1 Kings 6:8
New International Version
The entrance to the lowest floor was on the south side of the temple; a stairway led up to the middle level and from there to the third.

New Living Translation
The entrance to the bottom floor was on the south side of the Temple. There were winding stairs going up to the second floor, and another flight of stairs between the second and third floors.

English Standard Version
The entrance for the lowest story was on the south side of the house, and one went up by stairs to the middle story, and from the middle story to the third.

Berean Study Bible
The entrance to the bottom floor was on the south side of the temple. A stairway led up to the middle level, and from there to the third floor.

King James Bible
The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third.

New King James Version
The doorway for the middle story was on the right side of the temple. They went up by stairs to the middle story, and from the middle to the third.

New American Standard Bible
The doorway for the lowest side chamber was on the right side of the house; and they would go up by a winding staircase to the middle story, and from the middle to the third.

NASB 1995
The doorway for the lowest side chamber was on the right side of the house; and they would go up by winding stairs to the middle story, and from the middle to the third.

NASB 1977
The doorway for the lowest side chamber was on the right side of the house; and they would go up by winding stairs to the middle story, and from the middle to the third.

Amplified Bible
The entrance to the lowest side chamber was on the right [or south] side of the house; and they would go up winding stairs to the middle [level], and from the middle to the third.

Christian Standard Bible
The door for the lowest side chamber was on the right side of the temple. They went up a stairway to the middle chamber, and from the middle to the third.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The door for the lowest side chamber was on the right side of the temple. They went up a stairway to the middle chamber, and from the middle to the third.

American Standard Version
The door for the middle side-chambers was in the right side of the house: and they went up by winding stairs into the middle'story , and out of the middle into the third.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the door of the surrounding corridor at the middle to the south side of the house, and with a staircase going up to the middle one, and from the middle one going up to the third.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the porch of the under side was below the right wing of the house, and there was a winding ascent into the middle chamber, and from the middle to the third story.

Contemporary English Version
The entrance to the bottom storage rooms was on the south side of the building, and stairs to the other rooms were also there.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The door for the middle side was on the right hand of the house : and by winding stairs they went up to the middle room, and from the middle to the third.

English Revised Version
The door for the middle side-chambers was in the right side of the house: and they went up by winding stairs into the middle chambers, and out of the middle into the third.

Good News Translation
The entrance to the lowest story of the annex was on the south side of the Temple, with stairs leading up to the second and third stories.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The entrance to the first story was on the south side of the temple. A staircase went up to the middle story and then to the third story.

International Standard Version
A passageway to the side chamber was constructed on the south side of the Temple by which people could ascend winding stairs to the middle story, then from there to the third story.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The door for the lowest row of chambers was in the right side of the house and they went up by winding stairs into the middle row, and out of the middle into the third.

Literal Standard Version
The opening of the middle side [is] at the right shoulder of the house, and with windings they go up on the middle one, and from the middle one to the third.

NET Bible
The entrance to the bottom level of side rooms was on the south side of the temple; stairs went up to the middle floor and then on up to the third floor.

New Heart English Bible
And the door for the lowest side-rooms was in the right side of the house: and they went up by winding stairs into the middle story, and out of the middle into the third.

World English Bible
The door for the middle side rooms was in the right side of the house: and they went up by winding stairs into the middle [story], and out of the middle into the third.

Young's Literal Translation
The opening of the middle side is at the right shoulder of the house, and with windings they go up on the middle one, and from the middle one unto the third.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Chambers
7The temple was constructed using finished stones cut at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any other iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built. 8The entrance to the bottom floor was on the south side of the temple. A stairway led up to the middle level, and from there to the third floor. 9So Solomon built the temple and finished it, roofing it with beams and planks of cedar.…

Cross References
1 Kings 6:7
The temple was constructed using finished stones cut at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any other iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built.

1 Kings 6:9
So Solomon built the temple and finished it, roofing it with beams and planks of cedar.

2 Chronicles 31:11
Then Hezekiah commanded them to prepare storerooms in the house of the LORD, and they did so.

Jeremiah 35:2
"Go to the house of the Rechabites, speak to them, and bring them to one of the chambers of the house of the LORD to offer them a drink of wine."

