Building of the Temple (Wis 9:8-9:8)

“You have given a command

To build a temple

On your holy mountain.

You have given a command

To build an altar

In the city of your habitation.

This will be a copy

Of the holy tent

That you prepared from the beginning.”

God commanded Solomon to build a temple on his holy mountain (ὄρει ἁγίῳ σου). He was to build an altar in his city of Jerusalem. This was to be a copy of the holy tent that existed from the beginning at the time of the Exodus story, chapters 25-40.