The bronze work (2 Chr 4:11-4:18)

“Huram made the bronze pots, shovels, and basins. Thus Huram finished the work that he did for King Solomon on the house of God. He made the two pillars, the bowls, and the two capitals on the top of the pillars. He made the two lattice works to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars. There were four hundred pomegranates for the two lattice works, two rows of pomegranates for each lattice work, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were upon the pillars. He made the stands, and the basins on the stands, the one sea, and the twelve oxen underneath it. The pots, the shovels, the forks, and all the equipment for these, Huram-abi made of burnished bronze for King Solomon for the house of Yahweh. In the plain of the Jordan the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredah. King Solomon made all these things in great quantities, so that the weight of the bronze was not ascertained.”

Now Huram (Hiram) comes up with all the bronze work as in 1 Kings, chapter 7. Here it is Huram, not King Solomon who made all these bronze works. Huram built the 2 bronze pillars, with the tops or capitals on each one. He did the ornate lattice work. Their ornamentation included over 200 pomegranates and various flowers on each capital or top. On top of that he made 10 large basins to go on the bronze stands. Also he, not King Solomon, was responsible for the bronze sea with its 12 oxen bulls holding it up. Huram-abi was the artisan in charge even though King Solomon was the overseer of the total project. They used so much bronze that they were unable to weigh it.

The front of the Temple (2 Chr 3:15-3:17)

In front of the house King Solomon made two pillars thirty-five cubits high, with a capital of five cubits on the top of each. He made encircling chains and put them on the tops of the pillars. He made one hundred pomegranates. Then he put them on the chains. He set up the pillars in front of the temple, one on the right and the other on the left. The one on the right he called Jachin. The one on the left he called Boaz.”

This description of the 2 pillars is based on 1 Kings, chapter 7. There was no mention that they were bronze pillars as in Kings.  These pillars here are twice as tall as in 1 Kings. Each one is 35 cubits high instead of 18 cubits high. Instead of a 27 foot pillar it is a 54 foot pillar. There is no mention of its circumference as in 1 Kings. These pillars had 5 cubit (7 ½ feet) tops or capitals on each one just like in 1 Kings. There was ornate checker work with lattice work. Their ornamentation included over 200 pomegranates and various flowers. These 2 pillars were at the vestibule to the temple. The one on the south or right side here was called Jachin, while the one on the north or left side here was called Boaz. They symbolized the fact that God had established himself with power.