1:1 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered
him with clothes, but he gat no heat.
1:2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for
my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the
king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom,
that my lord the king may get heat.
1:3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of
Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the
1:4 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and
ministered to him: but the king knew her not.
1:5 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I
will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and
fifty men to run before him.
1:6 And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying,
Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and
his mother bare him after Absalom.
1:7 And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with
Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.
1:8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and
Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men
which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.
1:9 And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone
of Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, and called all his brethren
the king's sons, and all the men of Judah the king's servants:
1:10 But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and
Solomon his brother, he called not.
1:11 Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bathsheba the mother of Solomon,
saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith
doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?
1:12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel,
that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son
1:13 Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst
not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying,
Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall
sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?
1:14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also
will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.
1:15 And Bathsheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the
king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto
1:16 And Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the
king said, What wouldest thou?
1:17 And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the
God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son
shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.
1:18 And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king,
thou knowest it not:
1:19 And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance,
and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the
priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy
servant hath he not called.
1:20 And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon
thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the
throne of my lord the king after him.
1:21 Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall
sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be
1:22 And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the
prophet also came in.
1:23 And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And
when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before
the king with his face to the ground.
1:24 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah
shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?
1:25 For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat
cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king's
sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest;
and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save
1:26 But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah
the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not
1:27 Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not
shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my
lord the king after him?
1:28 Then king David answered and said, Call me Bathsheba. And she
came into the king's presence, and stood before the king.
1:29 And the king sware, and said, As the LORD liveth, that hath
redeemed my soul out of all distress,
1:30 Even as I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying,
Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall
sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do
1:31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did
reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live
1:32 And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the
prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before
1:33 The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of
your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own
mule, and bring him down to Gihon:
1:34 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him
there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say,
God save king Solomon.
1:35 Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon
my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have
appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.
1:36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said,
Amen: the LORD God of my lord the king say so too.
1:37 As the LORD hath been with my lord the king, even so be he
with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of
my lord king David.
1:38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the
son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went
down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David's mule, and
brought him to Gihon.
1:39 And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the
tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet;
and all the people said, God save king Solomon.
1:40 And all the people came up after him, and the people piped
with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth
rent with the sound of them.
1:41 And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as
they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound
of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city
being in an uproar?
1:42 And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar
the priest came; and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for thou
art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings.
1:43 And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord
king David hath made Solomon king.
1:44 And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan
the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the
Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have caused him to
ride upon the king's mule:
1:45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him
king in Gihon: and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so
that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have
1:46 And also Solomon sitteth on the throne of the kingdom.
1:47 And moreover the king's servants came to bless our lord king
David, saying, God make the name of Solomon better than thy
name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. And the
king bowed himself upon the bed.
1:48 And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD
Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day,
mine eyes even seeing it.
1:49 And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and
rose up, and went every man his way.
1:50 And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went,
and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
1:51 And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king
Solomon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the
altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me today that he
will not slay his servant with the sword.
1:52 And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man, there
shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness
shall be found in him, he shall die.
1:53 So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the
altar. And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon: and
Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house.
2:1 Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he
charged Solomon his son, saying,
2:2 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and
shew thyself a man;
2:3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways,
to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments,
and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses,
that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and
whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
2:4 That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning
me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk
before me in truth with all their heart and with all their
soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne
2:5 Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to
me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of
Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of
Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and
put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins,
and in his shoes that were on his feet.
2:6 Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar
head go down to the grave in peace.
2:7 But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite,
and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they
came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother.
2:8 And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a
Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in
the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me
at Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not
put thee to death with the sword.
2:9 Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man,
and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar
head bring thou down to the grave with blood.
2:10 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of
2:11 And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years:
seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years
reigned he in Jerusalem.
2:12 Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his
kingdom was established greatly.
2:13 And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother
of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said,
2:14 He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she
said, Say on.
2:15 And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that
all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit
the kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother's: for
it was his from the LORD.
2:16 And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said
unto him, Say on.
2:17 And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for
he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the
Shunammite to wife.
2:18 And Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king.
2:19 Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him
for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed
himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a
seat to be set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right
2:20 Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray
thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my
mother: for I will not say thee nay.
2:21 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah
thy brother to wife.
2:22 And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why
dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him
the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him,
and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.
2:23 Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, saying, God do so to me,
and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against
his own life.
2:24 Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath established me,
and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made
me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death
2:25 And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of
Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.
