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Bible Commentaries
2 Chronicles 4

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-22

Chapter 4

Moreover he made an altar of brass, that was thirty feet long, and thirty feet wide, and it was fifteen feet high ( 2 Chronicles 4:1 ).

This brazen altar for the offering of the sacrifices.

And he made this molten ( 2 Chronicles 4:2 )

They cast this huge brass bath for the priests to bathe in.

the sea of fifteen feet from brim to brim, around in compass, seven and a half feet high; and it was, of course, forty-five feet around it. And under it was the likeness of oxen, twelve oxen that they carved of brass; and three pointing towards the north, three facing towards the south, three facing towards the east and three facing towards the west ( 2 Chronicles 4:2-4 ).

All facing outward and this big brass pool on top of it.

Now the thickness of the brass pool was the thickness of your handbreadth ( 2 Chronicles 4:5 ),

If you can picture it. And it held about twenty-four thousand gallons of water. Now to cast something like this today would be near impossible. A brass swimming pool, seven and a half feet deep, fifteen feet across, and the width of it about six to eight inches thick. And this was for the priests to bathe in.

And then around the top of it, all kinds of fancy work. Flowers and lilies and so forth carved in it. And then he made ten other basins so that they could wash the instruments. Of course, with the sacrifices there was a lot of blood and all. And thus, it was necessary that the priests bathe and get this blood off of them. And, of course, the knives and the instruments and all that they used would all be bloody after the offering of these sacrifices. And so ten of these lavers to wash the various instruments in, and the big pool for the priests to wash in.

And then he made ten candlesticks of gold. And ten tables, that he placed in the temple, five on the right side, five on the left. And he made a hundred basins of gold. And then he made the court of the priests, the doors of the court, he overlaid them with brass. And this big basin was on the right side at the east end. And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basins. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house of God; That is, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on the top of the two pillars, the two wreaths to cover the two pommels; And the four hundred pomegranates and so forth. And the bases, and the lavers; and the oxen. And Solomon made all of these vessels in great abundance ( 2Ch 4:7-15 , 2 Chronicles 4:18 ):

They cast them, actually, down in the Jordan River in the clay area down there, and then carried them on up to Jerusalem.

Moreover the candlesticks and their lamps, they made for the holy place out of pure gold; and the flowers, and the lamps, the tongs, they made of gold, perfect gold; the snuffers, and the basins, and the spoons, and all the instruments for the worship made of pure gold ( 2 Chronicles 4:20-22 ): "

Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 4". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/2-chronicles-4.html. 2014.
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