Matthew Poole's Commentary
And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits was the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof; it was foursquare; and three cubits the height thereof.The altar of burn offering, with its furniture Exodus 38:1-7, laver of brass, Exodus 38:8. The court, and the hangings thereof, Exodus 38:9-20. Bezaleel and Aholiab make all ready, Exodus 38:22,23. The sums of what the people offered, Exodus 38:24-31.
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And he made the horns thereof on the four corners of it; the horns thereof were of the same: and he overlaid it with brass.No text from Poole on this verse.
And he made all the vessels of the altar, the pots, and the shovels, and the basons, and the fleshhooks, and the firepans: all the vessels thereof made he of brass.No text from Poole on this verse.
And he made for the altar a brasen grate of network under the compass thereof beneath unto the midst of it.No text from Poole on this verse.
And he cast four rings for the four ends of the grate of brass, to be places for the staves.No text from Poole on this verse.
And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with brass.No text from Poole on this verse.
And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the altar, to bear it withal; he made the altar hollow with boards.No text from Poole on this verse.
And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the lookingglasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.Looking-glasses, as now they are sometimes made of polished steel, so anciently were made of polished brass, as appears both from sacred and from profane writers. See Job 37:18 Philippians 3:9, &c. The words following seem to note a company of religious women, who in a more peculiar manner devoted themselves to the service of God in or about his tabernacle, by fasting, prayer, &c. See 1 Samuel 2:22 Luke 2:37. And whereas some object that the tabernacle was not yet built, it may be replied, either that this is to be understood of the tabernacle spoken of Exodus 33:7, which might serve for that purpose till this was built; or that here is a prolepsis or anticipation, and that he speaks not of what the women now did, but of what they did after the tabernacle was built, which was before Moses writ these words.
And he made the court: on the south side southward the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, an hundred cubits:No text from Poole on this verse.
Their pillars were twenty, and their brasen sockets twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver.Upon the hooks they hanged the beasts to be sacrificed, as the Jews affirm.
And for the north side the hangings were an hundred cubits, their pillars were twenty, and their sockets of brass twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.No text from Poole on this verse.
And for the west side were hangings of fifty cubits, their pillars ten, and their sockets ten; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.No text from Poole on this verse.
And for the east side eastward fifty cubits.No text from Poole on this verse.
The hangings of the one side of the gate were fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.No text from Poole on this verse.
And for the other side of the court gate, on this hand and that hand, were hangings of fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.No text from Poole on this verse.
All the hangings of the court round about were of fine twined linen.No text from Poole on this verse.
And the sockets for the pillars were of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver; and the overlaying of their chapiters of silver; and all the pillars of the court were filleted with silver.No text from Poole on this verse.
And the hanging for the gate of the court was needlework, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: and twenty cubits was the length, and the height in the breadth was five cubits, answerable to the hangings of the court.The height relates to its standing or hanging upright, and the
breadth relates to the hanging itself, and the height of the hanging was taken in the breadth.
And their pillars were four, and their sockets of brass four; their hooks of silver, and the overlaying of their chapiters and their fillets of silver.No text from Poole on this verse.
And all the pins of the tabernacle, and of the court round about, were of brass.No text from Poole on this verse.
This is the sum of the tabernacle, even of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest.This doth not belong to the following account of gold and silver, but to the foregoing particulars of holy things relating to the tabernacle, for these only were committed to the care of the Levites, as it here follows, but this gold and silver was put into other hands.
For the service of the Levites, i.e. for those holy uses and services which the Levites administered.
And Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the LORD commanded Moses.No text from Poole on this verse.
And with him was Aholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver, and a cunning workman, and an embroiderer in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen.No text from Poole on this verse.
All the gold that was occupied for the work in all the work of the holy place, even the gold of the offering, was twenty and nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.Every talent contained three thousand shekels. See Genesis 23:15 Exodus 30:13. It is not said that all this gold and following silver were used about the building of the tabernacle, for the people brought much more than enough, Exodus 36:5. And these remains, it is probable, were put into the sacred treasury, to be used as occasion should require.
And the silver of them that were numbered of the congregation was an hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and threescore and fifteen shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:No text from Poole on this verse.
A bekah for every man, that is, half a shekel, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for every one that went to be numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty men.No text from Poole on this verse.
And of the hundred talents of silver were cast the sockets of the sanctuary, and the sockets of the vail; an hundred sockets of the hundred talents, a talent for a socket.No text from Poole on this verse.
And of the thousand seven hundred seventy and five shekels he made hooks for the pillars, and overlaid their chapiters, and filleted them.No text from Poole on this verse.
And the brass of the offering was seventy talents, and two thousand and four hundred shekels.No text from Poole on this verse.
And therewith he made the sockets to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the brasen altar, and the brasen grate for it, and all the vessels of the altar,No text from Poole on this verse.
And the sockets of the court round about, and the sockets of the court gate, and all the pins of the tabernacle, and all the pins of the court round about.No text from Poole on this verse.