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1 Kings 6

The Building of the Temple

1[a]Now it came about in the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv (April-May) which is the second month, that he began to build the Lord’s house (temple). The length of the house which King Solomon built for the Lord was [b]sixty cubits (90 ft.), its width twenty (30 ft.), and its height thirty cubits (45 ft.). The porch in front of the main room of the house (temple) was twenty cubits long, corresponding to the width of the house, and its depth in front of the house was ten cubits. He also made framed (artistic) window openings for the house. Against the wall of the house he built [c]extensions around the walls of the house, around both the main room (Holy Place) and the [d]Holy of Holies; and he made side chambers all around. The lowest story was five cubits wide, the middle was six cubits wide, and the third was seven cubits wide; for he made offsets (niches) in the walls all around on the outside of the house so that the supporting beams would not be inserted into the walls of the house.

While it was being built, the house was built of stone prepared and finished (precut) at the quarry, and no hammer, axe, or iron tool of any kind was heard in the house while it was under construction.

The entrance to the lowest side chamber was on the right [or south] side of the house; and they would go up winding stairs to the middle [level], and from the middle to the third. So Solomon built the house (temple) and finished it, and roofed the house with beams and boards of cedar. 10 Then he built the extensions [of rooms] against the entire house, each [story] five cubits high; and they were attached to the house with timbers of cedar.

11 Now the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying, 12 Concerning this house which you are building, if you will walk in My statutes and execute My precepts and keep all My commandments by walking in them, then I will carry out My word (promises) with you which I made to David your father. 13 I will dwell among the sons (descendants) of Israel, and will not abandon My people Israel.”

14 So Solomon built the house (temple) and finished it. 15 He built the walls of the interior of the house [that is, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies] with boards of cedar, from the floor of the house to the rafters of the ceiling. He overlaid the interior with wood, and he overlaid the floor of the house with boards of cypress. 16 He built twenty cubits on the rear of the house with boards of cedar from the floor to the ceiling; he built its interior as the [inner] sanctuary, the Holy of Holies. 17 The [rest of the] house, that is, the temple in front of the Holy of Holies, was forty cubits long. 18 The cedar on the house within had wood carvings in the shape of gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was visible. 19 Then he prepared the Holy of Holies within the house in order to put the ark of the covenant of the Lord there. 20 The Holy of Holies was twenty cubits in length, twenty cubits in width, and twenty cubits in height (a cube), and he overlaid it with pure gold. He also overlaid the cedar altar [with gold]. 21 Solomon overlaid the interior of the house with pure gold, and he drew [e]chains of gold across the front of the Holy of Holies (inner sanctuary), and he overlaid it with gold. 22 Then he overlaid the entire house with gold, until the whole house was finished. He also overlaid the entire [incense] altar which was by the Holy of Holies with gold.

23 Within the Holy of Holies he made two [f]cherubim (sculptured figures) of olive wood, each ten cubits high. 24 [g]One wing of the cherub was five cubits long, and the other wing was also five cubits long; it was ten cubits from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other. 25 The [wingspan of the] other cherub was also ten cubits. The measurements and cut (shape) of the two cherubim were the same; 26 the height of the one cherub was ten cubits, as was the other. 27 He put the cherubim [above the ark] inside the innermost room of the house, and their wings were spread out so that the wing of the one touched one wall, and the wing of the other cherub was touching the other wall; and their inner wings were touching [h]each other in the middle of the house. 28 Solomon also overlaid the cherubim with gold.

29 He carved all the walls of the house all around with carved engravings of cherubim, palm-shaped decorations, and open flowers, [both] the inner and the outer sanctuaries. 30 He overlaid the floor of the house with gold, [both] the inner and outer sanctuaries.

31 For the entrance of the Holy of Holies he made two [folding] doors of olive wood, the lintel (header above the door) and five-sided doorposts (frames). 32 So he made two doors of olive wood, and he carved on them carvings of cherubim, palm-shaped decorations, and open flowers; and overlaid them with gold; and he hammered out overlays of gold on the cherubim and palm decorations.

33 Also he made for the entrance of the [outer] sanctuary (the Holy Place) four-sided doorposts (frames) of olive wood 34 and two doors of cypress wood; the two leaves of the one door turned on pivots and were folding, and the two leaves of the other door also turned on pivots. 35 He carved cherubim, palm-shaped decorations, and open flowers on the doors, and overlaid them with gold evenly applied on the carved work. 36 He built the inner courtyard with three rows of cut stone and a row of cedar beams.

37 In the fourth year [of King Solomon’s reign] the foundation of the Lord’s house was laid, in the [second] month, Ziv (April-May). 38 In the eleventh year [of King Solomon’s reign] in the month of Bul (October-November), that is, the eighth month, the house was finished throughout all its parts and in accordance with all its specifications. So he built it in seven years.

  1. 1 Kings 6:1 This is a key verse in determining the date of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. Since the fourth year of Solomon’s reign is believed to be 966 b.c., the date of the exodus was about 1446 b.c.
  2. 1 Kings 6:2 A cubit is about 18 inches.
  3. 1 Kings 6:5 The meaning is uncertain, perhaps additional rooms.
  4. 1 Kings 6:5 Lit inner sanctuary and so throughout the passage except v 16.
  5. 1 Kings 6:21 The purpose of the chains may have been to hold the veil or curtain.
  6. 1 Kings 6:23 Cherubim is the Hebrew plural of “cherub.”
  7. 1 Kings 6:24 The repetitive language of the description emphasizes the size and grandeur of the cherubim.
  8. 1 Kings 6:27 Lit wing to wing.

