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Haftara Terumah

I Kings 5.26-6.13

And God gave Solomon wisdom, as He promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they made a treaty together.

Then King Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men. And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month by turns: One month they were in Lebanon and two months at home; and Adoniram was in charge of the levy. Solomon also had seventy thousand transporters, and eighty thousand stone cutters in the mountains, besides Solomon’s chief officers who were over the work, three thousand three hundred, who ruled over the people who were employed in the work. At the king’s command, they quarried great, costly stones, to lay a foundation of the house with hewn stone. So Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders and the Gebalites did the hewing and preparing the timber and the stones to build the house.

In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites left the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of God. The house which Solomon built for God was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high. The porch in front of the temple of the house was twenty cubits long, as was the width of the house; and it was ten cubits deep in front of the house. And for the house he made windows, wide within, and narrow without.

Against the wall of the house he built a side structure all around, running against the walls of the house, both of the Temple and of the Sanctuary; and he made side chambers all around. The lowest story of the side structure was five cubits broad, the middle one was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad; for all around the outside he made recesses in the wall of the house, so that the beam would be inserted into the walls of the house.

The house was built of stone prepared at the quarry; so that neither hammer nor axe nor any iron was heard in the house, while it was being built.

The door of the lowest row of chambers was on the right side of the house; and one went up by winding stairs into the middle row, and from the middle into the third. So he built the house and finished it; he covered the house with planks of cedar over the beams. He built the stones of the side structure against the whole house, each five cubits high; and they were fastened to the house with timber of cedar.

God’s word came to Solomon, saying: Concerning this house which you are building, if you follow My statutes,  carry out my judgements, and keep all My commandments to walk in them; then I will establish My word with you, which I spoke to David your father. And I will dwell among the Israelites and not forsake My people Israel.