Solomon’s Palace Complex

Solomon completed his entire palace complex after 13 years of construction.(A) He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon.(B) It was 150 feet[a] long, 75 feet[b] wide, and 45 feet[c] high on four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams on top of the pillars. It was paneled above with cedar at the top of the chambers that rested on 45 pillars, 15 per row. There were three rows of window frames, facing each other[d] in three tiers.[e](C) All the doors and doorposts had rectangular frames, the openings facing each other[f] in three tiers.[g] He made the hall of pillars 75 feet[h] long and 45 feet[i] wide. A portico was in front of the pillars, and a canopy with pillars[j] was in front of them. He made the Hall of the Throne where he would judge(D)—the Hall of Judgment. It was paneled with cedar from the floor to the rafters.[k] Solomon’s own palace where he would live, in the other courtyard behind the hall, was of similar construction. And he made a house like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter, his wife.[l](E)

All of these buildings were of costly stones, cut to size and sawed with saws on the inner and outer surfaces, from foundation to coping and from the outside to the great courtyard. 10 The foundation was made of large, costly stones 12 and 15 feet[m] long. 11 Above were also costly stones, cut to size, as well as cedar wood. 12 Around the great courtyard, as well as the inner courtyard of the Lord’s temple and the portico of the temple, were three rows of dressed stone and a row of trimmed cedar beams.(F)

13 King Solomon had Hiram[n](G) brought from Tyre. 14 He was a widow’s son from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a bronze craftsman. Hiram had great skill,(H) understanding, and knowledge to do every kind of bronze work. So he came to King Solomon and carried out all his work.(I)

The Bronze Pillars

15 He cast two hollow bronze pillars:(J) each 27 feet[o] high and 18 feet[p] in circumference.[q](K) 16 He also made two capitals(L) of cast bronze to set on top of the pillars; 7½ feet[r] was the height of the first capital, and 7½ feet[s] was also the height of the second capital. 17 The capitals on top of the pillars had gratings of latticework, wreaths[t] made of chainwork—seven for the first capital and seven for the second.

18 He made the pillars with two encircling rows of pomegranates on the one grating to cover the capital on top; he did the same for the second capital. 19 And the capitals on top of the pillars in the portico were shaped like lilies, six feet[u] high. 20 The capitals on the two pillars were also immediately above the rounded surface next to the grating, and 200 pomegranates(M) were in rows encircling each[v] capital. 21 He set up the pillars at the portico(N) of the sanctuary: he set up the right pillar and named it Jachin;[w] then he set up the left pillar and named it Boaz.[x](O) 22 The tops of the pillars were shaped like lilies. Then the work of the pillars was completed.(P)

The Reservoir

23 He made the cast metal reservoir,[y](Q) 15 feet[z] from brim to brim, perfectly round. It was 7½ feet[aa] high and 45 feet[ab] in circumference. 24 Ornamental gourds(R) encircled it below the brim, 10 every half yard,[ac] completely encircling the reservoir.(S) The gourds were cast in two rows when the reservoir was cast. 25 It stood on 12 oxen,(T) three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. The reservoir was on top of them and all their hindquarters were toward the center. 26 The reservoir was three inches[ad] thick, and its rim was fashioned like the brim of a cup or of a lily blossom. It held 11,000 gallons.[ae]

The Bronze Water Carts

27 Then he made 10 bronze water carts.[af](U) Each water cart was six feet[ag] long, six feet[ah] wide, and 4½ feet[ai] high. 28 This was the design of the carts: They had frames; the frames were between the cross-pieces, 29 and on the frames between the cross-pieces were lions, oxen, and cherubim.(V) On the cross-pieces there was a pedestal above, and below the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging[aj] work. 30 Each cart(W) had four bronze wheels with bronze axles. Underneath the four corners of the basin were cast supports, each next to a wreath. 31 And the water cart’s opening inside the crown on top was 18 inches[ak] wide. The opening was round, made as a pedestal 27 inches[al] wide. On it were carvings, but their frames were square, not round. 32 There were four wheels under the frames, and the wheel axles were part of the water cart; each wheel was 27 inches[am] tall. 33 The wheels’ design was similar to that of chariot wheels: their axles, rims, spokes, and hubs were all of cast metal. 34 Four supports were at the four corners of each water cart; each support was one piece with the water cart. 35 At the top of the cart was a band nine inches[an] high encircling it; also, at the top of the cart, its braces and its frames were one piece with it. 36 He engraved cherubim, lions, and palm trees(X) on the plates of its braces and on its frames, wherever each had space, with encircling wreaths. 37 In this way he made the 10 water carts using the same casting, dimensions, and shape for all of them.

