Solomon* also made a bronze altar 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 15 feet high.* 2 Then he cast a great round basin, 15 feet across from rim to rim, called the Sea. It was 7½ feet deep and about 45 feet in circumference.* 3 It was encircled just below its rim by two rows of figures that resembled oxen. There were about six oxen per foot* all the way around, and they were cast as part of the basin.
4 The Sea was placed on a base of twelve bronze oxen, all facing outward. Three faced north, three faced west, three faced south, and three faced east, and the Sea rested on them. 5 The walls of the Sea were about three inches* thick, and its rim flared out like a cup and resembled a water lily blossom. It could hold about 16,500 gallons* of water.
7 He then cast ten gold lampstands according to the specifications that had been given, and he put them in the Temple. Five were placed against the south wall, and five were placed against the north wall.
9 He then built a courtyard for the priests, and also the large outer courtyard. He made doors for the courtyard entrances and overlaid them with bronze. 10 The great bronze basin called the Sea was placed near the southeast corner of the Temple.
So at last Huram-abi completed everything King Solomon had assigned him to make for the Temple of God:
the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;
the two networks of interwoven chains that decorated the capitals;
Huram-abi made all these things of burnished bronze for the Temple of the Lord, just as King Solomon had directed. 17 The king had them cast in clay molds in the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zarethan.* 18 Solomon used such great quantities of bronze that its weight could not be determined.
the gold altar;
the tables for the Bread of the Presence;
the doors for the entrances to the Most Holy Place and the main room of the Temple, overlaid with gold.
4:1a Or Huram-abi; Hebrew reads He.
4:1b Hebrew 20 cubits [9.2 meters] long, 20 cubits wide, and 10 cubits [4.6 meters] high.
4:2 Hebrew 10 cubits [4.6 meters] across … 5 cubits [2.3 meters] deep and 30 cubits [13.8 meters] in circumference.
4:3 Or 20 oxen per meter; Hebrew reads 10 per cubit.
4:5a Hebrew a handbreadth [8 centimeters].
4:5b Hebrew 3,000 baths [63 kiloliters].