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Solomon started to build on the second day of the second month of his fourth year as king of Israel.

These are the measurements he used for building the foundation of God’s Temple, using the old cubit.[a] The foundation was 60 cubits[b] long and 20 cubits[c] wide. The porch in front of the Temple was 20 cubits long and 20 cubits high.[d] He covered the inside of the porch with pure gold.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Chronicles 3:3 the old cubit This was the Egyptian cubit, measuring about 20 3/8" (51.83 cm).
  2. 2 Chronicles 3:3 60 cubits 102' 3/8" (31.1 m).
  3. 2 Chronicles 3:3 20 cubits 34' 1/8" (10.37 m). Also in verses 4, 8, 11, 13.
  4. 2 Chronicles 3:4 20 cubits high 34' 1/8" (10.37 m). Some of the Hebrew texts have “120 cubits high.”

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