2:26 And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to
Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death:
but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou
barest the ark of the LORD God before David my father, and
because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was
2:27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the
LORD; that he might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he
spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.
2:28 Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah,
though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the
tabernacle of the LORD, and caught hold on the horns of the
2:29 And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the
tabernacle of the LORD; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then
Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall
2:30 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said unto
him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I
will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again,
saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me.
2:31 And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon
him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent
blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my
2:32 And the LORD shall return his blood upon his own head, who
fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew
them with the sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to
wit, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and
Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.
2:33 Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and
upon the head of his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon
his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there
be peace for ever from the LORD.
2:34 So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell upon him, and
slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the
2:35 And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over
the host: and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of
2:36 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him,
Build thee an house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not
forth thence any whither.
2:37 For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and passest
over the brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou
shalt surely die: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.
2:38 And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord
the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt
in Jerusalem many days.
2:39 And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the
servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of
Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in
2:40 And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to
Achish to seek his servants: and Shimei went, and brought his
servants from Gath.
2:41 And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to
Gath, and was come again.
2:42 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him,
Did I not make thee to swear by the LORD, and protested unto
thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out,
and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die?
and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good.
2:43 Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the LORD, and the
commandment that I have charged thee with?
2:44 The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the
wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to
David my father: therefore the LORD shall return thy
wickedness upon thine own head;
2:45 And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David
shall be established before the LORD for ever.
2:46 So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went
out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was
established in the hand of Solomon.
3:1 And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took
Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David,
until he had made an end of building his own house, and the
house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.
3:2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was
no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.
3:3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David
his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high
3:4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was
the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon
offer upon that altar.
3:5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night:
and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
3:6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my
father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in
truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with
thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that
thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this
3:7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king
instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I
know not how to go out or come in.
3:8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast
chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted
3:9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy
people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is
able to judge this thy so great a people?
3:10 And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this
3:11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and
hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked
riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies;
but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
3:12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given
thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none
like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like
3:13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked,
both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among
the kings like unto thee all thy days.
3:14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my
commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will
lengthen thy days.
3:15 And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to
Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace
offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.
3:16 Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king,
and stood before him.
3:17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in
one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the
3:18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered,
that this woman was delivered also: and we were together;
there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the
3:19 And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid
3:20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me,
while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid
her dead child in my bosom.
3:21 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold,
it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning,
behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
3:22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and
the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy
son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the
3:23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth,
and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son
is the dead, and my son is the living.
3:24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword
before the king.
3:25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give
half to the one, and half to the other.
3:26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king,
for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord,
give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the
other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.
3:27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child,
and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had
judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom
of God was in him, to do judgment.
4:1 So king Solomon was king over all Israel.
4:2 And these were the princes which he had; Azariah the son of
Zadok the priest,
4:3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat
the son of Ahilud, the recorder.
4:4 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the host: and Zadok
and Abiathar were the priests:
4:5 And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and Zabud
the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king's
4:6 And Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the son of
Abda was over the tribute.
4:7 And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which
provided victuals for the king and his household: each man his
month in a year made provision.
4:8 And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount Ephraim:
4:9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Bethshemesh,
4:10 The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to him pertained Sochoh, and all
the land of Hepher:
4:11 The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; which had
Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife:
4:12 Baana the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo,
and all Bethshean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from
Bethshean to Abelmeholah, even unto the place that is beyond
4:13 The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead; to him pertained the towns
of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him also
pertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore
great cities with walls and brasen bars:
4:14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mahanaim:
4:15 Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the daughter of
Solomon to wife:
4:16 Baanah the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth:
4:17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar:
4:18 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin:
4:19 Geber the son of Uri was in the country of Gilead, in the
country of Sihon king of the Amorites, and of Og king of
Bashan; and he was the only officer which was in the land.
4:20 Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in
multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.
4:21 And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the
land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they
brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life.
4:22 And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of
fine flour, and threescore measures of meal,
4:23 Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an
hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and
4:24 For he had dominion over all the region on this side the
river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this
side the river: and he had peace on all sides round about him.
4:25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine
and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the
days of Solomon.
4:26 And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his
chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.
4:27 And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for
all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his
month: they lacked nothing.
4:28 Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought
they unto the place where the officers were, every man
according to his charge.
4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much,
and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea
4:30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children
of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
4:31 For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and
Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame
was in all nations round about.
4:32 And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a
thousand and five.
4:33 And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon
even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake
also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of
4:34 And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.
