King Solomon also built a palace for himself. It took 13 years to build Solomon's palace.
He also built the building called the "Forest of Lebanon." It was 100 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. It had four rows of cedar columns. On top of each column was a cedar capital.
There were cedar beams going across the rows of columns. There were 15 beams for each section of columns. There was a total of 45 beams. On top of these beams there were cedar boards for the ceiling.
There were three rows of windows across from each other on the side walls.
There were three doors at each end. All the door openings and frames were square.
Solomon also built the Porch of Columns. It was 50 cubits long and 30 cubits wide. Along the front of the porch, there was a covering supported by columns.
He also built a throne room where he judged people. He called this the Judgment Hall. The room was covered with cedar from floor to ceiling.
Behind the Judgment Hall was a courtyard. The palace where Solomon lived was built around that courtyard and looked like the Judgment Hall. He also built the same kind of palace for his wife, the daughter of the king of Egypt.
All of these buildings were made with expensive blocks of stone. The stones were cut to the right size with a saw and then smoothed on front and back. These expensive stones went from the foundation all the way up to the top layer of the wall. Even the wall around the yard was made with expensive blocks of stone.
The foundations were made with large, expensive stones. Some of the stones were 10 cubits long and the others were 8 cubits long.
On top of these stones there were other expensive stones and cedar beams.
There were walls around the palace yard, the Temple yard, and the porch of the Temple. The walls were built with three rows of stone and one row of cedar timbers.
King Solomon sent for a man named Huram who lived in Tyre and brought him to Jerusalem.
Huram's mother was an Israelite from the tribe of Naphtali. His dead father was from Tyre. Huram made things from bronze. He was a very skilled and experienced builder. So King Solomon asked him to come, and Huram accepted. King Solomon put him in charge of all the bronze work, and Huram did all the work he was given to do.
Huram made two bronze columns for the porch. Each column was 18 cubits tall and 12 cubits around. The columns were hollow and their metal walls were 3 inches thick.
He also made two bronze capitals that were 5 cubits tall. He put these capitals on top of the columns.
He made two nets of chain to cover the capitals on top of the two columns.
Then he made two rows of bronze pomegranates. He put the bronze pomegranates on the nets of each column to cover the capitals at the top of the columns.
The capitals on top of the columns were shaped like flowers.
The capitals were on top of the columns, above the bowl-shaped net. There were 200 pomegranates in rows all around the capitals.
Huram put these two bronze columns at the porch of the Temple. One column was put on the south side of the entrance and one was put on the north side of it. The column on the south was named Jakin. The column on the north was named Boaz.
They put the flower-shaped capitals on top of the columns, and the work on the two columns was finished.
Then Huram melted bronze and poured it into a huge mold to make a tank, which was called "The Sea." The tank was about 30 cubits around. It was 10 cubits across and 5 cubits deep.
There was a rim around the outer edge of the tank. Under this rim there were two rows of bronze gourds all around the tank. The bronze gourds were made in one piece as part of the tank.
The tank rested on the backs of 12 bronze bulls. All 12 of the bulls were looking out, away from the tank. Three were looking north, three east, three south, and three west.
The sides of the tank were 3 inches thick. The rim around the tank was like the rim of a cup or like the petals on a flower. The tank held about 11,000 gallons of water
Then Huram made ten bronze carts. Each cart was 4 cubits long, 4 cubits wide, and 3 cubits high.
The carts were made with square panels set in frames.
On the panels and frames were bronze bulls, lions, and Cherub angels. There were designs of flowers hammered into the bronze above and below the bulls and lions.
Each cart had four bronze wheels with bronze axles. At the corners there were bronze supports for a large bowl. The supports had designs of flowers hammered into the bronze.
There was a frame around the top with an opening for the bowl. The frame was 1 cubit tall, and the opening was 1?cubits in diameter. There were designs carved into the bronze on the frame. The frame was square, not round.
There were four wheels under the frame. The wheels were 1?cubits in diameter. The axles between the wheels were made as one piece with the cart.
The wheels were like the wheels on a chariot. Everything on the wheels�the axles, the rims, the spokes, and the hubs were made from bronze.
There were supports at each of the four corners of the carts. They were made as one piece with the cart.
There was a strip of bronze around the top of each cart. It was made as one piece with the cart.
