II Chronicles 3
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1  Then Shlomo began to build the house of Hashem at Yerushalayim in mount Moriah, where [Hashem] appeared unto David his father; for which provision had been made in the Place of David, in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.

א  וַיָּחֶל שְׁלֹמֹה לִבְנוֹת אֶת בֵּית יְהוָה בִּירוּשָׁלִַם בְּהַר הַמּוֹרִיָּה אֲשֶׁר נִרְאָה לְדָוִיד אָבִיהוּ אֲשֶׁר הֵכִין בִּמְקוֹם דָּוִיד בְּגֹרֶן אָרְנָן הַיְבוּסִי.

2  And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in the fourth year of his reign.

ב  וַיָּחֶל לִבְנוֹת בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַשֵּׁנִי בַּשֵּׁנִי בִּשְׁנַת אַרְבַּע לְמַלְכוּתוֹ.

3  Now these are the foundations which Shlomo laid for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the ancient measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.

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

4  And the porch that was before [the house], the length of it, according to the breadth of the house, was twenty cubits, and the height a hundred and twenty; and he overlaid it within with pure gold.

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

5  And the greater house he covered with cypress-wood, which he overlaid with fine gold, and wrought thereon palm-trees and chains.

ה  וְאֵת הַבַּיִת הַגָּדוֹל חִפָּה עֵץ בְּרוֹשִׁים וַיְחַפֵּהוּ זָהָב טוֹב וַיַּעַל עָלָיו תִּמֹרִים וְשַׁרְשְׁרֹת.

6  And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty; and the gold was gold of Parvaim.

ו  וַיְצַף אֶת הַבַּיִת אֶבֶן יְקָרָה לְתִפְאָרֶת וְהַזָּהָב זְהַב פַּרְוָיִם.

7  He overlaid also the house, the beams, the thresholds, and the walls thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubim on the walls.

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

8  And he made the most holy place; the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house, was twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits; and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to six hundred talents.

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

9  And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.

ט  וּמִשְׁקָל לְמִסְמְרוֹת לִשְׁקָלִים חֲמִשִּׁים זָהָב וְהָעֲלִיּוֹת חִפָּה זָהָב.

10  And in the most holy place he made two cherubim of image work; and they overlaid them 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 cherubim

Solomon builds two great cherubim in the Holy of Holies, paralleling the cherubim which God placed in front of the Garden of Eden “to keep the way to the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24). Solomon’s cherubim symbolize these guardians, showing that what lies behind them, the Ark of the Covenant, 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 Solomon writes about the wisdom of the Torah “for they shall add length of days and years of life and peace to you,” and “she is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her” (Proverbs 3:2,18).


11  And the wings of the cherubim were twenty cubits long: the wing of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house; and the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching to 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  And the wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house; and the other wing was five cubits also, joining to the wing of the other cherub.

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

13  The wings of these cherubim spread themselves forth twenty cubits; and they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward.

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

14  And he made the veil of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and wrought cherubim thereon.

יד  וַיַּעַשׂ אֶת הַפָּרֹכֶת תְּכֵלֶת וְאַרְגָּמָן וְכַרְמִיל וּבוּץ וַיַּעַל עָלָיו כְּרוּבִים.

15  Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits high, and the capital that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.

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

16  And he made chains in the Sanctuary, and put them on the tops of the pillars; and he made a hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains.

טז  וַיַּעַשׂ שַׁרְשְׁרוֹת בַּדְּבִיר וַיִּתֵּן עַל רֹאשׁ הָעַמֻּדִים וַיַּעַשׂ רִמּוֹנִים מֵאָה וַיִּתֵּן בַּשַּׁרְשְׁרוֹת.

17  And he set up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on 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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  • 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.

  • 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?

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II Chronicles 3