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24 Under the rim all the way around it were round ornaments[a] arranged in settings 15 feet long.[b] The ornaments were in two rows and had been cast with “The Sea.”[c] 25 “The Sea”[d] stood on top of twelve bulls. Three faced northward, three westward, three southward, and three eastward. “The Sea” was placed on top of them, and they all faced outward.[e] 26 It was four fingers thick and its rim was like that of a cup shaped like a lily blossom. It could hold about 12,000 gallons.[f]

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  1. 1 Kings 7:24 tn Or “gourd-shaped ornaments.”
  2. 1 Kings 7:24 tn Heb “10 cubits surrounding the sea all around.” The precise meaning of this description is uncertain.
  3. 1 Kings 7:24 tn Heb “the gourd-shaped ornaments were in two rows, cast in its casting.”
  4. 1 Kings 7:25 tn Heb “It.” The proper noun “The Sea” has been supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.
  5. 1 Kings 7:25 tn Heb “all their hindquarters were toward the inside.”
  6. 1 Kings 7:26 tn Heb “2,000 baths” (a bath was a liquid measure roughly equivalent to six gallons).