3 And Solomon began building Jehovah’s house in Jerusalem on Mount Morijah, which had been selected by his father David, David having made preparations on the site, on the threshing-floor of the Jebusite Ornan. 2 And he began building in the second month, in the year four of his reign. 3 And Solomon laid the foundations for building the house of God as follows: the length sixty cubits by the old standard (ninety feet), and width twenty cubits (thirty feet), 4 * and the porch on the front of the length, parallel to the width of the house, twenty cubits and the height twenty cubits; and Solomon coated it with pure gold on the inside, 5 * and the main house he wainscoted with cypress and lined it with good gold and put on palm trees and chains on it. 6 And he inlaid the house with precious stones for magnificence; and the gold was Parvaim gold. 7 And he lined the house with gold, beams and thresholds and walls and doors, and carved cherubs on the walls. 8 And he made the room for the holiest of the holy, its length along the width of the house twenty cubits and its width twenty cubits, and lined it with good gold, 9 * six hundred hundredweight and a weight for thirty-ounce gold nails; and he lined the roof-chambers with gold. 10 * And in the room for the holiest of the holy he made two cherubs of identical work and coated them with gold; 11 and the stretch of the cherubs’ wings was twenty cubits, the one wing five cubits touching the wall of the house, and the other wing five cubits touching the wing of the other cherub, 12 and the other cherub’s wing five cubits touching the wall of the house, and the other wing five cubits meeting the wing of the other cherub; 13 these cherubs’ wings spread twenty cubits, and they stood on their feet with their faces to the house. 14 And he made the veil of violet and purple and crimson and lawn, and put on cherubs on it. 15 And he made before the house two pillars fifty feet long, and the finial on top, seven and a half feet; 16 * and he made chains on the collar and put on top of the pillars, and made a hundred pomegranates and put them on the chains, 17 and set the pillars up in front of the temple, one to the right and one to the left, and named the right-hand one Jakin and the left-hand one Boʽaz.
^ 3:4 (first part) Susp.
^ 3:5 Lit. the great house
^ 3:9 Or a weight for nails of thirty ounces of gold
^ 3:10 (identical) Unc.
^ 3:16 (on the collar) Codd. in the shrine