That was one big house! 

Old Testament: 1Ki 7.2–5

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 6–7 on May 3, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023

By Don Ruhl 

Have you tried to picture in your mind the size of Solomon’s home? 

The Bible says that its length was one hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits (1 Kings 7.2–5). 

Let’s translate those numbers into something that we use in America. Most scholars believe that the minimum length for a cubit was 18 inches. If that is true, that means the length of Solomon’s house was 150 feet, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high! That was one big house! 

Then again, he had a total of 1,000 wives and concubines, and their children, but it is also true that he had other homes. 

I think what the Bible shows in this case, is just how wealthy the children of Israel, once a nation of slaves living in another land, had become. 

However, it was through the wars, hard work, and obedience to the Lord from previous generations that enabled Solomon to have such a grand house. 

That is true of any nation, and it is true of the church. We have to be thankful for those who have gone on before us, otherwise, we would not have the blessings that we do today. 


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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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