1 Kings 6:1-2, Solomon’s Palace and Temple

In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites had come out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the LORD. The temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high.

//Ever read this chapter in the Bible? It’s the awe-inspiring story of the glorious construction of Solomon’s Temple. It takes 38 verses to describe this magnificent construction, ending with this final verse in the chapter:

He had spent seven years building it. –1 Kings 6:38

Then comes the seventh chapter, which begins with this dry comment:

It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace. –1 Kings 7:1

Now we embark on a description of Solomon’s palace, which turns out to be a hundred cubits long, fifty wide, and thirty cubits high, totally dwarfing the sacred temple. Priorities, right?

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