2 Chronicles 4
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Furnishing the Temple

(1 Kings 6:23-38; 7:13-51)

1Solomona also constructed a bronzeb altar 20 cubitsc long, 20 cubitsd wide, and ten cubitse high. 2He crafted a circular sea of cast metal 10 cubitsf from rim to rim and five cubitsg tall. A line 30 cubitsh long surrounded it. 3Underneath, figurines resembling oxeni encircled the circular seaj beneath it, ten oxenk every cubit,l and encircling the sea completely. The oxen were in two rows, cast all at the same time. 4The sea stood on top of twelve oxen, three of which faced to the north, three of which faced to the west, three of which faced to the south, and three of which faced toward the east. The sea was placed on top of the oxen, with all of their hindquarters turned inwards. 5It was a handbreadthm thick, with its brim fashioned like the brim of a cup. Similar in shape to a lily blossom, it could hold 3,000 baths.n 6Solomono also made ten wash basins, placing five on the right side and five on the left. The basins were intended for use to rinse burnt offerings, and the sea was intended for use by the priests to wash in.

7Solomonp made ten gold lamp stands as he had been directed and set them in the Temple, five on the south side and five on the north side. 8He also made ten tables and placed them in the Temple, five on the right side and five on the left side. He also constructed 100 gold basins. 9He made the court of the priests, the great court, and doors for the court, overlaying their doors with bronze. 10He set the sea at the southeast corner of the Temple.

11Hiram-abiq crafted the pots, shovels, and basins, thus completing the work that he did for King Solomon on the Temple of God; 12that is, the two pillars, the bowls, the two capitals on top of the pillars, the two lattice works that covered the two bowls for the capitals that were on top of the pillars; 13the 400 pomegranate-shaped ornaments for the latticework of the two pillars (each latticework having two rows of ornaments at the bowl-shaped top of each pillar); 14the tenr stands with their ten basins; 15the large bronze basin called the Sea with the twelve oxen underneath, 16along with its pots, shovels, forks, and all of its other implements that Hiram-abi made from polished bronze for King Solomon and the LORD’s Temple. 17The king had them forged in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredah in the Jordan plain. 18Solomon made so many utensils in such great quantities that the weight of the bronze was never fully recorded.

19Solomon also made these items for God’s Temple: the golden altar, the tables for the Bread of the Presence, 20the lamp stands and their lamps made of pure gold to burn in fronts of the inner sanctuary, as required, 21the pure gold ornaments in the shape of flowers, the lamps, and the tongs (all made of the purest gold), 22the gold trimming instruments, basins, pans, censers, and the gold door sockets for the inner sanctuary (that is, the Most Holy Place), and for the doors to the main hall of the Temple.

a 4:1 Lit. Then he
b 4:1 Or brass
c 4:1 i.e. about 30 feet; a cubit was about eighteen inches
d 4:1 i.e. about 30 feet; a cubit was about eighteen inches
e 4:1 i.e. about 15 feet; a cubit was about eighteen inches
f 4:2 i.e. about 15 feet; a cubit was about eighteen inches
g 4:2 i.e. about seven and a half feet; a cubit was about eighteen inches
h 4:2 i.e. about 45 feet, perhaps its external circumference; a cubit was about eighteen inches
i 4:3 Or cattle; and so throughout the chapter
j 4:3 Lit. encircled it
k 4:3 The Heb. lacks oxen
l 4:3 Lit. each cubit
m 4:5 i.e. about three inches; a handbreadth was about one sixth of a cubit
n 4:5 i.e. about 18,000 gallons; Cf. 1King 7:26, where the volume is given at 2,000 baths
o 4:6 Lit. He
p 4:7 Lit. He
q 4:11 Lit. Huram; cf. v. 16 and 2Chr 2:13
r 4:14 Or he made the
s 4:20 Or burn at the entrance

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