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24 Under its rim all the way around there were round, gourd-shaped ornaments, one every two inches, all the way around the sea.[a] The ornaments were in two rows, cast as one piece with the sea. 25 The sea stood on twelve cattle, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. The sea was set on them. All their hindquarters faced toward the center of the sea. 26 The sea was three inches[b] thick. Its rim was shaped like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held twelve thousand gallons.[c]

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  1. 1 Kings 7:24 The meaning of this sentence is uncertain. The parallel in 2 Chronicles 4:3 says the ornaments were cattle.
  2. 1 Kings 7:26 A handbreadth
  3. 1 Kings 7:26 Literally two thousand baths. The reading in 2 Chronicles 4:5 is three thousand baths. They may have been using different standards for the size of a bath or rounding off.