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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Exodus 26

Moses here receives instructions, I. Concerning the inner curtains of the tent or tabernacle, and the coupling of those curtains, Exod. 26:1-6. II. Concerning the outer curtains which were of goats? hair, to strengthen the former, Exod. 26:7-13. III. Concerning the case or cover which was to secure it from the weather, Exod. 26:14. IV. Concerning the boards which were to be reared up to support the curtains, with their bars and sockets, Exod. 26:15-30. V. The partition between the holy place... read more

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

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Exodus 26:7-14

Moses is here ordered to make a double covering for the tabernacle, that it might not rain in, and that the beauty of those fine curtains might not be damaged. 1. There was to be a covering of hair camlet curtains, which were somewhat larger every way than the inner curtains, because they were to enclose them, and probably were stretched out at some little distance from them, Exod. 26:7 These were coupled together with brass clasps. The stuff being less valuable, the tacks were so; but the... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Exodus 26:15-30

Very particular directions are here given about the boards of the tabernacle, which were to bear up the curtains, as the stakes of a tent which had need to be strong, Isa. 54:2. These boards had tenons which fell into the mortises that were made for them in silver bases. God took care to have every thing strong, as well as fine, in his tabernacle. Curtains without boards would have been shaken by every wind; but it is a good thing to have the heart established with grace, which is as the... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Exodus 26:31-37

Two veils are here ordered to be made, 1. One for a partition between the holy place and the most holy, which not only forbade any to enter, but forbade them so much as to look into the holiest of all, Exod. 26:31, 33. Under that dispensation, divine grace was veiled, but now we behold it with open face, 2 Cor. 3:18. The apostle tells us (Heb. 9:8, 9) what was the meaning of this veil; it intimated that the ceremonial law could not make the comers thereunto perfect, nor would the observance of... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Exodus 26

INTRODUCTION TO EXODUS 26 In this chapter a description is given of the tabernacle itself, and first of its inward curtains, of their number, matter, length, and breadth, and the manner of coupling them together, Exodus 26:1 , and then of the outward curtains of it, their number, matter, length, and breadth, and coupling, and how disposed of, Exodus 26:7 , and next of the two coverings of the tabernacle, of rams' skins and badgers' skins, Exodus 22:14 , the boards for the tabernacle... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Exodus 26:1

Moreover, thou shalt make the tabernacle ,.... Which he was ordered to make before, the pattern of which was shown him in the mount: this was an habitation for God to dwell in, as the word properly signifies, and into which the furniture before described was to be put; this tabernacle was a type both of the human nature of Christ, which is the true tabernacle which God pitched, and not man, the greater and more perfect one, Hebrews 8:2 in which the fulness of the Godhead dwells bodily,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Exodus 26:2

The length of one curtain shall be twenty eight cubits ,.... Or fourteen yards: and the breadth of one curtain four cubits ; or two yards; according to the common notion of a cubit being half a yard; but if, as Dr. Cumberland says, the Jewish and Egyptian cubit was three inches longer, this will make a considerable difference in the length and breadth of those curtains, especially in the former: and everyone of the curtains shall have one measure ; be of equal length and breadth. read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Exodus 26:3

The five curtains shall be coupled together one to another ,.... Five of the ten curtains were to be sewed together, and make as it were one curtain: and other five curtains shall be coupled one to another : the other five were to be joined together in like manner, and so made two large pieces of tapestry of fourteen yards long and ten broad, according to the common account of a cubit, but were much longer and broader. 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

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