1 Kings 7

1 Kings 7

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31 The top of each cart had a circular frame for the basin. It projected 1 feet above the cart's top like a round pedestal, and its opening was 2 feet across; it was decorated on the outside with carvings of wreaths. The panels of the carts were square, not round.

32 Under the panels were four wheels that were connected to axles that had been cast as one unit with the cart. The wheels were 2 feet in diameter

33 and were similar to chariot wheels. The axles, spokes, rims, and hubs were all cast from molten bronze.

34 There were supports at each of the four corners of the carts, and these, too, were cast as one unit with the cart.

35 Around the top of each cart there was a rim 9 inches wide.* The supports and side panels were cast as one unit with the cart.1

36 Carvings of cherubim, lions, and palm trees decorated the panels and supports wherever there was room, and there were wreaths all around.

37 All ten water carts were the same size and were made alike, for each was cast from the same mold.

38 Huram also made ten bronze basins, one for each cart. Each basin was 6 feet across and could hold 220 gallons* of water.2

39 He arranged five water carts on the south side of the Temple and five on the north side. The Sea was placed at the southeast corner of the Temple.

40 He also made the necessary pots, shovels, and basins. So at last Huram completed everything King Solomon had assigned him to make for the Temple of the LORD:

41 two pillars, two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars, two networks of chains that decorated the capitals,

42 four hundred pomegranates that hung from the chains on the capitals (two rows of pomegranates for each of the chain networks that were hung around the capitals on top of the pillars),

43 the ten water carts holding the ten basins,

44 the Sea and the twelve oxen under it,

45 the pots, the shovels, and the basins. All these utensils for the Temple of the LORD that Huram made for Solomon were made of burnished bronze.

46 The king had them cast in clay molds in the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zarethan.

47 Solomon did not weigh all the utensils because there were so many; the weight of the bronze could not be measured.

48 So Solomon made all the furnishings of the Temple of the LORD: the gold altar, the gold table for the Bread of the Presence,

49 the gold lampstands, five on the south and five on the north, in front of the Most Holy Place, the flower decorations, lamps, and tongs, all of gold,

50 the cups, lamp snuffers, basins, dishes, and firepans, all of pure gold, the doors for the entrances to the Most Holy Place and the main room of the Temple, with their fronts overlaid with gold.

51 So King Solomon finished all his work on the Temple of the LORD. Then Solomon brought all the gifts his father, David, had dedicated--the silver, the gold, and the other utensils--and he stored them in the treasuries of the LORD's Temple.

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1: Hebrew half a cubit wide [22.5 centimeters].

2: Hebrew 40 baths [840 liters].

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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