1[1-5] Solomon, David’s son, was strengthened in his lands, and Yahweh God was with him, and made him very well known. Solomon ruled all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every head in all Israel, the heads of the ancestors’ houses. So Solomon and all the assembly went to the high place that was at Gibeon because that was the Place of Worship of God, which Moses, the worker of Yahweh, had made out in the countryside. But David had brought the Chest of God up from Kiriath Jearim to the place that David had prepared for it because he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem. Besides, the bronze altar Bezalel of Uri, of Hur, had made was there before the tent of Yahweh; and Solomon and the assembly went to it.
[6-10] Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before Yahweh, which was at the Place of Worship, and offered 1,000 burnt offerings on it. That night God appeared to Solomon, saying to him, “Ask whatever you want and I’ll give it to you.”So Solomon said to God, “You’ve shown great loving kindness to David my father, and have made me ruler in his place. Now, Yahweh God, let your promise to David, my father, come to pass because you’ve made me ruler over a people like the dust of the earth in number. Now give me wisdom and knowledge, so that I may go out and come in before this people. Who can judge so many of Your people?”
[11 -12] Then God said to Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you haven’t asked for riches, wealth, or honor, nor for the life of those who hate you, neither still have you asked for long life; but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people, over whom I’ve made you ruler; I’ll give you wisdom and knowledge; and I’ll also give you riches, wealth, and honor, more than any of the rulers have had who have come before you; neither will there be any after you like this.”
[13-17] So Solomon came from the high place at Gibeon, from the Place of Worship to Jerusalem and ruled over Israel. Solomon gathered war vehicles and horse riders; and he had 1,400 war vehicles, and 12,000 horse riders, that he placed in their cities, and with the ruler at Jerusalem. The ruler brought silver and gold to Jerusalem, as common as stones, and he made cedars to be as common as the sycamore trees that are in the lowland. The horses which Solomon had were brought out of Egypt from Kue; the ruler’s sales people purchased them from Kue. They brought up out of Egypt a war vehicle for 600 pieces of silver, and a horse for 150; and sold them to all the rulers of the Hittites, and the rulers of Syria.
2[1 So nowlomon purposed to build a house for the Name of Yahweh, and a house for himself. Solomon counted out 71,000 workers, and 81,000 stonecutters in the mountains, and 3,600 overseers. Solomon sent word to Huram the ruler of Tyre, saying, “As you dealt with David my father, and sent him cedars to build him a house in which to live, even so deal with me. See, I’m about to build a house for the Name of Yahweh my God, to dedicate it to God, and to burn incense of sweet spices in worship, and for the continual showbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the Seventh Days, and on the new moons, and on the set celebrations of Yahweh our God. This is a law forever to Israel. The house which I build must be great because our God is greater than all gods. But who is able to build a house for God, seeing heaven and the heaven of heavens can’t hold God in? Who am I then, that I should build a house for God, except to burn incense to God in worship? So send me anyone skillful to work in gold, silver, brass, iron, purple, crimson, and blue, and who knows how to engrave all kinds of carvings, to be with the skilled workers who are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father, gave. Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees, out of Lebanon because I know that Your workers know how to cut wood in Lebanon; and see, my workers will be with your workers, to prepare me much wood because the house which I’m about to build will be very great and wonderful. See, I’ll give to your workers, the cutters who cut wood, 20,000 measures of beaten wheat, and 20,000 measures of barley, and 120,000 gallons of wine, and 120,000 gallons of oil.
