1 Kings 7
King James Bible: Purple Letter Edition
1But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house. 2He built also the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length of it {thereof} was an hundred cubits, and the breadth of it {thereof} fifty cubits, and the height of it {thereof} thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars. 3And it was covered with cedar above upon the beams, that lay on forty-five pillars, fifteen in a row. 4And there were windows in three rows, and light was against light in three tiers {ranks}. 5And all the doors and posts were square, with the windows; and light was against light in three tiers {ranks}. 6And he made a porch of pillars; the length of it {thereof} was fifty cubits, and the breadth of it {thereof} thirty cubits; and the porch was before them; and the other pillars and the thick beam were before them. 7Then he made a porch for the throne where he might judge, even the porch of judgment; and it was covered with cedar from one side of the floor to the other. 8And his house, where he dwelt, had another court within the porch, which was of {the} like workmanship {work}. Solomon made also an house for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken as his {to} wife, like unto this porch.

9All these were of costly stones, according to the measures of hewn {hewed} stones, sawed with saws, within and without, even from the foundation unto the coping, and so on the outside toward the great court. 10And the foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits. 11And above were costly stones, after the measures of hewn {hewed} stones, and cedars. 12And the great court round about was with three rows of hewn {hewed} stones, and a row of cedar beams, both for the inner court of the house of the LORD, and for the porch of the house.

13And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre. 14He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze; and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and skill to work all works in bronze. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.

15For he cast two pillars of bronze, of eighteen cubits high apiece; and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them about. 16And he made two capitals of melted {molten} bronze, to set upon the tops of the pillars; the height of the one capital was five cubits, and the height of the other capital was five cubits; 17And nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the capitals which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one capital, and seven for the other capital. 18And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon the one network, to cover the capitals that were upon the top, with pomegranates; and so did he for the other capital. 19And the capitals that were upon the top of the pillars were of lily-work in the porch, four cubits. 20And the capitals upon the two pillars had pomegranates also above, over against the rounded projection {belly} which was by the network; and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the other capital. 21And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple; and he set up the right pillar, and called the name of it {thereof} Jachin; and he set up the left pillar, and called the name of it {thereof} Boaz. 22And upon the top of the pillars was lily-work; so was the work of the pillars finished.

23And he made a melted {molten} sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other; it was round all about, and his height was five cubits; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about. 24And under the brim of it round about there were knobs compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about; the knobs were cast in two rows, when it was cast. 25It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward. 26And it was an handbreadth thick, and the brim of it {thereof} was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies. It contained two thousand baths.

27And he made ten bases of bronze; four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits the breadth of it {thereof}, and three cubits the height of it. 28And the work of the bases was on this manner: they had panels {borders}, and the panels {borders} were between the frames {ledges}; 29And on the panels {borders} that were between the frames {ledges} were lions, oxen, and cherubim; and upon the frames {ledges} there was a pedestal {base} above; and beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions made of thin work. 30And every base had four bronze wheels, and axels {plates} of bronze; and the four corners of it {thereof} had supports; under the laver were melted supports {molten}, at the side of every addition. 31And the mouth of it within the capital and above was a cubit; but the mouth of it {thereof} was round after the work of the pedestal {base}, a cubit and an half. And also upon the mouth of it were carvings with their borders, foursquare, not round. 32And under the panels {borders} were four wheels; and the axles of the wheels were joined to the base; and the height of a wheel was a cubit and half a cubit. 33And the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel; their axles, and their hubs {naves}, and their rims {felloes}, and their spokes, were all cast {molten}. 34And there were four supports to the four corners of one base; and the supports were of the very base itself. 35And in the top of the base was there a round compass of half a cubit high; and on the top of the base the frames {ledges} of it {thereof} and the panels {borders} of it {thereof} were of the same. 36For on the plates of the frames {ledges} of it {thereof}, and on the panels {borders} of it {thereof}, he carved {graved} cherubim, lions, and palm trees, according to the proportion of every one, and additions round about. 37After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one size. 38Then made he ten lavers of bronze: one laver contained forty baths, and every laver was four cubits; and upon every one of the ten bases one laver. 39And he put five bases on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house; and he set the sea on the right side of the house eastward over against the south.

40And Hiram made the lavers, and the shovels, and the basins. So Hiram finished {made an end of} doing all the work that he made King Solomon for the house of the LORD:

41The two pillars, and the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the two pillars; and the two networks, to cover the two bowls of the capitals which were upon the top of the pillars; 42And four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, even two rows of pomegranates for one network, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were upon the pillars; 43And the ten bases, and ten lavers on the bases; 44And one sea, and twelve oxen under the sea; 45And the pots, and the shovels, and the basins. And all these vessels, which Hiram made to King Solomon for the house of the LORD, were of bright bronze. 46In the plain of the Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan.

47And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were very {exceeding} many; neither was the weight of the bronze found out.

48And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the LORD; the altar of gold, and the table of gold, upon which {whereupon} the showbread was, 49And the lampstands of pure gold, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the inner sanctuary {oracle}, with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold, 50And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basins, and the spoons, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple.

51So was ended all the work that King Solomon made for the house of the LORD. And Solomon brought in the things which David, his father, had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD.

King James Bible: Purple Letter Edition
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