Through My Bible Yr 03 – November 17
Exodus 26 – 27
The Curtains and Covers for the Dwelling
1 The curtain that forms the dwelling  itself you shall make with ten panels  of fine woven linen,  with blue, purple, and scarlet material. Decorate them with cherubim, which are to be the work of a skillful craftsman. 2 The length of each panel of the curtain is to be forty-two feet, and the width of each panel six feet. All the panels are to be the same size. 3 Five panels of the curtain are to be connected together into one panel, and the other five panels are to be connected together into one. 4 Attach blue loops to the edge of the last panel in the first set of curtains. In the same way attach loops to the edge of the last panel of the second set. 5 Make fifty loops for the edge of the first set of curtains, and make fifty loops for the edge of the second set of curtains. The loops are to be opposite one another. 6 Make fifty gold clasps,  and connect the two sets of curtains to each other with the clasps, so that the dwelling becomes one connected piece.
7 You shall make panels for a curtain made from goats’ hair to serve as a tent over the dwelling. Make eleven panels. 8 The length of each panel is to be forty-five feet, and the width of each panel six feet. The eleven panels are to be the same size. 9 Connect five panels of the curtain into one unit, and connect six panels into another unit. Fold the sixth panel of the curtain over the front edge of the Tent.  10 Attach fifty loops to the edge of the last panel of one set of curtains, and fifty loops to the edge of the last panel in the second set. 11 Make fifty bronze clasps, and put the clasps into the loops to join the two pieces of the tent  together, so that it forms one unit. 12 The excess part of the curtains that form the tent, which is left over, that is, the half curtain that is extra, is to hang down over the back of the Dwelling. 13 The eighteen inches left over on one side and the eighteen inches left over on the other side, all along the length of the tent coverings, are to be left hanging down over the sides of the Dwelling on either side to cover it. 
14 You shall also make a covering for the tent made from rams’ skins dyed red and a covering made from hides of sea cows to go above that one.
The Framework for the Dwelling
15 You shall make upright boards  of acacia wood to serve as a framework for the Dwelling. 16 The length of each board is to be fifteen feet, and the width of each board is to be twenty-seven inches. 17 There are to be two pegs on each board for connecting them to the next board.  That is the way you are to make all the boards for the Dwelling.
18 Make these boards for the Dwelling:
Make twenty boards for the south side. 19 Make forty socket bases of silver to be placed under the twenty boards—two sockets to go under the first board to hold its two pegs, and two sockets to go under the next board for its two pegs.
20 For the second side of the Dwelling, the north side, make twenty boards, 21 with forty socket bases of silver—two sockets to go under the first board, and two sockets to go under the next board.
22 For the far side of the Dwelling, the west side, make six boards. 23 Then make two boards for each of the back corners of the Dwelling. 24 For the two corners there are to be twin boards from the bottom to the top, but they are to be joined at the top by one ring —both cornerpieces are to be made like this. 25 Altogether there will be eight boards with silver socket bases, sixteen socket bases—two socket bases to go under each board.
26 You shall make crossbars of acacia wood—five crossbars for the boards on one side of the Dwelling, 27 five crossbars for the boards on the other side of the Dwelling, and five crossbars for the boards on the backside of the Dwelling on the west. 28 The middle bar, placed halfway up the boards, shall pass through from one end of the boards to the other end. 29 Overlay the boards with gold. Attach gold rings to them to hold the crossbars, and overlay the crossbars with gold.
30 You shall set up the Dwelling according to the design that is being shown to you on the mountain.
The Veil and the Screen
31 You shall make a special veil of blue, purple, and scarlet material and of fine woven linen, decorated with cherubim. It shall be made as the work of a skillful craftsman. 32 Hang it on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold, which stand on four socket bases of silver. The hooks are to be made of gold. 33 Hang up the veil below the spot where the clasps join the two parts of the dwelling. Then bring the Ark of the Testimony inside the veil. The veil shall separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place for you. 34 You shall put the atonement seat on top of the Ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy Place. 35 You shall set the table outside the veil, and the lampstand opposite the table on the south side of the Dwelling. You shall put the table on the north side.
36 You shall make a screen  for the entry to the tent from blue, purple, and scarlet material and of fine woven linen, the work of an embroiderer. 37 Make five posts of acacia wood to support the screen, and overlay them with gold. Their hooks shall be gold, and you shall cast five bronze socket bases for them.
The Altar for Sacrifices
1 You shall make the altar of acacia wood, seven and a half feet long and seven and a half feet wide. The altar shall be square, and it shall be four and a half feet high. 2 You shall make horns on its four corners. These horns are to be made as one piece with the altar, and you are to overlay the altar with bronze.
