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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 3

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Building of the Temple. 1 r 1f: Gn 22, 2; 1 Kgs 6, 1; 1 Chr 21, 22–26 . Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah,* which had been pointed out to his father David, on the spot which David had selected, the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 2He began to build in the second month of the fourth year of his reign. 3These were the specifications laid down by Solomon for building the house of God: the length was sixty cubits according to the old measure, and the width was twenty cubits; s 1 Kgs 6, 2; Ez 40, 5 . 4the porch which lay before the nave along the width of the house was also twenty cubits, and it was twenty cubits high.* He overlaid its interior with pure gold. t 1 Kgs 6, 3; Ez 40, 48 . 5The nave he overlaid with cypress wood which he covered with fine gold, embossing on it palms and chains. u 1 Kgs 6, 15; Ez 41, 1 . 6He also decorated the building with precious stones. 7The house; its beams and thresholds, as well as its walls and its doors, he overlaid with gold, and he engraved cherubim upon the walls. (The gold was from Parvaim.) 8He also made the room of the holy of holies. Its length corresponded to the width of the house, twenty cubits, and its width was also twenty cubits. He overlaid it with fine gold to the amount of six hundred talents. v 1 Kgs 6, 16f. 20 Ez 41, 3 . 9The weight of the nails was fifty gold shekels. The upper chambers he likewise covered with gold.

10 w 10–13: 1 Kgs 6, 23–27 . For the room of the holy of holies he made two cherubim of carved workmanship, which were then overlaid with gold. 11The wings of the cherubim spanned twenty cubits: 12one wing of each cherub, five cubits in length, extended to a wall of the building, while the other wing, also five cubits in length, touched the corresponding wing of the second cherub.13The combined wingspread of the two cherubim was thus twenty cubits. They stood upon their own feet, facing toward the nave. 14He made the veil* of violet, purple, crimson and fine linen, and had cherubim embroidered upon it. x Mt 27, 51 .

15 y 15ff: 1 Kgs 7, 15–22; Ez 40, 49 . In front of the building he set two columns thirty-five cubits high; the capital topping each was of five cubits. 16He worked out chains in the form of a collar with which he encircled the capitals of the columns, and he made a hundred pomegranates which he set on the chains. 17He set up the columns to correspond with the nave, one for the right side and the other for the left, and he called the one to the right Jachin and the one to the left Boaz.

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r: 1f: Gn 22, 2; 1 Kgs 6, 1; 1 Chr 21, 22–26 .

s: 1 Kgs 6, 2; Ez 40, 5 .

t: 1 Kgs 6, 3; Ez 40, 48 .

u: 1 Kgs 6, 15; Ez 41, 1 .

v: 1 Kgs 6, 16f. 20 Ez 41, 3 .

w: 10–13: 1 Kgs 6, 23–27 .

x: Mt 27, 51 .

y: 15ff: 1 Kgs 7, 15–22; Ez 40, 49 .

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