1 Kings Chapter 7
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2 He built also the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length thereof was an hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars.
9 All these were of costly stones, according to the measures of hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and without, even from the foundation unto the coping, and so on the outside toward the great court.
14 He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.
20 And the chapiters upon the two pillars had pomegranates also above, over against the belly which was by the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the other chapiter.
25 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.
29 And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubims: and upon the ledges there was a base above: and beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions made of thin work.
31 And the mouth of it within the chapiter and above was a cubit: but the mouth thereof was round after the work of the base, a cubit and an half: and also upon the mouth of it were gravings with their borders, foursquare, not round.
50 And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple.
51 So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of the LORD. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD.
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Matthew Henry's 1 Kings Chapter 7 Bible commentary...
Solomon's buildings. (1-12) Furniture of the temple. (13-47) Vessels of gold. (48-51)1-12 All Solomon's buildings, though beautiful, were intended for use. Solomon began with the temple; he built for God first, and then his other buildings. The surest foundations of lasting prosperity are laid in early piety. He was thirteen years building his house, yet he built the temple in little more than seven years; not that he was more exact, but less eager in building his own house, than in building God's. We ought to prefer God's honour before our own ease and satisfaction.
13-47 The two brazen pillars in the porch of the temple, some think, were to teach those that came to worship, to depend upon God only, for strength and establishment in all their religious exercises. "Jachin," God will fix this roving mind. It is good that the heart be established with grace. "Boaz," In him is our strength, who works in us both to will and to do. Spiritual strength and stability are found at the door of God's temple, where we must wait for the gifts of grace, in use of the means of grace. Spiritual priests and spiritual sacrifices must be washed in the laver of Christ's blood, and of regeneration. We must wash often, for we daily contract pollution. There are full means provided for our cleansing; so that if we have our lot for ever among the unclean it will be our own fault. Let us bless God for the fountain opened by the sacrifice of Christ for sin and for uncleanness.
48-51 Christ is now the Temple and the Builder; the Altar and the Sacrifice; the Light of our souls, and the Bread of life; able to supply all the wants of all that have applied or shall apply to him. Outward images cannot represent, words cannot express, the heart cannot conceive, his preciousness or his love. Let us come to him, and wash away our sins in his blood; let us seek for the purifying grace of his Spirit; let us maintain communion with the Father through his intercession, and yield up ourselves and all we have to his service. Being strengthened by him, we shall be accepted, useful, and happy.
Biblefan's 1 Kings Chapter 7 comment on 12/16/2013, 8:47am...
Victor Hugo (Les Mes) wrote that in the old days most people were completely illiterate - so it was important to have grandiose buildings to fill people with a sense of awe - that need decreased as literacy increased, according to his reasoning.
Cat Farmer's 1 Kings Chapter 7 comment on 11/22/2013, 8:57am...
Diameter of outside of bowl is 10 cubits, diameter of inside bowl is 30 cubits (to calculate volume), if you take into account the thickness of the bowl and add that to the circumference you will get the value you need for Pi.
Andrew's 1 Kings Chapter 7 comment on 4/11/2012, 9:50am...
Ten cubits in diameter and thirty in circumference? God got pi wrong...
RALPH WATERS's 1 Kings Chapter 7 comment on 3/23/2012, 9:23am...
IN THIS CHAPTER, IT REMINDS ME OF HOW SPECIFIC GOD IS WITH HIS DIRECTION. WE MUST OBEY AND NOT ADD NOR TAKE AWAY.
Jael's 1 Kings Chapter 7 comment on 3/04/2011, 9:11am...
and still the sons and daughters of Beelzebub build churches and monuments to show how much they love God. The possibility of salvation en masse is hardly conceivable: Perhaps an individual here or there can grasp at God's reality and enter that world. For everyone else reflected glory is the best to hope for. Teachers! Let them worship in Solomon's temple!
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