New Living Translation

2 Chronicles 4

Furnishings for the Temple

1Solomon[a] also made a bronze altar 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 15 feet high.[b] Then he cast a great round basin, 15 feet across from rim to rim, called the Sea. It was 7 1⁄2 feet deep and about 45 feet in circumference.[c] It was encircled just below its rim by two rows of figures that resembled oxen. There were about six oxen per foot[d] all the way around, and they were cast as part of the basin.

The Sea was placed on a base of twelve bronze oxen, all facing outward. Three faced north, three faced west, three faced south, and three faced east, and the Sea rested on them. The walls of the Sea were about three inches[e] thick, and its rim flared out like a cup and resembled a water lily blossom. It could hold about 16,500 gallons[f] of water.

He also made ten smaller basins for washing the utensils for the burnt offerings. He set five on the south side and five on the north. But the priests washed themselves in the Sea.

He then cast ten gold lampstands according to the specifications that had been given, and he put them in the Temple. Five were placed against the south wall, and five were placed against the north wall.

He also built ten tables and placed them in the Temple, five along the south wall and five along the north wall. Then he molded 100 gold basins.

He then built a courtyard for the priests, and also the large outer courtyard. He made doors for the courtyard entrances and overlaid them with bronze. 10 The great bronze basin called the Sea was placed near the southeast corner of the Temple.

11 Huram-abi also made the necessary washbasins, shovels, and bowls.

So at last Huram-abi completed everything King Solomon had assigned him to make for the Temple of God:

12 the two pillars;
the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;
the two networks of interwoven chains that decorated the capitals;
13 the 400 pomegranates that hung from the chains on the capitals (two rows of pomegranates for each of the chain networks that decorated the capitals on top of the pillars);
14 the water carts holding the basins;
15 the Sea and the twelve oxen under it;
16 the ash buckets, the shovels, the meat hooks, and all the related articles.

Huram-abi made all these things of burnished bronze for the Temple of the Lord, just as King Solomon had directed. 17 The king had them cast in clay molds in the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zarethan.[g] 18 Solomon used such great quantities of bronze that its weight could not be determined.

19 Solomon also made all the furnishings for the Temple of God:

the gold altar;
the tables for the Bread of the Presence;
20 the lampstands and their lamps of solid gold, to burn in front of the Most Holy Place as prescribed;
21 the flower decorations, lamps, and tongs—all of the purest gold;
22 the lamp snuffers, bowls, ladles, and incense burners—all of solid gold;
the doors for the entrances to the Most Holy Place and the main room of the Temple, overlaid with gold.

Footnotes

  1. 4:1a Or Huram-abi; Hebrew reads He.
  2. 4:1b Hebrew 20 cubits [9.2 meters] long, 20 cubits wide, and 10 cubits [4.6 meters] high.
  3. 4:2 Hebrew 10 cubits [4.6 meters] across . . . 5 cubits [2.3 meters] deep and 30 cubits [13.8 meters] in circumference.
  4. 4:3 Or 20 oxen per meter; Hebrew reads 10 per cubit.
  5. 4:5a Hebrew a handbreadth [8 centimeters].
  6. 4:5b Hebrew 3,000 baths [63 kiloliters].
  7. 4:17 As in parallel text at 1 Kgs 7:46; Hebrew reads Zeredah.

Japanese Living Bible

歴代誌Ⅱ 4

神殿の器具の製作

1王はさらに、長さと幅が二十キュビト、高さ十キュビトの青銅の祭壇を作りました。 それから、直径が十キュビトもある大洗盤も作りました。その縁は床から五キュビトの高さにあり、縁の周囲は三十キュビトでした。 その洗盤は二段に並んだ金属製の牛の背に載っていました。 牛は全部で十二頭で、互いに尻尾を合わせるようにして立っていました。三頭ずつ、それぞれ顔を北、西、南、東に向けていました。 洗盤の厚さは一手幅(七・四センチ)あり、容量は三千バテ(六十九キロリットル)。縁は杯のようにゆりの花をかたどっていました。

次に、いけにえを洗う洗盤を十個作り、五個を右側に、五個を左側に置きました。大洗盤は、祭司たちが体をきよめる時に用いました。

さらに規定に従って、金の燭台十個を念入りに鋳造し、五個を神殿内の右側に、五個を左側に置きました。 机を十個作り、それも五個を神殿内の右側に、五個は左側に置きました。また、金の鉢を百個鋳造しました。 さらに、祭司たち用の庭と大庭を作り、それぞれの入口の扉に青銅を張りました。 10 大洗盤は神殿の外の南東の隅に置きました。

11 フラム・アビは、いけにえをささげる時に用いる鉢、十能、灰つぼを作りました。こうして彼は、ソロモン王から受けた仕事を完成させたのです。

12-16 それらは、二本の柱、二本の柱の上にある二つの柱頭、柱頭に取りつけられた二組の鎖、二組の柱頭の鎖から垂れ下がる四百個のざくろ、洗盤の台と、洗盤の本体、大洗盤と、それを載せる十二頭の牛、鉢、十能、肉刺し。

熟練した職工のフラム・アビは、ソロモン王のために、これらすべてのものをみがき上げた青銅で作りました。 17-18 スコテとツェレダとの間にあるヨルダン渓谷の粘土層の地で、これらのものを鋳造したのです。用いられた青銅はあまりに大量で、重さを量りきれないほどでした。

19 しかし、神殿内のものは金だけを使いました。祭壇、供えのパンを載せる机などの器具類は全部金で作るよう、王が指示したからです。 20-22 燭台、ともしび皿、花模様の飾り、火ばし、芯切りばさみ、鉢、さじ、火皿なども、すべて純金で作りました。神殿の入口と扉、至聖所に通じる扉も、すべて金で作りました。