Exodus 26:7
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New International Version
"Make curtains of goat hair for the tent over the tabernacle--eleven altogether.

New Living Translation
"Make eleven curtains of goat-hair cloth to serve as a tent covering for the Tabernacle.

English Standard Version
“You shall also make curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the tabernacle; eleven curtains shall you make.

New American Standard Bible
"Then you shall make curtains of goats' hair for a tent over the tabernacle; you shall make eleven curtains in all.

King James Bible
And thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are to make curtains of goat hair for a tent over the tabernacle; make 11 of these curtains.

International Standard Version
"You are to make curtains of goat hair for a tent over the tent. You are to make eleven curtains.

NET Bible
"You are to make curtains of goats' hair for a tent over the tabernacle; you are to make eleven curtains.

New Heart English Bible
"You shall make curtains of goats' hair for a covering over the tabernacle. You shall make them eleven curtains.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Make 11 sheets of goats' hair to form an outer tent over the inner tent.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair for a tent over the tabernacle; eleven curtains shalt thou make them.

New American Standard 1977
“Then you shall make curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the tabernacle; you shall make eleven curtains in all.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Likewise thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair to be a covering over the tabernacle; eleven curtains shalt thou make.

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall make curtains of goats' hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle: eleven curtains shall you make.

American King James Version
And you shall make curtains of goats' hair to be a covering on the tabernacle: eleven curtains shall you make.

American Standard Version
And thou shalt make curtains of goats hair for a tent over the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt make also eleven curtains of goats' hair, to cover the top of the tabernacle.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt make curtains of goats' [hair] for a tent over the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make them.

English Revised Version
And thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair for a tent over the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make.

World English Bible
"You shall make curtains of goats' hair for a covering over the tabernacle. You shall make them eleven curtains.

Young's Literal Translation
And thou hast made curtains of goats' hair, for a tent over the tabernacle; thou dost make eleven curtains:
Study Bible
The Eleven Curtains of Goats' Hair
6"You shall make fifty clasps of gold, and join the curtains to one another with the clasps so that the tabernacle will be a unit. 7"Then you shall make curtains of goats' hair for a tent over the tabernacle; you shall make eleven curtains in all. 8"The length of each curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits; the eleven curtains shall have the same measurements.…
Cross References
Exodus 26:6
"You shall make fifty clasps of gold, and join the curtains to one another with the clasps so that the tabernacle will be a unit.

Exodus 26:8
"The length of each curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits; the eleven curtains shall have the same measurements.

Exodus 36:14
Then he made curtains of goats' hair for a tent over the tabernacle; he made eleven curtains in all.

Numbers 3:25
Now the duties of the sons of Gershon in the tent of meeting involved the tabernacle and the tent, its covering, and the screen for the doorway of the tent of meeting,
Treasury of Scripture

And you shall make curtains of goats' hair to be a covering on the tabernacle: eleven curtains shall you make.

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Exodus 35:26 And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats' hair.

Exodus 36:14-18 And he made curtains of goats' hair for the tent over the tabernacle: …

Numbers 4:25 And they shall bear the curtains of the tabernacle, and the tabernacle …

Psalm 45:13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of worked gold.

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

goats' hair. Goats but used here elliptically for goats' hair. In different parts of Asia Minor, Syria, Cilicia, and Phrygia, the goats have long, fine, and beautiful hair; in some cases, almost as fine as silk, which is shorn at proper times, and manufactured into garments.

Exodus 25:4 And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair,

Exodus 35:6,23 And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair…

Numbers 31:20 And purify all your raiment, and all that is made of skins, and all …

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Exodus 26:24 And they shall be coupled together beneath, and they shall be coupled …

Isaiah 4:5 And the LORD will create on every dwelling place of mount Zion, and …

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Exodus 26:1,9,12 Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine …

2. THE GOATS'-HAIR TENT-CLOTH.

(7-13) An awning such as that described in Exodus 26:1-6 would have neither kept out sun nor rain. For this purpose an ordinary cloth of goats'-hair was requisite, and accordingly Moses was instructed to make a second covering, which was to be of this material, and to extend over the whole of the first, thus externally concealing it. This second covering was, like the first, to be in two portions (Exodus 26:9-11), each of them made up of several "breadths," but the two portions were not to be of the same size. Both were to be thirty cubits in length, but the hinder portion was to contain five "breadths," while the portion in front was to contain six. Thus the outer covering was six feet broader than the inner one. The object was the protection of the inner covering, which was overlapped at both ends by the outer one (Exodus 26:9; Exodus 26:12).

(7) To be a covering.--Literally, to be a tent. (See the first Note on the chapter.)

Eleven curtains--i.e., eleven breadths. (See Note 2 on Exodus 26:1.)

Verse 7. - From the inner covering of the tabernacle the directions proceed to the external covering, or rather coverings, which constituted the real strength of the structure, and its protection from wet or stormy weather. Curtains of goats' hair, such as the Arabs still use, as the ordinary covering of their tents (Layard, Nin. and Bab., p. 171), were to form a true "tent" (ohel) above the tabernacle, being supported by tent-poles, and kept taut by means of cords and pegs (Exodus 27:19; Exodus 35:18). See the representation in Dr. W. Smith's Dictionary of the Bible, vol. 3. p. 1454, which is reproduced in the Speaker's Commentary, vol. 1. p. 376. To be a covering. In Exodus 36:14, we have - "he made curtains of goats' hair for the tent over the tabernacle," which is far better. The word used in both places is the same (ohel). Eleven curtains - i.e., "eleven breadths." Compare ver. 1. And thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair,.... Jarchi calls it the flower or down of goats, the softer and finer part of their hair, which was spun by women, as appears from Exodus 35:26, and was made up into a stuff somewhat like our camelot; these curtains were coarser than the former, and were made to be put over them, to preserve them from the weather, as it follows:

to be a covering upon the tabernacle: which, by the curtains of linen coupled together, became one tabernacle, as in the preceding verse: and these curtains were to be a tent or covering over them: they were somewhat like, being made of the same matter, with the coverings with which the ancient Arabs covered their tents, which were made of goats' hair, as were the tents of Kedar alluded to in Sol 1:5, these curtains of goats' hair denote the outward appearance of Christ in human nature, who, attended with all human infirmities, excepting sin, was in the form of a servant, in great meanness and poverty, covered with reproach, and had in the greatest contempt, and especially at the time of his sufferings and death; though all rich and glorious within, full of grace, and of all the blessings of grace, of righteousness and life, of light, joy, peace, and comfort for his people; and may also denote the mean appearance of the church and people of God outwardly; being, generally speaking, a poor and an afflicted people, subject to the scorn, reproach, and persecutions of men, but all glorious within, enriched with the grace of God and righteousness of Christ; and so, in one respect, like these curtains of goats' hair, and, in another respect, like the curtains of fine linen:

eleven curtains shalt thou make; one more than the other; the reason of which was, that there might be one at the entrance of the tabernacle, there being no linen curtain there, see Exodus 26:9. 7-13. curtains of goats' hair—These coarse curtains were to be one more in number than the others, and to extend a yard lower on each side, the use of them being to protect and conceal the richer curtains.26:7-14 The curtains of meaner materials, being made both longer and broader, covered the others, and were defended by coverings of skins. The whole represents the person and doctrine of Christ, and the church of true Christians, and all heavenly things, which outwardly are mean, but inwardly, and in the sight of God, are glorious and precious.
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