Exodus 28:16

“Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Exodus 28:16

Foure square it shall be being doubled; a spanne shalbe the length thereof, and a span shalbe the breadth thereof.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"It shall be square {and} folded double, a span in length and a span in width.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Foursquare it shall be `and' double; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof.
- American Standard Version (1901)

It is to be square, folded in two, a hand-stretch long and a hand-stretch wide.
- Basic English Bible

Square shall it be, doubled; a span the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof.
- Darby Bible

Foursquare it shall be, being doubled; a span shall be its length, and a span shall be its breadth.
- Webster's Bible

It shall be square and folded double; a span shall be its length of it, and a span its breadth.
- World English Bible

it is square, doubled, a span its length, and a span its breadth.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Four-square it shall be and double: a span shall be the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Exodus 28:16

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 28:16


28:15 The most considerable of the ornaments of the high priest was this breast - plate, a rich piece of cloth curiously wrought with gold and purple, two spans long, and a span broad; so that, being doubled, it was a span square. In this breast - plate, the tribes of Israel were recommended to God's favour in twelve precious stones. Some question whether Levi had a precious stone with his name on or no; if not Ephraim and Manasseh were reckoned distinct, as Jacob had said they should be, and the high priest himself being head of the tribe of Levi, sufficiently represented that tribe. Aaron was to bear their names for a memorial before the Lord continually, being ordained for men, to represent them in things pertaining to God; herein typifying our great High Priest, who always appears in the presence of God for us. The name of each tribe was engraven in a precious stone, to signify how precious, in God's sight, believers are, and how honourable, #Isa 43:4|. The high priest had the names of the tribes both on his shoulders and on his breast, noting both the power and the love with which our Lord Jesus interceeds for us. How near should Christ's name lie to our hearts, since he is pleased to lay our names so near his? And what a comfort is it to us, in all our addresses to God, that the great High Priest of our profession has the names of all his Israel upon his breast, before the Lord, for a memorial, presenting them to God?


Discussion for Exodus 28:16

  • Randy Raglin on Exodus 28:16
    I think what’s important is twofold. It's a square worn over the heart. And it contains the names of all tribes of God's people. Today we, as His priests, are to keep people (others) near our heart. All people, the 4 corners of the earth. Just like the 4 corners of the breastplate. But some say the Old Testament isn't relevant today. Yet Jesus is on every page if you look for Him.


 

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