Exodus 26:1
New International Version
"Make the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim woven into them by a skilled worker.

New Living Translation
"Make the Tabernacle from ten curtains of finely woven linen. Decorate the curtains with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and with skillfully embroidered cherubim.

English Standard Version
“Moreover, you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns; you shall make them with cherubim skillfully worked into them.

Berean Study Bible
You are to construct the tabernacle itself with ten curtains of finely spun linen, each with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and cherubim skillfully worked into them.

New American Standard Bible
"Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet material; you shall make them with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman.

King James Bible
Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them.

Christian Standard Bible
"You are to construct the tabernacle itself with ten curtains. You must make them of finely spun linen, and blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, with a design of cherubim worked into them.

Contemporary English Version
The top of the sacred tent must be made from ten pieces of the finest linen, woven with blue, purple, and red wool and embroidered with figures of winged creatures.

Good News Translation
"Make the interior of the sacred Tent, the Tent of my presence, out of ten pieces of fine linen woven with blue, purple, and red wool. Embroider them with figures of winged creatures.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are to construct the tabernacle itself with 10 curtains. You must make them of finely spun linen, and blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, with a design of cherubim worked into them.

International Standard Version
"You are to make the tent with ten curtains of fine woven linen and with blue, purple, and scarlet material. You are to make them with cherubim skillfully worked into them.

NET Bible
"The tabernacle itself you are to make with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet; you are to make them with cherubim that are the work of an artistic designer.

New Heart English Bible
"Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains; of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, with cherubim. The work of the skillful workman you shall make them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[The LORD continued,] "Make the inner tent with ten sheets made from fine linen yarn. Take violet, purple, and bright red yarn, and creatively work an angel design into the fabric.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains: of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, with cherubim the work of the skilful workman shalt thou make them.

New American Standard 1977
“Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet material; you shall make them with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet; with cherubim of cunning work shalt thou make them.

King James 2000 Bible
Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubim of skillful work shall you make them.

American King James Version
Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubim of cunning work shall you make them.

American Standard Version
Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains; of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, with cherubim the work of the skilful workman shalt thou make them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And thou shalt make the tabernacle, ten curtains of fine linen spun, and blue and purple, and scarlet spun with cherubs; thou shalt make them with work of a weaver.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt make the tabernacle in this manner: Thou shalt make ten curtains of fine twisted linen, and violet and purple, and scarlet twice dyed, diversified with embroidery.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt make the tabernacle [with] ten curtains of twined byssus, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubim of artistic work shalt thou make them.

English Revised Version
Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains; of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, with cherubim the work of the cunning workman shalt thou make them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Moreover, thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubim of curious work shalt thou make them.

World English Bible
"Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains; of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, with cherubim. The work of the skillful workman you shall make them.

Young's Literal Translation
And thou dost make the tabernacle: ten curtains of twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet; with cherubs, work of a designer, thou dost make them;
Study Bible
The Ten Curtains of the Tabernacle
1You are to construct the tabernacle itself with ten curtains of finely spun linen, each with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and cherubim skillfully worked into them. 2Each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide—all curtains the same size.…
Cross References
Hebrews 9:2
A tabernacle was prepared. In its first room were the lampstand, the table, and the consecrated bread. This was called the Holy Place.

Exodus 26:2
Each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide--all curtains the same size.

Exodus 35:11
the tabernacle with its tent and covering, its clasps and frames, its crossbars, posts, and bases;

Exodus 36:8
All the skilled craftsmen among the workmen made the ten curtains for the tabernacle. They were made of finely spun linen, as well as blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, with a design of cherubim worked into them.

Numbers 3:25
The duties of the Gershonites at the Tent of Meeting were the tabernacle and tent, its covering, the curtain for the entrance to the Tent of Meeting,

2 Samuel 7:2
he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent."

Treasury of Scripture

Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubim of cunning work shall you make them.

the tabernacle with ten curtains.

