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1 Kings 7:27-37 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Bronze Water Carts

27 Then he made 10 bronze water carts.[a] Each water cart was six feet[b] long, six feet[c] wide, and 4½ feet[d] high. 28 This was the design of the carts: They had frames; the frames were between the cross-pieces, 29 and on the frames between the cross-pieces were lions, oxen, and cherubim. On the cross-pieces there was a pedestal above, and below the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging[e] work. 30 Each cart had four bronze wheels with bronze axles. Underneath the four corners of the basin were cast supports, each next to a wreath. 31 And the water cart’s opening inside the crown on top was 18 inches[f] wide. The opening was round, made as a pedestal 27 inches[g] wide. On it were carvings, but their frames were square, not round. 32 There were four wheels under the frames, and the wheel axles were part of the water cart; each wheel was 27 inches[h] tall. 33 The wheels’ design was similar to that of chariot wheels: their axles, rims, spokes, and hubs were all of cast metal. 34 Four supports were at the four corners of each water cart; each support was one piece with the water cart. 35 At the top of the cart was a band nine inches[i] high encircling it; also, at the top of the cart, its braces and its frames were one piece with it. 36 He engraved cherubim, lions, and palm trees on the plates of its braces and on its frames, wherever each had space, with encircling wreaths. 37 In this way he made the 10 water carts using the same casting, dimensions, and shape for all of them.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Kings 7:27 Lit bronze stands
  2. 1 Kings 7:27 Lit four cubits
  3. 1 Kings 7:27 Lit four cubits
  4. 1 Kings 7:27 Lit three cubits
  5. 1 Kings 7:29 Or hammered-down
  6. 1 Kings 7:31 Lit a cubit
  7. 1 Kings 7:31 Lit one and a half cubits
  8. 1 Kings 7:32 Lit was one and a half cubits
  9. 1 Kings 7:35 Lit half a cubit

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