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

The foundation Solomon laid for building the temple of God was sixty cubits long and twenty cubits wide[a] (using the cubit of the old standard). The portico at the front of the temple was twenty cubits[b] long across the width of the building and twenty[c] cubits high.

He overlaid the inside with pure gold.

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  1. 2 Chronicles 3:3 That is, about 27 metres long and 9 metres wide
  2. 2 Chronicles 3:4 That is, about 9 metres; also in verses 8, 11 and 13
  3. 2 Chronicles 3:4 Some Septuagint and Syriac manuscripts; Hebrew and a hundred and twenty

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