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24 Under the brim, completely encircling it, were two rows of gourds inlaid as part of the original casting, ten to a cubit.[a] 25 The sea stood on top of twelve oxen. Three faced north, three faced west, three faced south, and three faced east. The sea was set on top of them, and their hind parts faced the center.[b] 26 The reservoir, which held about 2,000 baths,[c] stood about a handbreadth[d] thick, and its rim looked like the brim of a cup or of a lily blossom.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 7:24 I.e. ten in each one and a half feet; a cubit was about eighteen inches
  2. 1 Kings 7:25 Lit. were inward
  3. 1 Kings 7:26 I.e. about 12,000 gallons; Cf. 2Chron 4:52, where the volume is given at 3,000 baths
  4. 1 Kings 7:26 I.e. about three inches; a handbreadth was about one sixth of a cubit

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