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Exodus 37



1The ark and mercy seat with cherubims made.
10The table of shew-bread with its vessels.
17The candlestick with its lamps and instruments.
25The altar of incense.
29The anointing oil and sweet incense.

Verse 1
And Bezaleel made the ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half was the length of it, and a cubit and a half the breadth of it, and a cubit and a half the height of it:
25:10-16; 26:33; 31:7; 40:3,20,21; Numbers 10:33-36

Verse 2
And he overlaid it with pure gold within and without, and made a crown of gold to it round about.

Verse 4
And he made staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold.
Numbers 4:14,15; Acts 9:15
with gold
1 Peter 1:7,18,19

Verse 5
And he put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, to bear the ark.
Numbers 1:50; 4:15; 2 Samuel 6:3-7

Verse 6
And he made the mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof.
25:17-22; Leviticus 16:12-15; 1 Chronicles 28:11; Romans 3:25; Galatians 4:4; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 9:5; 1 John 2:2

Verse 7
And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat;
1 Kings 6:23-29; Psalms 80:1; 104:4; Ezekiel 10:2

Verse 8
One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
on the end
or, out of, etc. on the other end. or, out of, etc.

Verse 9
And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims.
cherubims spread
Genesis 3:24; 28:12; Isaiah 6:2; Ezekiel 10:1-22; John 1:51; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:8; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:14
to the mercy seatward
25:20; Ephesians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:12

Verse 10
And he made the table of shittim wood: two cubits was the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof:
25:23-30; 35:13; 40:4,22,23; Ezekiel 40:39-42; Malachi 1:12; John 1:14,16; Colossians 1:27; Nothing but the ark of the covenant, with the mercy-seat, was put within the most holy place; but without the vail this "table of {shittim} wood" was fixed, of the same height as the ark, but neither so long nor so broad. It was made of the same materials as the ark, and with a golden cornice; but it had also another cornice below the edge, and one at the bottom, with a border between the two of a hand breadth; though some think one border only was below the edge, and that this was towards the bottom, to keep the feet or legs more closely united. The table also had rings and staves for the convenience of removing it. To it were annexed several vessels; as dishes, in which some think the shewbread was placed; or, according to others, the flour of which it was made, or the oil used for various purposes; which:; but that is more reasonably considered as the use of the bowls.

Verse 12

handbreadth: Genesis href="/desk/?q=ge+21:16&sr=1">Genesis 21:16

Verse 16
And he made the vessels which were upon the table, his dishes, and his spoons, and his bowls, and his covers to cover withal, of pure gold.
25:29; 1 Kings 7:50; 2 Kings 12:13; Jeremiah 52:18,19; 2 Timothy 2:20
cover withal
or, pour out withal.

Verse 17
And he made the candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work made he the candlestick; his shaft, and his branch, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, were of the same:
the candlestick of
25:31-39; 40:24,25; Leviticus 24:4; 1 Chronicles 28:15; 2 Chronicles 13:11; Zechariah 4:2,11; Matthew 5:15; John 1:4-9; Philippians 2:15; Hebrews 9:2; Revelation 1:12-20; 2:1-5

Verse 20
And in the candlestick were four bowls made like almonds, his knops, and his flowers:
25:33; Numbers 17:8; Ecclesiastes 12:5; Jeremiah 1:11

Verse 21
And a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches going out of it.

Verse 22
Their knops and their branches were of the same: all of it was one beaten work of pure gold.
25:31; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Colossians 3:5
beaten work
Psalms 51:17; Isaiah 5:4,5,10

Verse 23
And he made his seven lamps, and his snuffers, and his snuffdishes, of pure gold.
25:37; Numbers 8:2; Zechariah 4:2; Revelation 1:12,20; 2:1; 4:5; 5:5

Verse 25
And he made the incense altar of shittim wood: the length of it was a cubit, and the breadth of it a cubit; it was foursquare; and two cubits was the height of it; the horns thereof were of the same.
30:1-5; 40:5,26,27; 2 Chronicles 26:16; Matthew 23:19; Luke 1:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 13:10; 1 Peter 2:5; Revelation 8:3,4

Verse 29
And he made the holy anointing oil, and the pure incense of sweet spices, according to the work of the apothecary.
he made
30:23-38; Psalms 23:5; 92:10; Isaiah 11:2; 61:1,3; John 3:34; 2 Corinthians 1:21,22; 1 John 2:20,27
30:34; Psalms 14:1,2; 141:2; Hebrews 5:7; 7:25; Revelation 8:3,4
the apothecary
Ecclesiastes 10:1


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Exodus 37:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge".

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Thursday, October 29th, 2020
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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