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The Temple Is Built

1-2 Solomon’s workers began building the temple in Jerusalem on the second day of the second month,[a] four years after Solomon had become king of Israel. It was built on Mount Moriah where the Lord had appeared to David at the threshing place that had belonged to Araunah[b] from Jebus.

The inside of the temple was ninety feet long and thirty feet wide, according to the older standards.[c] Across the front of the temple was a porch thirty feet wide and thirty feet[d] high. The inside walls of the porch were covered with pure gold.

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  1. 3.1,2 second month: Ziv, the second month of the Hebrew calendar, from about mid-April to mid-May.
  2. 3.1,2 Araunah: The Hebrew text has “Ornan,” another spelling of the name (see 2 Samuel 24.18-25; 1 Chronicles 21.18—22.1).
  3. 3.3 according to the older standards: There were possibly two different standards of measurement during Israel’s history.
  4. 3.4 thirty feet: Some manuscripts of two ancient translations; Hebrew “one hundred eighty feet.”

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