2 Chronicles 3

1Solomon began building the Lord’s temple at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah. Mount Moriah is the place where the Lord came to David, Solomon’s father. Solomon built the temple on the place that David had made ready. This place was at the threshing floor that had belonged to Araunah the Jebusite. 2Solomon started the work in the second month of his fourth year as king of Israel. 3These are the measurements Solomon used for building the foundation of God’s temple. The foundation was 60 cubits long and 20 cubits wide. Solomon used the old cubit measure when he measured the temple. 4The porch in front of the temple was 20 cubits long and 20 cubits high. Solomon covered the inside of the porch with pure gold. 5Solomon put panels made of cypress wood on the walls of the larger room. Then he put pure gold over the cypress panels. And he put pictures of palm trees and chains on the pure gold. 6Solomon put valuable stones in the temple for beauty. The gold Solomon used was gold from Parvaim. 7Solomon covered the inside of the temple with the gold. Solomon put the gold on the ceiling beams, doorposts, walls, and doors. Solomon carved Cherub angels on the walls. 8Then Solomon made the Most Holy Place. The Most Holy Place was 20 cubits long and 20 cubits wide. It was as wide as the temple was. Solomon put pure gold on the walls of the Most Holy Place. The gold weighed about 23 tons. 9The gold nails weighed 1,1/4 pounds. Solomon covered the upper rooms with gold. 10Solomon made two Cherub angels to put in the Most Holy Place. The workers covered the Cherub angels with gold. 11Each wing of the Cherub angels was 5 cubits long. The total length of the wings was 20 cubits. One wing of the first Cherub angel touched the wall on one side of the room. The other wing touched one wing of the second Cherub angel. 12And the other wing of the second Cherub angel touched the other wall on the other side of the room. 13The Cherub angels’ wings covered a total of 20 cubits. The Cherub angels stood looking inside toward the Holy Place. 14Solomon made the curtain by using blue, purple, and red materials and expensive linen. Solomon made Cherub angels on the curtain. 15Solomon put two columns in front of the temple. The columns were 35 cubits tall. The top part of the two columns was 5 cubits long. 16Solomon made chains in a necklace. He put the chains on the tops of the columns. Solomon made 100 pomegranates and put them on the chains. 17Then Solomon put the columns up in front of the temple. One column stood on the right side. The other column stood on the left side. Solomon named the column on the right side “Jakin.” And Solomon named the column on the left side “Boaz.”

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