He had spent

seven years building it.

1 Kings 6:38
“Plowing on” with 1 Kings … the building of the temple.
Was about to postpone reading this section again, but didn’t. And it’s a good thing because, as I finish, I think:
hmm, inlaid with gold, pure, strong and beautiful, some parts are of hammered gold, olive wood, cedar, palm trees and open flowers, and two cherubim — wing to wing — protecting the entrance
then I sit back
we are temples too, inlaid, solid & strong
⋅ precious ⋅ protected ⋅ purposeful ⋅