3 Make pails to take away its fat-drenched ashes. Make shovels, basins, meat hooks,  and fire pans for the altar. Make all its utensils of bronze.
4 Make a grate for it which is a latticework of bronze, and make four bronze rings for the four corners of the latticework grate. 5 Set the grate in place below the top edge of the altar, so that the grate rests halfway down from the top of the altar. 
6 Make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. 7 These poles are to be put through the rings on the two sides of the altar whenever it is carried. 8 You are to make the altar hollow, with sides made of boards. They are to make it as it is being shown to you on the mountain.
9 You shall make the courtyard for the Dwelling.
For the south side of the courtyard there shall be hangings of fine woven linen, one hundred fifty feet long for that side. 10 There shall be twenty posts for it, and their twenty socket bases shall be bronze. The hooks for the posts and the connectors  shall be silver.
11 In the same way, for the north side there shall be hangings one hundred fifty feet long, with twenty posts and twenty bronze socket bases. The hooks for the posts and their connectors shall be silver.
12 For the courtyard on the west side there shall be hangings seventy-five feet wide, with ten posts and ten socket bases.
13 The width of the courtyard on the east side shall be seventy-five feet. 14 The hangings on one side of the entry gate shall be twenty-two feet six inches wide with three posts and three socket bases. 15 For the other side there shall be hangings twenty-two feet six inches wide with three posts and three socket bases.
16 For the entryway into the courtyard there shall be a screen thirty feet wide, made of blue, purple, and scarlet material and of fine woven linen, the work of an embroiderer. Make four posts for it and four socket bases. 17 All the posts around the courtyard shall be connected with silver.  Their hooks shall be silver, and their socket bases bronze. 18 The length of the courtyard shall be one hundred fifty feet, and the width seventy-five feet on both ends. The height of the hangings of fine woven linen shall be seven and a half feet. Its socket bases shall be bronze. 19 All the utensils for all the services of the Dwelling, all its tent stakes, and all the stakes for the courtyard shall be bronze.
Oil for the Lamps
20 You shall command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil from beaten olives  for the Light so that the lamp may burn every night.  21 In the Tent of Meeting, in front of the veil which is in front of the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend the lamp before the Lord from evening to morning. This shall be a permanent regulation throughout their generations for the people of Israel.
- Exodus 26:1 The term dwelling here refers to the innermost of the four layers that covered the framework of the sanctuary. Elsewhere the Dwelling is the name for the whole structure. This translation capitalizes Dwelling when it is the name of the whole structure. It is lowercase dwelling when it is just one of the four layers covering the structure.
- Exodus 26:1 The translation uses curtains and panels for the hangings that made up the various layers of the tent. It uses veil for the partition that divided the tent into two rooms.
- Exodus 26:1 Also translated twisted linen. It may refer to twisting different materials into one thread or to weaving them together.
- Exodus 26:6 Or hooks
- Exodus 26:9 It is not clear what the text means when it states that the sixth curtain was doubled over. Perhaps half of it hung down in front of the tent like a valance.
- Exodus 26:11 Here tent refers to the second layer of the four coverings for the sanctuary. Elsewhere Tent refers to the whole sanctuary. Tent is capitalized when it is a name for the whole structure.
- Exodus 26:13 It is not clear what this means, but apparently the upper layers, which were a yard longer than the lower, inner layer, hung all the way down to the ground, whereas the inner layer stopped short of the ground.
- Exodus 26:15 Or frames
- Exodus 26:17 These pegs may be on the side of each board to connect it to the board next to it. Verse 19 describes two pegs on the bottom of each board to anchor the boards to the socket bases below the boards.
- Exodus 26:24 There is much disagreement about what it means that these boards are double or twin at the bottom. Some think it means they are separate; some think it means that they are joined together. The translation above suggests that two boards are joined together to form one L-shaped cornerpiece.
- Exodus 26:36 Or hanging
- Exodus 27:3 Or forks
- Exodus 27:5 The Hebrew of verses 4 and 5 is difficult, and interpretations of the placement of the grate vary.
- Exodus 27:10 It is not clear if this refers to bands connecting the hooks to the posts or to connecting rods between the posts.
- Exodus 27:17 See the note on verse 10.
- Exodus 27:20 The basic meaning of the Hebrew verb ktt is “beat.” The translation assumes that oil from beaten olives is the highest grade “extra virgin” olive oil from the first crushing of the olives, which was done by hand, not by a mechanical press.
- Exodus 27:20 The Hebrew word means continually. It seems, however, that the lamps burned from evening to morning. See the next verse and 30:8. So in this context continually means every night, not at all times.
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