1 But Solomon was
building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his
2 He built also the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length
thereof was an hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty
cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows
of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars.
3 And it was covered with cedar above upon the beams, that lay
on forty five pillars, fifteen in a row.
4 And there were windows in three rows, and light was against
light in three ranks.
5 And all the doors and posts were square, with the windows:
and light was against light in three ranks.
6 And he made a porch of pillars; the length thereof was fifty
cubits, and the breadth thereof thirty cubits: and the porch
was before them: and the other pillars and the thick beam were
7 Then he made a porch for the throne where he might judge,
even the porch of judgment: and it was covered with cedar from
one side of the floor to the other.
8 And his house where he dwelt had another court within the
porch, which was of the like work. Solomon made also an house
for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken to wife, like unto
9 All these were of costly stones, according to the measures
of hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and without, even from
the foundation unto the coping, and so on the outside toward
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, after the measures of hewed
stones, and cedars.
12 And the great court round about was with three rows of hewed
stones, and a row of cedar beams, both for the inner court of
the house of the LORD, and for the porch of the house.
13 And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.
14 He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father
was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with
wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in
brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.
15 For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high
apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them
16 And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the
tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five
cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits:
17 And nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for
the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven
for the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.
18 And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon the
one network, to cover the chapiters that were upon the top,
with pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter.
19 And the chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were
of lily work in the porch, four cubits.
20 And the chapiters upon the two pillars had pomegranates also
above, over against the belly which was by the network: and
the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the
21 And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and
he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin:
and he set up the left pillar, and he called the name thereof
22 And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the
work of the pillars finished.
23 And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to
the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits:
and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
24 And under the brim of it round about there were knops compassing
it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the knops
were cast in two rows, when it was cast.
25 It stood upon 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 above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.
26 And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was
wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it contained
two thousand baths.
27 And he made ten bases of brass; four cubits was the length
of one base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and three
cubits the height of it.
28 And the work of the bases was on this manner: they had borders,
and the borders were between the ledges:
29 And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions,
oxen, and cherubims: and upon the ledges there was a base above:
and beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions made of
30 And every base had four brasen wheels, and plates of brass:
and the four corners thereof had undersetters: under the laver
were undersetters molten, at the side of every addition.
31 And the mouth of it within the chapiter and above was a cubit:
but the mouth thereof was round after the work of the base,
a cubit and an half: and also upon the mouth of it were gravings
with their borders, foursquare, not round.
32 And under the borders were four wheels; and the axletrees
of the wheels were joined to the base: and the height of a wheel
was a cubit and a half a cubit.
33 And the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot
wheel: their axletrees, and their naves, and their felloes,
and their spokes, were all molten.
34 And there were four undersetters to the four corners of one
base: and the undersetters were of the very base itself.
35 And in the top of the base was there a round compass of half
a cubit high: and on the top of the base the ledges thereof
and the borders thereof were of the same.
36 For on the plates of the ledges thereof, and on the borders
thereof, he graved cherubims, lions, and palm trees, according
to the proportion of every one, and additions round about.
37 After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had
one casting, one measure, and one size.
38 Then made he ten lavers of brass: one laver contained forty
baths: and every laver was four cubits: and upon every one of
the ten bases one laver.
39 And he put five bases on the right side of the house, and
five on the left side of the house: and he set the sea on the
right side of the house eastward over against the south.
40 And Hiram made the lavers, and the shovels, and the basons.
So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he made king
Solomon for the house of the LORD:
41 The two pillars, and the two bowls of the chapiters that
were on the top of the two pillars; and the two networks, to
cover the two bowls of the chapiters which were upon the top
of the pillars;
42 And four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, even
two rows of pomegranates for one network, to cover the two bowls
of the chapiters that were upon the pillars;
43 And the ten bases, and ten lavers on the bases;
44 And one sea, and twelve oxen under the sea;
45 And the pots, and the shovels, and the basons: and all these
vessels, which Hiram made to king Solomon for the house of the
LORD, were of bright brass.