[11-16] Then Huram, the ruler of Tyre, answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon, “Because Yahweh loves the people of God, God has made you ruler over them.” Huram continued, “Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who has given to David, the ruler, a wise son, gifted with good judgment and understanding, who can build a house for Yahweh, and a house for himself. Now I’ve sent a skillful worker, gifted with understanding, Huram-abi, the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan; and his father was from Tyre. He’s skillful in the working of gold, silver, brass, iron, stone, wood, purple, blue, fine linen, and in crimson, also to engrave any kind of carving, and to make anything; that there may be a place given to him with your skilled workers, and with the skilled workers of David your father. So the wheat and the barley, the oil and the wine, which you’ve spoken of, send it to these workers; and we’ll cut wood out of Lebanon, as much as you’ll need; and we’ll bring it to you in floats by sea to Joppa (modern Tel Aviv-Yafo, or also known as Tel Aviv-Jaffa); and you’ll carry it up to Jerusalem.”
[17-18] Solomon counted all the foreigners who were in the land of Israel, after the numbering with which David his father had counted them; and they were found to be 153,600. He set 70,000 of them to be workers, and 80,000 who were stonecutters in the mountains, and 3,600 overseers to set the people to work.
3[1-5] Then Solomon began to build the Place of Worship of Yahweh at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where Yahweh appeared to David his father, which he built in the place that David had set aside, in the threshing floor of Ornan, the Jebusite. He began to build on the 2nd day of the second month (Iyar), in the 4th year of his rule. Now these are the foundations which Solomon laid for the building of the house of God. The the first measure by feet was 90’x 30’. The porch that was before the house, its length, according to the width of the house was 30’, and the height 180’; and he overlaid the inside with pure gold. He made a ceiling for the greater house with fir wood, which he overlaid with fine gold, and decorated it with palm trees and chains.
[6-13] He decorated the house with precious stones for beauty; and the gold was gold of Parvaim. He overlaid the house, the posts, the doorways, the walls, and the doors with gold; and engraved cherubim (angelic winged creatures) on the walls. He made the Most Holy Place; its length equal to the width of the house was 30’, and its width 30’; and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to 45,000 lbs. The weight of the nails was equal to about the weigt of 50 gold coins. He overlaid the upper rooms with gold. In the Most Holy Place he made two cherubim of carved work; and they overlaid them with gold. The wings of the cherubim were 30’ long; the wing of one cherub was 7 ½’ , reaching to the wall of the room; and the other wing was also 7 ½’, reaching to the wing of the other cherub. The wing of the other cherub was 7 ½’, reaching to the wall of the room; and the other wing was 7 ½’ also, joining to the wing of the other cherub. All together, the wings of these cherubim spread 30’; and they stood on their feet, and their faces were toward the room.
[14-17] He made the veil of blue, purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and decorated it with cherubim. Also he made in front of the house two pillars of 52 ½’ high, and the capital that was on the top of each of them was 7 ½’. He made chains in the inner sanctuary, and put them on the tops of the pillars; and he made 100 pomegranates, and put them on the chains. He put the pillars up before the Place of Worship, one on each side; and called the name of the one on the right hand Jachin, and the name of the one on the left Boaz.
4[1-5] Then he made an altar of brass, 30’ long by 30’ wide, and 15’ high. Also he made the molten sea of 15’ from brim to brim, round; and it was 7 ½’ high; and it was 45’ around it. Under it were sculptures of oxen, which surrounded the sea at15’ all around it. The oxen were in two rows, when it was cast. It stood on 12 oxen, three each looking toward the north, west, south, and east; and the sea was set above them, and all their hinds were inward. It was 3” thick; and the brim was made like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily; it held 18,000 gallons. He also made ten bowls, and put five on each side, to wash in them; they washed the things that were used for the burnt offering in them; but the sea was for the preachers to wash in.
[7-10] He made the ten lampstands of gold according to the rule about them; and he set them in the Place of Worship, five on each side. He made also ten tables, and placed them in the Place of Worship, five on each side. He made 100 bowls of gold. Also he made the court of the preachers, and the great court, and doors for the court, and overlaid all the doors with brass. He set the sea on the right side of the house in the southeast corner.
