Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold;
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)With (and) their lamps, that they should burn after the manner (according to the legal rule—2Chronicles 4:7). This is added by the chronicler, who omits “five on the right and five on the left” (Kings). The rest is as in Kings.1 Kings 7:48; 2 Chronicles 29:18. It is supposed that Solomon made ten similar tables, any one of which might be used for the showbread; but that the bread was never placed on more than one table at a time. After the manner; according to the prescription of God to and by Moses. Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold;
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)20. moreover the candlesticks] R.V. and the candlesticks. See 2 Chronicles 4:7, note.
after the manner] R.V. according to the ordinance.
the oracle] See note on 2 Chronicles 3:16.Verse 20. - Candlesticks... lamps, that they should burn after the manner before the oracle. Ten candlesticks, as we learn here and in ver. 7, supersede in Solomon's temple the one candlestick, with its central shaft lamp, and the three branch lamps on either side of Moses and the tabernacle (Exodus 25:31-37; Exodus 37:17-24; Leviticus 24:4; Josephus, 'Ant.,' 3:06. § 6, 7; Maimonides [1135-1205], "De temple, vasis sanctuarii," etc.). This single candlestick was restored in Zerubbabel's temple. The present ten candlesticks, or strictly candelabra, of Solomon are said at one time to have been placed in a row like a rail before the veil, and connected with a chain under which the high priest went on the Day of Atonement into the inner sanctuary. The removal of these candelabra is recorded Jeremiah 52:19. The expression, "after the manner," points to the various and somewhat minute regulation for the lighting, trimming, and keeping alight of the lamps, all or some, of the candelabra (Exodus 27:19-21; Leviticus 24:1-3). The use of the word for "lamp" (נֵר) in some passages (1 Samuel 3:3; 2 Samuel 21:17; Proverbs 13:9; Proverbs 20:27; Psalm 18:29)suggests not the part as used for the whole in speaking of the candelabrum, but more probably that the perpetual burning was not of all seven lamps, but of one, the central shaft. 2 Chronicles 4:11-18. The brass work wrought by Huram.
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