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Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Exodus 30:1-16

Altar of incense; tabernacle tax (30:1-16)The altar of incense was made of wood overlaid with gold. It was much smaller than the altar of burnt offering, was located in a different place and was designed for a different purpose. It was not used for sacrifices, but only for the burning of incense, offered each morning and evening. Incense was a substance produced by grinding and blending certain spices (see v. 34-38 below), and when burnt gave off thick white smoke and a strong smell. Its... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Exodus 30:1-10

GOLDEN ALTAR OF INCENSE"And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of acacia wood shalt thou make it. A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be; and two cubits shall be the height thereof: the horns thereof shall be of one piece with it. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about. And two golden rings... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Exodus 30:1-10

The altar of incense and the incense offering 30:1-10The place of this altar in the tabernacle has been a problem for some readers of the Book of Hebrews. Hebrews 9:4 can be understood as describing its location as being inside the holy of holies with the ark. The writer of Hebrews probably meant that the veil, not the holy of holies, had the altar of incense and the ark of the covenant connected with it (Hebrews 9:3-4). These pieces of furniture were on either side of the veil. Describing it... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 30:1-38

The Altar of Incense. The Ransom Money. The Laver. The Anointing Oil. The Incense1-10. The Altar of Incense. The use of incense in worship was probably due to the worshipper’s desire to honour God by offering to Him what he enjoys himself. ’Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart’ (Proverbs 27:9). It served also to counteract the strong smell of burning flesh, and was therefore usually presented as an accompaniment of sacrifice, and offered either in censers (Leviticus 10:1; Leviticus 16:12;... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Exodus 30:4

(4) Two golden rings.—The golden altar was so much smaller and lighter than the brazen one that two rings only were required for carrying it, instead of the “four rings” needed by the brazen altar (Exodus 27:4).By the two corners thereof.—Rather, on the two sides thereof. The word used means, literally, “ribs,” and is explained in the clause which follows. read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Exodus 30:1-38

The Census and Its Religious Aspect Exodus 30:12 I. This first census of which we have any recorded history took place more than three thousand years ago. It was taken in the wilderness, and in a very different way from that in which our census is taken. From the grouped tribes every man of twenty years of age and upwards was called out, and afterwards passed over to the crowd of the 'numbered'. No women or children were numbered. Women and children owe even more than men to the influence of... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Exodus 30:1-10

CHAPTER XXX.INCENSE.Exodus 30:1-10.The altar of incense was not mentioned when the tent of meeting was being prepared and furnished. But when, in the Divine idea, this is done, when all is ready for the intercourse of God and man, and the priest and the daily victims are provided for, something more than this formal routine of offerings might yet be sought for. This material worship of the senses, this round of splendour and of tragedy, this blaze of gold and gold-encrusted timber, these... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Exodus 30:1-38

CHAPTER 30 The Altar of Incense and the Worshippers 1. The altar (Exodus 30:1-10 ) 2. The atonement money (Exodus 30:11-16 ) 3. The brazen laver and the unction of the Spirit (Exodus 30:22-33 ) 4. The incense (Exodus 30:34-38 ) This is a beautiful chapter, filled with blessed lessons. We have before us instructions concerning true, priestly worship. The brazen altar was of shittim wood, but this altar is of shittim wood covered with pure gold. The altar of brass tells of the work of... read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 30:1-38

THE GOLDEN ALTAR OF INCENSE (vs.1-10) Before this chapter the Lord has given instructions concerning the tabernacle, its court and all the furniture both outside and inside, except the altar of incense and the laver. Two full chapters intervene before these are considered. The reason for this may be that, as regards the altar of incense, true worship (of which it speaks) comes after the sacrifices being made and the priests consecrated (that is, believers put in their place as priests). As... read more

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