[11-16] Huram made the pots, the shovels, and the bowls. So Huram finished doing the work that he did for ruler Solomon in the house of God; the two pillars, the bowls, and the two capitals which were on the top of the pillars, and the two lattices to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars, and the 400 pomegranates for the two lattices; two rows of pomegranates for each lattice, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the pillars. He also made the bases, and he made the bowls on the bases; one sea, and the 12 oxen under it. The pots also, the shovels, and the forks, and all the tools, Huram-abi made for ruler Solomon for the Place of Worship of Yahweh of bright brass.
[17-22] Solomon had them cast in the field of the Jordan, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredah. So Solomon made all these pots, so many, the weight of all the brass couldn’t be found out. Solomon made all the pots that were in the house of God, the golden altar also, the tables with the showbread on them; and the lampstands with their lamps, to burn according to the rule before the inner sanctuary, of pure gold; the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs were of pure gold; and the snuffers, the bowls, the spoons, and the fire pans were of pure gold; and as for the entry of the house, the inner doors for the Most Holy Place, and the doors of the main hall of the Place of Worship were of gold.
5[1-5] So all the work that Solomon did for the Place of Worship of Yahweh was finished. Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, all the silver and gold, and all the pots, and put them in the treasuries of the house of God. Then Solomon gathered the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the family groups, the leaders of the ancestors’ houses of the people of Israel, to Jerusalem, to bring up the Chest of the promised agreement of Yahweh out of the city of David, which is Zion. And all the people of Israel gathered themselves to the ruler at the celebration, which was in the 7th month (Tishri). All the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the Chest; and they brought up the Chest, and the Place of Worship, and all the holy pots that were in the Tent; all these the preachers, the Levites, brought up.
[6-10] King Solomon and all the people of Israel, that were gathered to him were before the Chest, sacrificing sheep and oxen, so many that they couldn’t be counted. The preachers brought in the Chest of the promised agreement of Yahweh to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the house, to the Most Holy Place, under the wings of the cherubim (angelic winged creatures). They spread out their wings over the place of the Chest, and covered the Chest and its poles from above. The poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the Chest before the inner sanctuary; but they weren’t seen outside; and there it is to today. There wasn’t anything in the Chest except the two tables which Moses put there at Horeb when Yahweh made an agreement with the people of Israel when they came out of Egypt.
[11-14] When the preachers had come out of the holy place, (for all the preachers who were present had dedicated themselves, and didn’t keep their divisions; also the Levites who were the singers, all of them, even Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and their brothers, arrayed in fine linen with cymbals and lyres and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them 120 preachers sounding horns; ) The horn players and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking Yahweh; and when they raised their voices with the horns and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised Yahweh,sang, God is good, whose loving kindness lasts forever; then the house of God was filled with a cloud, the Place of Worship of Yahweh, so that the preachers couldn’t stand to minister because the cloud of the glory of Yahweh filled the house of God.
6[1 Then Solomon said, “Yahweh has said, ‘I will live in the thick darkness.’ But I’ve built a House of God, and a place for Yahweh to live in forever.” The ruler turned his face, and blessed all the assembly of Israel; and all the assembly of Israel stood up. He said, “Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel who said to David my father, and has done it, saying, ‘Since the day that I brought forth My people out of the land of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the family groups of Israel to build a house in, that My Name would be there; neither chose I any human being to be head over My people Israel; but I’ve chosen Jerusalem, that My Name would be there; and have chosen David to be over My people Israel.’
[7-11] Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the Name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. But Yahweh said to David my father, ‘Even though it was in your heart to build a house for My Name, you did well that it was in your heart; but you won’t build the house; your son who will come from your body, he’ll build the house for My Name.’ Yahweh has done what was said because I sit in the place of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as Yahweh promised, and have built the House for the Name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. There I have set the Chest, in which is the Promised Agreement of Yahweh which God made with the people of Israel.”
