The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible1 Kings 7:29
And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions,
oxen, and cherubims…
The figures of them, for ornament sake; the
cherubim, being distinguished from lions and oxen might be figures of
men, or else of eagles, as Josephus F25, see (Ezekiel 1:10)
and upon the ledges there was a base above;
a flat piece of brass laid
upon the top of the staves or bars:
and beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions made of thin
these, according to Dr. Lightfoot F26, whom I chiefly follow in
this account, were shelving plates of brass at the bottom of the
borders and bars, where the priests washed the sacrifice; the
filth of which ran off the easier, through the angle of them.
F25 Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 8. c. 3. sect. 5.)
F26 Prospect of the Temple, ch. 38. sect. 2.