II Chronicles 3
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1  Then Shlomo began to build the House of Hashem in Yerushalayim on Mount Moriah, where [Hashem] had appeared to his father David, at the place which David had designated, at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

א  וַיָּחֶל שְׁלֹמֹה לִבְנוֹת אֶת־בֵּית־יְהֹוָה בִּירוּשָׁלַ ִם בְּהַר הַמּוֹרִיָּה אֲשֶׁר נִרְאָה לְדָוִיד אָבִיהוּ אֲשֶׁר הֵכִין בִּמְקוֹם דָּוִיד בְּגֹרֶן אָרְנָן הַיְבוּסִי׃

2  He began to build on the second day of the second month of the fourth year of his reign.

ב  וַיָּחֶל לִבְנוֹת בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַשֵּׁנִי בַּשֵּׁנִי בִּשְׁנַת אַרְבַּע לְמַלְכוּתוֹ׃

3  These were the dimensions Shlomo established for building the House of Hashem: its length in amot, by the former measure, was 60, and its breadth was 20.

ג  וְאֵלֶּה הוּסַד שְׁלֹמֹה לִבְנוֹת אֶת־בֵּית הָאֱלֹהִים הָאֹרֶךְ אַמּוֹת בַּמִּדָּה הָרִאשׁוֹנָה אַמּוֹת שִׁשִּׁים וְרֹחַב אַמּוֹת עֶשְׂרִים׃

4  The length of the porch in front [was equal] to the breadth of the House—20 amot, and its height was 120. Inside he overlaid it with pure gold.

ד  וְהָאוּלָם אֲשֶׁר עַל־פְּנֵי הָאֹרֶךְ עַל־פְּנֵי רֹחַב־הַבַּיִת אַמּוֹת עֶשְׂרִים וְהַגֹּבַהּ מֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים וַיְצַפֵּהוּ מִפְּנִימָה זָהָב טָהוֹר׃

5  The House itself he paneled with cypress wood. He overlaid it with fine gold and embossed on it palms and chains.

ה  וְאֵת הַבַּיִת הַגָּדוֹל חִפָּה עֵץ בְּרוֹשִׁים וַיְחַפֵּהוּ זָהָב טוֹב וַיַּעַל עָלָיו תִּמֹרִים וְשַׁרְשְׁרוֹת׃

6  He studded the House with precious stones for decoration; the gold was from Parvaim.

ו  וַיְצַף אֶת־הַבַּיִת אֶבֶן יְקָרָה לְתִפְאָרֶת וְהַזָּהָב זְהַב פַּרְוָיִם׃

7  He overlaid the House with gold—the beams, the thresholds, its walls and doors; he carved cherubim on the walls.

ז  וַיְחַף אֶת־הַבַּיִת הַקֹּרוֹת הַסִּפִּים וְקִירוֹתָיו וְדַלְתוֹתָיו זָהָב וּפִתַּח כְּרוּבִים עַל־הַקִּירוֹת׃

8  He made the Holy of Holies: its length was [equal to] the breadth of the house—20 amot, and its breadth was 20 amot. He overlaid it with 600 kikarim of fine gold.

ח  וַיַּעַשׂ אֶת־בֵּית־קֹדֶשׁ הַקֳּדָשִׁים אָרְכּוֹ עַל־פְּנֵי רֹחַב־הַבַּיִת אַמּוֹת עֶשְׂרִים וְרָחְבּוֹ אַמּוֹת עֶשְׂרִים וַיְחַפֵּהוּ זָהָב טוֹב לְכִכָּרִים שֵׁשׁ מֵאוֹת׃

9  The weight of the nails was 50 shekalim of gold; the upper chambers he overlaid with gold.

ט  וּמִשְׁקָל לְמִסְמְרוֹת לִשְׁקָלִים חֲמִשִּׁים זָהָב וְהָעֲלִיּוֹת חִפָּה זָהָב׃

10  He made two sculptured cherubim in the Holy of Holies, and they were overlaid with gold.

va-YA-as b’-VAYT KO-desh ha-ko-da-SHEEM k’-ru-VEEM sh’-NA-yim ma-a-SAY tza-a-tzu-EEM vai-tza-PU o-TAM za-HAV

י  וַיַּעַשׂ בְּבֵית־קֹדֶשׁ הַקֳּדָשִׁים כְּרוּבִים שְׁנַיִם מַעֲשֵׂה צַעֲצֻעִים וַיְצַפּוּ אֹתָם זָהָב׃

