Exodus 25:37
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New International Version
"Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it.

New Living Translation
Then make the seven lamps for the lampstand, and set them so they reflect their light forward.

English Standard Version
You shall make seven lamps for it. And the lamps shall be set up so as to give light on the space in front of it.

New American Standard Bible
"Then you shall make its lamps seven in number; and they shall mount its lamps so as to shed light on the space in front of it.

King James Bible
And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Make seven lamps on it. Its lamps are to be set up so they illuminate the area in front of it.

International Standard Version
"You are to make seven lamps for it, and its lamps are to be mounted so as to give light in front of it.

NET Bible
"You are to make its seven lamps, and then set its lamps up on it, so that it will give light to the area in front of it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Make seven lamps, and set them on the lamp stand so that they light up [the area] in front of it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thou shalt make its seven lamps; and they shall light its lamps, that they may give light over against it.

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall make its seven lamps : and they shall light its lamps, that they may give light in front of it.

American King James Version
And you shall make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.

American Standard Version
And thou shalt make the lamps thereof, seven: and they shall light the lamps thereof, to give light over against it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt make also seven lamps, and shalt set them upon the candlestick, to give light over against.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof, and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may shine out before it;

English Revised Version
And thou shalt make the lamps thereof, seven: and they shall light the lamps thereof, to give light over against it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou shalt make its seven lamps: and they shall light its lamps, that they may give light over against it.

World English Bible
You shall make its lamps seven, and they shall light its lamps to give light to the space in front of it.

Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast made its seven lamps, and one hath caused its lights to go up, and it hath given light over-against its front.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

25:31-40 The candlestick represents the light of God's word and Spirit, in and through Christ Jesus, afforded in this dark world to his believing people, to direct their worship and obedience, and to afford them consolations. The church is still dark, as the tabernacle was, in comparison with what it will be in heaven; but the word of God is a light shining in a dark place,

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 37. - The seven lamps. The lamps are not described. They appear by the representation on the Arch of Titus to have been hemispherical bowls on a stand, which fitted into the lily-blossom wherewith each of the seven branches terminated. They shall light the lamps. The lamps were lighted every evening at sunset (Exodus 27:21; Exodus 30:8; Leviticus 24:3, etc.), and burnt till morning, when the High Priest extinguished them and "dressed" them (Exodus 30:7). That they may give light over against it. The candlestick was placed on the southern side of the holy place, parallel to the wall, the seven lamps forming a row. The light was consequently shed strongly on the opposite, or northern wall, where the table of show-bread stood.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And thou shall make the seven lamps thereof,.... Which were, six of them, on the top of the six branches that came out of the sides of the candlestick, and the seventh on the top of the shaft which ran up in the middle of it; which no doubt were made of gold as well as the rest, and may signify the many members of churches bearing the lamp of a profession: or the several gifts and graces of the Spirit, which are sometimes, because of the perfection of them, called the seven spirits of God, and are compared to seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, Revelation 4:5 or else the ministers of the Gospel, who are the lights of the world:

and they shall light the lamps thereof; Aaron and his sons, the priests in successive generations:

that they may give light over against it to the table of shewbread, which was opposite to it on the north side of the tabernacle, and so by the light of these lamps the priests could see to place the shewbread in its order; or the candlestick itself, the lamps being so placed as to give light to the whole body of it, that it might be seen in all its parts very distinctly; unless it can be thought that these lamps were separate from the candlestick, and set around the sides of the holy place, and gave light to it: and this may rather seem to be the case, since these lamps are spoken of after the whole of it is said to be one beaten work of pure gold; but then we have no account of the lamps of the candlestick, unless they are supposed to be included in the branches; wherefore the first sense seems best.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

37. they shall light the lamps … that they may give light—The light was derived from pure olive oil, and probably kept continually burning (compare Ex 30:7; Le 24:2).

Exodus 25:37 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Golden Lampstand
36"Their bulbs and their branches shall be of one piece with it; all of it shall be one piece of hammered work of pure gold. 37"Then you shall make its lamps seven in number; and they shall mount its lamps so as to shed light on the space in front of it. 38"Its snuffers and their trays shall be of pure gold.…
Cross References
Revelation 1:12
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,

Revelation 1:20
The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Revelation 4:5
From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.

Exodus 25:38
Its wick trimmers and trays are to be of pure gold.

Exodus 40:25
and set up the lamps before the LORD, as the LORD commanded him.

Numbers 4:9
"They are to take a blue cloth and cover the lampstand that is for light, together with its lamps, its wick trimmers and trays, and all its jars for the olive oil used to supply it.

Numbers 8:2
"Speak to Aaron and say to him, 'When you set up the lamps, see that all seven light up the area in front of the lampstand.'"

Zechariah 4:2
He asked me, "What do you see?" I answered, "I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps.
Treasury of Scripture

And you shall make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.

seven

Exodus 37:23 And he made his seven lamps, and his snuffers, and his firepans, of pure gold.

Zechariah 4:2 And said to me, What see you? And I said, I have looked, and behold …

Revelation 1:4,12,20 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be to you, and …

Revelation 2:1 To the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things said he …

Revelation 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightning and thunder and voices: …

they shall

Exodus 27:21 In the tabernacle of the congregation without the veil, which is …

Exodus 30:8 And when Aaron lights the lamps at even, he shall burn incense on …

Leviticus 24:2-4 Command the children of Israel, that they bring to you pure oil olive …

2 Chronicles 13:11 And they burn to the LORD every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices …

light, or cause to ascent. give

Exodus 40:24 And he put the candlestick in the tent of the congregation, over …

Numbers 8:2 Speak to Aaron and say to him, When you light the lamps, the seven …

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs …

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this …

Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, …

John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: …

John 12:5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Revelation 21:23-25 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine …

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither …

it Heb. the face of it

Numbers 8:2 Speak to Aaron and say to him, When you light the lamps, the seven …

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