Exodus 26:3
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New International Version
Join five of the curtains together, and do the same with the other five.

King James Bible
The five curtains shall be coupled together one to another; and other five curtains shall be coupled one to another.

Darby Bible Translation
Five of the curtains shall be coupled one to another, and [the other] five curtains coupled one to another.

World English Bible
Five curtains shall be coupled together one to another; and the other five curtains shall be coupled one to another.

Young's Literal Translation
five of the curtains are joining one unto another, and five curtains are joining one to another.

Exodus 26:3 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thou shalt make the tabernacle - משכן mischan, from שכן shachan, to dwell, means simply a dwelling place or habitation of any kind, but here it means the dwelling place of Jehovah, who, as a king in his camp, had his dwelling or pavilion among his people, his table always spread, his lamps lighted, and the priests, etc., his attendants, always in waiting. From the minute and accurate description here given, a good workman, had he the same materials, might make a perfect facsimile of the ancient Jewish tabernacle. It was a movable building, and so constructed that it might be easily taken to pieces, for the greater convenience of carriage, as they were often obliged to transport it from place to place, in their various journeyings. For the twined linen, blue, purple, and scarlet, see Clarke's note on Exodus 25:4, etc.

Cherubims - See Clarke's note on Exodus 25:18.

Cunning work - חשב chosheb probably means a sort of diaper, in which the figures appear equally perfect on both sides; this was probably formed in the loom. Another kind of curious work is mentioned, Exodus 26:36, רקם rokem, which we term needle-work; this was probably similar to our embroidery, tapestry, or cloth of arras. It has been thought unlikely that these curious works were all manufactured in the wilderness: what was done in the loom, they might have brought with them from Egypt; what could be done by hand, without the use of complex machinery, the Israelitish women could readily perform with their needles, during their stay in the wilderness. But still it seems probable that they brought even their looms with them. The whole of this account shows that not only necessary but ornamental arts had been carried to a considerable pitch of perfection, both among the Israelites and Egyptians.

The inner curtains of the tabernacle were ten in number, and each in length twenty-eight cubits, and four in breadth; about sixteen yards twelve inches long, and two yards twelve inches broad. The curtains were to be coupled together, five and five of a side, by fifty loops, Exodus 26:5, and as many golden clasps, Exodus 26:6, so that each might look like one curtain, and the whole make one entire covering, which was the first.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

coupled together

Exodus 26:9 And you shall couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves...

Exodus 36:10 And he coupled the five curtains one to another: and the other five curtains he coupled one to another.

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us...

1 Corinthians 12:4,12-27 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit...

Ephesians 2:21,22 In whom all the building fitly framed together grows to an holy temple in the Lord...

Ephesians 4:3-6,16 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace...

Colossians 2:2,19 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding...

Brief Directions How to Read the Holy Scriptures once Every Year Over, with Ease, Profit, and Reverence.
But forasmuch, that as faith is the soul, so reading and meditating on the word of God, are the parent's of prayer, therefore, before thou prayest in the morning, first read a chapter in the word of God; then meditate awhile with thyself, how many excellent things thou canst remember out of it. As--First, what good counsels or exhortations to good works and to holy life. Secondly, what threatenings of judgments against such and such a sin; and what fearful examples of God's punishment or vengeance
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

The book of Exodus--so named in the Greek version from the march of Israel out of Egypt--opens upon a scene of oppression very different from the prosperity and triumph in which Genesis had closed. Israel is being cruelly crushed by the new dynasty which has arisen in Egypt (i.) and the story of the book is the story of her redemption. Ultimately it is Israel's God that is her redeemer, but He operates largely by human means; and the first step is the preparation of a deliverer, Moses, whose parentage,
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Exodus 26:2
All the curtains are to be the same size--twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide.

Exodus 26:4
Make loops of blue material along the edge of the end curtain in one set, and do the same with the end curtain in the other set.

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