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2 Chronicles 3:5

3:5 He paneled 1  the main hall 2  with boards made from evergreen trees 3  and plated it with fine gold, decorated with palm trees and chains. 4 

2 Chronicles 3:8


3:8 He made the most holy place; 5  its length was 30 feet, 6  corresponding to the width of the temple, and its width 30 feet. 7  He plated it with 600 talents 8  of fine gold.

1 tn Heb “covered.”

2 tn Heb “the large house.”

3 tn Heb “wood of evergreens.”

4 tn Heb “and he put up on it palm trees and chains.”

5 tn Heb “the house of the holy place of holy places.”

6 tn Heb “twenty cubits.” Assuming a cubit of 18 inches (45 cm), this would give a length of 30 feet (9 m).

7 tc Heb “twenty cubits.” Some suggest adding, “and its height twenty cubits” (see 1 Kgs 6:20). The phrase could have been omitted by homoioteleuton.

8 tn The Hebrew word כִּכַּר (kikar, “circle”) refers generally to something that is round. When used of metals it can refer to a disk-shaped weight made of the metal or, by extension, to a standard unit of weight. According to the older (Babylonian) standard the “talent” weighed 130 lbs. (58.9 kg), but later this was lowered to 108.3 lbs. (49.1 kg). More recent research suggests the “light” standard talent was 67.3 lbs. (30.6 kg). Using this as the standard for calculation, the weight of the gold plating was 40,380 lbs. (18,360 kg).

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