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2 Chronicles 4Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Altar, Reservoir, and Basins

He made a bronze altar 30 feet[a] long, 30 feet[b] wide, and 15 feet[c] high.

Then he made the cast metal reservoir, 15 feet[d] from brim to brim, perfectly round. It was 7½ feet[e] high and 45 feet[f] in circumference. The likeness of oxen[g] was below it, completely encircling it, 10 every half yard,[h] completely surrounding the reservoir. The oxen were cast in two rows when the reservoir was cast. It stood on 12 oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. The reservoir was on top of them and all their hindquarters were toward the center. The reservoir was three inches[i] thick, and its rim was fashioned like the brim of a cup or a lily blossom. It could hold 11,000 gallons.[j]

He made 10 basins for washing and he put five on the right and five on the left. The parts of the burnt offering were rinsed in them, but the reservoir was used by the priests for washing.

The Lampstands, Tables, and Courts

He made the 10 gold lampstands according to their specifications and put them in the sanctuary, five on the right and five on the left. He made 10 tables and placed them in the sanctuary, five on the right and five on the left. He also made 100 gold bowls.

He made the courtyard of the priests and the large court, and doors for the court. He overlaid the doors with bronze. 10 He put the reservoir on the right side, toward the southeast. 11 Then Huram[k] made the pots, the shovels, and the bowls.

Completion of the Bronze Furnishings

So Huram finished doing the work that he was doing for King Solomon in God’s temple: 12 two pillars; the bowls and the capitals on top of the two pillars; the two gratings for covering both bowls of the capitals that were on top of the pillars; 13 the 400 pomegranates for the two gratings (two rows of pomegranates for each grating covering both capitals’ bowls on top of the pillars). 14 He also made the water carts[l] and the basins on the water carts. 15 The one reservoir and the 12 oxen underneath it, 16 the pots, the shovels, the forks, and all their utensils—Huram-abi[m] made them for King Solomon for the Lord’s temple. All these were made of polished bronze. 17 The king had them cast in clay molds in the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zeredah. 18 Solomon made all these utensils in such great abundance that the weight of the bronze was not determined.

Completion of the Gold Furnishings

19 Solomon also made all the equipment in God’s temple: the gold altar; the tables on which to put the bread of the Presence; 20 the lampstands and their lamps of pure gold to burn in front of the inner sanctuary according to specifications; 21 the flowers, lamps, and gold tongs—of purest gold; 22 the wick trimmers, sprinkling basins, ladles,[n] and firepans—of purest gold; and the entryway to the temple, its inner doors to the most holy place, and the doors of the temple sanctuary—of gold.


  1. 2 Chronicles 4:1 Lit 20 cubits
  2. 2 Chronicles 4:1 Lit 20 cubits
  3. 2 Chronicles 4:1 Lit 10 cubits
  4. 2 Chronicles 4:2 Lit 10 cubits
  5. 2 Chronicles 4:2 Lit five cubits
  6. 2 Chronicles 4:2 Lit 30 cubits
  7. 2 Chronicles 4:3 = gourds in 1Kg 7:24
  8. 2 Chronicles 4:3 Lit 10 per cubit
  9. 2 Chronicles 4:5 Lit a handbreadth
  10. 2 Chronicles 4:5 Text emended; MT reads 3,000 baths in 1Kg 7:26
  11. 2 Chronicles 4:11 = Hiram in 1Kg 7:13,40,45
  12. 2 Chronicles 4:14 Lit the stands
  13. 2 Chronicles 4:16 Lit Huram my father
  14. 2 Chronicles 4:22 Or dishes, or spoons; lit palms

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