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24 Under its brim were (A)gourds, for ten cubits, compassing the sea all round. The gourds were in two rows, cast with it when it was cast. 25 It stood on (B)twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. The sea was set on them, and all their rear parts were inward. 26 Its thickness was a handbreadth,[a] and its brim was made like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily. It held two thousand baths.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 7:26 A handbreadth was about 3 inches or 7.5 centimetres
  2. 1 Kings 7:26 A bath was about 6 gallons or 22 litres

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