46 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay
ground between Succoth and Zarthan.
47 And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they
were exceeding many: neither was the weight of the brass found
48 And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the
house of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold,
whereupon the shewbread was,
49 And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side,
and five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and
the lamps, and the tongs of gold,
50 And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basons, and the
spoons, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold,
both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place,
and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple.
51 So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the
house of the LORD. And Solomon brought in the things which David
his father had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and
the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of
1 Then Solomon
assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes,
the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king
Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the
covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
2 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto 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
4 And they brought up the ark of the LORD, and the tabernacle
of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the
tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring
5 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that
were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing
sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude.
6 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the
LORD unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most
holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims.
7 For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place
of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves
8 And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves
were seen out in the holy place before the oracle, and they
were not seen without: and there they are unto this day.
9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone,
which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant
with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land
10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the
holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,
11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of
the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of
12 Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in
13 I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled
place for thee to abide in for ever.
14 And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation
of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;)
15 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake
with his mouth unto David my father, and hath 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
an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose David to
be over my people Israel.
17 And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house
for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
18 And the LORD said unto David my father, Whereas it was in
thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well
that it was in thine heart.
19 Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son
that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house
unto my name.
20 And the LORD hath performed his word that he spake, and I
am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne
of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built an house for
the name of the LORD God of Israel.
21 And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein is the
covenant of the LORD, which he made with our fathers, when he
brought them out of the land of Egypt.
22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence
of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands
23 And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee,
in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and
mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their
24 Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou
promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled
it with thine hand, as it is this day.
25 Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant
David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall
not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel;
so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk
before me as thou hast walked before me.
26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified,
which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.
27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven
and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this
house that I have builded?
28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and
to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry
and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to
29 That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day,
even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall
be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy
servant shall make toward this place.
30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and
of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place:
and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest,
31 If any man trespass against his neighbour, and an oath be
laid upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before
thine altar in this house:
32 Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants,
condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying
the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.
33 When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy,
because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again
to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication
unto thee in this house:
34 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people
Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest
unto their fathers.
35 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they
have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and
confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest
36 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants,
and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way
wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which
thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.
37 If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting,
mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege
them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever
sickness there be;
38 What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or
by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague
of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:
39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive,
and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart
thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts
of all the children of men;)
40 That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the
land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
41 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people
Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake;
42 (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong
hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and
pray toward this house;
43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according
to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people
of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people
Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have
builded, is called by thy name.
44 If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever
thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the LORD toward the
city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have
built for thy name:
45 Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication,
and maintain their cause.
46 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth
not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy,
so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy,
far or near;
47 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither
they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication
unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying,
We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed
48 And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all
their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away
captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest
unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the
house which I have built for thy name:
49 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven
thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,
50 And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee and
all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against
thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them
captive, that they may have compassion on them:
51 For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou
broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace
52 That thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy
servant, and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to
hearken unto them in all that they call for unto thee.
53 For thou didst separate them from among all the people of
the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand
of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of
Egypt, O Lord GOD.
54 And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying
all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from
before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with
his hands spread up to heaven.
55 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel
with a loud voice, saying,
56 Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people
Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed
one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand
of Moses his servant.
57 The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers:
let him not leave us, nor forsake us:
58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his
ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his
judgments, which he commanded our fathers.
59 And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication
before the LORD, be nigh unto the LORD our God day and night,
that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of
his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require:
60 That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is
God, and that there is none else.
61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God,
to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at
62 And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice
before the LORD.
63 And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which
he offered unto the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and
an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the
children of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD.
64 The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court
that was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered
burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace
offerings: because the brasen altar that was before the LORD
was too little to receive the burnt offerings, and meat offerings,
and the fat of the peace offerings.
65 And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with
him, a great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto
the river of Egypt, before the LORD our God, 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 unto their tents joyful and glad of heart
for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant,
and for Israel his people.