The Temple’s Furnishings

1 He made a bronze altar twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high.a
2 He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubitsb high. It took a line of thirty cubitsc to measure around it.
3 Below the rim, figures of bulls encircled it—ten to a cubit.d The bulls were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.
4 The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east. The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center.
5 It was a handbreadthe in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held three thousand baths.f
6 He then made ten basins for washing and placed five on the south side and five on the north. In them the things to be used for the burnt offerings were rinsed, but the Sea was to be used by the priests for washing.