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1 Kings 6:15

Context
6:15 He constructed the walls inside the temple with cedar planks; he paneled the inside with wood from the floor of the temple to the rafters 1  of the ceiling. He covered the temple floor with boards made from the wood of evergreens.

1 Kings 7:2

Context
7:2 He named 2  it “The Palace of the Lebanon Forest”; 3  it was 150 feet 4  long, 75 feet 5  wide, and 45 feet 6  high. It had four rows of cedar pillars and cedar beams above the pillars.

1 Kings 10:11-12

Context
10:11 (Hiram’s fleet, which carried gold from Ophir, also brought from Ophir a very large quantity of fine timber and precious gems. 10:12 With the timber the king made supports 7  for the Lord’s temple and for the royal palace and stringed instruments 8  for the musicians. No one has seen so much of this fine timber to this very day. 9 )

1 tc The MT reads קִירוֹת (qirot, “walls”), but this should be emended to קוֹרוֹת (qorot, “rafters”). See BDB 900 s.v. קוֹרָה.

2 tn Heb “he built.”

3 sn The Palace of the Lebanon Forest. This name was appropriate because of the large amount of cedar, undoubtedly brought from Lebanon, used in its construction. The cedar pillars in the palace must have given it the appearance of a forest.

4 tn Heb “one hundred cubits.”

5 tn Heb “fifty cubits.”

6 tn Heb “thirty cubits.”

7 tn This Hebrew architectural term occurs only here. The meaning is uncertain; some have suggested “banisters” or “parapets”; cf. TEV, NLT “railings.” The parallel passage in 2 Chr 9:11 has a different word, meaning “tracks,” or perhaps “steps.”

8 tn Two types of stringed instruments are specifically mentioned, the כִּנּוֹר (kinnor, “zither” [?]), and נֶבֶל (nevel, “harp”).

9 tn Heb “there has not come thus, the fine timber, and there has not been seen to this day.”



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