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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary
Exodus 31



Verse 2

By name. I have fixed upon and taken into my service, as Isaias xliii. 1.

Verse 3

Spirit. "God, our master, causeth our genius to shew itself." (Seneca, Ben. iv. 4.)

Verse 4

Brass. Septuagint add, "and violet, and purple, and scarlet spun, and byssus twisted."

Verse 5

Marble and (or) precious stones. Marble was not used in the tabernacle. (Calmet)

Verse 6

Wisdom. Good artists deserve this title, provided they make things of real use. (Origen, hom. 22. Num.)

Verse 7

Vessels. Tables, curtains, &c. (Calmet)

Verse 8

Table and (all) the. The Samaritan copy retains the word col, "all," as well as the Samaritan, Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions, and one Hebrew manuscript, though the printed editions have rejected it. In a Chaldaic manuscript it is also found. The omission, probably was occasioned by the custom of the Jews, who always fill up their lines with the initial letters of the next line; and as coliu followed, the transcriber supposed that col was in that predicament. (Kennicott, dis. 2.) --- Most pure gold, always giving light, or kept clean, chap. xxxix. 37.

Verse 13

Sabbath. Let not the workmen do any thing for the tabernacle on that day. (Menochius) --- God reiterates and insists particularly on this commandment, which begins with the word remember; because men are so apt to forget, or to transgress a precept, which seems to interfere with those worldly concerns and profits, which they love more than God and their own souls. (Haydock)

Verse 18

Testimony, to inform men of their duty. --- Written, not by Moses, or by any man, but by God himself, or by an angel. (Chap. xxxiv. 1.; Galatians iii. 19.) (Calmet)

Verse 36



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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Exodus 31:4". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". 1859.

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