Bronze Basins and Other Utensils

38 Then he made 10 bronze basins(Y)—each basin holding 220 gallons[ao] and each was six feet[ap] wide—one basin for each of the 10 water carts. 39 He set five water carts on the right side of the temple and five on the left side. He put the reservoir near the right side of the temple toward the southeast.(Z) 40 Then Hiram made(AA) the basins, the shovels, and the sprinkling basins.

Completion of the Bronze Works

So Hiram finished all the work that he was doing for King Solomon on the Lord’s temple: 41 two pillars;(AB) bowls for the capitals that were on top of the two pillars; the two gratings for covering both bowls of the capitals that were on top of the pillars;(AC) 42 the 400 pomegranates for the two gratings (two rows of pomegranates for each grating covering both capitals’ bowls on top of the pillars(AD)); 43 the 10 water carts;(AE) the 10 basins on the water carts;(AF) 44 the reservoir;(AG) the 12 oxen underneath the reservoir;(AH) 45 and the pots, shovels, and sprinkling basins.(AI) All the utensils that Hiram made for King Solomon at the Lord’s temple were made of burnished bronze. 46 The king had them cast in clay molds in the Jordan Valley between Succoth(AJ) and Zarethan.(AK) 47 Solomon left all the utensils unweighed because there were so many; the weight of the bronze was not determined.(AL)

Completion of the Gold Furnishings

48 Solomon also made all the equipment in the Lord’s temple: the gold altar; the gold table that the bread of the Presence was placed on;(AM) 49 the pure gold lampstands in front of the inner sanctuary, five on the right and five on the left;(AN) the gold flowers, lamps, and tongs; 50 the pure gold ceremonial bowls, wick trimmers, sprinkling basins, ladles,[aq] and firepans;(AO) and the gold hinges for the doors of the inner temple (that is, the most holy place) and for the doors of the temple sanctuary.

51 So all the work King Solomon did in the Lord’s temple was completed.(AP) Then Solomon brought in the consecrated things of his father David(AQ)—the silver, the gold, and the utensils—and put them in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple.(AR)

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  1. 1 Kings 7:2 Lit 100 cubits
  2. 1 Kings 7:2 Lit 50 cubits
  3. 1 Kings 7:2 Lit 30 cubits
  4. 1 Kings 7:4 Lit frames, window to window
  5. 1 Kings 7:4 Lit three times; = at 3 different places
  6. 1 Kings 7:5 Lit frames, opposing window to window
  7. 1 Kings 7:5 Lit three times; = at 3 different places
  8. 1 Kings 7:6 Lit 50 cubits
  9. 1 Kings 7:6 Lit 30 cubits
  10. 1 Kings 7:6 Hb obscure
  11. 1 Kings 7:7 Syr, Vg; MT reads floor
  12. 1 Kings 7:8 Lit daughter he had taken
  13. 1 Kings 7:10 Lit ten cubits and eight cubits
  14. 1 Kings 7:13 = Huram in 2Ch 4:11
  15. 1 Kings 7:15 Lit 18 cubits
  16. 1 Kings 7:15 Lit 12 cubits
  17. 1 Kings 7:15 LXX adds and the thickness of the pillar was four fingers hollowed and similarly the second pillar
  18. 1 Kings 7:16 Lit five cubits
  19. 1 Kings 7:16 Lit five cubits
  20. 1 Kings 7:17 Lit tassels
  21. 1 Kings 7:19 Lit four cubits
  22. 1 Kings 7:20 Lit encircling the second
  23. 1 Kings 7:21 = He Will Establish
  24. 1 Kings 7:21 = In Him Is Strength
  25. 1 Kings 7:23 Lit sea
  26. 1 Kings 7:23 Lit 10 cubits
  27. 1 Kings 7:23 Lit five cubits
  28. 1 Kings 7:23 Lit 30 cubits
  29. 1 Kings 7:24 Lit 10 per cubit
  30. 1 Kings 7:26 Lit a handbreadth
  31. 1 Kings 7:26 Lit 2,000 baths
  32. 1 Kings 7:27 Lit bronze stands
  33. 1 Kings 7:27 Lit four cubits
  34. 1 Kings 7:27 Lit four cubits
  35. 1 Kings 7:27 Lit three cubits
  36. 1 Kings 7:29 Or hammered-down
  37. 1 Kings 7:31 Lit a cubit
  38. 1 Kings 7:31 Lit one and a half cubits
  39. 1 Kings 7:32 Lit was one and a half cubits
  40. 1 Kings 7:35 Lit half a cubit
  41. 1 Kings 7:38 Lit 40 baths
  42. 1 Kings 7:38 Lit four cubits
  43. 1 Kings 7:50 Or dishes, or spoons; lit palms

