24 Below the rim, gourds encircled it – ten to a cubit. The gourds were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.

25 The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east. The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were towards the centre. 26 It was a handbreadth[a] in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held two thousand baths.[b]

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  1. 1 Kings 7:26 That is, about 7.5 centimetres
  2. 1 Kings 7:26 That is, about 44,000 litres; the Septuagint does not have this sentence.

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