Chapter 3: Solomon Begins to Build the House of Yah on Mount Moriyah
1 Now Solomon began to build the house of Yah at Yahrushalom on Mount Moriyah, where Yah (or malak/angel of Yah) had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan (spelled Aranuah the Yebusite. 2 And he began to build on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign.
The Foundation of the House of Yah laid in Gold Wood Palm Trees and Cherubim
3 This is the foundation which Solomon laid for building the house of Yah: The length was sixty cubits (by cubits according to the former measure) and the width twenty cubits. 4 And the vestibule that was in front of the sanctuary (the main room of the temple, elsewhere called the qodesh room, compare 1 Kings 6:3) was twenty cubits long across the width of the house and the height was one hundred and twenty. He overlaid the inside with pure gold. 5 The larger room (literally house) he paneled with cypress which he overlaid with fine gold and he carved palm trees and chain-work on it. 6 And he decorated the house with precious stones for beauty and the gold was gold from Parvaim. 7 He also overlaid the house, the beams and doorposts, its walls and doors with gold and he carved cherubim on the walls.
The Qodesh or Set-Apart or Holy Room: Two Gold Overlaid Cherubim: The Linen Veil of Blue Purple Crimson with Cherubim
8 And he made the Most Qodesh Place. Its length was according to the width of the house, twenty cubits and its width twenty cubits. He overlaid it with six hundred talents of fine gold. 9 The weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold and he overlaid the upper area with gold. 10 In the Most Qodesh room, he made two cherubim, fashioned by carving and overlaid them with gold. 11 The wings of the cherubim were twenty cubits in over all length: one wing of the one cherub was five cubits, touching the wall of the room and the other wing was five cubits, touching the wing of the other cherub. 12 One wing of the cherub was five cubits, touching the wall of the room and the other wing also was five cubits, touching the wing of the other cherub. 13 The wings of these cherubim spanned twenty cubits overall. They stood on their feet and they faced inward. 14 And he made the veil of blue, purple, crimson (red) and fine linen and wove cherubim into it.
Solomon Names the Two Pillars Yahchin and Boaz
15 Also he made in front of the temple (literally house) two pillars thirty-five (or eighteen, compare 1 Kings 7:15, 2 Kings 25:17 and Yeremiyah 52:21) cubits high and the capital that was on the top of each of them was five cubits. 16 He made wreaths of chain-work, as in the inner sanctuary and put hem on top of the pillars and he made one hundred pomegranates and put them on the wreaths (bouquet or garland) of chain-work. 17 Then, he set up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand and the other on the left. He called the name of the one on the right hand Yachin and the name of the one on the left Boaz.
*Yahchin means Yah establishes
*Boaz means upright in strength
Chapter 4: Furnishings of the Temple
1 Moreover, he made a bronze altar: twenty cubits was its length, twenty cubits its width and ten cubits its height. 2 Then he made the Sea of cast bronze, ten cubits from one brim to the other. It was completely round. Its height was five cubits and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference. 3 And under it was the likeness of oxen encircling it all around, ten to a cubit, all the way around the Sea. The oxen were cast in two rows, when it was cast. 4 It stood on twelve oxen: three looking toward north, three looking toward the west, three looking toward the south and three looking toward the east. The Sea was set upon them and all their back parts pointed inward. 5 It was a handbreadth thick and its brim was shaped like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It contained three thousand (or two thousand, compare 1 Kings 7:26) baths.
6 He also made ten lavers and put five on the right side and five on the left, to wash in them, such things as they offered for the burnt offering they would wash in them but the Sea was for the priests to wash in. 7 And he made ten lamp stands of gold according to their design and set them in the temple, five on the right side and five on the left. 8 He also made ten tables and placed them in the temple, five on the right side and five on the left. And he made one hundred bowls of gold.
9 Furthermore, he made the court of the priests and the great court and doors for the court and he overlaid these doors with bronze. 10 He set the Sea on the right side, toward the southeast.
11 Then Huram made the pots and the shovels and the bowls. So Huram finished doing the work that he was to do for King Solomon for the house of Yah. 12 The two pillars and the bowl-shaped capitals that were on top of the two pillars. The two networks covering the two bowl-shaped capitals which were on the top of the pillars–13 Four hundred pomegranates for the two networks (two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on the pillars). 14 He also made carts and the lavers on the carts. 15 One Sea and twelve oxen under it. 16 Also the pots, the shovels, the forks and all their articles Huram his master craftsman made of burnished bronze for King Solomon for the house of Yah. 17 In the plain of Yarden, the king had them cast in clay molds, between Succoth and Zeredah (spelled Zaretan in 1 Kings 7:46). 18 And Solomon had all these articles made in such great abundance that the weight of the bronze was not determined.
19 Thus Solomon had all the furnishings mad for the house of Yah: the altar of gold and the tables on which was the showbread. 20 The lamp shade with the lamps of pure gold, to burn in the prescribed manner in front of the inner sanctuary–21 With the flowers and the lamps and the wick-trimmers of gold, of purest gold–22 The trimmers, the bowls, the ladles and the censors of pure gold. As for the entry of the sanctuary, its inner doors to the Most Qodesh Place and the doors of the main hall of the temple, were gold.