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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Exodus 29:1-37

Here is, I. The law concerning the consecration of Aaron and his sons to the priest's office, which was to be done with a great deal of ceremony and solemnity, that they themselves might be duly affected with the greatness of the work to which they were called, and that the people also might learn to magnify the office and none might dare to invade it. 1. The ceremonies wherewith it was to be done were very fully and particularly appointed, because nothing of this kind had been done before,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Exodus 29:22

Also thou shalt take of the ram the fat and the rump ,.... The fat which was upon it: the sheep in Arabia and about Judea were remarkable for their large tails; according to Rauwolff F26 Travels, p. 221. , they were half a span thick, and one and a half broad, and very fat; and so in Africa and Egypt were rams of large tails often and twenty pounds weight F1 Leo. African. Descript. Africae, l. 9. p. 753. ; and Aristotle F2 Hist. Animal. l. 8, c. 28. speaks of sheep in Syria... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 29:22

The fat and the rump - The rump or tail of some of the eastern sheep is the best part of the animal, and is counted a great delicacy. They are also very large, some of them weighing from twelve to forty pounds' weight; "so that the owners," says Mr. Ludolf, in his History of Ethiopia, "are obliged to tie a little cart behind them, whereon they put the tail of the sheep, as well for the convenience of carriage, and to ease the poor creature, as to preserve the wool from dirt, and the tail... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 29:1-33

The rites of consecration for the priesthood. The next portion of the Divine directions relates to the formal investiture of Aaron and his sons with the priests' office. This was to be made the occasion of a solemn and imposing ceremonial. "The rites of consecration proclaimed the necessity of holiness—a holiness not their own, but imputed to them by the grace of God; and following upon this, and flowing from the same source, a plentiful endowment of gifts for their sacred office, with the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 29:1-37

THE CONSECRATION OF THE PRIESTS . From the description of the priestly attire, the Divine Law-giver passed to the form of priestly consecration, whereof investiture in the "holy garments" was a part. The ceremony of consecration was to consist of four things:— 1 . Ablution; 2 . Investiture; 3 . Chrism or Anointing with oil; and 4 . Sacrifice. In the directions given, we have, first, the preparation of the offerings ( Exodus 29:1-3 ); secondly, directions for... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 29:1-37

The Consecration of the first High Priest. Aaron may be viewed as either I. AS A TYPE OF CHRIST , he typifies especially Christ's priestly character. II. AS A PATTERN TO MINISTERS , Aaron is read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 29:22

The rump . Rather, "the tail." Oriental sheep have very commonly a broad fat tail, which weighs from six to twenty pounds, and is sometimes laid upon a little cart with two wheels, which the sheep drags after it. There is no doubt that a "tail" of this kind is here meant. The caul . Rather, "the membrane." See the comment on Exodus 29:13 . The right shoulder . Or "leg," according to some. The difference is not important. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Exodus 29:1-37

The consecration of the priests. See the notes to Lev. 8–9.Exodus 29:4Door of the tabernacle - Entrance of the tent. See Leviticus 8:3.Exodus 29:27The “waving” was the more solemn process of the two: it was a movement several times repeated, while “heaving” was simply a “lifting up” once.Exodus 29:33A stranger - One of another family, i. e. in this case, one not of the family of Aaron. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Exodus 29:1-37

Dedication of the priests (29:1-37)One purpose of this dedication ceremony was to impress upon priests and people alike that those who served God had to do so with purity and reverence. The priests were washed, symbolizing purification, then clothed and anointed, symbolizing appointment to their position (29:1-9).Since they themselves were not free from sin, the priests had to offer sacrifices for their own sins before they could act on behalf of others. First they offered a bull as a sin... read more

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