Problem

What is the value of PI?

1 Kings 7:23 - And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
2 Chronicles 4:2 - Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.

"And he made a molten sea 10 cubits from the one brim to the other..." vs. "...and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about."

If you divide the Circumference of the molten sea (30 cubits) by the radius of the molten sea (10 cubits) you get 3 instead of 3.141579... as the value of PI.


Video Solution

What is the value of Pi?

A video solution to the apparent Bible contradiction of Solomon's molten sea. Harmonizes the seemingly contradictory measurements given in 2 Chronicles chapter 4.


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Don't forget to take into account the brim on the molten sea. 2 Chron 4:5 tells us that the brim was the size of a hand breadth. If the hand breadth is equal to .225 cubits, then the inside radius of the brim is only 9.55 cubits (you have to subtract 1 hand breadth for each side). This number fits perfectly with the circumference given. See my picture below:



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