1 Kings 7

Sulayman was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house. 2For he built the House of the Forest of Lebanon; its length was one hundred cubits, and its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits, on four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams on the pillars. 3It was covered with cedar above over the forty-five beams, that were on the pillars; fifteen in a row. 4There were beams in three rows, and window was over against window in three ranks. 5All the doors and posts were made square with beams: and window was over against window in three ranks. 6He made the porch of pillars; its length was fifty cubits, and its width thirty cubits; and a porch before them; and pillars and a threshold before them. 7He 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. 8His house where he was to live, the other court within the porch, was similar in design. He made also a house for Firaun’s daughter (whom Sulayman had taken as wife), like this porch. 9All these were of costly stones cut to size, trimmed with saws, inside and out, even from the foundation to the eaves, and so on the outside to the great court. 10The foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits. 11Above were costly stones cut to size, and cedar-wood. 12The great court all around had three courses of cut stone, and a course of cedar beams; like the inner court of the house of Allah, and the porch of the house. 13King Sulayman sent and brought Hiram from Tyre. 14He 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. He came to king Sulayman, and performed all his work. 15For he fashioned the two pillars of bronze, eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits encompassed each of them. 16He made two capitals of cast metal bronze, to set on the tops of the pillars: the height of the one capital was five cubits, and the height of the other capital was five cubits. 17There were nets of checker-work, and wreaths of chain-work, for the capitals which were on the top of the pillars; seven for the one capital, and seven for the other capital. 18So he made the pillars; and there were two rows all around on the one network, to cover the capitals that were on the top of the pillars: and so did he for the other capital. 19The capitals that were on the top of the pillars in the porch were of lily-work, four cubits. 20There were capitals above also on the two pillars, close by the belly which was beside the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred, in rows all around on the other capital. 21He set up the pillars at the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called its name Jachin; and he set up the left pillar, and called its name Boaz. 22On the top of the pillars was lily-work: so was the work of the pillars finished. 23He made the sea of cast metal of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in shape, and its height was five cubits; and a line of thirty cubits encompassed it all around. 24Under its brim all around there were buds which encircled it, for ten cubits, circling the sea all around: the buds were in two rows, cast when it was cast. 25It 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 on them above, and all their back parts were facing inward. 26It was a handbreadth thick: and its brim was worked like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily: it held two thousand baths. 27He made the ten bases of bronze; four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits its width, and three cubits its height. 28The work of the bases was like this: they had panels; and there were panels between the ledges; 29and on the panels that were between the ledges were lions, oxen, and karubin; and on the ledges there was a pedestal above; and beneath the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging work. 30Every base had four bronze wheels, and axles of bronze; and its four feet had supports: beneath the basin the supports were cast metal, with wreaths at the side of each. 31The 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 on the mouth of it were engravings, and their panels were foursquare, not round. 32The four wheels were underneath the panels; and the axles of the wheels were in the base: and the height of a wheel was a cubit and half a cubit. 33The work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel: their axles, and their rims, and their spokes, and their naves, were all cast metal. 34There were four supports at the four corners of each base: the supports of it were of the base itself. 35In the top of the base was there a round shape half a cubit high; and on the top of the base the stays of it and the panels of it were of the same. 36On the plates of the stays of it, and on the panels of it, he engraved karubin, lions, and palm trees, according to the space of each, with wreaths all around. 37After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one form. 38He made ten basins of bronze: one basin contained forty baths; and every basin was four cubits; and on very one of the ten bases one basin. 39He 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 right side of the house eastward, toward the south. 40Hiram made the basins, and the shovels, and the basins. So Hiram finished doing all the work that he worked for king Sulayman in the house of Allah: 41the two pillars, and the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars; and the two networks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars; 42and 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 on the pillars; 43and the ten bases, and the ten basins on the bases; 44and the one sea, and the twelve oxen under the sea; 45and the pots, and the shovels, and the basins: even all these vessels, which Hiram made for king Sulayman, in the house of Allah, were of burnished bronze. 46In the plain of the Jordan the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan. 47Sulayman left all the vessels unweighed, because they were too many: the weight of the bronze could not be found out. 48Sulayman made all the vessels that were in the house of Allah: the golden altar, and the table whereupon the show bread was, of gold; 49and the lampstands, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the inner sanctuary, of pure gold; and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold; 50and the cups, and the snuffers, and the basins, and the spoons, and the fire pans, 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, to wit, of the temple, of gold. 51Thus all the work that king Sulayman worked in the house of Allah was finished. Sulayman brought in the things which Dawud his father had dedicated, even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, and put them in the treasuries of the house of Allah.


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