5:1 And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he
had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his
father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David.
5:2 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,
5:3 Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house
unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were
about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the
soles of his feet.
5:4 But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so
that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.
5:5 And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the
LORD my God, as the LORD spake unto David my father, saying,
Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall
build an house unto my name.
5:6 Now therefore command thou that they hew me cedar trees out of
Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and unto
thee will I give hire for thy servants according to all that
thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among
us any that can skill to hew timber like unto the Sidonians.
5:7 And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon,
that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the LORD this
day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great
5:8 And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the
things which thou sentest to me for: and I will do all thy
desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of
5:9 My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea:
and I will convey them by sea in floats unto the place that
thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be discharged
there, and thou shalt receive them: and thou shalt accomplish
my desire, in giving food for my household.
5:10 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees according to
all his desire.
5:11 And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat for
food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil: thus
gave Solomon to Hiram year by year.
5:12 And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and
there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a
5:13 And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy
was thirty thousand men.
5:14 And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month by courses:
a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home: and
Adoniram was over the levy.
5:15 And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens,
and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;
5:16 Beside the chief of Solomon's officers which were over the
work, three thousand and three hundred, which ruled over the
people that wrought in the work.
5:17 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly
stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.
5:18 And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did hew them, and
the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build
6:1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year
after the children of Israel were come out of the land of
Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in
the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to
build the house of the LORD.
6:2 And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the
length thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof
twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits.
6:3 And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits
was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house;
and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.
6:4 And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.
6:5 And against the wall of the house he built chambers round
about, against the walls of the house round about, both of the
temple and of the oracle: and he made chambers round about:
6:6 The nethermost chamber was five cubits broad, and the middle
was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad:
for without in the wall of the house he made narrowed rests
round about, that the beams should not be fastened in the
walls of the house.
6:7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone
made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was
neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the
house, while it was in building.
6:8 The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the
house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle
chamber, and out of the middle into the third.
6:9 So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house
with beams and boards of cedar.
6:10 And then he built chambers against all the house, five cubits
high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.
6:11 And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying,
6:12 Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt
walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my
commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with
thee, which I spake unto David thy father:
6:13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not
forsake my people Israel.
6:14 So Solomon built the house, and finished it.
6:15 And he built the walls of the house within with boards of
cedar, both the floor of the house, and the walls of the
ceiling: and he covered them on the inside with wood, and
covered the floor of the house with planks of fir.
6:16 And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both the
floor and the walls with boards of cedar: he even built them
for it within, even for the oracle, even for the most holy
6:17 And the house, that is, the temple before it, was forty cubits
6:18 And the cedar of the house within was carved with knops and
open flowers: all was cedar; there was no stone seen.
6:19 And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there
the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
6:20 And the oracle in the forepart was twenty cubits in length,
and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the height
thereof: and he overlaid it with pure gold; and so covered the
altar which was of cedar.
6:21 So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold: and he
made a partition by the chains of gold before the oracle; and
he overlaid it with gold.
6:22 And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had
finished all the house: also the whole altar that was by the
oracle he overlaid with gold.
6:23 And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree,
each ten cubits high.
6:24 And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five
cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part
of the one wing unto the uttermost part of the other were ten
6:25 And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were
of one measure and one size.
6:26 The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it of
the other cherub.
6:27 And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they
stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing
of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other
cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one
another in the midst of the house.
6:28 And he overlaid the cherubims with gold.
6:29 And he carved all the walls of the house round about with
carved figures of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers,
within and without.
6:30 And the floors of the house he overlaid with gold, within and
6:31 And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive
tree: the lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the wall.
6:32 The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon them
carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and
overlaid them with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims,
and upon the palm trees.
6:33 So also made he for the door of the temple posts of olive
tree, a fourth part of the wall.
6:34 And the two doors were of fir tree: the two leaves of the one
door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were
6:35 And he carved thereon cherubims and palm trees and open
flowers: and covered them with gold fitted upon the carved
6:36 And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone,
and a row of cedar beams.
6:37 In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the
LORD laid, in the month Zif:
6:38 And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the
eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts
thereof, and according to all the fashion of it. So was he
seven years in building it.
7:1 But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he
finished all his house.
7:2 He built also the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length
thereof was an hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty
cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows
of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars.
7:3 And it was covered with cedar above upon the beams, that lay
on forty five pillars, fifteen in a row.
7:4 And there were windows in three rows, and light was against
light in three ranks.
