Exodus 31:4
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New International Version
to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,

New Living Translation
He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze.

English Standard Version
to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze,

New American Standard Bible
to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze,

King James Bible
To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze,

International Standard Version
to create plans for work in gold, silver, and bronze,

NET Bible
to make artistic designs for work with gold, with silver, and with bronze,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He's a master artist familiar with gold, silver, and bronze.

Jubilee Bible 2000
to devise cunning works, to work in gold and in silver and in brass,

King James 2000 Bible
To devise artistic works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in bronze,

American King James Version
To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

American Standard Version
to devise skilful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

Douay-Rheims Bible
To devise whatsoever may be artificially made of gold, and silver, and brass,

Darby Bible Translation
to devise artistic work -- to work in gold, and in silver, and in copper,

English Revised Version
to devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

Webster's Bible Translation
To devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

World English Bible
to devise skillful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

Young's Literal Translation
to devise devices to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

31:1-11 The Israelites, who had been masons and bricklayers in Egypt, were not qualified for curious workmanship; but the Spirit who gave the apostles utterance in divers tongues, miraculously gave Bezaleel and Aholiab the skill that was wanting. The honour which comes from God, is always attended with a work to be done; to be employed for God is high honour. Those whom God calls to any service, he will find or make fit for it. The Lord gives different gifts to different persons; let each mind his proper work, diligently remembering that whatever wisdom any one possesses, the Lord put it in the heart, to do his commandments.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 4, 5. - The result of these gifts would be to enable him - 1. To devise cunning works - i.e., to design everything excellently; and 2. To work in all manner of workmanship - i.e., to carry out his designs with success. It has been said that "as everything that had to be done was prescribed in strict and precise detail, there was to be no exercise of original powers of invention nor of taste" (Cook); but this was scarcely so. The forms of the cherubim, the patterns to be woven into the stuffs, or embroidered on them, the shapes of the vessels, of the capitals of the pillars, and of the laver were not prescribed in the directions. Bezaleel and Aholiab would have had to design them after such a description as Moses could give of the "pattern" which he had seen in the mount. In doing this, there would be much room for the exercise of inventive power and taste.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

To devise cunning works,.... To invent, contrive, and draw patterns, for the weavers particularly, for the making of the curtains of the tabernacle, the vail of the most holy place, the ephod, and the curious girdle of it, which were made of cunning work, curiously wrought by the weaver; and so Jarchi interprets this of the weaving of the work of Chosheb, or cunning work, of the devising of cunning works, or of the knowledge of witty inventions, by Wisdom or the Messiah, see Proverbs 8:12.

to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass; for it is not to be supposed there were either goldsmiths or brasiers among the Israelites; only masons and bricklayers, and brickmakers, and such sort of manufacturers; so that Bezaleel had need of immediate wisdom from the Spirit of God, not only to devise curious works in these several things as in others, but to teach men how to work in them, what tools to work with, and how to use them, how to melt these several metals, and into what forms and shapes to put them, and then to polish them; as there were some things in the temple to be made of gold, as the candlestick, others of silver, as the sockets of the tabernacle, and others of brass, as the altar of burnt offering, and its vessels, with other things.



Exodus 31:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Bezaleel and Oholiab the Craftsmen
3"I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, 4to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, 5and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship.…
Cross References
Exodus 31:3
and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills--

Exodus 31:5
to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.
Treasury of Scripture

To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

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1 Kings 7:14 He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was …

2 Chronicles 2:7,13,14 Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, …

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