2 Chronicles 3

Building the Temple

1Then Solomon began a to build the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah b where the Lord
LXX; Tg reads the Angel of the Lord; MT reads He
had appeared to his father David, at the site David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan
= Araunah in 2Sa 24:16-24
the Jebusite.
2He began to build on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign. 3 These are Solomon’s foundations
Tg reads The measurements which Solomon decreed
for building God’s temple: the length
Lit length – cubits in the former measure
was 90 feet
Lit 60 cubits
and the width 30 feet.
Lit 20 cubits
4The portico, which was across the front extending across the width of the temple, was 30 feet
Lit 20 cubits
wide; its height was 30 feet;
LXX, Syr; MT reads 120 cubits
,
Lit 20 cubits
he overlaid its inner surface with pure gold.
5The larger room
Lit The house
he paneled with cypress wood, overlaid with fine gold, and decorated with palm trees and chains.
6He adorned the temple with precious stones for beauty, and the gold was the gold of Parvaim. 7He overlaid the temple – the beams, the thresholds, its walls and doors – with gold, m and he carved
cherubim: A class of winged angels, associated with the throne of God, who function as guardians and who prevented Adam and Eve from returning to the garden of Eden
cherubim on the walls. o

The Most Holy Place

8 Then he made the most holy place; its length corresponded to the width of the temple, 30 feet,
Lit 20 cubits
and its width was 30 feet.
Lit 20 cubits
,
r He overlaid it with 45,000 pounds
Lit 600 talents
of fine gold.
9The weight of the nails was 20 ounces
Lit 50 shekels
of gold, and he overlaid the ceiling with gold.

10He made u two cherubim of sculptured work, for the most holy place, and he overlaid them with gold. 11The overall length of the wings of the cherubim was 30 feet:
Lit 20 cubits
the wing of one was 71/2 feet,
Lit five cubits
touching the wall of the room; its other wing was 71/2 feet,
Lit five cubits
touching the wing of the other cherub.
12The wing of the other
Syr, Vg; MT reads the one
cherub was 71/2 feet,
Lit five cubits
touching the wall of the room; its other wing was 71/2 feet,
Lit five cubits
reaching the wing of the other cherub.
13The wingspan of these cherubim was 30 feet.
Lit 20 cubits
They stood on their feet and faced the larger room.
Lit the house

14He made the veil of blue, purple, and crimson yarn and fine linen, and he wove cherubim into it. ad

The Bronze Pillars

15 In front of the temple ae he made two pillars, each 27 feet
Hb uncertain
,
Lit 35 cubits
high. The capital on top of each was 71/2 feet
Lit five cubits
high.
16He had made chainwork in the inner sanctuary and also put it on top of the pillars. ai He made 100 pomegranates and fastened them into the chainwork. 17Then he set up the pillars in front of the sanctuary, one on the right and one on the left. He named the one on the right Jachin
= He Will Establish
and the one on the left Boaz.
= Strength Is in Him
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