The sides of the cart and the frames had pictures of Cherub angels, lions, and palm trees carved into the bronze. These pictures were carved all over the carts� wherever there was room. And there were flowers carved on the frame around the cart.
Huram made ten carts, and they were all the same. Each cart was made from bronze. The bronze was melted and poured into a mold. So all the carts were the same size and shape.
Huram also made ten bowls. There was one bowl for each of the ten carts. Each bowl was 4 cubits across and could hold about 230 gallons.
He put five carts on the south side of the Temple and five carts on the north side. He put the large tank in the southeast corner of the Temple.
Huram also made pots, small shovels, and small bowls. He finished making all of the things King Solomon wanted him to make. This is a list of the things that Huram made for the Temple of the Lord: 2 columns; 2 capitals shaped like bowls for the top of the columns; 2 nets to go around the capitals; 400 pomegranates for the two nets (two rows of pomegranates for each net to cover the two bowls for the capitals on top of the columns); 10 carts with a bowl on each cart; the large tank with 12 bulls under it; the pots, small shovels, small bowls, and all the dishes for the Lord's Temple. Huram made everything King Solomon wanted. They were all made from polished bronze.
Solomon never weighed the bronze that was used to make these things. There was too much to weigh. So the total weight of all the bronze was never known. The king ordered these things to be made near the Jordan River between Succoth and Zarethan. They made them by melting the bronze and pouring it into molds in the ground.
Solomon also commanded that all these things be made from gold for the Temple: the golden altar; the golden table which held the special bread that was offered to God; the lampstands of pure gold (five on the south side and five on the north side in front of the Most Holy Place); the gold flowers, lamps, and tongs; the pure gold bowls, wick trimmers, small bowls, pans, and dishes for carrying coals; the gold hinges for the doors to the inner room (the Most Holy Place) and for the doors to the main room of the Temple.
So King Solomon finished all the work he wanted to do for the Lord's Temple. Then he took everything his father David had saved for this special purpose and put them in the Temple. He put the silver and gold in the special storage rooms in the Lord's Temple.
He made a bronze altar that was 20 cubits long, 20 cubits wide, and 10 cubits tall.
Then he made a large tank from melted bronze. It was round and it measured 10 cubits across from edge to edge. It was 5 cubits tall and about 30 cubits around.
There were images of bulls under the lip of the large bronze tank. They were in two rows that went 10 cubits around the tank. The bulls were molded in place when the tank was shaped.
The large bronze tank was on top of twelve large statues of bulls. Three bulls looked toward the north. Three bulls looked toward the west. Three bulls looked toward the south. Three bulls looked toward the east. The large bronze tank was on top of these bulls. All the bulls stood with their rear ends to each other and to the center.
The large bronze tank was 3 inches thick. The edge of the large tank was like the edge of a cup. The edge looked like a lily blossom. The tank could hold about 17,400 gallons.
He made ten basins. He put five basins on the right side of the large bronze tank and five basins on the left side. These ten basins were to be used to wash the things offered for the burnt offerings. But the large bronze tank was to be used by the priests for washing before they offered sacrifices.
He made ten lampstands of gold. He followed the plans made for these lampstands. He put the lampstands in the Temple. There were five lampstands on the right side and five lampstands on the left side.
He made ten tables and put them in the Temple. Five tables were on the right side and five tables on the left side in the Temple. And he used gold to make 100 basins.
He also made the Priests' yard, the Great yard, and the doors for the yards. He used bronze to cover the doors that opened to the yard.
Then he put the large bronze tank on the right side of the Temple on the southeast side.
Huram made the pots, shovels, and basins. Then he finished his work for King Solomon on God's Temple.
Huram had made the two columns and the large bowls on the top parts of the two columns. He also made the two net decorations to cover the two large bowls on the top parts of the two columns.
Huram made 400 pomegranates for the two net decorations. There were two rows of pomegranates for each net. The nets covered the large bowls on the top parts on the two columns.
He also made the stands and the bowls on the stands.
He made the one large bronze tank and twelve bulls under the tank.
Huram made the pots, shovels, forks, and all the things for King Solomon for the Lord's Temple. These things were made of polished bronze.
King Solomon first poured these things in clay molds. The molds were made in the Jordan Valley between the towns of Succoth and Zeredah.
Solomon made so many of them that no one tried to weigh the bronze used.