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1 Reis 6

A Construção do Templo

1Quatrocentos e oitenta[a] anos depois que os israelitas saíram do Egito, no quarto ano do reinado de Salomão em Israel, no mês de zive[b], o segundo mês, ele começou a construir o templo do Senhor.

O templo que o rei Salomão construiu para o Senhor media vinte e sete metros de comprimento, nove metros de largura e treze metros e meio de altura[c]. O pórtico da entrada do santuário tinha a largura do templo, que era de nove metros, e avançava quatro metros e meio à frente do templo. Ele fez para o templo janelas com grades estreitas. Junto às paredes do átrio principal e do santuário interior, construiu uma estrutura em torno do edifício, na qual havia salas laterais. O andar inferior tinha dois metros e vinte e cinco centímetros de largura, o andar intermediário tinha dois metros e setenta centímetros e o terceiro andar tinha três metros e quinze centímetros. Ele fez saliências de apoio nas paredes externas do templo, de modo que não houve necessidade de perfurar as paredes.

Na construção do templo só foram usados blocos lavrados nas pedreiras, e não se ouviu no templo nenhum barulho de martelo, nem de talhadeira, nem de qualquer outra ferramenta de ferro durante a sua construção.

A entrada para o andar inferior[d] ficava no lado sul do templo; uma escada conduzia até o andar intermediário e dali ao terceiro. Assim ele construiu o templo e o terminou, fazendo-lhe um forro com vigas e tábuas de cedro. 10 E fez as salas laterais ao longo de todo o templo. Cada uma tinha dois metros e vinte e cinco centímetros de altura, e elas estavam ligadas ao templo por vigas de cedro.

11 E a palavra do Senhor veio a Salomão dizendo: 12 “Quanto a este templo que você está construindo, se você seguir os meus decretos, executar os meus juízos e obedecer a todos os meus mandamentos, cumprirei por meio de você a promessa que fiz ao seu pai Davi, 13 viverei no meio dos israelitas e não abandonarei Israel, o meu povo”.

14 Assim Salomão concluiu a construção do templo. 15 Forrou as paredes do templo por dentro com tábuas de cedro, cobrindo-as desde o chão até o teto, e fez o soalho do templo com tábuas de pinho. 16 Separou nove metros na parte de trás do templo, fazendo uma divisão com tábuas de cedro, do chão ao teto, para formar dentro do templo o santuário interno, o Lugar Santíssimo. 17 O átrio principal em frente dessa sala media dezoito metros de comprimento. 18 O interior do templo era de cedro, com figuras entalhadas de frutos e flores abertas. Tudo era de cedro; não se via pedra alguma.

19 Preparou também o santuário interno no templo para ali colocar a arca da aliança do Senhor. 20 O santuário interno tinha nove metros de comprimento, nove de largura e nove de altura. Ele revestiu o interior de ouro puro, e também revestiu de ouro o altar de cedro. 21 Salomão cobriu o interior do templo de ouro puro, e estendeu correntes de ouro em frente do santuário interno, que também foi revestido de ouro. 22 Assim, revestiu de ouro todo o interior do templo e também o altar que pertencia ao santuário interno.

23 No santuário interno ele esculpiu dois querubins de madeira de oliveira, cada um com quatro metros e meio de altura. 24 As asas abertas dos querubins mediam dois metros e vinte e cinco centímetros: quatro metros e meio da ponta de uma asa à ponta da outra. 25 Os dois querubins tinham a mesma medida e a mesma forma. 26 A altura de cada querubim era de quatro metros e meio. 27 Ele colocou os querubins, com as asas abertas, no santuário interno do templo. A asa de um querubim encostava numa parede, e a do outro encostava na outra. As suas outras asas encostavam uma na outra no meio do santuário. 28 Ele revestiu os querubins de ouro.

29 Nas paredes ao redor do templo, tanto na parte interna como na externa, ele esculpiu querubins, tamareiras e flores abertas. 30 Também revestiu de ouro os pisos, tanto na parte interna como na externa do templo.

31 Para a entrada do santuário interno fez portas de oliveira com batentes de cinco lados. 32 E nas duas portas de madeira de oliveira esculpiu querubins, tamareiras e flores abertas, e revestiu os querubins e as tamareiras de ouro batido. 33 Também fez pilares de quatro lados, de madeira de oliveira para a entrada do templo. 34 Fez também duas portas de pinho, cada uma com duas folhas que se articulavam por meio de dobradiças. 35 Entalhou figuras de querubins, de tamareiras e de flores abertas nas portas e as revestiu de ouro batido.

36 E construiu o pátio interno com três camadas de pedra lavrada e uma de vigas de cedro.

37 O alicerce do templo do Senhor foi lançado no mês de zive, do quarto ano. 38 No mês de bul[e], o oitavo mês, do décimo primeiro ano, o templo foi terminado em todos os seus detalhes, de acordo com as suas especificações. Salomão levou sete anos para construí-lo.

  1. 6.1 A Septuaginta diz 440.
  2. 6.1 Aproximadamente abril/maio; também no versículo 37.
  3. 6.2 Hebraico: 60 côvados de comprimento, 20 de largura e 30 de altura. O côvado era uma medida linear de cerca de 45 centímetros.
  4. 6.8 Conforme a Septuaginta. O Texto Massorético diz intermediário.
  5. 6.38 Aproximadamente outubro/novembro.