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1 Kings

Solomon overlaid the inside of the house with pure gold.

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Previous Book: 2 Samuel






Queen of Sheba




Chapter 1

The Struggle for the Succession

The Accession of Solomon

​Chapter 2

David’s Instruction to Solomon

Death of David

Solomon Consolidates His Reign

Chapter 3

Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom

Solomon’s Wisdom in Judgment

Chapter 4

Solomon’s Administrative Officers

Magnificence of Solomon’s Rule

Fame of Solomon’s Wisdom

Chapter 5

Preparations and Materials for the Temple

Chapter 6

Solomon Builds the Temple

The Furnishings of the Temple

Chapter 7

Solomon’s Palace and Other Buildings

Products of Hiram the Bronzeworker

Chapter 8

Dedication of the Temple

Solomon’s Speech

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

Solomon Blesses the Assembly

Solomon Offers Sacrifices

Chapter 9

God Appears Again to Solomon

Other Acts of Solomon

Solomon’s Commercial Activity

Chapter 10

Visit of the Queen of Sheba

Chapter 11

Solomon’s Errors

Adversaries of Solomon

Jeroboam’s Rebellion

Death of Solomon

​Chapter 12

The Northern Tribes Secede

First Dynasty: Jeroboam Reigns over Israel

Jeroboam’s Golden Calves

​Chapter 13

A Man of God from Judah

​Chapter 14

Judgment on the House of Jeroboam

Death of Jeroboam

Rehoboam Reigns over Judah

Chapter 15

Abijam Reigns over Judah: Idolatry and War

Asa Reigns over Judah

Alliance with Aram against Israel

Nadab Reigns over Israel

Second Dynasty: Baasha Reigns over Israel

​Chapter 16

Elah Reigns over Israel

Third Dynasty: Zimri Reigns over Israel

Fourth Dynasty: Omri Reigns over Israel

Samaria the New Capital

Ahab Reigns over Israel

Ahab Marries Jezebel and Worships Baal

​Chapter 17

Elijah Predicts a Drought

The Widow of Zarephath

Elijah Revives the Widow’s Son

​Chapter 18

Elijah’s Message to Ahab

Elijah’s Triumph over the Priests of Baal

The Drought Ends

​Chapter 19

Elijah Flees from Jezebel

Elijah Meets God at Horeb

Elisha Becomes Elijah’s Disciple

​Chapter 20

Ahab’s Wars with the Arameans

Prophetic Opposition to Ahab

The Arameans Are Defeated

A Prophet Condemns Ahab

​Chapter 21

Naboth’s Vineyard

Elijah Pronounces God’s Sentence

​Chapter 22

Joint Campaign with Judah against Aram

Micaiah Predicts Failure

Defeat and Death of Ahab

Jehoshaphat Reigns over Judah

Ahaziah Reigns over Israel


Solomon Builds the Temple

1 Kings 6:1

1 In the four hundred 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, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the LORD. 2 The house that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high. 3 The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits wide, across the width of the house. Its depth was ten cubits in front of the house. 4 For the house he made windows with recessed frames. 5 He also built a structure against the wall of the house, running around the walls of the house, both the nave and the inner sanctuary; and he made side chambers all around. 6 The lowest story was five cubits wide, the middle one was six cubits wide, and the third was seven cubits wide; for around the outside of the house he made offsets on the wall in order that the supporting beams should not be inserted into the walls of the house.

7 The house was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor ax nor any tool of iron was heard in the temple while it was being built.

8 The entrance for the middle story was on the south side of the house: one went up by winding stairs to the middle story, and from the middle story to the third. 9 So he built the house, and finished it; he roofed the house with beams and planks of cedar. 10 He built the structure against the whole house, each storya five cubits high, and it was joined to the house with timbers of cedar.

11 Now the word of the LORD came to Solomon, 12 “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes, obey my ordinances, and keep all my commandments by walking in them, then I will establish my promise with you, which I made to your father David. 13 I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.”

14 So Solomon built the house, and finished it. 15 He lined the walls of the house on the inside with boards of cedar; from the floor of the house to the rafters of the ceiling, he covered them on the inside with wood; and he covered the floor of the house with boards of cypress. 16 He built twenty cubits of the rear of the house with boards of cedar from the floor to the rafters, and he built this within as an inner sanctuary, as the most holy place. 17 The house, that is, the nave in front of the inner sanctuary, was forty cubits long. 18 The cedar within the house had carvings of gourds and open flowers; all was cedar, no stone was seen. 19 The inner sanctuary he prepared in the innermost part of the house, to set there the ark of the covenant of the LORD. 20 The interior of the inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and twenty cubits high; he overlaid it with pure gold. He also overlaid the altar with cedar. 21 Solomon overlaid the inside of the house with pure gold, then he drew chains of gold across, in front of the inner sanctuary, and overlaid it with gold. 22 Next he overlaid the whole house with gold, in order that the whole house might be perfect; even the whole altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold.

Next Book: 2 Kings


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