4 Solomon made a bronze altar that was 30 feet long, 30 feet wide and 15 feet high. 2He made a huge metal bowl for washing. Its shape was round. It measured 15 feet from rim to rim. It was seven and a half feet high. And it was 45 feet around. 3Below the rim there was a circle of bull figures around the bowl. In every 18 inches around the bowl there were ten bulls. The bulls were arranged in two rows. They were made as part of the bowl itself.
4The bowl stood on 12 bulls. Three of them faced north. Three faced west. Three faced south. And three faced east. The bowl rested on top of them. Their rear ends were toward the center. 5The bowl was three inches thick. Its rim was like the rim of a cup. The rim was shaped like the bloom of a lily. The bowl held 17,500 gallons of water.
6Solomon made ten smaller bowls for washing. He placed five of them on the south side of the huge bowl. He placed the other five on the north side.
The things that were used for the burnt offerings were rinsed in the smaller bowls. But the priests used the huge bowl for washing.
7Solomon made ten gold lampstands. He followed the pattern the Lord had given him. He placed the lampstands in the temple. He put five of them on the south side. He put the other five on the north side.
8He made ten tables. He placed them in the temple. He put five of them on the south side. He put the other five on the north side. He also made 100 gold sprinkling bowls.
9He made the courtyard of the priests. He also made the large courtyard. He made doors for it. He covered the doors with bronze.
10He placed the huge bowl on the south side of the courtyard. He put it at the southeast corner.
11He also made the pots, shovels and sprinkling bowls.
So Huram finished the work he had started for King Solomon. Here’s what he made for God’s temple.
He made the two tops for the pillars. The tops were shaped like bowls.
He made the two sets of chains that were linked together. They decorated the two bowl-shaped tops of the pillars.
13 He made the 400 pomegranates for the two sets of chains. There were two rows of pomegranates for each chain. They decorated the bowl-shaped tops of the pillars.
14 He made the stands and their bowls.
15 He made the huge bowl. He made the 12 bulls that were under it.
16 He made the pots, shovels and meat forks. He also made all of the articles that were connected with them.
Huram-Abi made all of those objects for King Solomon for the Lord’s temple. He made them out of bronze. Then he shined them up. 17The king had them made in clay molds. It was done on the flatlands of the Jordan River between Succoth and Zarethan.
18Solomon made huge numbers of those articles. There were too many of them to weigh. No one even tried to weigh the bronze they were made out of.
19Solomon also made all of the articles that were in God’s temple.
He made the golden altar.
He made the tables for the holy bread.
20 He made the pure gold lampstands and their lamps. The lamps burned in front of the Most Holy Room, just as the law required.
21 He made the gold flowers. He made the gold lamps and tongs. They were made out of solid gold.
22 He made the wick cutters, sprinkling bowls, dishes, and shallow cups for burning incense. All of them were made out of pure gold. He made the gold doors of the temple. They were the inner doors to the Most Holy Room and the doors of the main hall.
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