Solomon begins to build
1 Then Solomon began to build the Lord's house in Jerusalem on the mountain called Moriah. That is where the Lord appeared to his father David. David had bought that place and he had prepared it. Before that, it was the place where Araunah made his wheat seeds separate from their hard coat. (Araunah belonged to the people called Jebusites.) 2 Solomon began to build in the fourth year after he began to rule Israel. It was the second day of the second month.
3:1Moriah was also the place where God had asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22:2)
3:2Solomon began to build the temple in the 4th year of his rule. This was about 966 BC.
3 Solomon put the strong stones for the floor of God's house in the ground. He made it about 27 metres (90 feet) long and 9 metres (30 feet) wide. (He measured it with the old thing called a cubit.)
4 The large entrance at the front of the temple was about 9 metres (30 feet) long and 54 metres (180 feet) high. It went across the whole front of the temple. He covered it inside with the best gold.
3:4Some students think that the entrance was only 9 metres (30 feet) high.