11 Now Hiram(A) king of Tyre sent envoys to David, along with cedar logs and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David.

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Solomon Asks for Wisdom(A)

Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married(B) his daughter.(C) He brought her to the City of David(D) until he finished building his palace(E) and the temple of the Lord, and the wall around Jerusalem.

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Solomon Builds His Palace

It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace.(A)

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He built the Palace(A) of the Forest of Lebanon(B) a hundred cubits long, fifty wide and thirty high,[a] with four rows of cedar columns supporting trimmed cedar beams.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 7:2 That is, about 150 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 45 meters long, 23 meters wide and 14 meters high

He built the throne hall, the Hall of Justice, where he was to judge,(A) and he covered it with cedar from floor to ceiling.[a](B)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 7:7 Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew floor

The Lord Appears to Solomon(A)

When Solomon had finished(B) building the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had achieved all he had desired to do,

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Solomon’s Other Activities(A)

At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built the temple of the Lord and his own palace,(B)

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14 He says, ‘I will build myself a great palace(A)
    with spacious upper rooms.’
So he makes large windows in it,
    panels it with cedar(B)
    and decorates it in red.(C)

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“Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses,(A) while this house remains a ruin?(B)

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