* the foundation.
Isa 28:16 54:11 1Co 3:10,11 Re 21:19,20
* stones of ten cubits.
Reckoning the cubit at 21; inches, the ten cubits are 17; feet
and a half, and the eight cubits are 14; feet. The magnitude
of these stones was certainly extraordinary; but let us hear
M. Volney, and our surprise will no longer be fixed on these
stones, but transferred from Solomon's house to the ruins of
Balbec: "What is still more astonishing is the enormous
stones which compose the sloping wall. To the west, the
second layer is formed of stones which are from 28; to 35; feet
long, by about 9; in height. Over this layer, at the
north-west angle, there are three stones, which alone occupy a
space of 175; feet and a half; viz. the first, 58; feet 7
inches; the second, 58; feet 11; inches; and the third, exactly
58; feet; and each of these is 12; feet thick. These stones are
of white granite, with large shining flakes, like gypsum:
there is a quarry of this kind of stone under the whole city,
and another in the adjacent mountains, which is open in
several places. On the right, as we approach the city, there
is still lying there a stone hewn on three sides, which is 69
feet 2; inches long, 12; feet 10; inches broad, and 13; feet 3
inches in thickness.