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Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Exodus 38:1-9

(1-9) This passage corresponds to Exodus 38:1-8 of Exodus 27:0 in all main particulars, but is somewhat differently worded. The order of the clauses in Exodus 38:4-5 is changed, and a distinct statement is made, which was not contained in the instructims, that the rings were “for places for the staves.” read more

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

John Calvin

Geneva Study Bible - Exodus 38:4

38:4 And he made for the altar a brasen grate of network under the compass thereof beneath unto the {a} midst of it.(a) So that the gridiron or grate was half as high as the altar and stood within it. 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

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 38:1-8

1-8 In all ages of the church there have been some persons more devoted to God, more constant in their attendance upon his ordinances, and more willing to part even with lawful things, for his sake, than others. Some women, devoted to God and zealous for the tabernacle worship, expressed zeal by parting with their mirrors, which were polished plates of brass. Before the invention of looking-glasses, these served the same purposes. read more

Paul E. Kretzmann

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann - Exodus 38:1-8

The Altar of Burnt Offering v. 1. And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood; five cubits was the length thereof and five cubits the breadth thereof (it was foursquare) and three cubits the height thereof. There is no top or plate mentioned, and it is probable that the hollow frame-work was filled with earth or stones whenever the altar was in position. v. 2. And he made the horns thereof on the four corners of it; the horns thereof were of the same, made of acacia wood; and he... read more

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