Exodus 25:8
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

Exodus 36:8-19
And every wise hearted man among them that wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work made he them…

Exodus 40:2,17-19
On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation…

fine twined linen

Exodus 25:36
Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold.

Exodus 25:4
And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair,

Exodus 35:6,35
And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, …

cherubims

Exodus 25:18
And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.

cunning work.







Lexicon
You are to construct
תַּעֲשֶׂ֖ה (ta·‘ă·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

the tabernacle [itself]
הַמִּשְׁכָּ֥ן (ham·miš·kān)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4908: A residence, the Tabernacle

[with] ten
עֶ֣שֶׂר (‘e·śer)
Number - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6235: Ten

curtains
יְרִיעֹ֑ת (yə·rî·‘ōṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3407: A hanging

of finely spun
מָשְׁזָ֗ר (mā·šə·zār)
Verb - Hofal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7806: To be twisted

linen,
שֵׁ֣שׁ (šêš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8336: Bleached stuff, white linen, marble

[each] with blue,
וּתְכֵ֤לֶת (ū·ṯə·ḵê·leṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8504: The cerulean mussel, the color, obtained therefrom, stuff dyed therewith

purple,
וְאַרְגָּמָן֙ (wə·’ar·gā·mān)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 713: Purple, red-purple

and scarlet yarn,
וְתֹלַ֣עַת (wə·ṯō·la·‘aṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8438: The crimson-grub, of the color, from it, cloths dyed therewith

[and] cherubim
כְּרֻבִ֛ים (kə·ru·ḇîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3742: Probably an order of angelic beings

skillfully
חֹשֵׁ֖ב (ḥō·šêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2803: To think, account

worked
מַעֲשֵׂ֥ה (ma·‘ă·śêh)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4639: An action, a transaction, activity, a product, property

into them.
אֹתָֽם׃ (’ō·ṯām)
Direct object marker | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case
XXVI.

THE TABERNACLE.

(1-37) The sacred tent which was to form the "House of God," or temple, for Israel during the continuance of the people in the wilderness, and which in point of fact served them for a national sanctuary until the construction of the first temple by Solomon, is described in this chapter with a minuteness which leaves little to be desired. It is called ham-mishkan, "the dwelling," and ha-'ohel, "the tent" (Exodus 26:36)--the former from its purpose, as being the place where God "dwelt" in a peculiar manner (Exodus 25:22); the latter from its shape and general construction, which resembled those of other tents of the period. The necessary foundation was a framework of wood. This consisted of five "pillars," or tent-poles, in front (Exodus 26:37), graduated in height to suit the slope of the roof, and doubtless five similar ones at the back, though these are not mentioned. A ridge-pole must have connected the two central tent-poles, and over this ridge-pole the covering of the tent, which was of goats'-hair (Exodus 26:7), was no doubt strained in the ordinary way by means of cords and "pins," or tent-pegs (Exodus 35:18). Thus an oblong square space was roofed over, which seems to have been sixty feet long by thirty broad. Within this "tent" ('ohel) was placed the "dwelling" (mishkan). The "dwelling" was a space forty-five feet long by fifteen broad, enclosed on three sides by walls of boards (Exodus 26:18-25), and opening in front into a sort of porch formed by the projection of the "tent" beyond the "dwelling." Towards the open air this porch was closed, wholly or partially, by a curtain (Exodus 26:36). The "dwelling" was roofed over by another "curtain," or "hanging," of bright colours and rich materials (Exodus 26:1-6). It was divided into two portions, called respectively "the Holy Place," and "the Holy of Holies"--the former towards the porch, the latter away from it. These two places were separated by a "vail" hung upon four pillars (Exodus 26:31-32). Their relative size is uncertain; but it may be suspected that the Holy of Holies was the smaller of the two, and conjectured that the proportion was as one to two, the Holy of Holies being a square of fifteen feet, and the Holy Place an oblong, thirty feet long by fifteen. The whole structure was placed within an area called "the Court of the Tabernacle," which is described in the next chapter.

