Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 6:10

He also built the stories against the whole house, each five cubits high; and they were fastened to the house with timbers of cedar.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Temple;   Thompson Chain Reference - Solomon;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Cedar, the;   Temple, the First;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Temple;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Cedar;   Temple, Solomon's;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Cedar;   Kings, the Books of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Temple of Jerusalem;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israel;   Jerusalem;   Palm Tree;   Solomon;   Temple;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Cedar;   Oracle;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Temple;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Cedar;   Chamber;   Stories;   Temple;   Zizah;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And then he built chambers against all the house five cubits high,.... Which some understand of the same chambers in 1 Kings 6:5; here made mention of again for the sake of giving the height of them, not before given; but they were built against, or upon the wall of the house, these against, or rather upon the whole house itself; and are the chambers referred to; see Gill on 1 Kings 6:2; which consisting of three stories of ninety cubits, raised the whole house to an equal height with the porch, 2 Chronicles 3:4; as is there intendedF24Vid. Joseph. Antiqu. ut supra. (l. 8. c. 3. sect. 2.) ; these are the upper chambers in 2 Chronicles 3:9; and they rested on the house with timber of cedar; or on the timber of cedar, the beams of cedar, with which the house was covered, as in 1 Kings 6:9; on these the chambers rested, being built upon them; and in one of these chambers the disciples might be after Christ's ascension, Acts 1:13.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:10". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-6.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

chambers … five cubits high — The height of the whole three stories was therefore about fifteen cubits.

they rested on the house with timber of cedar — that is, because the beams of the side stones rested on the ledges of the temple wall. The wing was attached to the house; it was connected with the temple, without, however, interfering injuriously with the sanctuary [Keil].

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:10". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/1-kings-6.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And then he built chambers against all the house, five cubits high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.

Built chambers — The Hebrew words may be properly rendered, He built a roof, a flat and plain roof, over all the house, according to the manner of the Israelitish buildings. The inner roof was arched, verse9, that it might be the more beautiful, but the outward roof was flat.

Five cubits — Above the walls of the temple: that it might be a little higher than the arched roof, which it was designed to cover and secure.

They rested — Heb. it rested, namely, the roof.

Timber of cedar — Which rested upon the top of the wall, as the chambers, verse5, rested upon the sides of the wall.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:10". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/1-kings-6.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 6:10 And [then] he built chambers against all the house, five cubits high: and they rested on the house [with] timber of cedar.

Ver. 10. And he built chambers.] The tabernacle had none such. See on 1 Kings 6:5.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:10". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-6.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Against all the house; which interpreters understand of those chambers described 1 Kings 6:5,6. But why should that be repeated again, and that so darkly and confusedly, after he had particularly and exactly treated of them (unless to give an account of the height of each chamber, or story, which before was not done)? And the Hebrew words may be truly and properly rendered thus,

He built a roof (to wit, a flat and plain roof, called yatziah, because of the exact resemblance it hath with the floor of a house) over all the house, according to the manner of all the Israelitish buildings, which were flat at the top; of which see Deuteronomy 22:8 Joshua 2:6 2 Samuel 11:2. The inner roof was arched, 1 Kings 6:9, that it might be more beautiful and glorious to behold; but the outward roof was flat.

Five cubits high, above the walls of the temple; which was necessary, that it might be a little higher than the arched roof, which it was designed to cover and secure.

They rested, Heb. it rested, to wit, the roof; for the Hebrew verb is of the singular number.

With timber of cedar; which rested upon the top of the wall, as the chambers, 1 Kings 6:5, rested upon the sides of the wall. But all this I submit to the learned and judicious.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

10.Chambers’ five cubits high — Literally, Five cubits its height; that is, each chamber or story was five cubits high from floor to ceiling. “Their flooring and roofing being added, they reached together to about eighteen or twenty cubits in height; so that there would be room for the windows of the temple to be opened out, like clear story windows, above them.” — Wordsworth.

Rested on the house with timber of cedar — Rather, were fastened to (אחז ) the house by means of cedar beams set into the side-walls or rebatements described 1 Kings 6:6.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:10". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/1-kings-6.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Height. To prevent the excessive heats. Five other cubits were also subtracted, ver. 20. Some translate, "he made also stories of all the temple, each five cubits high;" so that the three stories occupied half the height of the walls, which were 30 cubits in height, ver. 2. (Calmet) --- Covered. Hebrew, "took (or bound together) the house," &c. The roof was flat. (Calmet) --- Villalpand maintains the contrary, (in Ezechiel xli.) with Sanchez, &c. Salien gathers from many of the ancients, that the floor here mentioned, was a balustrade, or the pinnacle of the temple, (Matthew iv.) where people might walk or pray. (Menochius)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:10". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/1-kings-6.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And then he built chambers against all the house, five cubits high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.

Chambers ... five cubits high. That was the height of the whole three storeys.

They rested on the house with timber of cedar - i:e., because the beams of the side stones rested on the ledges of the temple wall; the wing was attached to the house; it was connected with the temple, without, however, interfering injuriously with the sanctuary (Keil). [ hayaatsiya` (Hebrew #3326), floor, or chamber, is feminine (1 Kings 6:6), where it is used in regard to single storeys; but in 1 Kings 6:5; 1 Kings 6:10, it is masculine, and is put collectively for the entire portion of the edifice.] Josephus, followed by many modern writers on the Temple, represents these storeys as of equal height with that of the temple; but that is at variance with the tenor of the sacred text (see Gesenius, 'Lexicon,' sub voce).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:10". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/1-kings-6.html. 1871-8.