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1 Kings 6:22

He overlaid the whole house with gold, until all the house was finished. Also the whole altar which was by the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Gold;   Temple;   Thompson Chain Reference - Altars;   Solomon;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Gold;   Temple, the First;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Temple;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Censer;   Oracle;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Altar;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Art and Aesthetics;   Temple of Jerusalem;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israel;   Jerusalem;   Palm Tree;   Solomon;   Temple;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Oracle;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Gold;   Tabernacle;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Altar;   Incense;   Shewbread, Table of;   Temple;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Incense;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

The whole house he overlaid with gold - It is impossible to calculate this expense, or the quantity of gold employed in this sacred building.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:22". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-kings-6.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The lavish use of the precious metals in ornamentation was a special feature if early Oriental architecture. Recent researches have given reason to believe that two stages of the great temple at Borsippa - now known as the Bits Nimrud - had respectively a gold and a silver coating.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:22". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-kings-6.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the whole house he overlaid with gold,.... Both the holy place, and the most holy place:

until he had finished all the house; in this splendid and glorious manner:

also the whole altar that was by the oracle; the altar of incense, which stood just before the entrance into the oracle, or most holy place:

he overlaid with gold; he overlaid it all over with gold; hence it is called the golden altar, and was an emblem of the excellent and effectual mediation and intercession of Christ, Revelation 8:3. Agreeably to this account Eupolemus, an Heathen writerF4Apud Euseb. Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 34. p. 450. testifies, that the whole house, from the floor to the tool, was covered with gold, as well as with cedar and cypress wood, that the stonework might not appear; and so the capitol at Rome, perhaps in imitation of this temple, its roofs and tiles were glided with goldF5Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 33. c. 3. Vid. Rycquium de Capitol. Roman. c. 16. ; a magnificent temple, like this, was at Upsal in Switzerland, as Olaus Magnus relatesF6De Ritu Gent. Septent. l. 3. c. 5. .

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:22". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-6.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the l whole altar that [was] by the oracle he overlaid with gold.

(l) Meaning, the altar of incense, (Exodus 30:1).
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:22". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/1-kings-6.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold.

Whole house — Not only the oracle, but all the holy place.

The altar — the altar of incense, which was set in the holy place close by the doors of the oracle.

With gold — As before he overlaid it with cedar.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:22". "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 6:22 And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the whole altar that [was] by the oracle he overlaid with gold.

Ver. 22. And the whole house he overlaid with gold.] So that it dazzled the eyes of the beholders, as Josephus testifieth: so that there was need to say - as the priests did at the temple of Ephesus, which was covered likewise with gold - to such as went in, Tenets oculos, look to your eyes. For the mystery, Quid est Templi illius aurea claritas, saith Rupertus, nisi ad dextram Patris sedentis immortalitas atque impassibilitas? What else is all this golden glister but the immortality and impassibility of him who sitteth at the right hand of his heavenly Father? And the polished cedars overlaid with fine gold, show the beauty of the Church, saith another, to be inward, pure, and precious, though unperceived of the world. [Psalms 45:1-17]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:22". 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

The whole house; not only the oracle, but all the holy place; and, as some add, even the chambers belonging to it.

The whole altar that was by the oracle, i.e. the altar of incense, which was set in the holy place close by the doors of the oracle.

He overlaid with gold, as before he overlaid it with cedar; of which See Poole "1 Kings 6:20".

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:22". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/1-kings-6.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

22.The whole house he overlaid with gold — That is, the whole interior of the holy place and the most holy was overlaid with gold, like the boards of the tabernacle. Exodus 26:29. The prominence given to the golden covering of the various parts of the temple not only shows the exceeding expensiveness of the building, but also points in symbol to the excellence and preciousness of the Church of the living God.

The whole altar — The entire outside of the altar, top, sides, and horns, as specified in Exodus 30:3.

That was by the oracle — The golden altar of incense was placed directly in front of the vail that concealed the oracle from view, (Exodus 30:6,) and so might be said to belong to the oracle. Compare note on 1 Kings 6:20.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:22". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/1-kings-6.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

1 Kings 6:22. And the whole house he overlaid with gold — Not only the oracle, but all the holy place; and, as some think, even the chambers belonging to it. Also the whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold — That is, the altar of incense; thence called the golden altar; which was in the upper end of the sanctuary, near the entrance of the oracle. This he covered with cedar, (1 Kings 6:20,) and now overlaid with gold.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:22". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/1-kings-6.html. 1857.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

whole house. Figure of speech Synecdoche (of Whole). App-6. Put for every part of it.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:22". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/1-kings-6.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold.

No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:22". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/1-kings-6.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(22) The whole altar that was by (or belonged to) the oracle.—This is the altar of incense, which, although it stood (see Exodus 30:6; Exodus 40:26) before the veil, and therefore in the Holy place, was considered to belong in idea rather to the Holy of Holies; since the offering of incense on it signified the approach by worship to the unseen presence of God, symbolised in the darkness and silence of the inner shrine; and the taking of the censer from it was a condition for the actual entrance into the Holy of Holies on the great Day of Atonement. Hence in Exodus 40:5 the altar is said to be “set before the ark of the testimony,” and here to “belong to the oracle.” Probably this is the explanation of the well-known passage in the Epistle to the Hebrews (1 Kings 9:4), where the Holiest place is said to have “had the altar of incense” (wrongly rendered “censer” in our Authorised Version).

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:22". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/1-kings-6.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold.
the whole house
It is impossible to calculate this expense, or the quantity of gold employed in this sacred building; but both must have been immense.
also
20; Exodus 30:1,3,5,6; 2 Chronicles 3:7-14
the whole altar
This was the altar of incense without the vail, in the holy place, which was twice the length of the most holy place.
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 3:5 - the greater;  Psalm 28:2 - thy holy oracle;  Ezekiel 41:22 - altar

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 6:22". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-6.html.