Exodus 30:23

“Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Take thou also vnto thee principall spices, of pure myrrhe fiue hundred shekels, and of sweet cinamon halfe so much, euen two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fiftie shekels,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred {shekels,} and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred and fifty,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Take thou also unto thee the chief spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred `shekels', and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Take the best spices, five hundred shekels' weight of liquid myrrh, and of sweet cinnamon half as much, that is, two hundred and fifty shekels, and two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet calamus,
- Basic English Bible

And thou, take best spices -- of liquid myrrh five hundred [shekels], and of sweet cinnamon the half -- two hundred and fifty, and of sweet myrtle two hundred and fifty,
- Darby Bible

Take thou also to thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half as much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels,
- Webster's Bible

Also take fine spices: of liquid myrrh, five hundred shekels; and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, even two hundred and fifty; and of fragrant cane, two hundred and fifty;
- World English Bible

`And thou, take to thyself principal spices, wild honey five hundred [shekels]; and spice-cinnamon, the half of that, two hundred and fifty; and spice-cane two hundred and fifty;
- Youngs Literal Bible

'Take thou also unto thee the chief spices, of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty,
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 30:23


30:23 Interpreters are not agreed concerning these ingredients: the spices, which were in all near half a hundred weight, were to be infused in the oil, which was to be about five or six quarts, and then strained out, leaving an admirable smell in the oil. With this oil God's tent and all the furniture of it were to be anointed; it was to be used also in the consecration of the priests. It was to be continued throughout their generations, #Ex 30:31|. Solomon was anointed with it, #1Kings 1:39|, and some other of the kings, and all the high priests, with such a quantity of it, as that it ran down to the skirts of the garments; and we read of the making it up, #1Chron 9:30|. Yet all agree that in the second temple there was none of this holy oil, which was probably owing to a notion they had, that it was not lawful to make it up; Providence over - ruling that want as a presage of the better unction of the Holy Ghost in gospel - times, the variety of whose gifts was typified by these sweet ingredients.


Discussion for Exodus 30

  • BSP
    Verse 20: Aaron and the priests were to wash themselves because God requires his servants to be clean and holy.
  • Anne
    Thank God for Jesus, our High Priest, who paid our ransom by shedding His blood on the cross for our sins, whereby, we can approach the Throne of Grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.(Heb.4:14-16).
  • George N
    If we look at a better understanding of the age of accountability. Some are called to the accountability earlier. When we come sorry for our sins we will be accountable. Sins not Mom catching you stealing cookies from the jar.
  • Jane
    Verse 37 not 30 where we can wear sweet smelling perfum
  • Jane
    Whoa! God loves beautiful things and sweet smell. See how beautiful he designed Aaron and Son garment in previous chapters. Now he mixed sweet smelling perfum and warns that His particular mixture should not be worn by man. My point is God in verse 30 permits us to wear perfum but some churches preach against it . I love God
  • Dewey J
    Hank Hayden, from Scripture I believe the age of accountability is much sooner. Some places one read that Hebrew boys went through formal rituals at 12-14 years of age to become men. 2 Tim. 3:13 says, "And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scripture, which are able to make thee wise, unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus ". And 1Cor. 13:11 says, "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man I put away childish thing ". Today we consider 18 to 21 years of age adults. Therefore, the age of accountability must be much earlier than that. God bless us all and in the understanding of his Word. Glory be to Jehovah in the highest through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!

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