Temple Furnishings 4 1He made the Bronze Altar thirty feet long, thirty feet wide, and ten feet high. 2He made a Sea—an immense round basin of cast metal fifteen feet in diameter, seven and a half feet high, and forty–five feet in circumference. 3Just under the rim, there were two parallel bands of something like bulls, ten to each foot and a half. The figures were cast in one piece with the Sea. 4The Sea was set on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. All the bulls faced outward and supported the Sea on their hindquarters. 5The Sea was three inches thick and flared at the rim like a cup, or a lily. It held about 18,000 gallons. 6He made ten Washbasins, five set on the right and five on the left, for rinsing the things used for the Whole–Burnt–Offerings. The priests washed themselves in the Sea. 7He made ten gold Lampstands, following the specified pattern, and placed five on the right and five on the left. 8He made ten tables and set five on the right and five on the left. He also made a hundred gold bowls. 9He built a Courtyard especially for the priests and then the great court and doors for the court. The doors were covered with bronze. 10He placed the Sea on the right side of The Temple at the southeast corner. 11He also made ash buckets, shovels, and bowls. And that about wrapped it up: Huram completed the work he had contracted to do for King Solomon: 12two pillars; two bowl–shaped capitals for the tops of the pillars; two decorative filigrees for the capitals; 13four hundred pomegranates for the filigrees (a double row of pomegranates for each filigree); 14ten washstands with their basins; 15one Sea and the twelve bulls under it; 16miscellaneous buckets, forks, shovels, and bowls. All these artifacts that Huram–Abi made for King Solomon for The Temple of God were made of burnished bronze. 17The king had them cast in clay in a foundry on the Jordan plain between Succoth and Zarethan. 18These artifacts were never weighed—there were far too many! Nobody has any idea how much bronze was used. 19 Solomon was also responsible for the furniture and accessories in The Temple of God: the gold Altar; the tables that held the Bread of the Presence; 20the Lampstands of pure gold with their lamps, to be lighted before the Inner Sanctuary, the Holy of Holies; 21the gold flowers, lamps, and tongs (all solid gold); 22the gold wick trimmers, bowls, ladles, and censers; the gold doors of The Temple, doors to the Holy of Holies, and the doors to the main sanctuary.
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