And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions,
oxen, and cherubims
The figures of them, for ornament sake; the cherubim, being distinguished from lions and oxen might be figures of men, or else of eagles, as Josephus F25, see ( Ezekiel 1:10 )
and upon the ledges there was a base above;
a flat piece of brass laid upon the top of the staves or bars:
and beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions made of thin
these, according to Dr. Lightfoot F26, whom I chiefly follow in this account, were shelving plates of brass at the bottom of the borders and bars, where the priests washed the sacrifice; the filth of which ran off the easier, through the angle of them.
F25 Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 8. c. 3. sect. 5.)
F26 Prospect of the Temple, ch. 38. sect. 2.