Exodus 25:8
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New International Version
"Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.

New Living Translation
"Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them.

English Standard Version
And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.

New American Standard Bible
"Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.

King James Bible
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are to make a sanctuary for Me so that I may dwell among them.

International Standard Version
Let them make a sanctuary for me so I may live among them.

NET Bible
Let them make for me a sanctuary, so that I may live among them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Then have them make a holy place for me, and I will live among them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.

King James 2000 Bible
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

American King James Version
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

American Standard Version
And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they shall make me a sanctuary, and I will dwell in the midst of them:

Darby Bible Translation
And they shall make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.

English Revised Version
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

World English Bible
Let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.

Young's Literal Translation
'And they have made for Me a sanctuary, and I have tabernacled in their midst;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 8, 9. - GENERAL DIRECTIONS. After the gifts which God will accept have been specified, and the spirit in which they are to be offered noted (ver. 2), God proceeds to unfold his purpose, and declare the object for which the gifts are needed. He will have a "sanctuary" constructed for him, an habitation in which he may "dwell." Now, it is certainly possible to conceive of a religion which should admit nothing in the nature of a temple or sanctuary; and there are even writers who tell us that a religion has actually existed without one (Herod. 1:131, Strab. 15. pp, 1039-41) That God should "dwell" in a house, as a man does, is of course impossible; and the Hebrews were as deeply impressed with this truth as any other nation (1 Kings 8:27; 2 Chronicles 2:6; Isaiah 56:1; Jeremiah 23:24, etc.). But a religion without a temple was probably unknown in the days of Moses; and, with such a people as the Hebrews, it is inconceivable that religion could have maintained its ground for long without something of the kind. "It was," as Kalisch says, "above all things necessary to create a firm and visible centre of monotheism, to keep perpetually the idea of the one omnipotent God alive in the minds of the people, and so to exclude for ever a relapse into the pagan and idolatrous aberrations" (Comment on Exodus, p. 365). A sanctuary was therefore to be constructed; but, as the nation was in the peculiar position of being nomadic, without fixed abode, that is, and constantly on the move, the usual form of a permanent building was unsuitable under the circumstances. To meet the difficulty, a tent-temple was designed, which is called mishkan, "the dwelling," or ohel, "the tent," which was simply an Oriental tent on a large scale, made of the best obtainable materials, and guarded by an enclosure. The details of the work are reserved for later mention. In the present passage two directions only are given: -

1. A sanctuary is to be constructed; and

2. Both it, and all its vessels, are to be made after patterns which God was about to show to Moses. Verse 8. - A sanctuary well expresses the Hebrew micdash, which is derived from cadash - "to be holy." It is a name never given to the temples of the heathen deities. That I may dwell among them. Compare Exodus 29:45; Numbers 35:34. There is a sense in which "God dwelleth not in temples made with hands"(Acts 7:48; Acts 17:24) - i.e., he is not comprehended in them, or confined to them; but there is another sense in which he may be truly said to dwell in them, viz., as manifesting himself in them either to the senses, or to the spirit. In the tabernacle he manifested himself sensibly (Exodus 40:34, 35, 38).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And let them make me a sanctuary,.... An holy place to dwell in, and so called from his dwelling in it, as follows:

that I may dwell amongst them; in the midst of them, where the tabernacle was always placed; and there he dwelt as their King and their God, to whom they might have recourse on all occasions, and whom they should serve and worship; this sanctuary was to be made of many of the materials before mentioned by the Israelites, whom Moses should employ, and to whom he should give directions for the making it, according to the pattern showed him: and so the Jewish writers interpret "make me", or "to me", i.e. of mine, of mine holy things, things sanctified and separated to his use; and they bring this passage to prove that the workmen in the temple were to be paid only out of the holy things, or money given for the repair of it (h): this was a type of the human nature of Christ, the true sanctuary and tabernacle which God pitched and not man, and in which the fulness of the Godhead dwells bodily; and of the church of God, the temple of the living God, among whom he walks, and with whom he dwells, Hebrews 8:2.

(h) Maimon. & Bartenora in Misn. Temurah, c. 7. sect. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them—In one sense the tabernacle was to be a palace, the royal residence of the King of Israel, in which He was to dwell among His people, receive their petitions, and issue His responses. But it was also to be a place of worship, in which God was to record His name and to enshrine the mystic symbols of His presence.

Exodus 25:8 Additional Commentaries
Offerings for the Tabernacle
7onyx stones and setting stones for the ephod and for the breastpiece. 8"Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them. 9"According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it.
Cross References
Acts 7:44
"Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen.

2 Corinthians 6:16
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."

Hebrews 9:1
Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary.

Hebrews 9:2
A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place.

Revelation 21:3
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

Exodus 29:45
Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God.

Exodus 29:46
They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.

Exodus 36:1
So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the LORD has commanded."

Leviticus 26:11
I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you.

Numbers 5:3
Send away male and female alike; send them outside the camp so they will not defile their camp, where I dwell among them."

Deuteronomy 12:11
Then to the place the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name--there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the LORD.

Joshua 22:31
And Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, said to Reuben, Gad and Manasseh, "Today we know that the LORD is with us, because you have not been unfaithful to the LORD in this matter. Now you have rescued the Israelites from the LORD's hand."

1 Kings 6:13
And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel."
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And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

a sanctuary

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Exodus 36:1-4 Then worked Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man…

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Leviticus 21:12 Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary …

Hebrews 9:1,2 Then truly the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, …

I may dwell

Exodus 29:45 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.

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