2 Chronicles 3
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  • Verse 3

    Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.

    A. M. 2993-3000. B.C. 1011-1004. Solomon
    1 Chronicles 28:11-19
    Heb. founded. The length.
    1 Kings 6:2,3
    the first measure
    It is supposed, with much probability, that the first measure means the cubit used in the time of Moses, contradistinguished from that used in Babylon, and which the Israelites used after their return from captivity: and, as these Books were written after the captivity, it was necessary for the writer to make this remark, lest it should be thought that the measurement was by the Babylonish cubit, which was a palm or one-sixth shorter than the cubit of Moses; which may serve to reconcile some variations in the historical books, with respect to numbers when applied to measures.

  • Verse 4

    And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold.

    the porch
    John 10:23; Acts 3:11; 5:12
    an hundred and twenty
    As the height of the temple was only thirty cubits, 120 seems too great a height for the porch; but the Syriac, Arabic, and the LXX. in the codex Alexandrinus, have only twenty, probably reading, instead of maiah weesrim, "one hundred and twenty," ammoth esrim, "twenty cubits;" which brings it within the proportion of the other measures.

  • Verse 5

    And the greater house he cieled with fir tree, which he overlaid with fine gold, and set thereon palm trees and chains.

    the greater
    1 Kings 6:15-17,21,22

  • Verse 6

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

    Heb. covered. precious.
    1 Chronicles 29:2,8; Isaiah 54:11,12; Revelation 21:18-21
    Parvaim is supposed by Calmet to be the same as Sepharvaim in Armenia or Media; Bochart is of opinion that it is Taprobanes, now the island of Ceylon, which he drives from taph, a border, and Parvan, i.e., "the coast of Parvan;" but the late Editor of Calmet thinks it the same as the Parvatoi mountains of Ptolemy, at the head of the Indus.

  • Verse 7

    He overlaid also the house, the beams, the posts, and the walls thereof, and the doors thereof, with gold; and graved cherubims on the walls.

    Exodus 26:29; 1 Kings 6:20-22,30; Ezekiel 7:20
    graved cherubims
    Exodus 26:1; 1 Kings 6:35

  • Verse 8

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

    the most holy
    Exodus 26:33; 1 Kings 6:19,20; Hebrews 9:3,9; 10:19

  • Verse 10

    And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image work, and overlaid them with gold.

    two cherubims
    1 Kings 6:23-28
    image work
    or, as some think, of movable work.