2 Chronicles 3:1-17, NLT
2 Chronicles 3
Solomon Builds the Temple
1So Solomon began to build the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to David, his father. The Temple was built on the threshing floor of Araunah*3:1 Hebrew reads Ornan, a variant spelling of Araunah; compare 2 Sam 24:16. the Jebusite, the site that David had selected.
3These are the dimensions Solomon used for the foundation of the Temple of God (using the old standard of measurement).*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]. It was 90 feet long and 30 feet wide.*3:3b Hebrew 60 cubits [27.6 meters] long and 20 cubits [9.2 meters] wide.
5He paneled the main room of the Temple with cypress wood, overlaid it with fine gold, and decorated it with carvings of palm trees and chains.
8He made the Most Holy Place 30 feet wide, corresponding to the width of the Temple, and 30 feet deep. He overlaid its interior with 23 tons*3:8 Hebrew 600 talents [20.4 metric tons]. of fine gold.
10He made two figures shaped like cherubim, overlaid them with gold, and placed them in the Most Holy Place.
14Across the entrance of the Most Holy Place he hung a curtain made of fine linen, decorated with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and embroidered with figures of cherubim.
15For the front of the Temple, he made two pillars that were 27 feet*3:15 As in Syriac version (see also 1 Kgs 7:15; 2 Kgs 25:17; Jer 52:21), which reads 18 cubits [8.3 meters]; Hebrew reads 35 cubits, which is 52.5 feet or 16.5 meters. tall, each topped by a capital extending upward another 71/2 feet.