Exodus 28:16
New International Version
It is to be square--a span long and a span wide--and folded double.

New Living Translation
Make the chestpiece of a single piece of cloth folded to form a pouch nine inches square.

English Standard Version
It shall be square and doubled, a span its length and a span its breadth.

Berean Study Bible
It must be square when folded over double, a span long and a span wide.

King James Bible
Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof.

New King James Version
It shall be doubled into a square: a span shall be its length, and a span shall be its width.

New American Standard Bible
It shall be square and folded double, a span in length and a span in width.

NASB 1995
"It shall be square and folded double, a span in length and a span in width.

NASB 1977
“It shall be square and folded double, a span in length and a span in width.

Amplified Bible
The breastpiece shall be square and folded double; a span [about nine inches] in length and a span in width.

Christian Standard Bible
It must be square and folded double, nine inches long and nine inches wide.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It must be square and folded double, nine inches long and nine inches wide.

American Standard Version
Foursquare it shall be and double; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It shall be square when double, a span its length and a span its width.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou shalt make it square: it shall be double; of a span the length of it, and of a span the breadth.

Contemporary English Version
It is to be 22 centimeters square and folded double

Douay-Rheims Bible
It shall be foursquare and doubled: it shall be the measure of a span both in length and in breadth.

English Revised Version
Foursquare it shall be and double; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof.

Good News Translation
It is to be square and folded double, 9 inches long and 9 inches wide.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Fold it in half so that it's 9 inches square.

International Standard Version
It is to be square when folded double, one hand span long and one hand span wide.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Four-square it shall be and double: a span shall be the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof.

Literal Standard Version
it is square, doubled, a span its length, and a span its breadth.

NET Bible
It is to be square when doubled, nine inches long and nine inches wide.

New Heart English Bible
It shall be square and folded double; a span shall be its length of it, and a span its breadth.

World English Bible
It shall be square and folded double; a span shall be its length of it, and a span its breadth.

Young's Literal Translation
it is square, doubled, a span its length, and a span its breadth.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Breastpiece
15You are also to make a breastpiece of judgment with the same workmanship as the ephod. Construct it with gold, with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and with finely spun linen. 16It must be square when folded over double, a span long and a span wide. 17And mount on it a setting of gemstones, four rows of stones: In the first row there shall be a ruby, a topaz, and an emerald;…

Cross References
Exodus 28:15
You are also to make a breastpiece of judgment with the same workmanship as the ephod. Construct it with gold, with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and with finely spun linen.

Exodus 28:17
And mount on it a setting of gemstones, four rows of stones: In the first row there shall be a ruby, a topaz, and an emerald;


Treasury of Scripture

Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof.

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(16) Foursquare it shall be.--On the idea of perfection connected with the square, see Note on Exodus 27:1. But for this, twelve gems would probably have been arranged in the shape of an oblong.

Doubled.--Symmachus translates khoshen by ??????, "a receptacle" or "bag;" and if the Urim and the Thummim, being material objects, were to be "put in" it (Exodus 28:30), such a construction would seem to have been absolutely necessary. Hence the "doubling," which would not have been needed merely for strength, since linen corselets, stout enough to resist the blow of a sword, were among the manufactures of Egypt, and could no doubt have been produced by the Hebrews.

A span.--The "span" was reckoned at half a cubit, or about nine inches.

Verse 16. - Four square... being doubled. It has been generally supposed that the doubling was merely for the purpose of giving additional strength to the work, which was to receive twelve heavy gems; but Gesenius and others are of opinion that the object was to form a bag, in which the Urim and Thum-mira, which they regard as material objects, might be kept. A span. Half a cubit, or about nine inches.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
It must be
יִֽהְיֶ֖ה (yih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

square
רָב֥וּעַ (rā·ḇū·a‘)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's 7251: To be quadrate

when folded over double,
כָּפ֑וּל (kā·p̄ūl)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's 3717: To fold together, to repeat

a span
זֶ֥רֶת (ze·reṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2239: The spread of the fingers, a span

long
אָרְכּ֖וֹ (’ā·rə·kōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 753: Length

and a span
וְזֶ֥רֶת (wə·ze·reṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2239: The spread of the fingers, a span

wide.
רָחְבּֽוֹ׃ (rā·ḥə·bōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7341: Breadth, width


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