The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible1 Kings 7:38
Then made he ten lavers of brass…
There was but one in
the tabernacle of Moses, and what became of that is not known: some
Jewish writers F3 say it was placed in Solomon's temple, and these
lavers, five on the right and five on the left of it; however, here
were enough provided for the purpose for the priests to wash their
burnt offerings in, (2 Chronicles 4:6) and were typical of the large provision
made in the blood of Christ for the cleansing of his people; whose
works, services, and sacrifices, as well as persons and garments, need
continual washing in that blood; see (Romans 12:1) (Revelation 7:13) ,
one laver contained forty baths;
and a bath, according to Bishop
Cumberland F4 held seven wine gallons, and two quarts and half a pint:
and every laver was four cubits:
that is, square; this was the diameter
and upon every of the ten bases one laver;
for which they were made,
even to set the lavers on, and were exactly of the same measure.
F3 Targum, Jarchi, and Kimchi, in 2 Chron. iv. 6.
F4 Scripture Weights and Measures, c. 3. p. 70, 71.