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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Exodus 27:1-8

As God intended in the tabernacle to manifest his presence among his people, so there they were to pay their devotions to him, not in the tabernacle itself (into that only the priests entered as God's domestic servants), but in the court before the tabernacle, where, as common subjects, they attended. There an altar was ordered to be set up, to which they must bring their sacrifices, and on which their priests must offer them to God: and this altar was to sanctify their gifts. Here they were... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Exodus 27:5

And thou shalt put it under the compass of the altar beneath ,.... That is, the grate was to be put within the square compass of the altar, in the hollow part of it, for the wood and sacrifice to be laid upon it: that the net may be even to the midst of the altar ; and as the altar was three cubits high, this net or grate was let down by chains to its rings a cubit and a half, and being of such a depth was capable of containing a great deal. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 27:1-8

The symbolism of the brazen altar. The noticeable points of this altar are its position, material, ornaments, and purpose or use. I. ITS POSITION . II. ITS MATERIAL . The material was the earth alone constituting the true altar ( Exodus 20:24 ), and the wood and metal a casing, by means of which the earth was kept together. III. ITS ORNAMENTS . These were, IV. ITS PURPOSE . We have assumed throughout that the purpose of the altar—its main purpose—was... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 27:1-20

The brazen altar and court of the tabernacle. From the sanctuary, we pass in this chapter to the outer court, the principal object in which was the brazen altar, or altar of burnt offering. I. THE BRAZEN ALTAR ( Exodus 27:1-9 ). 1 . Form of the altar . The altar was a foursquare case of shittim wood, five cubits long and five broad, made with four horns, and overlaid with plates of bronze. Round it, at some distance from the ground, was apparently a ledge, on which the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 27:1-21

The tabernacle and its teachings. I. THE ALTAR OF SACRIFICE . 1 . The situation of the altar. 2 . The altar, on which the sacrifice for sin is laid, is the place of power. The horns, the symbol of Divine power. The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation. 3 . In Christ God gives us a place for accepted offerings. The altar was Israel's as well as God's: upon it were laid their offerings as well as those prescribed for the daily service and the great day of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 27:5

Thou shalt put it under the compass . The "compass" ( karkob ) is spoken of as if it were something well-known; yet it had not been previously mentioned. Etymologically the word should mean "a cincture" or "band" round the altar; and thus far critics are generally agreed. But its position, size, and object, are greatly disputed. Some hold that it was a broad bench, or step, on which the officiating priests stood at the time of a sacrifice, and that its position was about the middle of the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Exodus 27:1-8

(Compare Exodus 38:1-7.) The great altar which stood in the court immediately in front of the tabernacle was commonly called the altar of burnt-offering, because on it were burnt the whole burnt-offerings, and all those parts of the other animal sacrifices which were offered to the Lord. It was also called the brazen altar, because it was covered with bronze, in distinction from the golden altar or altar of incense Exodus 39:38-39; Exodus 40:5-6.Exodus 27:2His horns shall be of the same - These... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Exodus 27:1-8

Altar of burnt offering (27:1-8)All animal sacrifices were offered on what has become known as the brazen altar (though the metal referred to in older English versions as brass was probably bronze or, less likely, copper). The altar was made of timber overlaid with bronze and was hollow inside. Its utensils also were made of bronze (27:1-3).The instructions do not tell us how sacrifices were burnt on this altar. Either the altar was filled with earth to form a mound on which the sacrifices were... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Exodus 27:5

compass of the altar. Probably the margin or place where the priests stood. The "place" of 2 Chronicles 30:16 . A raised position from which the sacrificing priest is said to "come down", Leviticus 9:22 . read more

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