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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Exodus 26:1-6

I. The house must be a tabernacle or tent, such as soldiers now use in the camp, which was both a mean dwelling and a movable one; and yet the ark of God had not better, till Solomon built the temple 480 years after this, 1 Kgs. 6:1. God manifested his presence among them thus in a tabernacle, 1. In compliance with their present condition in the wilderness, that they might have him with them wherever they went. Note, God suits the tokens of his favour, and the gifts of his grace, to his... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Exodus 26:4

And thou shall make loops of blue upon the edge of the one curtain ,.... The first large curtain, consisting of five sewed together, at the edge of that: from the selvedge in the coupling ; where it was to be coupled with the other great curtain; "loops" or "eyelet holes" F8 ללאת "ocellos", Vatablus. , were to be made: these were not wove with the curtains, for they were not to be upon all of them, only at the two outermost of the largest ones, and therefore were made afterwards,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 26:1-37

THE TABERNACLE . The sacred furniture which the tabernacle was to contain having been described, with the exception of the "altar of incense" the description of which is reserved for Exodus 30:1-38 . ( Exodus 30:1-10 )-directions were next given for the sacred structure itself. This was to consist of three main things— 1 . A quadrangular enclosure thirty cubits long by ten broad, open at one end, and on the other three sides enclosed by boards of acacia-wood overlaid with... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 26:1-37

The symbolism of the tabernacle structure. I. That the HOLY OF HOLIES typified heaven itself is declared in the Epistle to the Hebrews ( Hebrews 9:7-12 ). In it were the forms of cherubim, representing the angelic choir, and between them was the manifestation of the presence of God himself. It was cut off from the rest of the sanctuary by the veil, which none was to lift save the High Priest once a year: "the Holy Ghost thus signifying, that the way into the holiest of all"— ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 26:1-37

Jehovah's dwelling. Instructions are now given for the making of the "dwelling-place," of that sacred house or tent which was to be the special abode of Jehovah, and within which, when reared according to the fashion shown to Moses in the mount ( Exodus 26:30 ), the sacred articles described in the previous chapter were to be deposited. We need not encumber our homily with the minutiae of construction. It will suffice to direct attention to the general arrangement of parts, and to the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 26:1-37

The tabernacle itself. Consider here— I. GOD 'S COMMANDMENT THAT A DWELLING - PLACE SHOULD BE PROVIDED FOR HIM . Against even the least degree of image-making there was a stern edict; and we might also have expected that there would be equal sternness in forbidding the creation of aught in the shape of a holy house. For what on the face of it would seem more probable than this, that the erection of a holy house would be a strong inducement towards the fashioning... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Exodus 26:1-37

(Compare Exodus 36:8-33.) The tabernacle was to comprise three main parts, the tabernacle Exodus 26:1-6, more strictly so-called, its tent Exodus 26:7-13, and its covering Exodus 26:14 (Compare Exodus 35:11; Exodus 39:33-34; Exodus 40:19, Exodus 40:34; Numbers 3:25, etc.). These parts are very clearly distinguished in the Hebrew, but they are confounded in many places of the English Version (see Exodus 26:7, Exodus 26:9, etc.). The tabernacle itself was to consist of curtains of fine linen... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Exodus 26:1-37

Curtains, coverings and framework (26:1-37)Probably the easiest way to picture the two-roomed structure under the tent is as a huge open box with a cloth draped over it. This cloth was a multi-coloured, richly embroidered linen covering that formed a ceiling and hung over the four sides but did not quite reach the ground. It consisted of two sets of five curtain strips sewn along their length and then tied together to form one huge covering (26:1-6).Over this multi-coloured linen covering was... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Exodus 26:1-6

"Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains; of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, with cherubim the work of the skilled workman shalt thou make them. The length of each curtain shall be eight and twenty cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits: all the curtains shall have one measure. Five curtains shall be coupled together one to another; and the other five curtains shall be coupled one to another. And thou shalt make loops of blue upon the edge of... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Exodus 26:1-6

Exodus 26:1-6. Moreover, thou shalt make the tabernacle— The word which we render tabernacle, signifies a place to dwell in: and as this was to be an habitation of the Deity, it is therefore called the tabernacle, where Jehovah dwelt, [שׁכן shachen] and manifested his presence; thence called Shechinah: see the last note on Genesis 3:24. The more sacred and important part of the furniture of this tabernacle having been appointed, the Lord now proceeds to describe to Moses the form of the... read more

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