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Song of Solomon
Exodus 38 COMMENTARY (Matthew Henry)
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Matthew Henry's Commentary
And he made the altar of burnt offering
shittim wood: five cubits
the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof;
foursquare; and three cubits the height thereof.
38:1-8 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.
And he made the horns thereof on the four corners of it; the horns thereof were of the same: and he overlaid it with brass.
And he made all the vessels of the altar, the pots, and the shovels, and the basons,
the fleshhooks, and the firepans: all the vessels thereof made he
And he made for the altar a brasen grate of network under the compass thereof beneath unto the midst of it.
And he cast four rings for the four ends of the grate of brass,
places for the staves.
And he made the staves
shittim wood, and overlaid them with brass.
And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the altar, to bear it withal; he made the altar hollow with boards.
And he made the laver
brass, and the foot of it
brass, of the lookingglasses of
assembling, which assembled
the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
And he made the court: on the south side southward the hangings of the court
fine twined linen, an hundred cubits:
38:9-20 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.
twenty, and their brasen sockets twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets
And for the north side
the hangings were
an hundred cubits, their pillars
twenty, and their sockets of brass twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets
And for the west side
hangings of fifty cubits, their pillars ten, and their sockets ten; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets
And for the east side eastward fifty cubits.
The hangings of the one side
of the gate were
fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.
And for the other side of the court gate, on this hand and that hand,
hangings of fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.
All the hangings of the court round about
of fine twined linen.
And the sockets for the pillars
brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets
silver; and the overlaying of their chapiters
silver; and all the pillars of the court
filleted with silver.
And the hanging for the gate of the court
blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: and twenty cubits
the length, and the height in the breadth
five cubits, answerable to the hangings of the court.
And their pillars
four, and their sockets
brass four; their hooks
silver, and the overlaying of their chapiters and their fillets
And all the pins of the tabernacle, and of the court round about,
This is the sum of the tabernacle,
of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses,
the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest.
38:21-31 The foundation of massy pieces of silver showed the solidity and purity of the truth upon which the church is founded. Let us regard the Lord Jesus Christ while reading of the furniture of the tabernacle. While looking at the altar of burnt-offering, let us see Jesus. In him, his righteousness, and salvation, is a full and sufficient offering for sin. In the laver of regeneration, by his Holy Spirit, let our souls be washed, and they shall be clean; and as the people offered willingly, so may our souls be made willing. Let us be ready to part with any thing, and count all but loss to win Christ.
And Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the LORD commanded Moses.
And with him
Aholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver, and a cunning workman, and an embroiderer in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen.
All the gold that was occupied for the work in all the work of the holy
, even the gold of the offering, was twenty and nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.
And the silver of them that were numbered of the congregation
an hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and threescore and fifteen shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:
A bekah for every man,
, half a shekel, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for every one that went to be numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty
And of the hundred talents of silver were cast the sockets of the sanctuary, and the sockets of the vail; an hundred sockets of the hundred talents, a talent for a socket.
And of the thousand seven hundred seventy and five
he made hooks for the pillars, and overlaid their chapiters, and filleted them.
And the brass of the offering
seventy talents, and two thousand and four hundred shekels.
And therewith he made the sockets to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the brasen altar, and the brasen grate for it, and all the vessels of the altar,
And the sockets of the court round about, and the sockets of the court gate, and all the pins of the tabernacle, and all the pins of the court round about.
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