3 Then Solomon began to build the temple of the Lord. He built it on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. That’s where the Lord had appeared to Solomon’s father David. He had appeared at the threshing floor of Araunah. Araunah was from Jebus. David had provided the threshing floor. 2Solomon began building the temple on the second day of the second month. It was in the fourth year of his rule.
3Solomon laid the foundation for God’s temple. It was 90 feet long and 30 feet wide. Solomon’s men followed the standard measure that was used at that time. 4The porch in front of the temple was 30 feet across and 30 feet high.
Solomon covered the inside of the temple with pure gold. 5He covered the inside of the main hall with pine boards. Then he covered the boards with fine gold. He decorated the hall with palm tree patterns and chain patterns. 6He decorated the temple with valuable jewels. The gold he used came from Parvaim. 7He covered the ceiling beams, doorframes, walls and doors of the temple with gold. He carved cherubim on the walls.
8He built the Most Holy Room. It was as long as the temple was wide. It was 30 feet long and 30 feet wide. He covered the inside of the Most Holy Room with 23 tons of fine gold. 9He also covered the upper parts with gold. The gold on the nails weighed 20 ounces.
10For the Most Holy Room, Solomon made a pair of carved cherubim. He covered them with gold. 11The total length of the cherubim’s wings from tip to tip was 30 feet. One wing of the first cherub was seven and a half feet long. Its tip touched the temple wall. The other wing was also seven and a half feet long. Its tip touched the wing tip of the other cherub.
12In the same way one wing of the second cherub was seven and a half feet long. Its tip touched the other temple wall. The other wing was also seven and a half feet long. Its tip touched the wing tip of the first cherub. 13So the total length of the wings of the two cherubim was 30 feet from tip to tip. The cherubim stood facing the main hall.
14Solomon made the curtain out of blue, purple and bright red yarn and fine linen. A skilled worker sewed cherubim into its pattern.
15In front of the temple, Solomon made two pillars. Each pillar was 26 feet tall. Each had a decorated top that was seven and a half feet high. 16Solomon made chains that were linked together. He put them on top of the pillars. He also made 100 pomegranates. He fastened them to the chains.
17Solomon set the pillars up in front of the temple. One was on the south. The other was on the north. He named the one on the south Jakin. The one on the north he named Boaz.
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