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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 4

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1Then he made a bronze altar twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high. z Ez 43, 13–17 . 2 a 2–5: 1 Kgs 7, 23–26; Ez 43, 13 . He also made the molten sea. It was perfectly round, ten cubits in diameter, five in depth, and thirty in circumference; 3below the rim a ring of figures of oxen* encircled the sea, ten to the cubit, all the way around; there were two rows of these cast in the same mold with the sea. 4It rested on twelve oxen, three facing north, three west, three south, and three east, with their haunches all toward the center; the sea rested on their backs. 5It was a handbreadth thick, and its brim was made like that of a cup, being lily-shaped. It had a capacity of three thousand measures.*

6Then he made ten basins for washing, placing five of them to the right and five to the left. Here were cleansed the victims for the holocausts; but the sea was for the priests to wash in. b 1 Kgs 7, 38f; Ez 40, 38 .

7He made the lampstands of gold, ten of them as was prescribed, and placed them in the nave, five to the right and five to the left. c 1 Kgs 7, 49 . 8He made ten tables and had them set in the nave, five to the right and five to the left; and he made a hundred golden bowls. d 1 Kgs 7, 50; 1 Chr 28, 16 . 9He made the court of the priests and the great courtyard and the gates of the courtyard; the gates he overlaid with bronze. e 1 Kgs 7, 12 . 10The sea was placed off to the southeast from the right side of the temple. f 1 Kgs 7, 39 .

11 g 11–22; 1 Kgs 7, 40–51 . Huram also made the pots, the shovels and the bowls. Huram thus completed the work he had to do for King Solomon in the house of God: 12two columns, two nodes for the capitals topping these two columns, and two networks covering the nodes of the capitals topping the columns; 13also four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, with two rows of pomegranates to each network, to cover the two nodes of the capitals topping the columns. 14He made the stands, and the basins on the stands; 15one sea, and the twelve oxen under it; 16likewise the pots, the shovels and the forks. Huram-abi made all these articles for King Solomon from polished bronze for the house of the LORD. 17The king had them cast in the Jordan region, in the clayey ground between Succoth and Zeredah. 18Solomon made all these vessels, so many in number that the weight of the bronze was not ascertained.

19Solomon had all these articles made for the house of God: the golden altar, the tables on which the showbread lay, 20the lampstands and their lamps of pure gold which were to burn according to prescription before the sanctuary, 21flowers, lamps and gold tongs [this was the purest gold], 22snuffers, bowls, cups and firepans of pure gold. As for the entry to the house, its inner doors to the holy of holies, as well as the doors to the nave, were of gold.

Notes:

z: Ez 43, 13–17 .

a: 2–5: 1 Kgs 7, 23–26; Ez 43, 13 .

b: 1 Kgs 7, 38f; Ez 40, 38 .

c: 1 Kgs 7, 49 .

d: 1 Kgs 7, 50; 1 Chr 28, 16 .

e: 1 Kgs 7, 12 .

f: 1 Kgs 7, 39 .

g: 11–22; 1 Kgs 7, 40–51 .

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