2 Chronicles 4: The
Notes: Moving on from the main structure [in ch.3] the
recorder now focuses on the items inside the new temple. Remember
the inner walls were lined with pure gold and so now the furniture
and utensils are a combination of bronze and gold. As it is likely
that on special occasions a number of priests would be sacrificing
animals [see, for example 2 Chron 15:11] it is no surprise really
that the ‘sea' for washing was so large.]
The altar for sacrifice is massive [a cubit probably being 18
He made a bronze
altar twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high.
The ‘Sea' is a massive water container for washing [see v.6]
made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits
from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line of thirty
cubits to measure round it.
the rim, figures of bulls encircled it – ten to a cubit.
The bulls were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.
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 towards the centre.
was a handbreadth in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of
a cup, like a lily blossom. It held three thousand baths. [about
Various other items and areas in the Temple
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.
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.
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.
made the courtyard of the priests, and the large court and the
doors for the court, and overlaid the doors with bronze.
placed the Sea on the south side, at the south-east corner.
Huram works with Bronze
Huram [ see 2:13 ] also
made the pots and shovels and sprinkling bowls.
Huram finished the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in
the temple of God:
two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;
two sets of network decorating the two bowl-shaped capitals on
top of the pillars;
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);
stands with their basins;
Sea and the twelve bulls under it;
pots, shovels, meat forks and all related articles.
the objects that Huram-Abi made for King Solomon for the temple
of the Lord
were of polished
king had them cast in clay moulds in the plain of the Jordan between
Sukkoth and Zarethan.
these things that Solomon made amounted to so much that the weight
of the bronze could not be calculated.
Pure Gold was also used for inner furnishings
also made all the furnishings that were in God's temple:
tables on which was the bread of the Presence;
lampstands of pure gold with their lamps, to burn in front of
the inner sanctuary as prescribed;
gold floral work and lamps and tongs (they were solid gold);
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.