2 Chronicles 4:21
New International Version
the gold floral work and lamps and tongs (they were solid gold);

New Living Translation
the flower decorations, lamps, and tongs—all of the purest gold;

English Standard Version
the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs, of purest gold;

Berean Study Bible
the flowers, lamps, and tongs of gold—of purest gold;

King James Bible
And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold;

New King James Version
with the flowers and the lamps and the wick-trimmers of gold, of purest gold;

New American Standard Bible
the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs of gold, that is, of purest gold;

NASB 1995
the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs of gold, of purest gold;

NASB 1977
the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs of gold, of purest gold;

Amplified Bible
the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs of gold, of purest gold;

Christian Standard Bible
the flowers, lamps, and gold tongs—of purest gold;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the flowers, lamps, and gold tongs--of purest gold;

American Standard Version
and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold, and that perfect gold;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English


Brenton Septuagint Translation
And their snuffers, and their lamps were made, and he made the bowls, and the censers, and the fire-pans, of pure gold.

Contemporary English Version
flower designs, lamps and tongs,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And certain flowers, and lamps, and golden tongs: all were made of the finest gold.

English Revised Version
and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold, and that perfect gold;

Good News Translation
the flower decorations, the lamps, and the tongs;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
flowers, lamps, pure gold tongs,

International Standard Version
the pure gold ornaments in the shape of flowers, the lamps, and the tongs (all made of the purest gold),

JPS Tanakh 1917
and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold, and that perfect gold;

Literal Standard Version
and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold—it [is] the perfection of gold;

NET Bible
the pure gold flower-shaped ornaments, lamps, and tongs,

New Heart English Bible
and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold, and that perfect gold;

World English Bible
and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold, and that perfect gold;

Young's Literal Translation
and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold -- it is the perfection of gold;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Completion of the Gold Furnishings
20the lampstands of pure gold and their lamps, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary as prescribed; 21the flowers, lamps, and tongs of gold— of purest gold; 22the wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, ladles, and censers of purest gold; and the gold doors of the temple: the inner doors to the Most Holy Place as well as the doors of the main hall.…

Cross References
2 Chronicles 4:20
the lampstands of pure gold and their lamps, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary as prescribed;

2 Chronicles 4:22
the wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, ladles, and censers of purest gold; and the gold doors of the temple: the inner doors to the Most Holy Place as well as the doors of the main hall.


Treasury of Scripture

And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold;

2 Chronicles 4:5
And the thickness of it was an handbreadth, and the brim of it like the work of the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies; and it received and held three thousand baths.

Exodus 25:31
And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.

Exodus 37:20
And in the candlestick were four bowls made like almonds, his knops, and his flowers:









(21) And the flowers . . . gold.--See 1Kings 7:49.

And that perfect gold.--It was perfection of gold. The word mikloth, "perfections" (intensive plural) occurs nowhere else. It is derived from k?l?h, "to be finished," not k?lal (Bishop Wordsworth). The LXX. omits the clause; not so the Vulg., which renders "all were made of purest gold." This little touch, added to heighten the effect, is quite in the manner of the chronicler, and is certainly not to be suspected, as Z?ckler asserts. Perhaps we should read miklol, "perfection" (Ezekiel 23:12), instead of the isolated mikloth.

And the snuffers.--Before this expression, and the basons (1Kings 7:50) has probably fallen out.

Snuffers.--Shears or scissors, for trimming the lamps.

The spoons, and the censers.--Or, trays and snuff-dishes.--See 1Kings 7:50; Exodus 25:38.

And the entry of the house.--Including both the doors of the nave or holy place, and those of the chancel or holiest. The words are explained by those which follow: "viz., its inner doors to the holy of holies and the doors of the house--viz., to the nave (heh?l, great hall)." In 1Kings 7:50 we read, "And the hinges to the doors of the inner house--viz., the holy of holies, (and) to the doors of the house--viz., to the nave, were of gold." The word rendered hinges (pothoth) resembles that rendered entry (pethah); and some have supposed that the latter is a corruption of the former, and would alter our text accordingly. Two reasons seem to be decisive against such a change. (1) Pothoth, "hinges," occurs nowhere else in the Bible; and may not be genuine. It is likely enough that the doors of the Temple were plated with gold (1Kings 6:32; 1Kings 6:35), but hardly that their hinges were made of gold.

Verse 21. - The flowers; Hebrew, פֶרַה, occurring sixteen times, of which number it is translated" flowers "thirteen times, "buds" twice, and "blossom" once. The flower was a part of the ornamentation of the branches of the candelabrum (Exodus 25:31, 33). The tongs; Hebrew, מֶלְקָחַיִם, occurring six times, of which number it is translated five times "tongs," but once "snuffers" (Exodus 37:23). This latter is the correcter translation, perhaps. The instrument, at any rate, was to trim the lamp-wicks (Exodus 25:38).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
the flowers,
וְהַפֶּ֧רַח (wə·hap·pe·raḥ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6525: A calyx, bloom

lamps,
וְהַנֵּר֛וֹת (wə·han·nê·rō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5216: A lamp, light

and tongs
וְהַמֶּלְקַחַ֖יִם (wə·ham·mel·qa·ḥa·yim)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - md
Strong's 4457: Tongs, snuffers

of gold—
זָהָ֑ב (zā·hāḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2091: Gold, something gold-colored, as oil, a clear sky

of purest
מִכְל֥וֹת (miḵ·lō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 4357: Completeness, perfection

gold;
זָהָֽב׃ (zā·hāḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2091: Gold, something gold-colored, as oil, a clear sky


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