1 And Solomon the
son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD his
God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.
2 Then Solomon spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands
and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every governor in
all Israel, the chief of the fathers.
3 So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the
high place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle
of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD
had made in the wilderness.
4 But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjath-jearim
to the place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched
a tent for it at Jerusalem.
5 Moreover the brasen altar, that Bezaleel the son of Uri, the
son of Hur, had made, he put before the tabernacle of the LORD:
and Solomon and the congregation sought unto it.
6 And Solomon went up thither to the brasen altar before the
LORD, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered
a thousand burnt offerings upon it.
7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him,
Ask what I shall give thee.
8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto
David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.
9 Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established:
for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the
earth in multitude.
10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come
in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that
is so great?
11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart,
and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life
of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast
asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge
my people, over whom I have made thee king:
12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give
thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings
have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any
after thee have the like.
13 Then Solomon came from his journey to the high place that
was at Gibeon to Jerusalem, from before the tabernacle of the
congregation, and reigned over Israel.
14 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had a
thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen,
which he placed in the chariot cities, and with the king at
15 And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous
as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that
are in the vale for abundance.
16 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn:
the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
17 And they fetched up, and brought forth out of Egypt a chariot
for six hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred
and fifty: and so brought they out horses for all the kings
of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, by their means.
1 And Solomon determined
to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for
2 And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear
burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and
three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.
3 And Solomon sent to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, As thou
didst deal with David my father, and didst send him cedars to
build him an house to dwell therein, even so deal with me.
4 Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to
dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and
for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning
and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the
solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for
ever to Israel.
5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God
above all gods.
6 But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and
heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I
should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before
7 Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in
silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson,
and blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning men that
are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father
8 Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees, out
of Lebanon: for I know that thy servants can skill to cut timber
in Lebanon; and, behold, my servants shall be with thy servants,
9 Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which
I am about to build shall be wonderful great.
10 And, behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that
cut timber, twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty
thousand measures of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine,
and twenty thousand baths of oil.
11 Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he
sent to Solomon, Because the LORD hath loved his people, he
hath made thee king over them.
12 Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that
made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise
son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build
an house for the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.
13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding,
of Huram my father's,
14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father
was a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in
brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue,
and in fine linen, and in crimson; also to grave any manner
of graving, and to find out every device which shall be put
to him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my
lord David thy father.
15 Now therefore the wheat, and the barley, the oil, and the
wine, which my lord hath spoken of, let him send unto his servants:
16 And we will cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as thou shalt
need: and we will bring it to thee in floats by sea to Joppa;
and thou shalt carry it up to Jerusalem.
17 And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land
of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had
numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand
and three thousand and six hundred.
18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers
of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain,
and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people
1 Then Solomon
began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah,
where the LORD appeared unto David his father, in the place
that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.
2 And he began to build in the second day of the second month,
in the fourth year of his reign.
3 Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for
the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after
the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty
4 And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length
of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits,
and the height was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it
within with pure gold.
5 And the greater house he cieled with fir tree, which he overlaid
with fine gold, and set thereon palm trees and chains.
6 And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty:
and the gold was gold of Parvaim.
7 He overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the
walls thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved
cherubims on the walls.
8 And he made the most holy house, the length whereof was according
to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the breadth
thereof twenty cubits: and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting
to six hundred talents.
9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And
he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.
10 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image
work, and overlaid them with gold.
11 And the wings of the cherubims were twenty cubits long: one
wing of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall
of the house: and the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching
to the wing of the other cherub.
12 And one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching
to the wall of the house: and the other wing was five cubits
also, joining to the wing of the other cherub.
13 The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty
cubits: and they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward.
14 And he made the vail of blue, and purple, and crimson, and
fine linen, and wrought cherubims thereon.
15 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five
cubits high, and the chapiter that was on the top of each of
them was five cubits.
16 And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the
heads of the pillars; and made an hundred pomegranates, and
put them on the chains.
17 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the
right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of
that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left