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William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Exodus 38:1-31

CHAPTER XXXV.THE CONCLUSION.Exodus 35:1-35 - Exodus 40:1-38.The remainder of the narrative sets forth in terms almost identical with the directions already given, the manner in which the Divine injunctions were obeyed. The people, purified in heart by danger, chastisement and shame, brought much more than was required. A quarter of a million would poorly represent the value of the shrine in which, at the last, Moses and Aaron approached their God, while the cloud covered the tent and the glory... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Exodus 38:1-31

CHAPTER 38 The Burnt Offering Altar, the Laver, the Court and the Metals Used 1. The altar of burnt offering (Exodus 38:1-7 ) 2. The laver (Exodus 38:8 ) 3. The court (Exodus 38:9-20 ) 4. The amount of metal used (Exodus 38:21-31 ) The pattern as previously given is closely followed and everything done according to the divine command. Nothing was left in the work to the choice of the workman. They had the pattern and the spirit of God gave the power to carry it out. Thus God expects... read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 38:1-31

THE ALTAR OP BURNT OFFERING (vs.1-7) This altar was placed outside the tabernacle, being the first object one would meet after entering the court. It was made of acacia wood, covered with copper, thus reminding us of the true humanity of the Lord Jesus (the acacia wood) and the holiness of His divine glory (the copper). Its size was five cubits in length and the same in width, and its height three cubits. The number five is that of responsibility, as the human hand with its five fingers... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Exodus 38:1-31

THE TABERNACLE ERECTED The closing chapters detail the execution of the plan of the Tabernacle previously revealed. In the first we are told of the offerings the people made for the work, in the next four the progress of the building is recorded, and the last we have the completion and acceptance of the whole on God’s part. NOTE (1) that an important principle in the gifts was the willingness of those who gave (Exodus 35:5 ); (2) the women contributed as well as the men (Exodus 35:22 ); (3)... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - Exodus 38:1-31

Old Things Turned to New Uses Exo 38:8 The mirrors of the period were made of burnished brass. Women having such looking-glasses at the door of the Tent of Meeting refers to an idolatrous custom. In many ancient religions women took a leading part in some of the ceremonies. This was so in Egypt. The Israelites had no doubt observed the custom and imitated it in some degree, or part of the "mixed multitude" that went up with Israel out of Egypt may have continued the idolatrous practice. Each... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - Exodus 38:9-20

By the court of the tabernacle we may suppose is meant the church of the Lord Jesus upon earth. The extent of it a hundred cubits was about sixty-one yards. Song of Solomon 4:12 . Happy they that enter into it. Psalms 84:10; Psalms 84:10 . The washing in the laver before the entry, carried this idea, that it is by the blood and righteousness of Jesus alone that admission can be found. 1 Peter 3:21 . read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 38:9-20

9-20 The walls of the court being of curtains only, intimated that the state of the Jewish church itself was movable and changeable; and in due time to be taken down and folded up, when the place of the tent should be enlarged, and its cords lengthened, to make room for the Gentile world. read more

Paul E. Kretzmann

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann - Exodus 38:9-20

The Great EnclosuRev. 9. And he made the court; on the south side southward the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, curtains of byssus, an hundred cubits; v. 10. their pillars were twenty, and their brazen sockets twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver. While the posts themselves were of bronze, the hooks and the connecting rods from which the curtains were suspended were of silver. v. 11. And for the north side the hangings were an hundred cubits,... read more

Johann Peter Lange

Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Critical, Doctrinal and Homiletical - Exodus 38:1-31

D.—the ark and the mercy—seat,1 and the cherubimExodus 37:1-91And Bezaleel made the ark of shittim [acacia] wood: two cubits and a half was the length of it, and a cubit and a half the breadth of it, and a cubit and a half the height of it: 2And he overlaid it with pure gold within and without, and made a crown [rim] of gold to [for] it round about. 3And he cast for it four rings of gold, to be set by [gold, on] the four corners of it [its four feet]; even two rings upon the one side of it, and... read more

G. Campbell Morgan

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible - Exodus 38:1-31

In the history of construction we now pass to the court itself. Here again the furniture was first prepared. The brazen altar led the way as the symbol of absolute devotion to God. This was followed by the laver, a gracious provision for the constant cleansing of those who were to find their way into the Holy Place for communion and testimony. Then followed the making of the courts, its curtains, its pillars, and its sockets of redemption silver. Finally the screen of embroidered work for the... read more

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