7:5 And all the doors and posts were square, with the windows: and
light was against light in three ranks.
7:6 And he made a porch of pillars; the length thereof was fifty
cubits, and the breadth thereof thirty cubits: and the porch
was before them: and the other pillars and the thick beam were
7:7 Then he made a porch for the throne where he might judge, even
the porch of judgment: and it was covered with cedar from one
side of the floor to the other.
7:8 And his house where he dwelt had another court within the
porch, which was of the like work. Solomon made also an house
for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken to wife, like unto
7:9 All these were of costly stones, according to the measures of
hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and without, even from
the foundation unto the coping, and so on the outside toward
the great court.
7:10 And the foundation was of costly stones, even great stones,
stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits.
7:11 And above were costly stones, after the measures of hewed
stones, and cedars.
7:12 And the great court round about was with three rows of hewed
stones, and a row of cedar beams, both for the inner court of
the house of the LORD, and for the porch of the house.
7:13 And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.
7:14 He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father
was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with
wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in
brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.
7:15 For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high
apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them
7:16 And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the
tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five
cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits:
7:17 And nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the
chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for
the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.
7:18 And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon the one
network, to cover the chapiters that were upon the top, with
pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter.
7:19 And the chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were
of lily work in the porch, four cubits.
7:20 And the chapiters upon the two pillars had pomegranates also
above, over against the belly which was by the network: and
the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the
7:21 And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he
set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin:
and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof
7:22 And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work
of the pillars finished.
7:23 And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the
other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits:
and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
7:24 And under the brim of it round about there were knops
compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about:
the knops were cast in two rows, when it was cast.
7:25 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and
three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the
south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set
above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.
7:26 And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was
wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it
contained two thousand baths.
7:27 And he made ten bases of brass; four cubits was the length of
one base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and three
cubits the height of it.
7:28 And the work of the bases was on this manner: they had
borders, and the borders were between the ledges:
7:29 And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions,
oxen, and cherubims: and upon the ledges there was a base
above: and beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions
made of thin work.
7:30 And every base had four brasen wheels, and plates of brass:
and the four corners thereof had undersetters: under the laver
were undersetters molten, at the side of every addition.
7:31 And the mouth of it within the chapiter and above was a cubit:
but the mouth thereof was round after the work of the base, a
cubit and an half: and also upon the mouth of it were gravings
with their borders, foursquare, not round.
7:32 And under the borders were four wheels; and the axletrees of
the wheels were joined to the base: and the height of a wheel
was a cubit and half a cubit.
7:33 And the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot
wheel: their axletrees, and their naves, and their felloes,
and their spokes, were all molten.
7:34 And there were four undersetters to the four corners of one
base: and the undersetters were of the very base itself.
7:35 And in the top of the base was there a round compass of half a
cubit high: and on the top of the base the ledges thereof and
the borders thereof were of the same.
7:36 For on the plates of the ledges thereof, and on the borders
thereof, he graved cherubims, lions, and palm trees, according
to the proportion of every one, and additions round about.
7:37 After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one
casting, one measure, and one size.
7:38 Then made he ten lavers of brass: one laver contained forty
baths: and every laver was four cubits: and upon every one of
the ten bases one laver.
7:39 And he put five bases on the right side of the house, and five
on the left side of the house: and he set the sea on the right
side of the house eastward over against the south.
7:40 And Hiram made the lavers, and the shovels, and the basons. So
Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he made king
Solomon for the house of the LORD:
7:41 The two pillars, and the two bowls of the chapiters that were
on the top of the two pillars; and the two networks, to cover
the two bowls of the chapiters which were upon the top of the
7:42 And four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, even two
rows of pomegranates for one network, to cover the two bowls
of the chapiters that were upon the pillars;
7:43 And the ten bases, and ten lavers on the bases;
7:44 And one sea, and twelve oxen under the sea;
7:45 And the pots, and the shovels, and the basons: and all these
vessels, which Hiram made to king Solomon for the house of the LORD, were of bright brass.
7:46 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay
ground between Succoth and Zarthan.
7:47 And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were
exceeding many: neither was the weight of the brass found out.
7:48 And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house
of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold,
whereupon the shewbread was,
7:49 And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side, and
five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the
lamps, and the tongs of gold,
7:50 And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basons, and the
spoons, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold,
both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place,
and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple.
7:51 So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house
of the LORD. And Solomon brought in the things which David his
father had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the
vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD.