Exodus 38:30
And therewith he made the sockets to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the brazen altar, and the brazen grate for it, and all the vessels of the altar,
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)
(30) The sockets to the door of the tabernacle.—See Exodus 26:37.

The brasen altar . . . the brasen grate.—Comp. Exodus 27:2-6.

The vessels of the altar.—See Exodus 27:3; Exodus 38:3.

38:21-31 The foundation of massy pieces of silver showed the solidity and purity of the truth upon which the church is founded. Let us regard the Lord Jesus Christ while reading of the furniture of the tabernacle. While looking at the altar of burnt-offering, let us see Jesus. In him, his righteousness, and salvation, is a full and sufficient offering for sin. In the laver of regeneration, by his Holy Spirit, let our souls be washed, and they shall be clean; and as the people offered willingly, so may our souls be made willing. Let us be ready to part with any thing, and count all but loss to win Christ.According to the estimate of the shekel that has here been adopted, the weight of the metals mentioned in this chapter would be nearly as follows, in avoirdupois weight:

Gold 1 ton 4 cwt. 2 qrs. 13 lbs. Silver 4 tons 4 cwt. 2 qrs. 20 lbs. Bronze 2 tons 19 cwt. 2 qrs. 11 lbs.

The value of the gold, if pure, in our money would be 175,075 British pounds, 13 shillings, and of the silver, 38,034 British pounds, 15 shillings 10d. These quantities of the precious metals come quite within the limits of probability, if we consider the condition of the Israelites when they left Egypt (see Exodus 25:3 note), and the object for which the collection was made. Many have remarked that the quantities collected for the tabernacle are insignificant when compared with the hoards of gold and silver collected in the East in recent times, as well as in ancient times.

25. the silver of them that were numbered—603,550 men at half a shekel each would contribute 301,775 shekels; which at 2s. 4d. each, amounts to £35,207 sterling. It may seem difficult to imagine how the Israelites should be possessed of so much wealth in the desert; but it should be remembered that they were enriched first by the spoils of the Egyptians, and afterwards by those of the Amalekites. Besides, it is highly probable that during their sojourn they traded with the neighboring nations who bordered on the wilderness [Hewlett]. No text from Poole on this verse. And therewith he made the sockets to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation,.... Which were five; see Exodus 26:37.

and the brazen altar, and the brazen grate for it, and all the vessels of the altar; which were all made of brass; see Exodus 27:2.

And therewith he made the sockets to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the brazen altar, and the brazen grate for it, and all the vessels of the altar,
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)
30. the bronze altar] i.e. the altar of burnt offering (Exodus 27:1-8). So Exodus 39:39; see p. 329.

30, 31. See Exodus 26:37; Exodus 27:2-4; Exodus 27:6; Exodus 27:10-11; Exodus 27:17-19. The Bronze Laver (Exodus 30:18) is passed over in the enumeration.Verses 30, 31. - The sockets. See Exodus 36:38. The brazen altar and the brazen grate. See vers. 1 and 4. The vessels. See ver. 3. The sockets of the court. See above, vers. 11, 14, 15, 17, and 19. The pins of the tabernacle and of the court. See above, ver. 20.



"(As for) all the gold that was used (העשׂוּי) for the work in every kind of holy work, the gold of the wave-offering (the gold that was offered as a wave-offering, see at Exodus 35:22) was (amounted to) 29 talents and 730 shekels in holy shekel," that is to say, 87,370 shekels or 877,300 thalers (L.131,595), if we accept Thenius' estimate, that the gold shekel was worth 10 thalers (L.1, 10s.), which is probably very near the truth.
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