2 Chronicles 4 – “The Temple Vessels; Inventory”

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I. Summary
The following items are created for the temple: the bronze altar, the “sea” vessel, the lavers, the lampstands, the tables, and the basins. The chapter ends with an inventory of the items that Huram and Solomon each made.

II. Photo
Solomon makes an aesthetic footing for the “sea” vessel: “It stood upon twelve oxen: three faced north, three faced west, three faced south, and three faced east, with the ‘sea’ resting upon them; their haunches were all turned inward.” (v. 4)

III. Important Verses
vv. 3-4: Beneath were figures of oxen set all around it, of 10 cubits, encircling the sea; the oxen were in two rows, cast in one piece with it. It stood upon twelve oxen: three faced north, three faced west, three faced south, and three faced east, with the sea resting upon them; their haunches were all turned inward.
v. 7: He made ten lampstands of gold as prescribed, and placed them in the Great Hall, five on the right and five on the left.
v. 11: Huram made the pails, the shovels, and the basins. With that Huram completed the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the House of God.
v. 18: Solomon made a very large number of vessels; the weight of the bronze used could not be reckoned.

IV. Outline
1. The bronze altar
2-5. The “sea” vessel
6. The bronze lavers
7. The gold lampstands
8a. The tables
8b. The gold basins
9-10. Positioning the “sea” in the court
11-17. Inventory of Huram’s work
18-22. Inventory of Solomon’s work

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
De Vries, Simon J. “1 and 2 Chronicles,” The Forms of Old Testament Literature vol. 11 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989).
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