3:10   He made two sculptured cherubim

Shlomo builds two great cherubim in the Holy of Holies, paralleling the cherubim which God placed in front of the Garden of Eden “to guard the way to the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24). Shlomo’s cherubim symbolize these guardians, showing that what lies behind them, the Aron HaBrit, holds the roots to the tree of life. The Torah, which is contained in the Ark, and the commandments therein are the pathway to life. As King Shlomo writes about the wisdom of the Torah “For they will bestow on you length of days, years of life and well-being,” and, “she is a tree of life to those who grasp her” (Proverbs 3:2,18).1 comment

11  The outspread wings of the cherubim were 20 amot across: one wing 5 amot long touching one wall of the House, and the other wing 5 amot long touching the wing of the other cherub;

יא  וְכַנְפֵי הַכְּרוּבִים אָרְכָּם אַמּוֹת עֶשְׂרִים כְּנַף הָאֶחָד לְאַמּוֹת חָמֵשׁ מַגַּעַת לְקִיר הַבַּיִת וְהַכָּנָף הָאַחֶרֶת אַמּוֹת חָמֵשׁ מַגִּיעַ לִכְנַף הַכְּרוּב הָאַחֵר׃

12  one wing of the other [cherub] 5 amot long extending to the other wall of the House, and its other wing 5 amot long touching the wing of the first cherub.

יב  וּכְנַף הַכְּרוּב הָאֶחָד אַמּוֹת חָמֵשׁ מַגִּיעַ לְקִיר הַבָּיִת וְהַכָּנָף הָאַחֶרֶת אַמּוֹת חָמֵשׁ דְּבֵקָה לִכְנַף הַכְּרוּב הָאַחֵר׃

13  The wingspread of these cherubim was thus 20 amot across, and they were standing up facing the House.

יג  כַּנְפֵי הַכְּרוּבִים הָאֵלֶּה פֹּרְשִׂים אַמּוֹת עֶשְׂרִים וְהֵם עֹמְדִים עַל־רַגְלֵיהֶם וּפְנֵיהֶם לַבָּיִת׃

14  He made the curtain of blue, purple, and crimson yarn and fine linen, and he worked cherubim into it.

יד  וַיַּעַשׂ אֶת־הַפָּרֹכֶת תְּכֵלֶת וְאַרְגָּמָן וְכַרְמִיל וּבוּץ וַיַּעַל עָלָיו כְּרוּבִים׃

15  At the front of the House he made two columns 35 amot high; the capitals on top of them were 5 amot high.

טו  וַיַּעַשׂ לִפְנֵי הַבַּיִת עַמּוּדִים שְׁנַיִם אַמּוֹת שְׁלֹשִׁים וְחָמֵשׁ אֹרֶךְ וְהַצֶּפֶת אֲשֶׁר־עַל־רֹאשׁוֹ אַמּוֹת חָמֵשׁ׃

16  He made chainwork in the inner Sanctuary and set it on the top of the columns; he made a hundred pomegranates and set them into the chainwork.

טז  וַיַּעַשׂ שַׁרְשְׁרוֹת בַּדְּבִיר וַיִּתֵּן עַל־רֹאשׁ הָעַמֻּדִים וַיַּעַשׂ רִמּוֹנִים מֵאָה וַיִּתֵּן בַּשַּׁרְשְׁרוֹת׃

17  He erected the columns in front of the Great Hall, one to its right and one to its left; the one to the right was called Jachin, and the one to the left, Boaz.

יז  וַיָּקֶם אֶת־הָעַמּוּדִים עַל־פְּנֵי הַהֵיכָל אֶחָד מִיָּמִין וְאֶחָד מֵהַשְּׂמֹאול וַיִּקְרָא שֵׁם־הימיני [הַיְמָנִי] יָכִין וְשֵׁם הַשְּׂמָאלִי בֹּעַז׃

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  • Can someone tell me why the two pillars/columns at the door of the Temple are given the names of Boaz and Jachin. Boaz I sort of understand, but the name Jachin is not one that is mentioned often. I found that it means Established and that that might refer to Schlomo being established as king, but is there more to the use of the name?

  • The Temple sounds beautiful dosen't it! Like many I will be excited when the third Temple is built. I know there is a lot of controversay about it, but I believe it will be built and all will come to Jerusalem to worship the King of Kings, and when I read these passages the excitement builds.

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