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24 It was encircled just below its rim by two rows of decorative gourds. There were about six gourds per foot[a] all the way around, and they were cast as part of the basin.

25 The Sea was placed on a base of twelve bronze oxen,[b] all facing outward. Three faced north, three faced west, three faced south, and three faced east, and the Sea rested on them. 26 The walls of the Sea were about three inches[c] thick, and its rim flared out like a cup and resembled a water lily blossom. It could hold about 11,000 gallons[d] of water.

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Footnotes

  1. 7:24 Or 20 gourds per meter; Hebrew reads 10 per cubit.
  2. 7:25 Hebrew 12 oxen; compare 2 Kgs 16:17, which specifies bronze oxen.
  3. 7:26a Hebrew a handbreadth [8 centimeters].
  4. 7:26b Hebrew 2,000 baths [42 kiloliters].

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