thirty cubits was the circumference of it. 24 And gourds encircled it below its brim all around, ten cubits, going around the sea, the gourds were cast in two rows, when it was cast. 25 It stood on twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; and the sea was set upon them above, and all their hindquarters were inward. 26 And it was a hand-width thick; and the brim of it was worked like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily: it held two thousand baths.
27 And he made the ten bases of bronze; four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits the width of it, and three cubits the height of it. 28 And the work of the bases was on this manner: they had panels; and there were panels between the ledges; 29 and on the panels that were between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubim; and upon the ledges there was a pedestal above; and beneath the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging work. 30 And every base had four bronze wheels, and axles of bronze; and the four feet of it had supports: beneath the laver were the supports molten, with wreaths at the side of each. 31 And the mouth of it within the capital and above was a cubit: and the mouth of it was round after the work of a pedestal, a cubit and a half; and also upon the mouth of it were carvings, and their panels were foursquare, not round. 32 And the four wheels were underneath the panels; and the spokes of the wheels were in the base: and the height of a wheel was a cubit and half a cubit. 33 And the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel: their axles, their rims, and their spokes, and their hubs, were all molten. 34 And there were four supports at the four corners of each base: the supports of it were of the base itself. 35 And in the top of the base there was a round compass half a cubit high; and on the top of the base the supports of it and the panels of it were of the same. 36 And on the plates of the supports of it, and on the panels of it, he carved cherubim, lions, and palm trees, according to the space of each, with wreaths all around. 37 After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one form. 38 And he made ten basins of bronze: one basin contained forty baths; and every basin was four cubits; and upon every one of the ten bases one basin. 39 And he set the bases, five on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house: and he set the sea on the Tight side of the house eastward, toward the south.
40 And Hiram made the bowls, and the shovels, and the basins. So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he worked for king Solomon in the house of Yahweh: 41 the two pillars, and the two bowls of the capitals that were on top of the pillars; and the two networks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars; 42 and the four hundred pomegranates for the two networks; two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were upon the pillars; 43 and the ten bases, and the ten basins on the bases; 44 and the one sea, and the twelve oxen under the sea; 45 and the pots, and the shovels, and the basins: even all these vessels, which Hiram made for king Solomon, in the house of Yahweh, were of burnished bronze. 46 In the plain of the Jordan the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan. 47 And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were very many: the weight of the bronze could not be found out.
48 And Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of Yahweh: the golden altar, and the table upon which the show-bread was, of gold; 49 and the candlesticks, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, of pure gold; and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold; 50 and the cups, and the snuffers, and the basins, and the spoons, and the firepans, of pure gold: and the hinges, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, namely, of the temple, of gold.
51 In this manner all the work that king Solomon worked in the house of Yahweh was finished. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated, even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, and put them in the treasures of the house of Yahweh.
1 Kings 8
Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the princes of the fathers’ houses of the children of Israel, to king Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh out of the city of David, which is Zion. 2 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves to king Solomon at the feast, in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. 3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. 4 And they brought up the ark of Yahweh, and the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the Tent; even these did the priests and the Levites bring up. 5 And king Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled to him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be counted or numbered for multitude. 6 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of Yahweh to its place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubim. 7 For the cherubim spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim covered the ark and the poles of it above. 8 And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the holy place before the oracle; but they were not seen outside: and there they are to this day. 9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when Yahweh made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. 10 And it came to pass, when the priests had come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of Yahweh, 11 so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud; for the glory of Yahweh filled the house of Yahweh.
12 Then Solomon spoke, Yahweh has said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. 13 I have surely built you a house of habitation, a place for you to dwell in forever. 14 And the king turned his face around, and blessed all the assembly of Israel: and all the assembly of Israel stood. 15 And he said, Blessed be Yahweh, the Elohim of Israel, who spoke with his mouth to David my father, and has with his hand fulfilled it, saying, 16 Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build a house, that my name might be there; but I chose David to be over my people Israel. 17 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of Yahweh, the Elohim of Israel. 18 But Yahweh said to David my father, Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart: 19 Nevertheless you shall not build the house; but your son that shall come forth out of your loins, he shall build the house for my name. 20 And Yahweh has established his word that he spoke; for I have risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as Yahweh promised, and have built the house for the name of Yahweh, the Elohim of Israel. 21 And there have I set a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of Yahweh, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.
22 And Solomon stood before the altar of Yahweh in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven; 23 and he said, O Yahweh, the Elohim of Israel, there is no Elohim like you, in heaven above, or on earth beneath; who keeps covenant and lovingkindness with your servants, who walk before you with all their heart; 24 who have kept with your servant David my father that which you promised him: yes, you spoke with your mouth, and have fulfilled it with your hand, as it is this day. 25 Now therefore, O Yahweh, the Elohim of Israel, keep with your servant David my father that which you have promised him, saying, There shall not fail you a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your children take heed to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me. 26 Now therefore, O Elohim of Israel, let your word, I pray you, be verified, which you spoke to your servant David my father.
27 But will Elohim in truth dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built! 28 Yet you have respect to the prayer of your servant, and to his supplication, O Yahweh my Elohim, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which your servant prays before you this day; 29 that your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which you have said, my name shall be there; to listen to the prayer which your servant shall pray toward this place. 30 And you shall listen to the supplication of your servant, and of your people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: yes, hear you in heaven your dwelling-place; and when you hear forgive.
31 If a man sins against his neighbor, and an oath is laid upon him to cause him to swear, and he comes and swears before your altar in this house; 32 then hear you in heaven, and do, and judge your servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his own head, and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.
33 When your people Israel are struck down before the enemy, because they have sinned against you; if they turn again to you, and confess your name, and pray and make supplication to you in his house: 34 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them again to the land which you gave to their fathers.
