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2 Chronicles 4 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Temple’s Furnishings

(1Ki 6:23–38; 7:13–51 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:1 - He made a bronze altar twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:2 - He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits[fn] high. It took a line of thirty cubits[fn] to measure around it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:3 - Below the rim, figures of bulls encircled it—ten to a cubit.[fn] The bulls were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:4 - The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east. The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:5 - It was a handbreadth[fn] in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held three thousand baths.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:6 - He then made ten basins for washing and placed five on the south side and five on the north. In them the things to be used for the burnt offerings were rinsed, but the Sea was to be used by the priests for washing.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:7 - He made ten gold lampstands according to the specifications for them and placed them in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:8 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:9 - He made the courtyard of the priests, and the large court and the doors for the court, and overlaid the doors with bronze.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:10 - He placed the Sea on the south side, at the southeast corner.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:11 - And Huram also made the pots and shovels and sprinkling bowls. So Huram finished the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the temple of God:
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:12 - the two pillars; the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars; the two sets of network decorating the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:13 - the four hundred pomegranates for the two sets of network (two rows of pomegranates for each network, decorating the bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars);
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:14 - the stands with their basins;
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:15 - the Sea and the twelve bulls under it;
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:16 - the pots, shovels, meat forks and all related articles. All the objects that Huram-Abi made for King Solomon for the temple of the LORD were of polished bronze.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:17 - The king had them cast in clay molds in the plain of the Jordan between Sukkoth and Zarethan.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:18 - All these things that Solomon made amounted to so much that the weight of the bronze could not be calculated.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:19 - Solomon also made all the furnishings that were in God’s temple: the golden altar; the tables on which was the bread of the Presence;
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:20 - the lampstands of pure gold with their lamps, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary as prescribed;
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:21 - the gold floral work and lamps and tongs (they were solid gold);
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 4:22 - the pure gold wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishes and censers; and the gold doors of the temple: the inner doors to the Most Holy Place and the doors of the main hall.
NIV Footnotes
That is, about 30 feet long and wide and 15 feet high or about 9 meters long and wide and 4.5 meters high
That is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters
That is, about 45 feet or about 14 meters
That is, about 18 inches or about 45 centimeters
That is, about 3 inches or about 7.5 centimeters
That is, about 18,000 gallons or about 66,000 liters
Hebrew Zeredatha, a variant of Zarethan

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