2“Home of the Lebanon Forest”  was largest room in the palace. Builders erected cedar pillars everywhere. They shaped the room into a huge rectangle around three rows of cedar pillars, 15 pillars in each row. That totaled 45 pillars. The room measured 50 yards long, 25 yards wide, and 15 yards high. 3For a roof, builders put 45 rafters—huge beams—across the tops of all 45 pillars. Then they covered the rafters with cedar.4Builders cut three rows of windows on each side of the room, with them facing each other.  Workers cut three doorways on each side, close to the entrance at the front of the room.5They framed all the doorways with four-sided posts and placed the doorways across from each other.
PILLAR HALL AND JUSTICE HALL
6Solomon built a room called Pillar Hall. He laid it out 25 yards long by 15 yards wide.  Then he added a front porch with pillars supporting a roof.7He paneled the courthouse, Justice Hall, entirely of cedar—from floor to ceiling. This is where he would judge court cases.8Solomon ordered his house built behind Justice Hall, and along the same design. He followed that pattern, too, for the home of his Egyptian bride, Pharaoh’s daughter.9All these buildings were made of cut stone, chiseled, and sawed to fit.
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