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Verses 7-14

"And thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair for a tent over the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make them. And the length of each curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits: the eleven curtains shall have one measure. And thou shalt couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and shall double over the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tent. And thou shalt make fifty loops on the edge of the one curtain that is outmost in the coupling, and fifty loops upon the edge of the curtain which is outmost in the second coupling. And thou shalt make fifty clasps of brass, and put the clasps into the loops, and couple the tent together, that it may be one. And the overhanging that remaineth of the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remaineth, shall hang over the back of the tabernacle. And the cubit on the one side, and the cubit on the other side, of that which remaineth in the length of the curtains of the tent, shall hang over the sides of the tabernacle on this side and that side, to cover it. And thou shalt make a covering for the tent of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering of sealskins above."

The four coverings are all mentioned in these verses, but no instructions whatever are recorded regarding the last two: (1) The fine linen woven with the cherubim; (2) the goats' hair, which may have been black; (3) the covering of rams' skins dyed red; and (4) the covering of sealskins are all mentioned; and it is usually thought that the goats' hair covering was the outermost of the four. All of these were properly installed, thus providing a "tent" of remarkable beauty and utility.

Whatever symbolism may be in these elements of the structure must pertain to such things as the "cherubim" in the inner tent, the three colors of blue, purple, and scarlet, and in the "rams' skins dyed red," in which one may find a suggestion of that "Great One," traveling in the greatness of his strength and wearing the blood-red garments" (Isaiah 63:1-5).

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