1. THE FINE LINEN COVERING.

(1) The tabernacle.--Literally, the dwelling (see Exodus 25:9, where mishkan first occurs). It is a derivative from shakan, translated by "dwell" in the preceding verse.

Ten curtains.--The same word (y?ri'ah) is used for the constituent parts of the covering, and for the entire covering, or, at any rate, for each of the two halves into which it was divided (Exodus 26:4-5). In the first use, it corresponds to what we should call "a breadth."

Fine twined linen--i.e., linen thread formed by twisting several distinct strands together. Egyptian thread was ordinarily of this character.

Blue, and purple, and scarlet.--See the Notes on Exodus 25:4.

Cherubims of cunning work.--Rather, cherubim, the work of a cunning weaver. Ma'aseh khosheb and ma'aseh rokem (Exodus 26:36) seem to be contrasted one with the other, the former signifying work where the patterning was inwoven, the latter where it was embroidered with the needle. The inweaving of patterns or figures was well understood in Egypt (Herod, iii. 47; Plin. H. N., viii. 48).

Verses 1-37. - THE TABERNACLE. The sacred furniture which the tabernacle was to contain having been described, with the exception of the "altar of incense" the description of which is reserved for ch 30. (vers. 1-10)-directions were next given for the sacred structure itself. This was to consist of three main things -

1. A quadrangular enclosure thirty cubits long by ten broad, open at one end, and on the other three sides enclosed by boards of acacia-wood overlaid with gold - called the mishkan, or "the dwelling-place," in our version usually translated "tabernacle."

2. A tent of goat's hair, supported upon poles, and stretched by means of ropes and tent-pegs in the ordinary manner over the mishkan. This is called the ohel - which is the usual word for a "tent" in Hebrew, and is so translated generally (Genesis 4:20; Genesis 9:21; 13:31; 18:1, etc.), though in this chapter, unfortunately, "covering" (ver. 7); and

3. A "covering" - mikseh, to be placed over the ohel, composed of rams' skins dyed red, and seals' skins (ver. 14). Subordinate parts of the structure were -

(a) The sockets, or bases, which were to receive and support the upright boards (vers. 19-25);

(b) The bars which were to hold the boards together (vers. 26-29);

(c) The veil, stretched on pillars, which was to be hung across the" dwelling-house," and to separate it into two parts, the "holy place" and the "holy of holies" (vers. 31-33); and

(d) The curtain or "hanging" at the open end of the "dwelling-place," where there were no boards, which was intended to close that side of the structure when necessary (vers. 36, 37). The fine linen covering (vers. 1-6). Verse 1. - Thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains. These "ten curtains" are explained in the verses which follow to be ten "breadths," so fastened together as to form practically a single curtain or awning, which constituted the cieling or inner covering of the tabernacle. The mode of its arrangement is not quite certain. Some suppose that it was really a part of the "tent," being laid over the same framework as the goats' hair curtain (Fergusson, Cook); others believe it to have been strained across the mishkan and fastened to the top of the boards on either side, thence depending, either inside or outside (Bahr, Keil). The former supposition appears the more probable. Fine twined linen is linen the threads of which are formed of several fine strands twisted together. This is often the case with Egyptian linen. On blue and purple and scarlet, see the comment upon Exodus 25:4. Cherubims of cunning work. Rather, "cherubim, the work of a skilled weaver." Figures of cherubs were to be woven into the hangings in the loom itself, not embroidered upon them afterwards. 26:1-6 God manifested his presence among the Israelites in a tabernacle or tent, because of their condition in the wilderness. God suits the tokens of his favour, and the gifts of his grace, to his people's state and wants. The curtains of the tabernacle were to be very rich. They were to be embroidered with cherubim, signifying that the angels of God pitch their tents round about the church, Ps 34:7.
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