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  • So I am planning to build a Temple to honor the name of the LORD my God, just as he instructed my father that I should do. For the LORD told him, `Your son, whom I will place on your throne, will build the Temple to honor my name.' - 1 Kings 5:5

  • At the king's command, the stonecutters quarried and shaped costly blocks of stone for the foundation of the Temple. - 1 Kings 5:17

  • Men from the city of Gebal helped Solomon's and Hiram's builders prepare the timber and stone for the Temple. - 1 Kings 5:18

  • It was in midspring,* during the fourth year of Solomon's reign, that he began the construction of the Temple of the LORD. This was 480 years after the people of Israel were delivered from their slavery in the land of Egypt.1 - 1 Kings 6:1

  • The Temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet high.*2 - 1 Kings 6:2

  • The foyer at the front of the Temple was 30 feet wide, running across the entire width of the Temple. It projected outward 15 feet from the front of the Temple. - 1 Kings 6:3

  • Solomon also made narrow, recessed windows throughout the Temple. - 1 Kings 6:4

  • A complex of rooms was built against the outer walls of the Temple, all the way around the sides and rear of the building. - 1 Kings 6:5

  • The complex was three stories high, the bottom floor being 7 feet wide, the second floor 9 feet wide, and the top floor 10 feet wide. The rooms were connected to the walls of the Temple by beams resting on ledges built out from the wall. So the beams were not inserted into the walls themselves. - 1 Kings 6:6

  • The stones used in the construction of the Temple were prefinished at the quarry, so the entire structure was built without the sound of hammer, ax, or any other iron tool at the building site. - 1 Kings 6:7

  • The entrance to the bottom floor* was on the south side of the Temple. There were winding stairs going up to the second floor, and another flight of stairs between the second and third floors.3 - 1 Kings 6:8

  • After completing the Temple structure, Solomon put in a ceiling made of beams and planks of cedar. - 1 Kings 6:9

  • As already stated, there was a complex of rooms on three sides of the building, attached to the Temple walls by cedar timbers. Each story of the complex was 7 feet high. - 1 Kings 6:10

  • "Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my laws and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father, David. - 1 Kings 6:12

  • So Solomon finished building the Temple. - 1 Kings 6:14

  • He partitioned off an inner sanctuary--the Most Holy Place--at the far end of the Temple. It was 30 feet deep and was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling. - 1 Kings 6:16

  • The main room of the Temple, outside the Most Holy Place, was 60 feet long. - 1 Kings 6:17
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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