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The construction began in midspring,[a] during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign.

These are the dimensions Solomon used for the foundation of the Temple of God (using the old standard of measurement).[b] It was 90 feet long and 30 feet wide.[c] The entry room at the front of the Temple was 30 feet[d] wide, running across the entire width of the Temple, and 30 feet[e] high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold.

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Footnotes

  1. 3:2 Hebrew on the second [day] of the second month. This day of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in April or May.
  2. 3:3a The “old standard of measurement” was a cubit equal to 18 inches [46 centimeters]. The new standard was a cubit of approximately 21 inches [53 centimeters].
  3. 3:3b Hebrew 60 cubits [27.6 meters] long and 20 cubits [9.2 meters] wide.
  4. 3:4a Hebrew 20 cubits [9.2 meters]; also in 3:8, 11, 13.
  5. 3:4b As in some Greek and Syriac manuscripts, which read 20 cubits [9.2 meters]; Hebrew reads 120 [cubits], which is 180 feet or 55 meters.

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