1 Kings 5:17
New International Version
At the king's command they removed from the quarry large blocks of high-grade stone to provide a foundation of dressed stone for the temple.

New Living Translation
At the king’s command, they quarried large blocks of high-quality stone and shaped them to make the foundation of the Temple.

English Standard Version
At the king’s command they quarried out great, costly stones in order to lay the foundation of the house with dressed stones.

Berean Study Bible
And the king commanded them to quarry large, costly stones to lay the foundation of the temple with dressed stones.

New American Standard Bible
Then the king commanded, and they quarried great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with cut stones.

New King James Version
And the king commanded them to quarry large stones, costly stones, and hewn stones, to lay the foundation of the temple.

King James Bible
And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.

Christian Standard Bible
The king commanded them to quarry large, costly stones to lay the foundation of the temple with dressed stones.

Contemporary English Version
He ordered the workers to cut and shape large blocks of good stone for the foundation of the temple.

Good News Translation
At King Solomon's command they cut fine large stones for the foundation of the Temple.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The king commanded them to quarry large, costly stones to lay the foundation of the temple with dressed stones.

International Standard Version
The king specified that large, expensive stones be quarried so the foundation of the Temple could be laid with cut stones.

NET Bible
By royal order they supplied large valuable stones in order to build the temple's foundation with chiseled stone.

New Heart English Bible
The king commanded, and they cut out great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with worked stone.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king commanded them to quarry large, expensive blocks of stone in order to provide a foundation of cut stone for the temple.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the king commanded, and they quarried great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with hewn stone.

New American Standard 1977
Then the king commanded, and they quarried great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with cut stones.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the king commanded that they bring great stones, costly stones, for the foundation of the house, and hewed stones.

King James 2000 Bible
And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewn stones, to lay the foundation of the house.

American King James Version
And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.

American Standard Version
And the king commanded, and they hewed out great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with wrought stone.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king commanded, that they should bring great stones, costly stones, for the foundation of the temple, and should square them:

Darby Bible Translation
And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, hewn stones, to lay the foundation of the house.

English Revised Version
And the king commanded, and they hewed out great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with wrought stone.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.

World English Bible
The king commanded, and they cut out great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with worked stone.

Young's Literal Translation
And the king commandeth, and they bring great stones, precious stone, to lay the foundation of the house, hewn stones;
Study Bible
Solomon's Workmen and Laborers
16not including his 3,300 foremen who supervised the workers. 17And the king commanded them to quarry large, costly stones to lay the foundation of the temple with dressed stones. 18So Solomon’s and Hiram’s builders, along with the Gebalites, quarried the stone and prepared the timber and stone for the construction of the temple.…
Cross References
1 Kings 6:7
The temple was constructed using finished stones cut at the quarry, so that no hammer, chisel, or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built.

1 Chronicles 22:2
So David gave orders to gather the foreigners in the land of Israel, from whom he appointed stonecutters to prepare finished stones for building the house of God.

Treasury of Scripture

And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house.

costly stones

1 Kings 6:7
And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.

1 Kings 7:9
All these were of costly stones, according to the measures of hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and without, even from the foundation unto the coping, and so on the outside toward the great court.

1 Chronicles 22:2
And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.







Lexicon
And the king
הַמֶּ֡לֶךְ (ham·me·leḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

commanded them
וַיְצַ֣ו (way·ṣaw)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order

to quarry
וַיַּסִּעוּ֩ (way·yas·si·‘ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5265: To pull up, the tent-pins, start on a, journey

large,
גְּדֹל֜וֹת (gə·ḏō·lō·wṯ)
Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1419: Great, older, insolent

costly
יְקָר֛וֹת (yə·qā·rō·wṯ)
Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3368: Precious, rare, splendid, weighty

stones
אֲבָנִ֨ים (’ă·ḇā·nîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 68: A stone

to lay the foundation
לְיַסֵּ֥ד (lə·yas·sêḏ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3245: To set, to found, to sit down together, settle, consult

of the temple
הַבָּ֖יִת (hab·bā·yiṯ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

with dressed
גָזִֽית׃ (ḡā·zîṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1496: Something cut, dressed stone

stones.
אֲבָנִ֧ים (’ă·ḇā·nîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 68: A stone
(17) Great stones.--The stones, so emphatically described as "great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones," were necessary, not so much for "the foundation" of the Temple itself, which was small, but for the substructure of the area, formed into a square on the irregular summit of Mount Moriah. In this substructure vast stones are still to be seen, and are referred by many authorities to the age of Solomon. The labour of transport must have been enormous, especially as all were worked beforehand. (See 1Kings 6:7.)

Verse 17. - And the king commanded and they brought [or cut out, quarried (Gesen.), as in Ecclesiastes 10:9; see also ch. 6:7 (Heb.) ] great stones, costly [precious, not heavy, as Thenius. Cf. Psalm 36:8; Psalm 45:9; Esther 1:4 in the Heb.], stones and [omit and. The hewed stones were the great and costly stones] hewed stones [or squared (Isaiah 9:10; cf. 1 Kings 6:36; 1 Kings 7:9; 1 Kings 11:12). We learn from 1 Kings 7:10 that the stones of the foundation of the palace were squared to 8 cubits and 10 cubits] to lay the foundation of the house. [Some of these great squared stones, we can hardly doubt, are found in situ at the present day. The stones at the south-east angle of the walls of the Haram (Mosque of Omar) are "unquestionably of Jewish masonry" (Porter, Handbook, p. 115). "One is 23 2:9 in. long; whilst others vary from 17 to 20 feet in length. Five courses of them are nearly entire" (ib.) As Herod, in rebuilding the edifice, would seem to have had nothing to do with the foundations, we may safely connect these huge blocks with the time of Solomon. It is also probable that some at least of the square pillars, ranged in fifteen rows, and measuring five feet each side, which form the foundations of the Mosque El Aksa, and the supports of the area of the Haram, are of the same date and origin (cf. Ewald, Hist. Israel, 3:233). Porter holds that they are "coeval with the oldest part of the external walls." Many of them, the writer observed, were monoliths. The extensive vaults which they enclose are unquestionably "the subterranean vaults of the temple area" mentioned by Josephus (B.J. 5:3. 1), and the "cavati sub terra montes" of Tacitus. It may be added here that the recent explorations in Jerusalem have brought to light many evidences of Phoenician handiwork.] 5:10-18 The temple was chiefly built by the riches and labour of Gentiles, which typified their being called into the church. Solomon commanded, and they brought costly stones for the foundation. Christ, who is laid for a Foundation, is a chosen and precious Stone. We should lay our foundation firm, and bestow most pains on that part of our religion which lies out of the sight of men. And happy those who, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, for a habitation of God through the Spirit. Who among us will build in the house of the Lord?
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