There were ten bronze carts in Solomon's Temple.
Each cart was 4 cubits (6 feet) square and 3 cubits (4.5 feet)
high. The wheels were 1.5 cubits (27 inches) in diameter. The carts (stands with
wheels) were elaborately decorated with lions, oxen, and cherubim. Each cart
carried a bronze basin 4 cubits (six feet) in diameter. These basins held
40 baths (230 gallons) of water each. Five carts were for the right side of the Temple and
five for the left side. The water was available to be used by the priests to
wash the sacrifices (2
Chronicles 4:6; Leviticus
1:9,13). The carts allowed these basins to be moved for refills.
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1 Kings 7:27-39 (NASB)
||Then he made the ten stands of bronze;
the length of each stand was four
cubits and its width four cubits and its height three cubits.
||This was the design of the stands: they had
borders, even borders between
||and on the borders which were between the
frames were lions, oxen and cherubim; and on the frames there was a
pedestal above, and beneath the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging work.
||Now each stand had four bronze wheels
with bronze axles, and
its four feet had supports;
beneath the basin were cast supports with wreaths at each side.
||Its opening inside the crown at the top
was a cubit, and its
opening was round like the design of a pedestal, a
cubit and a half; and also on its opening there were engravings,
and their borders were square, not round.
||The four wheels were underneath the
borders, and the axles of the wheels
were on the stand. And the height of a wheel was a cubit and a half.
||The workmanship of the wheels was like the workmanship of a chariot wheel.
Their axles, their rims,
their spokes, and their hubs were all cast.
||Now there were four supports at the four corners of each stand;
its supports were part of the stand itself.
||On the top of the stand there was a circular form
half a cubit high, and on
the top of the stand its stays and its borders were part of it.
||He engraved on the plates of its stays
and on its borders, cherubim, lions
and palm trees, according to the clear space on each,
with wreaths all around.
||He made the ten stands like this: all of them had one casting, one measure
and one form.
||He made ten basins of bronze, one basin held forty baths;
each basin was four cubits,
and on each of the ten stands was one basin.