1 Kings 6:7-10King James Version (KJV) 7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building. 8 The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third. 9 So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house with beams and boards of cedar. 10 And then he built chambers against all the house, five cubits high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar. Easy English Bible 7 When they made the temple, there was no sound of hammers, axes or any iron tools. They used only big stones that they had cut already. They cut them into the right shape at the place where they found them. 8 The door to the lowest storeywas on the south side of thetemple. And stairs went up to the middle storey and to the top storey. 9 So (Solomon) built the templeand he finished it. He made the roof out of beams (of wood) andcedarboards.10 And he built the rooms all along the sides of the temple. Each room was 5cubitshigh.Cedarbeams fastened (the rooms) to the temple. © Wycliffe Associates (UK), 1997-2008 These are my thoughts, please share yours. 7 Stone was the strongest material for building at the time but was not used in this area because it was not as common as other things but also that it took more time to build out of stone. 8 the temple was three stories this was not common in those days most houses at most were two levels, this showed the importance of it because it being three stories. The building only had one door this was so that they could more easily control who came in, not everyone was allowed to enter the temple. 9 Solomon most likely did not actually build the temple but had it done as king. A wooden roof was also not as common in those days but again that shows the importance of the building. 10 To rooms this tall may have been uncommon as well, rooms may have been made just tall enough to where men don’t have to duck down in them.