New International Reader's Version

1 Kings 7:1-51

Solomon Builds His Palace

1But it took Solomon 13 years to finish constructing his palace and the other buildings related to it. 2He built the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. It was 150 feet long. It was 75 feet wide. And it was 45 feet high. It had four rows of cedar columns. They held up beautiful cedar beams. 3Above the beams was a roof made out of cedar boards. It rested on the columns. There were three rows of beams with 15 in each row. The total number of beams was 45. 4The windows of the palace were placed high up in the walls. They were in groups of three. And they faced each other. 5All the doorways had frames shaped like rectangles. They were in front. They were in groups of three. And they faced each other.

6Solomon made a covered area. It was 75 feet long. And it was 45 feet wide. Its roof was held up by columns. In front of it was a porch. In front of that were pillars and a roof that went out beyond them.

7Solomon built the throne hall. It was called the Hall of Justice. That’s where he would serve as judge. He covered the hall with cedar boards from floor to ceiling. 8The palace where he would live was set farther back. Its plan was something like the plan for the hall. Solomon had married Pharaoh’s daughter. He made a palace for her. It was like the hall.

9All those buildings were made out of blocks of good quality stone. They were cut to the right size. They were made smooth on their back and front sides. Those stones were used for the outside of each building and for the large courtyard. They were also used from the foundations up to the roofs. 10Large blocks of good quality stone were used for the foundations. Some were 15 feet long. Others were 12 feet long. 11The walls above them were made out of good quality stones. The stones were cut to the right size. On top of them was a layer of cedar beams. 12The large courtyard had a wall around it. The first three layers of the wall were made out of blocks of stone. The top layer was made out of beautiful cedar wood. The same thing was done with the inside courtyard of the Lord’s temple and its porch.

More Facts About the Temple

13King Solomon sent messengers to Tyre. He wanted them to bring Huram back with them. 14Huram’s mother was a widow. She was from the tribe of Naphtali. Huram’s father was from Tyre. He was skilled in working with bronze. Huram also had great skill, knowledge and understanding in working with bronze. He came to King Solomon and did all the work he was asked to do.

15Huram made two bronze pillars. Each of them was 27 feet high. And each was 18 feet around. 16Each pillar had a decorated top made out of bronze. Each top was seven and a half feet high. 17Chains that were linked together hung down from the tops of the pillars. There were seven chains for each top. 18Huram made two rows of pomegranates. They circled the chains. The pomegranates decorated the tops of the pillars. Huram did the same thing for each pillar. 19The tops on the pillars of the porch were shaped like lilies. The lilies were 6 feet high. 20On the tops of both pillars were 200 pomegranates. They were in rows all around the tops. They were above the part that was shaped like a bowl. And they were next to the chains. 21Huram set the pillars up at the temple porch. The pillar on the south he named Jakin. The one on the north he named Boaz. 22The tops of the pillars were shaped like lilies. So the work on the pillars was finished.

23Huram made a huge metal bowl for washing. Its shape was round. It measured 15 feet from rim to rim. It was seven and a half feet high. And it was 45 feet around. 24Below the rim there was a circle of gourds around the bowl. In every 18 inches around the bowl there were ten gourds. The gourds were arranged in two rows. They were made as part of the bowl itself.

25The huge bowl stood on 12 bulls. Three of them faced north. Three faced west. Three faced south. And three faced east. The bowl rested on top of the bulls. Their rear ends were toward the center. 26The bowl was three inches thick. Its rim was like the rim of a cup. The rim was shaped like the bloom of a lily. The bowl held 12,000 gallons of water.

27Huram also made ten stands out of bronze. They could be moved around. Each stand was six feet long. It was six feet wide. And it was four and a half feet high. 28Here is how the stands were made. They had sides that were joined to posts. 29On the sides between the posts were lions, bulls and cherubim. They were also on all of the posts. Above and below the lions and bulls were wreaths made out of hammered metal. 30Each stand had four bronze wheels with bronze axles. Each stand had a bowl that rested on four supports. The stand had wreaths on each side. 31There was a round opening on the inside of each stand. The opening had a frame 18 inches deep. The sides were 27 inches high from the top of the opening to the bottom of the base. There was carving around the opening. The sides of the stands were square, not round. 32The four wheels were under the sides. The axles of the wheels were connected to the stand. Each wheel was 27 inches across. 33The wheels were made like chariot wheels. All the axles, rims, spokes and hubs were made out of metal.

