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He began building on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign.

The Sanctuary

Now these are the dimensions of the foundations which Solomon laid for the building of God’s house. The length was ninety feet and the width thirty feet.[a] The porch[b] that was in front of the temple building was thirty feet wide, the same as the width of the building, and it was thirty feet high.[c]

He overlaid the inside with pure gold.

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  1. 2 Chronicles 3:3 The measurements are given in cubits of the old measure, a much disputed term. The translation uses 18-inch cubits. Using a long cubit of 20+ inches, the temple would be 105 feet by 35 feet.
  2. 2 Chronicles 3:4 Or entry hall. It is uncertain if this was an unroofed porch or an enclosed vestibule.
  3. 2 Chronicles 3:4 The Hebrew text reads one hundred twenty cubits (one hundred eighty feet), but the Greek and Syriac texts and the data concerning the height of the pillars for the porch all support a height of twenty cubits (thirty feet). Perhaps the Hebrew word amwt (cubit) was accidentally changed into the word mawt (hundred) by the inversion of two letters. The account in Kings does not give the height of the porch.

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