1 Kings 6:37-38 King James Version (KJV) 37 In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of theLord laid, in the month Zif: 38 And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it. 1 Kings 6:37-38 BBE37 In the fourth year the base of the house was put in its place, in the month Ziv.38And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, the building of the house was complete in every detail, as it had been designed. So he was seven years building it. These are my thoughts, please share yours. 37-38 It took 11 years to build this temple due to how much time it typically took to build a building this large Solomon put much more focus on the temple the others rulers did the own tombs, he also had the work fast and hard to get this done sooner. Some ruler would have people be building the tomb for their entire reign but Solomon wanted the temple to be done soon as possible.