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1 Kings 7:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Now Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Solomon was thirteen years building his own house; and he finished all his house.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, his own house, was Solomon thirteen years in building,—so he finished all his house.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And his own house hath Solomon built thirteen years, and he finisheth all his house.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And Solomon built his own house in thirteen years, and brought it to perfection.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But Solomon was building his owne house thirteene yeres, and he finished all his house.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Solomon built a house for himself in thirteen years.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— But Shelomoh was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But lm שְׁלֹמֹה 8010
{8010} Prime
From H7965; peaceful; Shelomoh, David's successor.
was building 1129
{1129} Prime
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
his own house 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
thirteen 7969
{7969} Prime
The last two forms being masculine; a primitive number; three; occasionally (ordinal) third, or (multiplicative) thrice.
{6240} Prime
For H6235; ten (only in combination), that is, the 'teens'; also (ordinal) a 'teenth'.
years, 8141
{8141} Prime
(The first form being in plural only, the second form being feminine); from H8138; a year (as a revolution of time).
and he finished 3615
{3615} Prime
A primitive root; to end, whether intransitively (to cease, be finished, perish) or transitively (to complete, prepare, consume).
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
(0853) Complement
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
all x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
his house. 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Kings 7:1

_ _ 1 Kings 7:1. Building of Solomon’s house.

_ _ Solomon was building his own house thirteen years — The time occupied in building his palace was nearly double that spent in the erection of the temple [1 Kings 6:38], because neither had there been the same previous preparations for it, nor was there the same urgency as in providing a place of worship, on which the national well-being so much depended.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

1 Kings 7:1-12

_ _ Never had any man so much of the spirit of building as Solomon had, nor to better purpose; he began with the temple, built for God first, and then all his other buildings were comfortable. The surest foundations of lasting prosperity are those which are laid in an early piety, Matthew 6:33. 1. He built a house for himself (1 Kings 7:1), where he dwelt, 1 Kings 7:8. His father had built a good house; but it was no reflection upon his father for him to build a better, in proportion to the estate wherewith God had blessed him. Much of the comfort of this life is connected with an agreeable house. He was thirteen years building this house, whereas he built the temple in little more than seven years; not that he was more exact, but less eager and intent, in building his own house than in building God's. He was in no haste for his own palace, but impatient till the temple was finished and fit for use. Thus we ought to prefer God's honour before our own ease and satisfaction. 2. He built the house of the forest at Lebanon (1 Kings 7:2), supposed to be a country seat near Jerusalem, so called from the pleasantness of its situation and the trees that encompassed it. I rather incline to think that it was a house built in the forest of Lebanon itself, whither (though far distant from Jerusalem) Solomon (having so many chariots and horses, and those dispersed into chariot-cities, which probably were his stages) might frequently retire with ease. It does not appear that his throne (mentioned 1 Kings 7:7) was at the house of the forest of Lebanon, and it was not at all improper to put his shields there as in a magazine. Express notice is taken of his buildings, not only in Jerusalem, but in Lebanon (1 Kings 9:19), and we read of the tower of Lebanon, which looks towards Damascus (Song of Songs 7:4), which probably was part of this house. A particular account is given of this house, that being built in Lebanon, a place famed for cedars, the pillars, and beams, and roof, were all cedar (1 Kings 7:2, 1 Kings 7:3), and, being designed for pleasant prospects, there were three tiers of windows on each side, light against light (1 Kings 7:4, 1 Kings 7:5), or, as it may be read, prospect against prospect. Those whose lost i cast in the country may be well reconciled to a country life by this, that some of the greatest princes have thought those the most pleasant of their days which they have spent in their country retirements. 3. He built piazzas before one of his houses, either that at Jerusalem or that in Lebanon, which were very famous — a porch of pillars (1 Kings 7:6), perhaps for an exchange or a guard-house, or for those to walk in that attended him about business till they could have audience, or for state and magnificence. He himself speaks of Wisdom's building her house, and hewing out her seven pillars (Proverbs 9:1), for the shelter of those that, three verses before (1 Kings 8:34), are said to watch daily at her gates and to wait at the posts of her doors. 4. At his house where he dwelt in Jerusalem he built a great hall, or porch of judgment, where was set the throne, or king's bench, for the trial of causes, in which he himself was appealed to (placita coram ipso rege tenendacauses were to be adjusted in the king's presence), and this was richly wainscoted with cedar, from the floor to the roof, 1 Kings 7:7. He had there also another court within the porch, nearer his house, of similar work, for his attendants to walk in, 1 Kings 7:8. 5. He built a house for his wife, where she kept her court, 1 Kings 7:8. It is said to be like the porch, because built of cedar like it, though not in the same form; this, no doubt, was nearer adjoining to his own palace, yet perhaps if it had been as near as it ought to have been Solomon would not have multiplied wives as he did.

_ _ The wonderful magnificence of all these buildings is taken notice of, 1 Kings 7:9, etc. All the materials were the best of their kind. The foundation-stones were costly for their size, four or five yards square, or at least so many yards long (1 Kings 7:10), and the stones of the building were costly for the workmanship, hewn and sawn, and in all respects finely wrought, 1 Kings 7:9, 1 Kings 7:11. The court of his own house was like that of the temple (1 Kings 7:12, compare 1 Kings 6:36); so well did he like the model of God's courts that he made his own by it.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Kings 7:1

House — The royal palace for himself, and for his successors. Thirteen years — Almost double the time to that in which the temple was built; because neither were the materials so far provided and prepared for this, as they were for the temple: nor did either he or his people use the same diligence in this, as in the other work; to which they were quickened by God's express command.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Kings 7:1

But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he (a) finished all his house.

(a) After he had built the temple.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
thirteen years:

1 Kings 9:10 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, when Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the LORD, and the king's house,
2 Chronicles 8:1 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had built the house of the LORD, and his own house,
Ecclesiastes 2:4-5 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: ... I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all [kind of] fruits:
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
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