The Meaning of 1 Kings 7:31 Explained

1 Kings 7:31

KJV: And the mouth of it within the chapiter and above was a cubit: but the mouth thereof was round after the work of the base, a cubit and an half: and also upon the mouth of it were gravings with their borders, foursquare, not round.

YLT: And its mouth within the chapiter and above is by the cubit, and its mouth is round, the work of the base, a cubit and half a cubit; and also on its mouth are carvings and their borders, square, not round.

Darby: And the mouth of it within the crown and above was a cubit; and its mouth was rounded, as the work of the base, a cubit and a half; and also upon its mouth was sculpture; but their panels were square, not round.

ASV: And the mouth of it within the capital and above was a cubit: and the mouth thereof was round after the work of a pedestal, a cubit and a half; and also upon the mouth of it were gravings, and their panels were foursquare, not round.

What does 1 Kings 7:31 Mean?

Context Summary

1 Kings 7:27-39 - Vases And Lavers
In addition to the great molten sea, described in the previous verses, there were ten portable vessels, or vases, that ran on wheels, so that they could be pushed across the level marble floor to any part of the court where fresh cleansing water was required. Five of these lavers were placed on the right, and ten on the left, of the great brazen altar. Such things as belonged to the burned-offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in, 2 Chronicles 4:6.
We should carefully note the large provision made under the old Covenant for ceremonial washings. How precise is this account of these vessels! Does it not give weight to that injunction: "Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord"? Isaiah 52:11. This passage reminds us of the infinite purity of God, who charges His angels with folly, Job 4:18, and in whose sight the heavens are not clean, Job 15:15. As our Lord said to His disciples: "He that is clean needs"¦ to wash his feet," John 13:10. Every act of ours, even though we are priests unto God, needs to be cleansed and sanctified by the Word of God and prayer, Acts 6:4.
1 Kings 7:1-51 - Breaking Three Commandments
From a worldly point of view Naboth might have done a good stroke of business by selling his estate to. Ahab. A royal price and assured favor might have been his-but he had a conscience! Above the persuasive tones of the monarch's offer sounded the voice of God: "The land shall not be sold for ever, for the land is mine." See Leviticus 25:23; Numbers 36:7; Ezekiel 46:18.
Ahab knew perfectly well that Jezebel could not give him the property of another except by foul means, but he took pains not to inquire. Though the direct orders for Naboth's death did not come from him, yet, by his silence, he was an accomplice and an accessory; and divine justice penetrates all such specious excuses. God holds us responsible for wrongs which we do not arrest, though we have the power. The crime was blacker because of the pretext of religion, as suggested by a fast. See also 2 Kings 9:26. The blood of murdered innocence cries to God, and his requital, though delayed, is inevitable. See Revelation 6:9-10. [source]

Chapter Summary: 1 Kings 7

1  The building of Solomon's house
2  Of the house of Lebanon
6  Of the porch of pillars
7  Of the porch of judgment
8  Of the house for Pharaoh's daughter
13  Hiram's work of the two pillars,
23  Of the molten sea
27  Of the ten bases
38  Of the ten lavers
40  and all the vessels

What do the individual words in 1 Kings 7:31 mean?

And Its opening [was] inside the crown and at the top one cubit and the opening [was] round shaped [like] a pedestal one and a half cubits and also on the opening [were] engravings but the panels were square not round
וּ֠פִיהוּ מִבֵּ֨ית לַכֹּתֶ֤רֶת וָמַ֙עְלָה֙ בָּֽאַמָּ֔ה וּפִ֙יהָ֙ עָגֹ֣ל מַעֲשֵׂה־ כֵ֔ן אַמָּ֖ה וַחֲצִ֣י הָֽאַמָּ֑ה וְגַם־ עַל־ פִּ֙יהָ֙ מִקְלָע֔וֹת וּמִסְגְּרֹתֵיהֶ֥ם מְרֻבָּע֖וֹת לֹ֥א עֲגֻלּֽוֹת

וּ֠פִיהוּ  And  Its  opening  [was] 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, masculine singular construct, third person masculine singular
Root: פֶּה  
Sense: mouth.
מִבֵּ֨ית  inside 
Parse: Preposition-m, Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: בַּיִת 
Sense: house.
לַכֹּתֶ֤רֶת  the  crown 
Parse: Preposition-l, Article, Noun, feminine singular
Root: כֹּתֶרֶת  
Sense: capital crown, capital of a pillar.
וָמַ֙עְלָה֙  and  at  the  top 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Adverb, third person feminine singular
Root: מַעַל 
Sense: higher part, upper part adv.
בָּֽאַמָּ֔ה  one  cubit 
Parse: Preposition-b, Article, Noun, feminine singular
Root: אַמָּה 
Sense: cubit—a measure of distance (the forearm), roughly 8 in (.
וּפִ֙יהָ֙  and  the  opening  [was] 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, masculine singular construct, third person feminine singular
Root: פֶּה  
Sense: mouth.
עָגֹ֣ל  round 
Parse: Adjective, masculine singular
Root: עָגֹל  
Sense: round.
מַעֲשֵׂה־  shaped 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: מַעֲשֶׂה  
Sense: deed, work.
כֵ֔ן  [like]  a  pedestal 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: כֵּן 
Sense: base, stand, pedestal, office, foot, place, estate.
אַמָּ֖ה  one 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular
Root: אַמָּה 
Sense: cubit—a measure of distance (the forearm), roughly 8 in (.
וַחֲצִ֣י  and  a  half 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: חֲצִי 
Sense: half.
הָֽאַמָּ֑ה  cubits 
Parse: Article, Noun, feminine singular
Root: אַמָּה 
Sense: cubit—a measure of distance (the forearm), roughly 8 in (.
וְגַם־  and  also 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Conjunction
Root: גַּם  
Sense: also, even, indeed, moreover, yea.
פִּ֙יהָ֙  the  opening  [were] 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct, third person feminine singular
Root: פֶּה  
Sense: mouth.
מִקְלָע֔וֹת  engravings 
Parse: Noun, feminine plural
Root: מִקְלַעַת  
Sense: carving.
וּמִסְגְּרֹתֵיהֶ֥ם  but  the  panels  were 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, feminine plural construct, third person masculine plural
Root: מִסְגֶּרֶת  
Sense: border, fastness, rim.
מְרֻבָּע֖וֹת  square 
Parse: Verb, Pual, Participle, feminine plural
Root: רָבַע  
Sense: to square, be squared.
עֲגֻלּֽוֹת  round 
Parse: Adjective, feminine plural
Root: עָגֹל  
Sense: round.

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