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Smith's Bible Dictionary
Sea The Molten
Sea, The Molten. In the place of the laver of the Tabernacle, Solomon caused a laver to be cast for a similar purpose, which, from its size, was called a sea. It was made partly or wholly of the brass, or rather copper, which was captured by David from "Tibhath and Chun, cities of Hadarezer king of Zobah." 1 Kings 7:23-26; 1 Chronicles 18:8. It is said to have been 15 feet in diameter and 7 1/2 feet deep, and to have been capable of containing 2000 baths, or according to 2 Chronicles 4:5, 3000 baths, (16,000 to 24,000 gallons). The lever stood on twelve oxen; three toward each quarter of the heavens, and all looking outward. It was mutilated by Ahaz by being removed from its basis of oxen and placed on a stone base, and was finally broken up by the Assyrians. 2 Kings 16:14; 2 Kings 16:17; 2 Kings 25:13.
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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Sea The Molten'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/s/sea-the-molten.html. 1901.