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2 Chronicles 3:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Now these are the foundations which Solomon laid for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— 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.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Now these are the foundations which Solomon laid for building the house of God. The length in cubits, according to the old standard [was] sixty cubits, and the width twenty cubits.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Now these [are the things in which] Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure [was] sixty cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And this was Solomon's foundation for the construction of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was sixty cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And, these, are the things wherein Solomon was grounded for the building of the house of God,—The length, by cubits, in the first measure, was sixty cubits, and, the breadth, twenty cubits.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And [in] these hath Solomon been instructed to build the house of God: The length [in] cubits by the former measure [is] sixty cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Now these are the foundations, which Solomon laid, to build the house of God, the length by the first measure sixty cubits, the breadth twenty cubits.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Now these [are the things wherein] Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubites after the first measure [was] threescore cubits, and the breadth twentie cubites.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And thus Solomon began to build the house of God: the length in cubits-- even the first measurement from end to end, was sixty cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Now these [are the things wherein] Shelomoh was instructed for the building of the house of Elohim. The length by cubits after the first measure [was] threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Now these x428
(0428) Complement
אֵלֶּה
'el-leh
{ale'-leh}
Prolonged from H0411; these or those.
[are the things wherein] lm שְׁלֹמֹה 8010
{8010} Prime
שְׁלֹמֹה
Sh@lomoh
{shel-o-mo'}
From H7965; peaceful; Shelomoh, David's successor.
was instructed 3245
{3245} Prime
יָסַד
yacad
{yaw-sad'}
A primitive root; to set (literally or figuratively); intensively to found; reflexively to sit down together, that is, settle, consult.
z8717
<8717> Grammar
Stem - Hophal (See H8825)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 123
for the building 1129
{1129} Prime
בָּנָה
banah
{baw-naw'}
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively).
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
x853
(0853) Complement
אֵת
'eth
{ayth}
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).
of the house 1004
{1004} Prime
בַּיִת
bayith
{bah'-yith}
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
of lhm אֱלֹהִים. 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
The length 753
{0753} Prime
אֹרֶךְ
'orek
{o'-rek}
From H0748; length.
by cubits 520
{0520} Prime
אַמָּה
'ammah
{am-maw'}
Prolonged from H0517; properly a mother (that is, unit) of measure, or the forearm (below the elbow), that is, a cubit; also a door base (as a bond of the entrance).
after the first 7223
{7223} Prime
רִאשׁוֹן
ri'shown
{ree-shone'}
From H7221; first, in place, time or rank (as adjective or noun).
measure 4060
{4060} Prime
מִדָּה
middah
{mid-daw'}
Feminine of H4055; properly extension, that is, height or breadth; also a measure (including its standard); hence a portion (as measured) or a vestment; specifically tribute (as measured).
[was] threescore 8346
{8346} Prime
שִׁשִּׁים
shishshiym
{shish-sheem'}
Multiple of H8337; sixty.
cubits, 520
{0520} Prime
אַמָּה
'ammah
{am-maw'}
Prolonged from H0517; properly a mother (that is, unit) of measure, or the forearm (below the elbow), that is, a cubit; also a door base (as a bond of the entrance).
and the breadth 7341
{7341} Prime
רֹחַב
rochab
{ro'-khab}
From H7337; width (literally or figuratively).
twenty 6242
{6242} Prime
עֶשְׂרִים
`esriym
{es-reem'}
From H6235; twenty; also (ordinal) twentieth.
cubits. 520
{0520} Prime
אַמָּה
'ammah
{am-maw'}
Prolonged from H0517; properly a mother (that is, unit) of measure, or the forearm (below the elbow), that is, a cubit; also a door base (as a bond of the entrance).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Chronicles 3:3

_ _ 2 Chronicles 3:3-7. Measures and ornaments of the House.

_ _ these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God — by the written plan and specifications given him by his father. The measurements are reckoned by cubits, “after the first measure,” that is, the old Mosaic standard. But there is great difference of opinion about this, some making the cubit eighteen, others twenty-one inches. The temple, which embodied in more solid and durable materials the ground-form of the tabernacle (only being twice as large), was a rectangular building, seventy cubits long from east to west, and twenty cubits wide from north to south.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Chronicles 3:1-9.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Chronicles 3:3

Instructed — By David, and by the Spirit of God. The measure — According to he measure which was first fixed.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Chronicles 3:3

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

(b) According to the whole length of the temple,

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
am 2993-3000, bc 1011-1004

Solomon:

1 Chronicles 28:11-19 Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat, ... All [this, said David], the LORD made me understand in writing by [his] hand upon me, [even] all the works of this pattern.

instructed:
Heb. founded

The length:

1 Kings 6:2-3 And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the length thereof [was] threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty [cubits], and the height thereof thirty cubits. ... And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits [was] the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; [and] ten cubits [was] the breadth thereof before the house.

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.
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