2 Chronicles 4
The Bronze Altar and Molten Sea1 He made a bronze altar twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and ten cubits high. ▼
▼ That is, about 30 feet long and 15 feet wide (9.1 meters long and 4.6 meters wide)2 He also made the Sea of cast metal. [It was] circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to [rim] , five cubits ▼
▼ That is, about 7.5 feet or 2.3 metersin height, and thirty cubits ▼
▼ That is, about 45 feet or 13.7 metersin circumference. 3 Below [the rim] , figures of oxen encircled it, ten per cubit all the way around the Sea, cast in two rows as a part of [the Sea] . 4 [The Sea] stood on twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. [The Sea] rested on them with all their hindquarters toward the center. 5 It was a handbreadth ▼
▼ That is, about 2.9 inches or 7.4 centimetersthick, and its rim was fashioned like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It could hold three thousand baths. ▼
▼ That is, about 17,700 gallons or 66,000 liters
"The Ten Basins, Lampstands, and Tables"6 He also made ten basins for washing and placed five on the south side and five on the north. The parts of the burnt offering were rinsed in them, but the priests [used] the Sea for washing. 7 He made ten gold lampstands according to their specifications and placed [them] in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north. 8 Additionally, he made ten tables and placed [them] in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north. He also made a hundred gold sprinkling bowls.
The Courts9 He made the courtyard of the priests and the large court and doors for the court, and he overlaid the doors with bronze. 10 He put the Sea on the south side, at the southeast corner.
Completion of the Bronze Works11 In addition, Huram made the pots, shovels, and sprinkling bowls. So Huram finished the work that he had undertaken for King Solomon in the house of God: 12 the two pillars; the two bowl-shaped capitals atop the pillars; the two sets of network covering both bowls of the capitals atop the pillars; 13 the four hundred pomegranates for the two sets of network (two rows of pomegranates for each network covering both the bowl-shaped capitals atop the pillars) ; 14 the stands; the basins on the stands; 15 the Sea; the twelve oxen underneath [the Sea] ; 16 and the pots, shovels, meat forks, and all the other articles. [All these objects that] Huram-abi made for King Solomon for the house of the LORD were of polished bronze. 17 The king had them cast in clay molds in the plain of the Jordan between Succoth and Zeredah. ▼
▼ Zeredah is a variant of Zarethan (See 1 Kings 7:46)18 Solomon made all these articles in such great abundance that the weight of the bronze could not be determined.
Completion of the Gold Furnishings19 Solomon also made all the furnishings for the house of God: the golden altar; the tables on which was placed the Bread of the Presence; 20 the lampstands of pure gold and their lamps, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary as prescribed; 21 the flowers, lamps, and tongs of gold— of purest gold; 22 the wick trimmers, sprinkling basins, ladles, and censers of purest gold; and the gold doors of the temple: the inner doors to the Most Holy Place as well as the doors of the main hall.
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