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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 6

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Building of the Temple. 1In the four hundred and eightieth year from the departure of the Israelites from the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, the construction of the temple of the LORD * was begun. r 2 Chr 3, 1 .

2The temple which King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide, and twenty-five high. 3The porch in front of the temple was twenty cubits from side to side, along the width of the nave, and ten cubits deep in front of the temple. 4Splayed windows with trellises were made for the temple, 5and adjoining the wall of the temple, which enclosed the nave and the sanctuary, an annex of several stories was built. 6Its lowest story was five cubits wide, the middle one six cubits wide, the third seven cubits wide, because there were offsets along the outside of the temple so that the beams would not be fastened into the walls of the temple. 7(The temple was built of stone dressed at the quarry, so that no hammer, axe, or iron tool was to be heard in the temple during its construction.) 8The entrance to the lowest floor of the annex was at the right side of the temple, and stairs with intermediate landings led up to the middle story and from the middle story to the third. 9When the temple was built to its full height, it was roofed in with rafters and boards of cedar. 10The annex, with its lowest story five cubits high, was built all along the outside of the temple, to which it was joined by cedar beams.

11This word of the LORD * came to Solomon: 12“As to this temple you are building—if you observe my statutes, carry out my ordinances, keep and obey all my commands, I will fulfill toward you the promise I made to your father David. s 2 Sm 7, 13 . 13 t 1 Chr 22, 9f . I will dwell in the midst of the Israelites and will not forsake my people Israel.”

14When Solomon finished building the temple, 15its walls were lined from floor to ceiling beams with cedar paneling, and its floor was laid with fir planking. 16At the rear of the temple a space of twenty cubits was set off by cedar partitions from the floor to the rafters, enclosing the sanctuary, the holy of holies. 17The nave, or part of the temple in front of the sanctuary, was forty cubits long. 18The cedar in the interior of the temple was carved in the form of gourds and open flowers; all was of cedar, and no stone was to be seen.

19In the innermost part of the temple* was located the sanctuary to house the ark of the LORD's covenant, 20twenty cubits long, twenty wide, and twenty high.* 21Solomon overlaid the interior of the temple with pure gold. He made in front of the sanctuary a cedar altar, overlaid it with gold, and looped it with golden chains. 22The entire temple was overlaid with gold so that it was completely covered with it; the whole altar before the sanctuary was also overlaid with gold. 23In the sanctuary were two cherubim, each ten cubits high, made of olive wood. 24Each wing of a cherub measured five cubits so that the space from wing tip to wing tip of each was ten cubits. 25The cherubim were identical in size and shape, 26and each was exactly ten cubits high. 27The cherubim were placed in the inmost part of the temple, with their wings spread wide, so that one wing of each cherub touched a side wall while the other wing, pointing toward the middle of the room, touched the corresponding wing of the second cherub. 28The cherubim, too, were overlaid with gold.

29The walls on all sides of both the inner and the outer rooms had carved figures of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers. 30The floor of both the inner and the outer rooms was overlaid with gold. 31At the entrance of the sanctuary, doors of olive wood were made; the doorframes had beveled posts. 32The two doors were of olive wood, with carved figures of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers. The doors were overlaid with gold, which was also molded to the cherubim and the palm trees. 33The same was done at the entrance to the nave, where the doorposts of olive wood were rectangular. 34The two doors were of fir wood; each door was banded by a metal strap, front and back, 35and had carved cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, over which gold was evenly applied.

36The inner court was walled off by means of three courses of hewn stones and one course of cedar beams.

37The foundations of the LORD's temple were laid in the month of Ziv 38in the fourth year, and it was completed in all particulars, exactly according to plan, in the month of Bul, the eighth month, in the eleventh year. Thus it took Solomon seven years to build it.

Notes:

r: 2 Chr 3, 1 .

s: 2 Sm 7, 13 .

t: 1 Chr 22, 9f .

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