1 Kings 6

Solomon builds the temple

1 So, Solomon began to build the temple of the Lord. It was 480 years after the Israelites had come out from Egypt. Solomon had been king for 4 years. It was in the month called Ziv, the second month of the year. 2 The temple that Solomon the king built for the Lord was 27 metres long. It was 9 metres wide and 14 metres high. 3 The temple had a group of columns. It was at the front of the larger room. This group was as wide as the temple. That is, it was 9 metres wide. It was 4.5 metres from the front of the columns to the temple itself. 4 And Solomon made narrow windows near the tops of the temple walls. 5 Outside the walls of the temple Solomon built rooms at the side. These were outside the larger room of the temple and the holy of holies. The side rooms had three storeys. 6 The lowest storey was 2.3 metres wide. The middle storey was 2.7 metres wide and the third one was 3.2 metres wide. Beams of wood kept the storeys up. The beams rested on stone pillars so they did not go into the temple walls. 7 When they made the temple, there was no sound of hammers, axes or any iron tools. They used only big stones that they had cut already. They cut them into the right shape at the place where they found them. 8 The door to the lowest storey was on the south side of the temple. And stairs went up to the middle storey and to the top storey. 9 So Solomon built the temple and he finished it. He made the roof out of beams of wood and cedar boards. 10 And he built the rooms all along the sides of the temple. Each room was 2.3 metres high. Cedar beams fastened the rooms to the temple.

6:1It says ‘Solomon made’ and 'Solomon built'. But it means that his men did the work. He told them what they should do.
6:4The windows were narrow. They may have let smoke out rather than let light in.
6:5There were only two rooms inside the temple. There was a larger room, and a smaller room called the ‘holy of holies’. Only the leader of the priests could go in to it, and that only on one day every year. Buildings with two or three storeys means that they have one or two floors upstairs.
6:8Each storey was about 2.3 metres high. So this is why the windows were high up, verse 4.

11 And the word of the Lord came to Solomon. The Lord said,

12 ‘You are building this temple. I will do everything for you that I promised to your father David. But you must:

Obey my laws.

Obey my rules.

Do everything that I order you to do.

13 If you do those things, I will live among the Israelites. And I will not leave my people Israel.’

14 So Solomon built the temple and he finished it. 15 He put boards that his men made from cedar wood on the inside walls. The boards went from the floor of the temple to its ceiling. He covered the floor of the temple with pine wood. 16 Solomon made a Most Holy Place at the back of the temple. It was inside the temple and it was 9 metres long. It had cedar boards from floor to ceiling. It made a very special place. It was called the Most Holy Place. 17 The room in front of this Most Holy Place was 18 metres long. 18 They made the inside of the temple with cedar wood. They made pictures on the wood of plants like flowers. They made everything out of cedar wood. You could not see any stone. 19 Solomon made the Most Holy place inside the temple for the Covenant Box of the Lord. 20 The Most Holy Place was 9 metres long, 9 metres wide and 9 metres high. Solomon put pure gold on everything in this room. He also covered the cedar altar with gold. 21 Solomon covered everything inside the temple with pure gold. Also, he put gold chains across the door of the Most Holy Place. He covered everything there with gold. 22 So he covered everything inside the temple with gold. He also covered with gold the altar inside the Most Holy Place.

6:16The temple itself was the Holy Place. They believed that God lived there. Because the holy God lived there it also was called holy. Only the priests could go into this temple. At the back of the temple was a Most Holy Place. Only the leader of the priests could go in to it, and that only on one day every year.

23 In the Most Holy Place, Solomon made two cherubs from olive wood. Each one was 2.3 metres high. 24 One wing of the first cherub was 2.3 metres long. Its other wing was also 2.3 metres long. So it was 4.6 metres from the end of one wing to the end of the other wing. 25 The second cherub was also 4.6 metres long. The two cherubs were the same in size and shape. 26 Each cherub was 4.6 metres high. 27 Solomon put the cherubs in the inside room of the temple. Their wings were very wide. The wing of one cherub touched one wall of the temple. The wing of the other cherub touched the other wall. And their wings touched each other in the middle of the room. 28 Solomon covered the cherubs with gold.

29 Solomon made pictures in the wood of cherubs, palm trees and open flowers. He put them on the walls, all round both the rooms in the temple. 30 He also covered the floors of both the rooms in the temple with gold. 31 He made the doors to the Most Holy Place out of olive wood. The wood that held the doors had five sides. 32 And on the doors he put pictures in the wood of cherubs, palm trees and open flowers. Then he covered the cherubs and the palm trees with very thin gold. 33 The olive wood that held the doors to the temple itself had four sides. 34 Solomon also made two doors out of pine wood. Each door had two parts that turned separately. 35 He put pictures of cherubs, palm trees and open flowers on the doors. He covered them with gold. 36 He also built a yard called a courtyard, round the temple. The wall round the courtyard was three stones high. There were cedar wood boards on top of it.

37 They put down the first stones of the temple of the Lord in the fourth year that Solomon was king. It was in the month called Ziv. 38 They finished building the temple in the 11th year that Solomon was king. It was the eighth month, the month called Bul. Everything was as it was in the plans. It had taken him seven years to build it.