The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Chronicles 3:1–14

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Then Solomon began to build the house of YHWH at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the YHWH appeared unto David his father; for which provision had been made in the Place of David, in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.

And Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem in the mount of Amoria, where the Lord appeared to his father David, in the place which David had prepared in the threshing-floor of Orna the Jebusite.

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And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in the fourth year of his reign.

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Now these are the foundations which Solomon laid for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the ancient measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.

And thus Solomon began to build the house of God: the length in cubits—even the first measurement from end to end, was sixty cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.

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And the porch that was before the house , the length of it, according to the breadth of the house, was twenty cubits, and the height a hundred and twenty; and he overlaid it within with pure gold.

Truly, at the front, the portico, which was extended in length according to the measure of the width of the house, was of twenty cubits. Then the height was of one hundred twenty cubits. And he overlaid it on the interior with the purest gold.

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And the greater house he covered with cypress-wood, which he overlaid with fine gold, and wrought thereon palm-trees and chains.

And he lined the great house with cedar wood, and gilded it with pure gold, and carved upon it palm-trees and chains.

Also, he covered the greater house with wooden panels of spruce, and he affixed layers of refined gold through it all. And he engraved in them palm trees, and the likeness of little chains interlaced with one another.

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And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty; and the gold was gold of Parvaim.

Also, he paved the floor of the temple with the most precious marble, of great beauty.

And he adorned the house with precious stones for beauty; and he overlaid all of it with fine gold.

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He overlaid also the house, the beams, the thresholds, and the walls thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubim on the walls.

And he gilded the house, and its inner walls, and the door-posts, and the roofs, and the doors with gold; and he carved cherubs on the walls.

Now the gold, with which he covered in layers the house and its beams and posts and walls and doors, was highly refined. And he engraved cherubim on the walls.

And he made the most holy place; the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house, was twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits; and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to six hundred talents.

And he built the holy of holies, its length was according to the front of the other house, the breadth of the house was twenty cubits, and the length twenty cubits: and he gilded it with pure gold for cherubs, to the amount of six hundred talents.

Also, he made the house of the Holy of Holies. Its length, in accord with the width of the temple, was of twenty cubits. And its width, similarly, was of twenty cubits. And he covered it with layers of gold, of about six hundred talents.

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And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.

Then he also made nails of gold, such that each nail weighed fifty shekels. Also, he covered the upper rooms in gold.

And he also overlaid the altar with fine gold.

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10  And in the most holy place he made two cherubim of image work; and they overlaid them with gold.

10  And he made two cherubs in the most holy house, wood-work, and he gilded them with gold.

10  Now he also made, in the house of the Holy of Holies, two cherubim as a work of statues. And he covered them with gold.

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11  And the wings of the cherubim were twenty cubits long: the wing of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house; and the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching to the wing of the other cherub.

11  The wings of the cherubim extended for twenty cubits, such that one wing had five cubits and it touched the wall of the house, and the other, having five cubits, touched the wing of the other cherub.

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12  And the wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house; and the other wing was five cubits also, joining to the wing of the other cherub.

12  Similarly, the wing of the other cherub was five cubits, and it touched the wall, and his other wing of five cubits also touched the wing of the other cherub.

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13  The wings of these cherubim spread themselves forth twenty cubits; and they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward.

13  And the wings of these cherubs expanded were of the length of twenty cubits: and they stood upon their feet, and their faces were toward the house.

13  And so the wings of both cherubim were stretched out and extended for twenty cubits. Now they were standing upright on their feet, and their faces were turned toward the exterior house.

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14  And he made the veil of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and wrought cherubim thereon.

14  Also, he made a veil from hyacinth, purple, scarlet, and fine linen. And he wove within it cherubim.