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2 Chronicles 4:1-22


  • The altar, the Sea, and the basins (1-6)

  • Lampstands, tables, and courtyards (7-11a)

  • Completion of the temple furnishings (11b-22)

4  Then he made the copper altar,+ 20 cubits long, 20 cubits wide, and 10 cubits high.  He made the Sea*+ of cast metal. It was circular in shape, 10 cubits from brim to brim and 5 cubits high, and it took a measuring line 30 cubits long to encircle it.+  And there were ornamental gourds+ under it, completely encircling it, ten to a cubit all around the Sea. The gourds were in two rows and were cast in one piece with it.  It stood on 12 bulls,+ 3 facing north, 3 facing west, 3 facing south, and 3 facing east; and the Sea rested on them, and all their hindquarters were toward the center.  And its thickness was a handbreadth;* and its brim was made like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom. The reservoir could hold* 3,000 bath measures.*  Further, he made ten basins for washing and put five to the right and five to the left.+ They would rinse in them the things used for the burnt offering.+ But the Sea was for the priests for washing.+  He then made ten lampstands of gold,+ as specified,+ and put them in the temple, five on the right and five on the left.+  He also made ten tables and placed them in the temple, five on the right and five on the left;+ and he made 100 golden bowls.  Then he made the courtyard+ of the priests+ and the great court*+ and the doors for the court, and he overlaid their doors with copper. 10  And he placed the Sea on the right side, toward the southeast.+ 11  Hiʹram also made the cans, the shovels, and the bowls.+ So Hiʹram finished the work that he did for King Solʹo·mon on the house of the true God:+ 12  the two pillars+ and the bowl-shaped capitals that were on top of the two pillars; the two networks+ to cover the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on top of the pillars; 13  the 400 pomegranates+ for the two networks, two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on the pillars;+ 14  the ten carriages* and the ten basins on the carriages;+ 15  the Sea and the 12 bulls beneath it;+ 16  and the cans, the shovels, the forks,+ and all their utensils Hiʹram-aʹbiv+ made of polished copper for King Solʹo·mon for the house of Jehovah. 17  The king cast them in the district of the Jordan in the thick clay between Sucʹcoth+ and Zerʹe·dah. 18  Solʹo·mon made all these utensils in great quantities; the weight of the copper was not ascertained.+ 19  Solʹo·mon made all the utensils+ for the house of the true God: the altar of gold;+ the tables+ with the showbread on them;+ 20  the lampstands and their lamps of pure gold,+ to burn before the innermost room according to the requirements; 21  and the blossoms, the lamps, and the snuffers,* of gold, the purest gold; 22  the extinguishers, the bowls, 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.+


Or “reservoir.”
About 7.4 cm (2.9 in.). See App. B14.
Or “Its capacity was.”
A bath equaled 22 L (5.81 gal). See App. B14.
Or “enclosure.”
Or “water carts.”
Or “tongs.”