Exodus 25:3
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New International Version
These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze;

New Living Translation
Here is a list of sacred offerings you may accept from them: gold, silver, and bronze;

English Standard Version
And this is the contribution that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze,

New American Standard Bible
"This is the contribution which you are to raise from them: gold, silver and bronze,

King James Bible
And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is the offering you are to receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze;

International Standard Version
This is the offering that you are to accept from them: gold, silver, and bronze;

NET Bible
This is the offering you are to accept from them: gold, silver, bronze,

New Heart English Bible
This is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, bronze,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is the kind of contribution you will accept from them: gold, silver, and bronze,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And this is the offering which ye shall take of them: gold, and silver, and brass;

New American Standard 1977
“And this is the contribution which you are to raise from them: gold, silver and bronze,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this shall be the offering which ye shall take of them: gold and silver and brass

King James 2000 Bible
And this is the offering which you shall take of them; gold, and silver, and bronze,

American King James Version
And this is the offering which you shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,

American Standard Version
And this is the offering which ye shall take of them: gold, and silver, and brass,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And these are the things you must take: gold, and silver, and brass,

Darby Bible Translation
And this is the heave-offering that ye shall take of them: gold, and silver, and copper,

English Revised Version
And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass;

Webster's Bible Translation
And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver and brass,

World English Bible
This is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, brass,

Young's Literal Translation
And this is the heave-offering which ye take from them; gold, and silver, and brass,
Study Bible
Offerings for the Tabernacle
2"Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution. 3"This is the contribution which you are to raise from them: gold, silver and bronze, 4blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goat hair,…
Cross References
Exodus 25:2
"Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution.

Exodus 25:4
blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goat hair,

Exodus 28:5
"They shall take the gold and the blue and the purple and the scarlet material and the fine linen.
Treasury of Scripture

And this is the offering which you shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,

brass. Nechosheth, rather copper; as brass is a factitious metal, composed of copper, and the oxide or ore of zinc, called lapis calaminaris.

(3) Gold, and silver, and brass.--The Israelites had brought out of Egypt (1) their ancestral wealth--the possessions of Abraham and the accumulations of Joseph, and (2) the rich gifts received from the Egyptians at the moment of their departure. They had added to their wealth by the plunder of the Amalekites. Thus they possessed a considerable store of the precious metals; and there is no difficulty in supposing that they furnished the gold needed for the tabernacle without seriously impoverishing themselves. The silver, which was of small amount comparatively, appears ultimately to have been furnished in another way (Exodus 30:12-16; Exodus 38:25-28) The brass, or rather bronze, for brass seems to have been unknown at this time, was small in amount (Exodus 38:29), and of no great value. It would have constituted no serious drain on the resources of the people.

Verse 3. - This is the offering - gold and silver and brass. Gold was needed for the overlaying of the boards, whereof the ark was composed (ver. 11); for the "crown of gold," which surmounted it (ibid.); for the "rings" (ver. 12); the "mercy-seat" (ver. 17) - the cherubim (ver. 18); the dishes, the spoons, the covers, the bowls (ver. 29); the candlestick (ver. 31); the tongs and snuff dishes (ver. 28); the hooks and taches (Exodus 26:6, 32); for the covering of the table of shew bread (Exodus 25:24); and of the staves and pillars (ib, 28: Exodus 26:32, 37); and also for many parts of the dress of the High Priest (Exodus 28:6, 8, 11, 14, etc.). Silver was required for the sockets which supported the hoards of the Tabernacle (Exodus 26:19); and for the "hooks" and "fillets" of the pillars of the court (Exodus 27:10) Brass, or rather bronze, was wanted for the "taches" which coupled together the curtains of the tent (Exodus 26:11); for the "sockets" which received the pillars or tent-poles (ib, 37); for the external coating of the altar (Exodus 27:2); for the vessels and utensils of the altar (ib, 3); for the covering of its staves (ib, 6); for the sockets of the pillars of the Court (Exodus 27:10); for the "pins" of the Court (ib, 19); and generally for the vessels of the Tabernacle (ibid.). To understand how the Israelites could supply all that was wanted, we must remember,

1. That they had a certain amount of ancestral wealth, as that which Joseph had accumulated, and what Jacob and his sons had brought with them into Egypt.

2. That they had received large presents of gold and silver from the Egyptians just before their departure (Exodus 12:35); and

3. That they had recently defeated, and no doubt despoiled, the Amalekites (Exodus 16:8-13). Whether they had further made money by trade since they entered the Sinaitic peninsula, may be doubted. The supposition is not at all needed in order to account for their wealth. And this is the offering which ye shall take of them,.... That is, some one or other of the following things were to be taken of each of them that had a heart, and it was in the power of their hands to give; it was not expected that something of each of these should be had of everyone, but every man was to give, and it was to be received of him, what of these would suit him best to bestow, some one thing, some another, as they were possessed of, and had a heart to give; and for which service many of them were abundantly supplied with what they had brought out of Egypt; and as it was the Lord that gave them favour in the eyes of the Egyptians to lend or give them the riches they had, they were under the greater obligation to part with somewhat of it freely for his service; and especially as it would be to the spiritual profit and advantage both of them and theirs:

gold and silver, and brass; "gold", for those things that were to he made of gold; as the mercy seat and cherubim, the candlestick, &c. or were covered with it, as the ark, the shewbread table, and other things; and silver, for those that were made of that, as the silver sockets to the boards of the tabernacle, the silver trumpets, &c. and "brass" for the altar of burnt offering, its pans, shovels, basins, rings, and staves, and other things: Aben Ezra rightly observes, that no mention is made of iron, there being no use of that for anything in the tabernacle to be made of it; as also there was not in the temple of Solomon, and where there was not so much as a tool of iron heard in it while it was building, 1 Kings 6:7 it may be, because instruments of war, slaughtering weapons, were made of iron; and to show that God is the God of peace in his sanctuary, and so in all the churches: gold and silver vessels the Israelites borrowed or begged of the Egyptians, and brought them with them when they came out of Egypt, Exodus 11:2. 3. this is the offering which ye shall take of them—the articles of which the offerings should consist.

brass—rather copper, brass being a composite metal.25:1-9 God chose the people of Israel to be a peculiar people to himself, above all people, and he himself would be their King. He ordered a royal palace to be set up among them for himself, called a sanctuary, or holy place, or habitation. There he showed his presence among them. And because in the wilderness they dwelt in tents, this royal palace was ordered to be a tabernacle, that it might move with them. The people were to furnish Moses with the materials, by their own free will. The best use we can make of our worldly wealth, is to honour God with it in works of piety and charity. We should ask, not only, What must we do? but, What may we do for God? Whatever they gave, they must give it cheerfully, not grudgingly, for God loves a cheerful giver, 2Co 9:7. What is laid out in the service of God, we must reckon well bestowed; and whatsoever is done in God's service, must be done by his direction.
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