34Each stand had four handles on it. There was one on each corner. They came out from the stand. 35At the top of the stand there was a round band. It was nine inches deep. The sides and supports were connected to the top of the stand. 36Huram carved cherubim, lions and palm trees on the sides of the stands. He also carved them on the surfaces of the supports. His carving covered every open space. He had also carved wreaths all around. 37That’s how he made the ten stands. All of them were made in the same molds. And they had the same size and shape.

38Then Huram made ten bronze bowls. Each one held 240 gallons. The bowls measured six feet across. There was one bowl for each of the ten stands. 39He placed five of the stands on the south side of the temple. He placed the other five on the north side. He put the huge bowl on the south side. It was at the southeast corner of the temple. 40He also made the pots, shovels and sprinkling bowls.

So Huram finished all the work he had started for King Solomon. Here’s what he made for the Lord’s temple.

41He made the two pillars.

He made the two tops for the pillars. The tops were shaped like bowls.

He made the two sets of chains that were linked together. They decorated the two bowl-shaped tops of the pillars.

42He made the 400 pomegranates for the two sets of chains. There were two rows of pomegranates for each chain. They decorated the bowl-shaped tops of the pillars.

43He made the ten stands with their ten bowls.

44He made the huge bowl. He made the 12 bulls that were under it.

45He made the pots, shovels and sprinkling bowls.

Huram made all those objects for King Solomon for the Lord’s temple. He made them out of bronze. Then he shined them up. 46The king had made them in clay molds. It was done on the plain of the Jordan River between Sukkoth and Zarethan. 47Solomon didn’t weigh any of those things. There were too many of them to weigh. No one even tried to weigh the bronze they were made out of.

48Solomon also made everything in the Lord’s temple.

He made the golden altar.

He made the golden table for the holy bread.

49He made the pure gold lampstands. There were five on the right and five on the left. They were in front of the Most Holy Room.

He made the gold flowers. He made the gold lamps and tongs.

50He made the bowls, wick cutters, sprinkling bowls, dishes, and shallow cups for burning incense. All of them were made out of pure gold.

He made the gold bases for the doors of the inside room. That’s the Most Holy Room. He also made gold bases for the doors of the main hall of the temple.

51King Solomon finished all the work for the Lord’s temple. Then he brought in the things his father David had set apart for the Lord. They included the silver and gold and all the other things for the Lord’s temple. Solomon placed them with the other treasures that were there.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

列王記Ⅰ 7:1-51

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宮殿の建設

1それからソロモン王は、十三年かかって宮殿を完成させました。 2宮殿の一室に「レバノンの森の間」と呼ばれる、長さ百キュビト(四十四メートル)、幅五十キュビト(二十二メートル)、高さ三十キュビト(十三・二メートル)の大広間がありました。天井には大きなレバノン杉のはりが、四列の杉材の柱の上に渡してありました。 3-4三方の壁には、一列に五つずつ三列からなる計四十五の窓がありました。 5どの扉も枠も、四角形の木でできていました。

6ほかに「柱の間」と呼ばれる、長さ五十キュビト、幅三十キュビトの部屋がありました。その部屋には、ひさしのついた玄関がありました。

7それから、王が訴訟を聞くための、「玉座の間」とも「裁きの間」とも呼ばれる部屋がありました。ここは、床から天井まで、部屋全体を杉材で張り巡らしてありました。

8この部屋のうしろにある庭を取り囲むようにして、同じく杉材を張り巡らした、王の住まいがありました。またソロモンは、妻としたエジプト王の娘のために、自分のと同じ大きさの住まいを、宮殿の中に建てました。

9建物はすべて寸法どおりに切りそろえられた、大きく高価な石で造られました。 10土台の石は八キュビトから十キュビトもありました。 11塀に使った大きな石も寸法どおりに切られ、その上にレバノン杉の角材を重ねました。 12大庭の周囲の塀にも、三段の大きな切り石を使い、神殿の内庭や玄関のように、その上にレバノン杉の角材を重ねました。

神殿の器具の製作

13ソロモンは、ヒラムという青銅細工の熟練工をツロから呼び寄せました。 14彼の父親はツロの鋳造師でしたが、母親がナフタリ族の未亡人だったので、ユダヤ人の血が半分混じっていたのです。このヒラムが、王が求めるあらゆる仕事を行いました。