Solomon also made the dishes and things for God's Temple. He made the golden altar and the tables where they put the bread of the Presence.
He made the lamps and lampstands of pure gold. These were put inside the Holy Place in front of the Most Holy Place.
He used pure gold to make the flowers, lamps, and tongs.
He used pure gold to make the trimmers, bowls, pans, and the censers. He used pure gold to make the doors for the Temple, the inside doors for the Most Holy Place and the doors for the main hall.
A song of praise. Sing a new song to the Lord, because he has done amazing things! His powerful and holy right arm has brought him another victory.
The Lord showed the nations his power to save. He showed them his goodness.
He has kept his promise of love and loyalty to the people of Israel. People everywhere have seen our God's power to save.
Everyone on earth, shout with joy to the Lord. Start singing happy songs of praise!
Praise the Lord with harps. Yes, praise him with music from the harps.
Blow the pipes and horns, and shout for joy to the Lord our King!
Let the sea and everything in it, the earth and all who live on it shout his praise!
Rivers, clap your hands! All together now, mountains sing out!
Sing before the Lord because he is coming to rule the world. He will rule the world fairly. He will rule the people with goodness.
So do you think that you can judge those other people? You are wrong. You too are guilty of sin. You judge them, but you do the same things they do. So when you judge them, you are really condemning yourself.
God judges all who do such things, and we know his judgment is right.
And since you do the same things as those people you judge, surely you understand that God will punish you too. How could you think you would be able to escape his judgment?
God has been kind to you. He has been very patient, waiting for you to change. But you think nothing of his kindness. Maybe you don't understand that God is kind to you so that you will decide to change your lives.
But you are so stubborn! You refuse to change. So you are making your own punishment greater and greater. You will be punished on the day when God will show his anger. On that day everyone will see how right God is to judge people.
He will reward or punish everyone for what they have done.
Some people live for God's glory, for honor, and for life that cannot be destroyed. They live for those things by always continuing to do good. God will give eternal life to them.
But others are selfish and refuse to follow truth. They follow evil. God will show his anger and punish them.
He will give trouble and suffering to everyone who does evil�to the Jews first and also to those who are not Jews.
But he will give glory, honor, and peace to everyone who does good�to the Jews first and also to those who are not Jews.
God judges everyone the same. It doesn't matter who they are.
People who have the law and those who have never heard of the law are all the same when they sin. People who don't have the law and are sinners will be lost. And, in the same way, those who have the law and are sinners will be judged by the law.
Hearing the law does not make people right with God. They will be right before him only if they always do what the law says.
Those who are not Jews don't have the law. But when they naturally do what the law commands without even knowing the law, then they are their own law. This is true even though they don't have the written law.
They show that in their hearts they know what is right and wrong, the same as the law commands, and their consciences agree. Sometimes their thoughts tell them that they have done wrong, and this makes them guilty. And sometimes their thoughts tell them that they have done right, and this makes them not guilty.
All this will happen on the day when God will judge people's secret thoughts through Jesus Christ. This is part of the Good News that I tell everyone.
What about you? You say you are a Jew. You trust in the law and proudly claim to be close to God.
You know what God wants you to do. And you know what is important, because you have learned the law.
You think you are a guide for people who don't know the right way, a light for those who are in the dark.
You think you can show foolish people what is right. And you think you are a teacher for those who are just beginning to learn. You have the law, and so you think you know everything and have all truth.
You teach others, so why don't you teach yourself? You tell them not to steal, but you yourself steal.
You say they must not commit adultery, but you yourself are guilty of that sin. You hate idols, but you steal them from their temples.
You are so proud that you have God's law, but you bring shame to God by breaking his law.
As the Scriptures say, "People in other nations insult God because of you."
If you follow the law, then your circumcision has meaning. But if you break the law, then it is as if you were never circumcised.
Those who are not Jews are not circumcised. But if they do what the law says, it is as if they were circumcised.
You have the written law and circumcision, but you break the law. So those who are not circumcised in their bodies, but still obey the law, will show that you are guilty.
You are not a true Jew if you are only a Jew in your physical body. True circumcision is not only on the outside of the body.
A true Jew is one who is a Jew inside. True circumcision is done in the heart. It is done by the Spirit, not by the written law. And anyone who is circumcised in the heart by the Spirit gets praise from God, not from people.