1 Kings 7:1
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New International Version
It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace.

New Living Translation
Solomon also built a palace for himself, and it took him thirteen years to complete the construction.

English Standard Version
Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished his entire house.

New American Standard Bible
Now Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.

King James Bible
But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Solomon completed his entire palace complex after 13 years of construction.

International Standard Version
But Solomon took thirteen years to build his own palace, and finally finished it.

NET Bible
Solomon took thirteen years to build his palace.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Solomon took 13 years to finish building his palace.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Solomon built his own house in thirteen years, and he finished all his house.

King James 2000 Bible
But Solomon was building his own house for thirteen years, and he finished all his house.

American King James Version
But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.

American Standard Version
And Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Solomon built his own house in thirteen years, and brought it to perfection.

Darby Bible Translation
And Solomon was thirteen years building his own house; and he finished all his house.

English Revised Version
And Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.

World English Bible
Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.

Young's Literal Translation
And his own house hath Solomon built thirteen years, and he finisheth all his house.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:1-12 All Solomon's buildings, though beautiful, were intended for use. Solomon began with the temple; he built for God first, and then his other buildings. The surest foundations of lasting prosperity are laid in early piety. He was thirteen years building his house, yet he built the temple in little more than seven years; not that he was more exact, but less eager in building his own house, than in building God's. We ought to prefer God's honour before our own ease and satisfaction.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years [There is no contrast implied between the time spent upon the temple and that occupied in the building of the palace, as the word "but" seems to suggest. The close connexion which exists in the original is interrupted by the division of chapters. In 1 Kings 6:38 we read, "So was he seven years in building it." 1 Kings 7:1 then proceeds, "And he was building his own house thirteen years." The much longer period occupied in the erection of the royal palace is easily accounted for. In the first place, the buildings were much larger, and the undertaking altogether was a much more extensive one (ver. 2). Then, though seven years only were consumed in the actual building of the temple, yet preparations for the work had been made, both by David and Solomon, for a long time beforehand. Lastly, a special force of labourers would appear to have been employed on the temple, while it is probable that they wrought at the palaces in greatly diminished numbers. So that the longer period spent over his own house does not argue selfishness or worldliness on Solomon's part. On the contrary, it speaks well for his piety that he built the temple first and urged on that sacred work with so much vigour. The thirteen years date from the completion of the seven years of 1 Kings 6:38. That is to say, the building of the temple and palace together occupied twenty years, as is expressly stated in 1 Kings 9:10. It is therefore one of Stanley's reckless statements that the palace "was commenced at the same time as the temple, but not finished till eight years afterwards"], and he finished all his house. [By Solomon's "house" we are not to understand his private palace, or residence proper, alone (see ver. 8), but a range of palaces, more or less connected including the "house of the forest of Lebanon" (ver. 2), "the porch of pillars" (ver. 6), the throne-room or judgment hall (ver. 7), his own house and the house of Pharaoh's daughter (ver. 8). That all these are comprehended under the term "house" is evident from 1 Kings 9:1, 10, 15; 1 Kings 10:12, where Solomon's buildings are always spoken of as two, viz., "the house of the Lord" and the "king's house." The situation of this string of palaces is by no means certain. Josephus says it stood over against (or opposite) the temple, which is highly probable; but this still leaves the question of site open, for the palace would be justly described as ἄντικρυς ἔχων ναὸν, whether it stood west or south of the sanctuary. Ewald places it on the opposite ridge of Ophel, i.e., on the south prolongation of the temple mount; while Fergusson, Bahr, etc., locate it on the northeast side of Zion, on the opposite side of the Tyropoean valley, and overlooking it and the whole city of David. Recent explorations seem to favour Ewald's view. See "Recovery of Jerusalem," pp. 319 sqq, and "Our Work in Palestine," p. 159 sqq. When we remember that the very site of Zion is disputed, it will not surprise the reader that questions of this kind should be involved in uncertainty. And when it is further considered that the accumulated debris of Jerusalem at one point reaches a depth of 120 feet, it will be readily understood what obstacles stand in the way of their settlement.]

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years,.... He made more haste with the house of God than with his own, for that was but seven years in building; which showed greater regard to the honour of God then to his own glory, or even convenience; nor was this built till after that:

and finished all his house; or houses he undertook to build, the singular for the plural; even the house of God, his own palace, and that for the daughter of Pharaoh, and that which is next mentioned, which were in all twenty years building, 1 Kings 9:10.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 7

1Ki 7:1. Building of Solomon's House.

1. Solomon was building his own house thirteen years—The time occupied in building his palace was nearly double that spent in the erection of the temple [1Ki 6:38], because neither had there been the same previous preparations for it, nor was there the same urgency as in providing a place of worship, on which the national well-being so much depended.

1 Kings 7:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Solomon Builds his Palace
1Now Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house. 2He built the house of the forest of Lebanon; its length was 100 cubits and its width 50 cubits and its height 30 cubits, on four rows of cedar pillars with cedar beams on the pillars.…
Cross References
1 Kings 3:1
Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married his daughter. He brought her to the City of David until he finished building his palace and the temple of the LORD, and the wall around Jerusalem.

1 Kings 6:38
In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.

1 Kings 9:1
When Solomon had finished building the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had achieved all he had desired to do,

1 Kings 9:10
At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built these two buildings--the temple of the LORD and the royal palace--

2 Chronicles 8:1
At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built the temple of the LORD and his own palace,

Ecclesiastes 2:4
I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards.
Treasury of Scripture

But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.

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1 Kings 9:10 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, when Solomon had …

2 Chronicles 8:1 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had …

Ecclesiastes 2:4,5 I made me great works; I built me houses; I planted me vineyards…

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and …

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