15彼は、高さ十八キュビト、周囲十二キュビトで、中が空洞の二本の青銅の柱を鋳造しました。 16-22柱の上に、青銅で鋳造した柱頭が載せられました。それはゆりの花の形をしていて、二つとも高さ五キュビトでした。その柱頭は、青銅の鎖で編んだ七組の格子細工の網と、網の上を二段に取り巻く四百個の青銅のざくろで飾られていました。ヒラムはこの二本の柱を、神殿の入口に立てました。右側の柱はヤキン(「設立する」の意)、左側の柱はボアズ(「力とともに」の意)という名をつけました。

23次にヒラムは、高さ十キュビト、直径五キュビト、円周三十キュビトという青銅の大洗盤を鋳造しました。 24その縁の下には、回りを取り巻くように、一キュビト(四十四センチメートル)おきに二列の飾り模様がありました。洗盤を鋳造した時に鋳込んだものです。 25この大洗盤は、三頭ずつ組になって、それぞれ後部を内側にして東西南北を向いた、十二頭の青銅の牛の上に載せられていました。 26洗盤の縁は杯の縁のような形をしていて、厚さは一手幅(七・五センチメートル)あり、容量は二千バテ(約四十六キロリットル)でした。

27-30彼はまた、四個の車輪で移動できる、十六平方メートル、高さ三キュビトの台を十個作りました。それぞれには、正方形の板が枠にはめこまれた台があり、その板の上にライオン、牛、ケルビムの飾りが彫ってあります。ライオンと牛の上下にある枠の表面は花模様で飾ってあります。どの台にも四個の青銅の車輪と青銅の軸がついていて、台の四隅には表面を花模様で飾った、四本の支柱が立っています。 31この台の上に、口の丸い洗盤が一キュビト出ています。洗盤の深さは一キュビト半で、花模様細工があしらってあります。枠の鏡板は正方形で、円形ではありません。 32台には四個の車輪が取りつけてありますが、車輪はどれも高さ一キュビト半で、それぞれ軸にはめてあります。 33車輪は戦車の車輪と同じ作りで、車軸や台の部品はみな、青銅で鋳造されていました。 34台の四隅にはそれぞれ支柱があり、四本とも台に固定されていました。 35台の先端を高さ半キュビトの丸い帯輪が取り巻いていて、帯輪は台の取っ手に固定されていました。このように、全部の部品が台に固定されていました。 36帯輪の縁には、ケルビム、ライオン、なつめやしの木が花模様に囲まれて彫られていました。 37全部で十個の台は、どれも同じ鋳型で、同じ大きさ、同じ形に作られました。

38それから、青銅の洗盤を十個作り、台の上に置きました。どの洗盤も直径は四キュビトで、容積は四十バテ(九百二十リットル)ありました。 39五個の洗盤は神殿の右側に、他の五個は左側に置きました。また大洗盤は、神殿の右手に当たる東南の隅に置きました。

40さらにヒラムは、灰つぼと十能と鉢を作りました。

こうして彼は、神殿のためにソロモン王が注文したすべての仕事を完成したのです。

41-46ヒラムが作ったものを書き出してみましょう。

二本の柱――二本の柱の頂に載せる柱頭。柱頭を覆う格子網――格子網に二段に並べられた四百個のざくろ。洗盤と、それを載せて移動できる台、おのおの十個。大洗盤と、それを支える十二頭の牛。灰つぼ。十能。鉢。

これらのものはみな青銅製で、スコテとツァレタンとの間のヨルダン川の低地で鋳造されました。 47総重量は、あまりにも重いため、ついに量らずじまいでした。

48神殿で使う器具や調度はみな、純金で作りました。その中には、祭壇、供えのパンを載せる机、 49至聖所に向かい右側に五つ、左側に五つの燭台、花模様、ともしび皿、火ばし、 50杯、芯切りばさみ、鉢、さじ、火皿、至聖所に通じる扉の蝶つがい、神殿の入口の扉の蝶つがいがありました。以上はみな純金製です。

51神殿の工事が完成した時、ソロモン王は神殿の宝物倉に、父ダビデが主にささげるために取っておいた金、銀、そのほか各種の器具を納めました。