1 Solomon also built a palace for himself, and it took him thirteen years to complete the construction.
2 One of Solomon's buildings was called the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. It was 150 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.* The great cedar ceiling beams rested on four rows of cedar pillars.1
3 It had a cedar roof supported by forty-five rafters that rested on three rows of pillars, fifteen in each row.
4 On each of the side walls there were three rows of windows facing each other.
5 All the doorways were rectangular in frame; they were in sets of three, facing each other.
6 He also built the Hall of Pillars, which was 75 feet long and 45 feet wide. There was a porch at its front, covered by a canopy that was supported by pillars.
7 There was also the Hall of the Throne, also known as the Hall of Judgment, where Solomon sat to hear legal matters. It was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling.*2
8 Solomon's living quarters surrounded a courtyard behind this hall; they were built the same way. He also built similar living quarters for Pharaoh's daughter, one of his wives.
9 All these buildings were built entirely from huge, costly blocks of stone, cut and trimmed to exact measure on all sides.
10 Some of the huge foundation stones were 15 feet long, and some were 12 feet long.
11 The costly blocks of stone used in the walls were also cut to measure, and cedar beams were also used.
12 The walls of the great courtyard were built so that there was one layer of cedar beams after every three layers of hewn stone, just like the walls of the inner courtyard of the LORD's Temple with its entrance foyer.
13 King Solomon then asked for a man named Huram* to come from Tyre,3
14 for he was a craftsman skilled in bronze work. He was half Israelite, since his mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father had been a foundry worker from Tyre. So he came to work for King Solomon.
15 Huram cast two bronze pillars, each 27 feet tall and 18 feet in circumference.
16 For the tops of the pillars he made capitals of molded bronze, each 7 feet tall.
17 Each capital was decorated with seven sets of latticework and interwoven chains.
18 He also made two rows of pomegranates that encircled the latticework to decorate the capitals over the pillars.
19 The capitals on the columns inside the foyer were shaped like lilies, and they were 6 feet tall.
20 Each capital on the two pillars had two hundred pomegranates in two rows around them, beside the rounded surface next to the latticework.
21 Huram set the pillars at the entrance of the Temple, one toward the south and one toward the north. He named the one on the south Jakin, and the one on the north Boaz.*4
22 The capitals on the pillars were shaped like lilies. And so the work on the pillars was finished.
23 Then Huram cast a large round tank, 15 feet across from rim to rim; it was called the Sea. It was 7 feet deep and about 45 feet in circumference.
24 The Sea was encircled just below its rim by two rows of decorative gourds. There were about six gourds per foot* all the way around, and they had been cast as part of the tank.5
25 The Sea rested on a base of twelve bronze oxen, all facing outward. Three faced north, three faced west, three faced south, and three faced east.
26 The walls of the Sea were about three inches* thick, and its rim flared out like a cup and resembled a lily blossom. It could hold about 11,000 gallons* of water.6
27 Huram also made ten bronze water carts, each 6 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 4 feet tall.
28 They were constructed with side panels braced with crossbars.
29 Both the panels and the crossbars were decorated with carved lions, oxen, and cherubim. Above and below the lions and oxen were wreath decorations.
30 Each of these carts had four bronze wheels and bronze axles. At each corner of the carts were supporting posts for the bronze basins; these supports were decorated with carvings of wreaths on each side.