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 a Zif, which [is] the second month, that he
began to build the b house of the LORD.
(a) Which contains part of April and part of May.
(b) By which is meant the temple and the oracle.
6:3 And the c 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
(c) Or the court where the people prayed which was before
the place where the altar of burnt offerings stood.
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 d the oracle: and he made chambers
(d) When God spoke between the Cherubim, called also the
most holy place.
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 e rests round about, that [the beams] should not
be fastened in the walls of the house.
(e) Which were certain stones coming out of the wall, as
stays for the beams to rest upon.
6:9 So he built the f house, and finished it; and covered the
house with beams and boards of cedar.
(f) In Exodus it is called the tabernacle, and the temple is
here called the sanctuary and the oracle the most holy
6:13 And I will g dwell among the children of Israel, and will
not forsake my people Israel.
(g) According as he promised to Moses, (Ex 25:22).
6:15 And he built the walls of the house within with boards of
cedar, both the floor of the house, and h the walls of
the cieling: [and] he covered [them] on the inside with
wood, and covered the floor of the house with planks of
(h) Meaning, to the roof which was also sealed.
6:17 And the i house, that [is], the temple before it, was
forty cubits [long].
(i) For when he spoke of the house in the first verse, he
meant both the oracle and the temple.
6:19 And the oracle he prepared in the k house within, to set
there the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
(k) That is, in the most inward place of the house.
6:22 And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had
finished all the house: also the l whole altar that [was]
by the oracle he overlaid with gold.
(m) For the others which Moses made of beaten gold were
taken away with the other jewels by their enemies, whom
God permitted at various times to overcome them for
their great sins.
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 n spread gold upon the
cherubims, and upon the palm trees.
(n) So that the fashion of the carved work might still
6:36 And he built the inner o court with three rows of hewed
stone, and a row of cedar beams.
(o) Where the priests were, and was thus called in respect
to the great court, which is called the porch of
Solomon in (Ac 3:11) where the people used to pray.
6:38 And in the eleventh year, in the month p 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.
(p) Which contains part of October and part of November.