Numbers 4:13
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New International Version
"They are to remove the ashes from the bronze altar and spread a purple cloth over it.

New Living Translation
"They must remove the ashes from the altar for sacrifices and cover the altar with a purple cloth.

English Standard Version
And they shall take away the ashes from the altar and spread a purple cloth over it.

New American Standard Bible
"Then they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth over it.

King James Bible
And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are to remove the ashes from the bronze altar, spread a purple cloth over it,

International Standard Version
They are also to remove the ashes on the altar and spread a purple cloth over it.

NET Bible
Also, they must take away the ashes from the altar and spread a purple cloth over it.

New Heart English Bible
They shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth on it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"After they take the ashes away, they will spread a purple cloth over the altar.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon.

New American Standard 1977
“Then they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth over it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they shall take away the ashes with the burnt fat from the altar and spread a purple cloth thereon

King James 2000 Bible
And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth on it:

American King James Version
And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:

American Standard Version
And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:

Douay-Rheims Bible
They shall cleanse the altar also from the ashes, and shall wrap it up in a purple cloth,

Darby Bible Translation
And they shall cleanse the altar of the ashes, and spread a purple cloth thereon;

English Revised Version
And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:

Webster's Bible Translation
And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth upon it:

World English Bible
"They shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth on it.

Young's Literal Translation
and have removed the ashes of the altar, and have spread over it a garment of purple;
Study Bible
Duties of the Kohathites
12and they shall take all the utensils of service, with which they serve in the sanctuary, and put them in a blue cloth and cover them with a covering of porpoise skin, and put them on the carrying bars. 13"Then they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth over it. 14"They shall also put on it all its utensils by which they serve in connection with it: the firepans, the forks and shovels and the basins, all the utensils of the altar; and they shall spread a cover of porpoise skin over it and insert its poles.…
Cross References
Exodus 27:1
"And you shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide; the altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits.

Numbers 4:12
and they shall take all the utensils of service, with which they serve in the sanctuary, and put them in a blue cloth and cover them with a covering of porpoise skin, and put them on the carrying bars.

Numbers 4:14
"They shall also put on it all its utensils by which they serve in connection with it: the firepans, the forks and shovels and the basins, all the utensils of the altar; and they shall spread a cover of porpoise skin over it and insert its poles.
Treasury of Scripture

And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:

The embers of the sacred fire seem to have been removed in the grate, which was carried apart from the brazen altar; both being covered from view by purple cloths.

Numbers 4:6-9,11,12 And shall put thereon the covering of badgers' skins, and shall spread …

Exodus 27:3-5 And you shall make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, …

Exodus 39:1,41 And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, …

Leviticus 6:12,13 And the fire on the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be …

(13) And they shall take away the ashes from the altar.--In Exodus 27:3 we find a direction to make pans for removing the ashes from the brazen altar, and also to make all the brazen vessels mentioned in the next verse.

Verse 13. - Take away the ashes. This is omitted by the Septuagint. The Hebrew word for "ashes is of somewhat doubtful meaning, being only used here and in Exodus 27:3; Psalm 20:3 (see margin). Being connected with the word "fat," it may perhaps mean the grease or dripping from the burnt offerings. The Targum of Palestine renders it "cinders." As the altar was hollow, and was filled with earth or stones when used, there would be no need to cleanse it from ashes; if this be the meaning of the word, the command would rather have been to collect the living embers before the altar was removed, in order to keep alive the sacred fire. That this fire was never allowed to go out may be looked upon as certain. And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon. Having cleared the holy of holies, and the holy place, they were to come forth from thence into the court of the tabernacle, where stood the altar of burnt offering, which is here meant, and on which sacrifices being daily burnt, there were always ashes to be removed; and which at this time was highly necessary to be done, when the tabernacle was taken down, and all belonging to it to be carried away; and though no mention is made of the fire, which was always burning on it, it was doubtless preserved, and care was taken for the carrying it along with the altar, or in a separate vessel from it. Bishop Patrick supposes it might be carried upon the grate. 13. shall take away the ashes from the altar, etc.—The necessity of removing ashes from the altar plainly implies that sacrifices were offered in the wilderness (compare Ex 18:12; 24:4), though that rebellious race seems frequently to have neglected the duty (Am 5:25). No mention is made of the sacred fire; but as, by divine command, it was to be kept constantly burning, it must have been transferred to some pan or brazier under the covering, and borne by the appointed carriers.4:4-20 The Kohathites were to carry the holy things of the tabernacle. All the holy things were to be covered; not only for security and respect, but to keep them from being seen. This not only marked the reverence due to holy things, but the mystery of the things signified by those types, and the darkness of the dispensation. But now, through Christ, the case is altered, and we are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of grace.
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