[12-16] He stood before the altar of Yahweh in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands (for Solomon had made a bronze scaffold, 7 ½ ‘ x 7 ½ ‘, and 4 ½ ‘ high, and had set it in the middle of the court; and he stood on it, and kneeled down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven; ) and he said, “Yahweh, God of Israel, there is no God like You, in heaven, or on earth; who keeps the Promised Agreement and shows loving kindness to Your workers who walk before You with all their heart; who have kept with Your worker David my father what You promised him; yes, You said with Your mouth, and have fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is today. So now, Yahweh, God of Israel, keep with Your worker David my father what You’ve promised him, saying, ‘There won’t fail to be someone in My sight to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your children be careful to keep their way, to walk in My law as you’ve walked before Me.’
[17-21] So now, Yahweh, God of Israel, let Your word be done which You said to Your worker David. But will God truly live with human beings on the earth? See, heaven and the heaven of heavens can’t contain You; how much less this house which I’ve built! Still, You have honored the prayer of Your worker, and my prayer, Yahweh my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your worker prays before You; that Your eyes may be open toward this house day and night, even toward the place where You’ve said that You’d put Your Name; to listen to the prayer which Your worker will pray toward this place. Listen to the requests of Your worker, and of Your people Israel when they’ pray toward this place; yes, hear from Your place in heaven; and when You hear, forgive us.
[22-25] If anyone sins against their neighbor, and an oath is put on them to cause them to make a promise, and they come and make a promises before Your altar in this house; then hear from heaven, and act, and judge Your workers, bringing justice on the sinful, to bring their way on their own head; and justifying the good, to give them according to their goodness. If Your people Israel be fought down before the enemy, because they’ve sinned against You, and will turn again and call on Your Name, and pray before You in this house; then hear from heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them again to the land which You gave to them and to their ancestors.
[26 -33] When the sky is shut up, and there’s no rain, because they’ve sinned against You; if they pray toward this place, and call on Your Name, and turn from their sin when You trouble them; then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your workers, and of Your people Israel when You teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land, which You’ve given to Your people for an inheritance. If there’s a lack of food in the land, if there’s disease, if there’s blight or mildew, locust or caterpillar; if their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; whatever prayer is prayed by any person, or by all Your people Israel, who will each know their own trial and their own sorrow, and will spread out their hands toward this house; then hear from Your home in heaven and forgive, and give to everyone according to their ways, whose heart You know; (for You and You only know the hearts of the people;) that they may respect You, to walk in Your ways, so long as they live in the land which You gave to our ancestors. Besides, about the foreigner who isn’t of Your people Israel, when they come from a far country for Your great Name’s sake, and Your strong hand, and Your outstretched arm; when they come and pray toward this house; then hear from Your home in heaven, and do what the foreigner asks of You; that all the peoples of the earth may know Your Name, and respect You, as does Your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I’ve built is called by Your Name.
[34-39] If Your people go out to battle against their enemies, by whatever way You send them, and they pray to You toward this city which You’ve chosen, and the house which I’ve built for Your Name; then hear from heaven their prayer and their request, and take their case. If they sin against You (for there is no one who doesn’t sin), and You’re angry with them, and give them to the enemy, so that they carry them away prisoner to a land far off or near; still if they’ll repent themselves in the land where they’ve been carried prisoner, and turn again, and pray to You in the land where they’ve been taken, saying, ‘We’ve sinned, We’ve done wrong, and have acted evil;’ if they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land where they’ve been taken, where they’ve been carried prisoner, and pray toward their land, which You gave to their ancestors, and the city which You’ve chosen, and toward the house which I’ve built for Your Name; then hear from heaven, even from where You are, their prayer and their requests, and take their case, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You.
[40-42] Now, my God, let, I beg You, Your eyes be open, and let Your ears pay attention, to the prayer that is made in this place. So now, come up, Yahweh God, into Your resting place, You, and the Chest of Your strength; let Your preachers, Yahweh God, be clothed with Your saving grace, and let Your saints be happy in goodness. Yahweh God, don’t turn away the face of Your anointed; remember Your loving kindnesses to David Your worker.”