Ezekiel 41:7
The side rooms surrounding the temple widened at each successive level, because the structure surrounding the temple ascended by stages corresponding to the narrowing of the temple wall as it rose upward. And so a stairway went up from the lowest story to the highest, through the middle one.


Treasury of Scripture

The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third.

side [heb] shoulder

Ezekiel 41:6,7
And the side chambers were three, one over another, and thirty in order; and they entered into the wall which was of the house for the side chambers round about, that they might have hold, but they had not hold in the wall of the house…









Verse 8. - After recording this interesting and singular fact, the historian resumes his description of the side building. The door [or entrance, doorway, פֶתַח, as in ver. 31] for [Heb. of] the middle chamber [generally understood to mean "the middle side chamber of the lower story." But this is by no means necessary, for

(1) צֵלָע may signify the suite of rooms, i.e., the entire story or flat, as well as a single lean to or compartment, and

(2) הַתִּי כֹנָה is used in the next clause of the middle story. This has led Thenius, Keil, Ewald, Bahr, al. to substitute הַתַּחֲתּנָח (following the LXX. and Targum), which would give the sense of "lower story" (as in Ezekiel 41:7). Bahr says this "must necessarily be read." That this emendation has much in its favour must be allowed, but it seems also certain that we get a perfectly clear meaning from the text as it stands, viz., that "the door (leading to) the middle floor was (on the ground floor) on the right side," etc. It is hardly likely that all the compartments on the ground floor had only one approach, and the doors which communicated with them may well have been passed over as requiring no special notice. But the historian feels it necessary to state how the second and third stories were reached, and the staircase which led to them causes him to speak of the position of the door which opened upon it] was in the right side [Heb. shoulder. This word (כֶּתֶפ) almost implies that the door was in the external wall of the side structure, not in the wall of the holy place (as Bottcher, al.) The fact that the floor joists were not inserted into the temple walls, as being inconsistent with the dignity of the sanctuary, makes it almost a certainty that there was no direct communication between the building and its dependance. It is very improbable that the walls of the house were anywhere broken through. The "right side" was the south side (1 Kings 7:39), i.e., the right, not as one faced the oracle, but, like the building, faced east. What was the exact position of the door, whether in the centre, or at either angle, it is impossible to say] of the house: and they went up with winding stairs [לוּלִים is only found here and in 2 Chronicles

3. The staircase was obviously unlike those of most Eastern buildings, within the side structure. Even if the outer wall was five cubits thick, of which we have no proof, it is very doubtful whether the staircase would or could be constructed within it] into [Heb. upon] the middle Chamber [or story], and out of the middle into the third.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The entrance
פֶּ֗תַח (pe·ṯaḥ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6607: An opening, door, entrance way

to the bottom
הַתִּ֣יכֹנָ֔ה (hat·tî·ḵō·nāh)
Article | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 8484: Central

floor
הַצֵּלָע֙ (haṣ·ṣê·lā‘)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6763: A rib, a side, a, timber, plank

was on
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the south
הַיְמָנִ֑ית (hay·mā·nîṯ)
Article | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 3233: Right hand, right

side
כֶּ֥תֶף (ke·ṯep̄)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 3802: The shoulder, side-piece, lateral projection of anything

of the temple.
הַבַּ֖יִת (hab·ba·yiṯ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1004: A house

A stairway
וּבְלוּלִּ֗ים (ū·ḇə·lūl·lîm)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3883: A shaft or enclosed space with steps or ladder

led up
יַֽעֲלוּ֙ (ya·‘ă·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

to
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the middle level,
הַתִּ֣יכֹנָ֔ה (hat·tî·ḵō·nāh)
Article | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 8484: Central

and from
וּמִן־ (ū·min-)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

[there]
הַתִּֽיכֹנָ֖ה (hat·tî·ḵō·nāh)
Article | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 8484: Central

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the third floor.
הַשְּׁלִשִֽׁים׃ (haš·šə·li·šîm)
Article | Number - ordinal masculine plural
Strong's 7992: Third, feminine a, third, a third, a third-story cell)


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