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he stood his ground 1 and fought the Philistines until his hand grew so tired that it 2 seemed stuck to his sword. The Lord gave a great victory on that day. When the army returned to him, the only thing left to do was to plunder the corpses.
He was the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, 1 and his father was a craftsman in bronze from Tyre. He had the skill and knowledge 2 to make all kinds of works of bronze. He reported to King Solomon and did all the work he was assigned.
When he made the pillars, there were two rows of pomegranate-shaped ornaments around the latticework covering the top of each pillar. 1
He also made the large bronze basin called “The Sea.” 1 It measured 15 feet 2 from rim to rim, was circular in shape, and stood seven-and-a-half feet 3 high. Its circumference was 45 feet. 4
He also made ten bronze basins, each of which could hold about 240 gallons. 1 Each basin was six feet in diameter; 2 there was one basin for each stand.
Hiram also made basins, shovels, and bowls. He 1 finished all the work on the Lord’s temple he had been assigned by King Solomon. 2
At that time Solomon and all Israel with him celebrated a festival before the Lord our God for two entire weeks. This great assembly included people from all over the land, from Lebo Hamath in the north to the Brook of Egypt 1 in the south. 2
With the timber the king made supports 1 for the Lord’s temple and for the royal palace and stringed instruments 2 for the musicians. No one has seen so much of this fine timber to this very day. 3 )
After the king had consulted with his advisers, 1 he made two golden calves. Then he said to the people, 2 “It is too much trouble for you to go up to Jerusalem. Look, Israel, here are your gods who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
On the fifteenth day of the eighth month (a date he had arbitrarily chosen) 1 Jeroboam 2 offered sacrifices on the altar he had made in Bethel. 3 He inaugurated a festival for the Israelites and went up to the altar to offer sacrifices.
After this happened, Jeroboam still did not change his evil ways; 1 he continued to appoint common people 2 as priests at the high places. Anyone who wanted the job he consecrated as a priest. 3
Muster an army like the one you lost, with the same number of horses and chariots. 1 Then we will fight them in the plains; we will certainly overpower them.” He approved their plan and did as they advised. 2
He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he set up altars for Baal and made an Asherah pole just like King Ahab of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the stars in the sky 1 and worshiped 2 them.
Josiah also removed all the shrines on the high places in the cities of Samaria. The kings of Israel had made them and angered the Lord. 1 He did to them what he had done to the high place in Bethel. 2
Ornan told David, “You can have it! 1 My master, the king, may do what he wants. 2 Look, I am giving you the oxen for burnt sacrifices, the threshing sledges for wood, and the wheat for an offering. I give it all to you.”
He made the most holy place; 1 its length was 30 feet, 2 corresponding to the width of the temple, and its width 30 feet. 3 He plated it with 600 talents 4 of fine gold.
He also made the big bronze basin called “The Sea.” 1 It measured 15 feet 2 from rim to rim, was circular in shape, and stood seven and one-half feet 3 high. Its circumference was 45 feet. 4
He made ten washing basins; he put five on the south side and five on the north side. In them they rinsed the items used for burnt sacrifices; the priests washed in “The Sea.”
Huram Abi 1 made the pots, shovels, and bowls. He finished all the work on God’s temple he had been assigned by King Solomon. 2
At that time Solomon and all Israel with him celebrated a festival for seven days. This great assembly included people from Lebo Hamath in the north to the Brook of Egypt in the south. 1