F I R S T K I N G S
Great and long preparation had been making for the
building of the temple, and here, at length, comes an account of
the building of it; a noble piece of work it was, one of the
wonders of the world, and taking in its spiritual significancy, one
of the glories of the church. Here is, I. The time when it was
built (ver. 1), and how long
it was in the building, ver. 37,
38. II. The silence with which it was build, ver. 7. III. The dimensions of it,
ver. 2, 3. IV. The message
God sent to Solomon, when it was in the building, ver. 11-13. V. The particulars:
windows (ver. 4), chambers
(ver. 5, 6, 8-10),
the walls and flooring (ver.
15-18), the oracle (ver.
19-22), the cherubim (ver. 23-30), the doors (ver. 31-35), and the inner court,
ver. 36. Many learned men
have well bestowed their pains in expounding the description here
given of the temple according to the rules of architecture, and
solving the difficulties which, upon search, they find in it; but
in that matter, having nothing new to offer, we will not be
particular or curious; it was then well understood, and every man's
eyes that saw this glorious structure furnished him with the best
critical exposition of this chapter.