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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.

O Livro

2 Crônicas 4

O mobiliário do templo

1Mandou também fazer um altar de cobre, quadrado, de dez metros de lado e de cinco metros de altura. Depois mandou forjar um enorme tanque redondo, com um diâmetro de cinco metros. 3/4 A borda dessa grande bacia estava a dois metros e meio acima do chão; a sua circunferência media quinze metros. Estava apoiada nas costas de duas fileiras de bois em metal. Todo o conjunto, tanto dos bois como do tanque foram feitos de uma só peça. Eram doze os bois de metal; tinham as suas partes traseiras viradas para o interior; e havia três voltados para cada um dos quatros lados: o norte, o sul, o este e o oeste. As paredes desse tanque tinham a espessura de treze centímetros, tomando a forma de flor-de-lis. A sua capacidade era de 3.000 barris de água.

Mandou ainda construir dez vasilhas para água, com o fim de se lavaram nelas as ofertas; estavam dispostas cinco de cada lado da imensa bacia, à direita e à esquerda. Os sacerdotes usavam a bacia, e não as vasilhas, para se lavarem.

Seguindo cuidadosamente as instruções do Senhor, fez moldar dez lampadários de ouro e colocou-os no templo, cinco junto da parede da esquerda e os outros cinco do lado oposto. Fez também dez mesas, colocando cinco junto da parede da esquerda e cinco do lado oposto. Moldou ainda cem bacias em ouro.

Construiu um pátio para os sacerdotes e outro para o público. Forrou as portas de acesso com bronze. 10/11 O grande tanque estava no canto sudeste da sala exterior do templo. Hurão fez também as caldeiras, pás e bacias necessárias aos diversos actos dos sacrifícios.

Terminou por fim Hurão Abiú todo o trabalho que o rei Salomão lhe tinha encomendado, designadamente:

12/18 os dois pilares;

os dois capitéis que encimavam os pilares;

as duas redes de correntes dos pilares;

as quatrocentas romãs pendendo das duas correntes que havia em cada pilar;

as pias e as bases que as sustentavam;

o grande tanque e os doze bois que lhe serviam de apoio;

as bacias, pás e garfos.

Este hábil artífice, Hurão Abiú, fez todos esses trabalhos acima mencionados, para o rei Salomão, usando cobre polido. A fundição desse metal foi feita em fornos de barro na campina do Jordão, entre Sucote e Zareda. Foram usadas imensas quantidades de bronze, cujo peso foi considerado dispensável de registar, tanto ele era.

19/22 No entanto, no templo foi usado unicamente ouro. Salomão tinha recomendado, com efeito, que todos os utensílios, o altar, e a mesa dos pães da presença fossem feitos em ouro; também as lâmpadas e os candeeiros, as decorações florais, as pinças, os espevitadores, as bacias, as colheres e os turíbulos — tudo foi feito em ouro puro. Também os umbrais da entrada do templo, a porta principal e as portas interiores do lugar santíssimo eram de ouro.