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The parallel description in 2 Chronicles 3:15 says these pillars were thirty-five cubits high. The apparent contradiction can best be attributed to a copyist error in the Chronicles reference, since the numerals "18" and "35" are very similar in Hebrew, and such a copying mistake would be easy to make. The 18-cubit dimension is confirmed in 2 Kings 25:17 and Jeremiah 52:21. These two pillars were evidently free standing; their names, Jachin and Boaz (1 Kings 7:21), are believed to have meant "Established" and "Strong," referring to God and His purpose as depicted in the temple and its ministry.
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8