30 After 40 years had passed, an angel[a] appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush. 31 When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight. As he was approaching to look at it, the voice of the Lord came: 32 I am the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob.(A)[b] So Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look.

33 “Then the Lord said to him:

Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have observed the oppression of My people in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and have come down to rescue them. And now, come, I will send you to Egypt.(B)[c]

35 “This Moses, whom they rejected when they said, Who appointed you a ruler and a judge?[d]—this one God sent as a ruler and a redeemer by means of the angel who appeared to him in the bush.(C) 36 This man led them out and performed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt,(D) at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness 40 years.(E)

Israel’s Rebellion against God

37 “This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, God[e] will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers.(F)[f] 38 He is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors.(G) He received living oracles to give to us.(H) 39 Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him, but pushed him away, and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.(I) 40 They told Aaron:

Make us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we don’t know what’s happened to him.(J)[g]

41 They even made a calf in those days, offered sacrifice to the idol, and were celebrating what their hands had made.(K) 42 Then God turned away(L) and gave them up to worship(M) the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets:

House of Israel, did you bring Me offerings and sacrifices
40 years in the wilderness?
43 No, you took up the tent of Moloch[h]
and the star of your god Rephan,[i]
the images that you made to worship.
So I will deport you beyond Babylon!(N)[j]

God’s Real Tabernacle

44 “Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses commanded him to make it according to the pattern he had seen.(O) 45 Our ancestors in turn received it and with Joshua brought it in when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our fathers,(P) until the days of David. 46 He found favor in God’s sight and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God[k] of Jacob.(Q) 47 But it was Solomon who built Him a house.(R) 48 However, the Most High does not dwell in sanctuaries made with hands, as the prophet says:(S)

49 Heaven is My throne,
and earth My footstool.
What sort of house will you build for Me?
says the Lord,
or what is My resting place?
50 Did not My hand make all these things?(T)[l]

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  1. Acts 7:30 Other mss add of the Lord
  2. Acts 7:32 Ex 3:6,15
  3. Acts 7:34 Ex 3:5,7-8,10
  4. Acts 7:35 Ex 2:14
  5. Acts 7:37 Other mss read ‘The Lord your God
  6. Acts 7:37 Dt 18:15
  7. Acts 7:40 Ex 32:1,23
  8. Acts 7:43 Canaanite or Phoenician sky or sun god
  9. Acts 7:43 Perhaps an Assyrian star god—the planet Saturn
  10. Acts 7:43 Am 5:25-27
  11. Acts 7:46 Other mss read house
  12. Acts 7:50 Is 66:1-2

Psalm 128

Blessings for Those Who Fear God

A song of ascents.

How happy is everyone who fears the Lord,
who walks in His ways!(A)
You will surely eat
what your hands have worked for.(B)
You will be happy,
and it will go well for you.(C)
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house,
your sons, like young olive trees
around your table.(D)
In this very way
the man who fears the Lord
will be blessed.(E)

May the Lord bless you from Zion,
so that you will see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life(F)
and will see your children’s children!

Peace be with Israel.(G)

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31 Gray hair is a glorious crown;(A)
it is found in the way of righteousness.(B)

32 Patience is better than power,
and controlling one’s temper,[a] than capturing a city.(C)

33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.(D)

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  1. Proverbs 16:32 Lit and ruling over one’s spirit

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