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1 Kings 7:15-22 Good News Translation (GNT)

The Two Bronze Columns

15 Huram cast two bronze columns, each one 27 feet tall and 18 feet in circumference,[a] and placed them at the entrance of the Temple. 16 He also made two bronze capitals, each one 7½ feet tall, to be placed on top of the columns. 17 The top of each column was decorated with a design of interwoven chains[b] 18 and two rows of bronze pomegranates.

19 The capitals were shaped like lilies, 6 feet tall, 20 and were placed on a rounded section which was above the chain design. There were 200 pomegranates in two rows around each[c] capital.

21 Huram placed these two bronze columns in front of the entrance of the Temple: the one on the south side was named Jachin[d] and the one on the north was named Boaz.[e] 22 The lily-shaped bronze capitals were on top of the columns.

And so the work on the columns was completed.


  1. 1 Kings 7:15 Some ancient translations each one … circumference; Hebrew the first column was 27 feet tall and the second column was 18 feet in circumference.
  2. 1 Kings 7:17 Verse 17 in Hebrew is unclear.
  3. 1 Kings 7:20 One ancient translation each; Hebrew the second.
  4. 1 Kings 7:21 This name sounds like the Hebrew for “he (God) establishes.”
  5. 1 Kings 7:21 This name sounds like the Hebrew for “by his (God's) strength.”
Good News Translation (GNT)

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1 Kings 7:15-22 New International Version (NIV)

15 He cast two bronze pillars, each eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumference.[a] 16 He also made two capitals of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars; each capital was five cubits[b] high. 17 A network of interwoven chains adorned the capitals on top of the pillars, seven for each capital. 18 He made pomegranates in two rows[c] encircling each network to decorate the capitals on top of the pillars.[d] He did the same for each capital. 19 The capitals on top of the pillars in the portico were in the shape of lilies, four cubits[e] high. 20 On the capitals of both pillars, above the bowl-shaped part next to the network, were the two hundred pomegranates in rows all around. 21 He erected the pillars at the portico of the temple. The pillar to the south he named Jakin[f] and the one to the north Boaz.[g] 22 The capitals on top were in the shape of lilies. And so the work on the pillars was completed.


  1. 1 Kings 7:15 That is, about 27 feet high and 18 feet in circumference or about 8.1 meters high and 5.4 meters in circumference
  2. 1 Kings 7:16 That is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters; also in verse 23
  3. 1 Kings 7:18 Two Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts made the pillars, and there were two rows
  4. 1 Kings 7:18 Many Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts pomegranates
  5. 1 Kings 7:19 That is, about 6 feet or about 1.8 meters; also in verse 38
  6. 1 Kings 7:21 Jakin probably means he establishes.
  7. 1 Kings 7:21 Boaz probably means in him is strength.
New International Version (NIV)

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