23 He made the Sea(A) of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line(B) of thirty cubits[a] to measure around it.

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  1. 1 Kings 7:23 That is, about 45 feet or about 14 meters

He made the Sea(A) of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits[a] high. It took a line of thirty cubits[b] to measure around it. Below the rim, figures of bulls encircled it—ten to a cubit.[c] The bulls were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.

The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east.(B) The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center. It was a handbreadth[d] in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held three thousand baths.[e]

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  1. 2 Chronicles 4:2 That is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters
  2. 2 Chronicles 4:2 That is, about 45 feet or about 14 meters
  3. 2 Chronicles 4:3 That is, about 18 inches or about 45 centimeters
  4. 2 Chronicles 4:5 That is, about 3 inches or about 7.5 centimeters
  5. 2 Chronicles 4:5 That is, about 18,000 gallons or about 66,000 liters

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