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22 There were lily designs at the top of both columns.

When he had finished casting the columns, 23 Hiram cast the sea. It was in the shape of a circle: 15 feet in diameter, 7½ feet deep, and 45 feet in circumference. 24 Gourds surrounded the sea underneath the brim: 10 gourds for every foot and a half. They were in 2 rows and had been cast as part of the sea.

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22 The capitals on top were in the shape of lilies. And so the work on the pillars(A) was completed.

23 He made the Sea(B) of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line(C) of thirty cubits[a] to measure around it. 24 Below the rim, gourds encircled it—ten to a cubit. The gourds were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.

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  1. 1 Kings 7:23 That is, about 45 feet or about 14 meters