And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.
a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was
a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.
For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them about.
And he made two chapiters of
molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was
five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was
nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the chapiters which were
upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.
And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon the one network, to cover the chapiters that were
upon the top, with pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter.
And the chapiters that were
upon the top of the pillars were
of lily work in the porch, four cubits.
And the chapiters upon the two pillars had pomegranates
also above, over against the belly which was
by the network: and the pomegranates were
two hundred in rows round about upon the other chapiter.
And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz.
And upon the top of the pillars was
lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.
And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was
round all about, and his height was
five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
And under the brim of it round about there were
knops compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the knops were
cast in two rows, when it was cast.
It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set
above upon them, and all their hinder parts were
And it was
an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it contained two thousand baths.
And he made ten bases of brass; four cubits was
the length of one base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and three cubits the height of it.
And the work of the bases was
on this manner
: they had borders, and the borders were
between the ledges:
And on the borders that were
between the ledges were
lions, oxen, and cherubims: and upon the ledges there was
a base above: and beneath the lions and oxen were
certain additions made of thin work.
And every base had four brasen wheels, and plates of brass: and the four corners thereof had undersetters: under the laver were
undersetters molten, at the side of every addition.
And the mouth of it within the chapiter and above was
a cubit: but the mouth thereof was
the work of the base, a cubit and an half: and also upon the mouth of it were
gravings with their borders, foursquare, not round.
And under the borders were
four wheels; and the axletrees of the wheels were joined
to the base: and the height of a wheel was
a cubit and half a cubit.
And the work of the wheels was
like the work of a chariot wheel: their axletrees, and their naves, and their felloes, and their spokes, were
And there were
four undersetters to the four corners of one base: and
the undersetters were
of the very base itself.
And in the top of the base was there
a round compass of half a cubit high: and on the top of the base the ledges thereof and the borders thereof were
of the same.
For on the plates of the ledges thereof, and on the borders thereof, he graved cherubims, lions, and palm trees, according to the proportion of every one, and additions round about.
After this manner
he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and
Then made he ten lavers of brass: one laver contained forty baths: and
every laver was four cubits: and
upon every one of the ten bases one laver.