35 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against you; if they pray toward this place, and confess your name, and turn from their sin, when you afflicted them: 36 then you shall hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, and of your people Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain upon your land, which you have given to your people for an inheritance.
37 If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blasting or mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague, whatever sickness there is; 38 whatever prayer and supplication is made by any man, or by all your people Israel, who shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: 39 then hear you in heaven your dwelling-place, and forgive, and do, and render to every man according to all his ways, whose heart you know; (for you, even you only, know the hearts of all the children of men;) 40 that they may fear you all the days that they live in the land which you gave to our fathers.
41 Moreover concerning the foreigner, that is not of your people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for your name’s sake; 42 (for they shall hear of your great name, and of your mighty hand, and of your outstretched arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house; 43 hear you in heaven your dwelling-place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls to you for; that all the peoples of the earth may know your name, to fear you, as does your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by your name.
44 If your people go out to battle against their enemy, by whatever way you shall send them, and they pray to Yahweh toward the city which you have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for your name; 45 then hear you in heaven their prayer and their: supplication, and maintain their cause.
46 If they sin against you, (for there is no man that sins not,) and you are angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near; 47 yet if they shall reconsider in the land where they are carried captive, and turn again, and make supplication to you in the land of them that carried them captive, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have dealt wickedly; 48 if they return to you with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies, who carried them captive, and pray to you toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, the city which you have chosen, and the house which I have built for your name: 49 then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven your dwelling-place, and maintain their cause; 50 and forgive your people who have sinned against you, and all their transgressions in which they have transgressed against you; and give them compassion before those who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them; 51 (for they are your people, and your inheritance, which you brought forth out of Egypt, from the middle of the furnace of iron;) 52 that your eyes may be open to the supplication of your servant, and to the supplication of your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they cry to you. 53 For you separated them from among all the peoples of the earth, to be your inheritance, as you spoke by Moses your servant, when you brought our fathers out of Egypt, Sovereign Yahweh.
54 And it was so, that, when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication to Yahweh, he arose from before the altar of Yahweh, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread forth toward heaven. 55 And he stood, and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying, 56 Blessed be Yahweh, that has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there has not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by Moses his servant. 57 Yahweh our Elohim is with us, as he was with our fathers: do not let him leave us, or forsake us; 58 that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his ordinances, which he commanded our fathers. 59 And let these my words, with which I have made supplication before Yahweh, be near to Yahweh our Elohim day and night, that he maintains the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel, as every day shall require; 60 that all the peoples of the earth may know that Yahweh, he is Elohim; there is no one else. 61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with Yahweh our Elohim, to walk in his statues, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
62 And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before Yahweh. 63 And Solomon offered for the sacrifice of peace-offerings, which he offered to Yahweh, twenty-two thousand oxen, and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of Yahweh. 64 The same day the king hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of Yahweh; for there he offered the burnt-offering, and the meal-offering, and the fat of the peace-offerings, because the bronze altar that was before Yahweh was too little to receive the burnt-offering, and the meal-offering, and the fat of the peace-offerings. 65 So Solomon held the feast at that time, and all Israel with him, a great assembly, from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt, before Yahweh our Elohim, seven days and seven days, even fourteen days. 66 On the eighth day he sent the people away; and they blessed the king, and went to their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that Yahweh had showed to David his servant, and to Israel his people.
1 Kings 9
And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of Yahweh, and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire which he was pleased to do, 2 that Yahweh appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon. 3 And Yahweh said to him, I have heard your prayer and your supplication, that you have made before me: I have hallowed this house, which you have built, to put my name there forever; and my eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually. 4 And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep my statutes and my ordinances; 5 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, according as I promised to David your father, saying, There shall not fail you a man upon the throne of Israel. 6 But if you shall turn away from following me, you or your children, and not keep my commandments and my statues which I have set before you, but shall go and serve other elohim, and worship them; 7 then I will cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, I will cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all peoples. 8 And though this house is so high, yet shall every one that passes by it be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why has Yahweh done thus to this land, and to this house? 9 And they shall answer, Because they have forsaken Yahweh their Elohim, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other elohim, and worshiped them, and served them: therefore Yahweh has brought all this evil upon them.
10 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, in which Solomon had built the two houses, the house of Yahweh and the king’s house, 11 (now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar-trees and fir-trees, and with gold, according to all his desire,) that then king Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee. 12 And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him; and they did not please him. 13 And he said, What cities are these which you have given me, my brother? And he called them the land of Cabul to this day. 14 And Hiram sent to the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold.
15 And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised, to build the house of Yahweh, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Meggido, and Gezer. 16 Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken Gezer, and burnt it with fire, and killed the Canaanites that dwelt in the city, and given it for a portion to his daughter, Solomon’s wife. 17 And Solomon built Gezer, and Beth-horon the lower. 18 and Baalath, and Tamar in the wilderness, in the land, 19 and all the store-cities that Solomon had, and the cities for his chariots, and the cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build for his pleasure in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion. 20 As for all the people that were left of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, who were not of the children of Israel; 21 their children that were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel were not able utterly to destroy, of them Solomon raised a levy of bondservants, to this day. 22 But of the children of Israel Solomon made no bond-servants; but they were the men of war, and his servants, and his princes, and his captains, and rulers of his chariots and of his horsemen.
23 These were the chief officers that were over Solomon’s work, five hundred and fifty, who ruled over the people that worked in the work. 24 But Pharaoh’s daughter came up out of the city of David to her house which Solomon had built for her: then he built Millo. 25 And three times in a year Solomon offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings upon the altar which he built to Yahweh, burning incense on it, upon the altar that was before Yahweh. So he finished the house. 26 And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Ezion-geber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom. 27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon. 28 And they came to Ophir, and brought from there gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon.