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2 Chronicles 4:1-22

4  Then he made the copper altar,+ twenty cubits being its length, and twenty cubits its width, and ten cubits its height.+  And he proceeded to make the molten sea+ ten cubits from its one brim to its other brim, circular all around, and its height was five cubits, and it took a line of thirty cubits to circle all around it.+  And there was the likeness of gourd-shaped+ ornaments* under it clear around, surrounding it, ten in a cubit, enclosing the sea all around.+ The gourd-shaped ornaments were in two rows, being cast in its casting.  It was standing upon twelve bulls,+ three facing the north and three facing the west and three facing the south and three facing the east; and the sea was above upon them, and all their hind parts were inward.+  And its thickness was a handbreadth;* and its brim was like the workmanship of the brim of a cup, a lily blossom.+ As a receptacle, three thousand bath+ measures* were what it could contain.+  Further, he made ten basins, and put five to the right and five to the left,+ to wash in them.+ Things having to do with the burnt offering+ they would rinse in them. But the sea was for the priests to wash in it.+  He then made lampstands+ of gold, ten of them of the same plan,+ and put them in the temple, five to the right and five to the left.+  Further, he made ten tables, and stationed them in the temple, five to the right and five to the left,+ and made a hundred bowls of gold.  Then he made the courtyard+ of the priests+ and the great enclosure+ and the doors belonging to the enclosure, and their doors he overlaid with copper. 10  And the sea he placed at the right side, to the east, toward the south.+ 11  Finally Hi′ram* made the cans+ and the shovels+ and the bowls.+ So Hi′ram finished doing the work that he did for King Sol′o·mon on the house of the [true] God. 12  The two pillars+ and the round capitals+ upon the top of the two pillars and the two networks+ to cover the two round capitals that were upon the top of the pillars 13  and the four hundred pomegranates+ for the two networks, two rows of pomegranates for each network to cover the two round capitals that were upon the pillars,*+ 14  and the ten carriages+ and the ten basins+ upon the carriages; 15  the one sea+ and the twelve bulls under it,+ 16  and the cans and the shovels+ and the forks+ and all their utensils+ Hi′ram-a′biv*+ made for King Sol′o·mon for the house of Jehovah, of polished copper. 17  In the District of the Jordan the king cast them in the thick ground* between Suc′coth+ and Zer′e·dah.+ 18  Thus Sol′o·mon made all these utensils in very great quantity, for the weight of the copper was not ascertained.+ 19  And Sol′o·mon proceeded to make all the utensils+ that were at the house of the [true] God and the golden altar+ and the tables+ with the showbread* upon them, 20  and the lampstands+ and their lamps+ of pure gold, to light them up before the innermost room+ according to the rule; 21  and the blossoms and the lamps and the snuffers,+ of gold, (it was the purest gold,) 22  and the extinguishers and the bowls and the cups and the fire holders, of pure gold,+ and the entrance of the house,+ its inner doors for the Most Holy and the doors+ of the house of the temple, of gold.


“Gourd-shaped ornaments,” by a correction in agreement with 1Ki 7:24. Lit., “bulls.”
About 7.4 cm (2.9 in.).
About 66,000 L (17,430 gal) when filled to capacity. Compare 1Ki 7:26 ftn, “Measures.”
“Hiram,” LXXVg; M, “Huram.”
“Upon the pillars,” LXX; M, “in front of the pillars.”
Or, “Hiram his father.” Compare 2:13 ftn.
Lit., “the thickness (compactness) of the ground,” that is, the clayey ground. Possibly, by a correction of M, “at the ford of Adamah.” See 1Ki 7:46 ftn, “Mold.”
See 1Ki 7:48 ftn.