Numbers 4:6
New International Version
Then they are to cover the curtain with a durable leather, spread a cloth of solid blue over that and put the poles in place.

New Living Translation
Then they must cover the inner curtain with fine goatskin leather and spread over that a single piece of blue cloth. Finally, they must put the carrying poles of the Ark in place.

English Standard Version
Then they shall put on it a covering of goatskin and spread on top of that a cloth all of blue, and shall put in its poles.

Berean Study Bible
They are to place over this a covering of fine leather, spread a solid blue cloth over it, and insert its poles.

King James Bible
And shall put thereon the covering of badgers' skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.

New King James Version
Then they shall put on it a covering of badger skins, and spread over that a cloth entirely of blue; and they shall insert its poles.

New American Standard Bible
and they shall place a covering of fine leather on it, and spread over it a cloth of pure violet, and insert its carrying poles.

NASB 1995
and they shall lay a covering of porpoise skin on it, and shall spread over it a cloth of pure blue, and shall insert its poles.

NASB 1977
and they shall lay a covering of porpoise skin on it, and shall spread over it a cloth of pure blue, and shall insert its poles.

Amplified Bible
and they shall put on it a covering of porpoise skin (fine leather), and shall spread over that a cloth of pure blue, and shall insert the carrying poles of the ark.

Christian Standard Bible
They are to place over this a covering made of fine leather, spread a solid blue cloth on top, and insert its poles.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are to place over this a covering made of manatee skin, spread a solid blue cloth on top, and insert its poles."

American Standard Version
and shall put thereon a covering of sealskin, and shall spread over it a cloth all of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they shall cover a membrane of leather of vermillionsky blue over it and they shall cover with a perfect robe of dark bluepurple from above and they shall set its poles.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they shall put on it a cover, even a blue skin, and put on it above a garment all of blue, and shall put the staves through the rings.

Contemporary English Version
and then with a piece of fine leather, and cover it all with a solid blue cloth. After this they will put the carrying poles in place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And shall cover it again with a cover of violet skins, and shall spread over it a cloth all of violet, and shall put in the bars.

English Revised Version
and shall put thereon a covering of sealskin, and shall spread over it a cloth all of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.

Good News Translation
They shall put a fine leather cover over it, spread a cloth of solid blue on top, and then insert the carrying poles.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Over this they will put a covering of fine leather. On top of that they will spread a cloth made entirely of violet material. Then they will put the poles in place.

International Standard Version
They are to set a leather-dyed skin covering over it, cover it with a pure blue cloth, and then insert its poles.

JPS Tanakh 1917
and shall put thereon a covering of sealskin, and shall spread over it a cloth all of blue, and shall set the staves thereof.

Literal Standard Version
then they have put a covering of tachash skin on it, and have spread a garment completely of blue above, and have placed its poles.

NET Bible
Then they must put over it a covering of fine leather and spread over that a cloth entirely of blue, and then they must insert its poles.

New Heart English Bible
and shall put a covering of sealskin on it, and shall spread over it a cloth all of blue, and shall put in its poles.

World English Bible
and shall put a covering of sealskin on it, and shall spread over it a cloth all of blue, and shall put in its poles.

Young's Literal Translation
and have put on it a covering of badger skin, and have spread a garment completely of blue above, and have placed its staves.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Duties of the Kohathites
5Whenever the camp sets out, Aaron and his sons are to go in, take down the veil of the curtain, and cover the ark of the Testimony with it. 6They are to place over this a covering of fine leather, spread a solid blue cloth over it, and insert its poles. 7Over the table of the Presence they are to spread a blue cloth and place the plates and cups on it, along with the bowls and pitchers for the drink offering. The regular bread offering is to remain on it.…

Cross References
Numbers 4:8
And they shall spread a scarlet cloth over them, cover them with fine leather, and insert the poles.

Numbers 4:11
Over the gold altar they are to spread a blue cloth, cover it with fine leather, and insert the poles.

Numbers 4:14
and place on it all the vessels used to serve there: the firepans, meat forks, shovels, and sprinkling bowls--all the equipment of the altar. They are to spread over it a covering of fine leather and insert the poles.

Numbers 4:25
They are to carry the curtains of the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting with the covering of fine leather over it, the curtains for the entrance to the Tent of Meeting,

Deuteronomy 31:9
So Moses wrote down this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel.


Treasury of Scripture

And shall put thereon the covering of badgers' skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.

badgers' skins.

Numbers 4:7,8,11-13
And upon the table of shewbread they shall spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal: and the continual bread shall be thereon: …

Exodus 35:19
The cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest's office.

Exodus 39:1,41
And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron; as the LORD commanded Moses…

Exodus 25:13-15
And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold…

1 Kings 8:7,8
For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above…









(6) And shall put in the staves thereof.--The staves had been removed whilst the Ark was being covered; otherwise they remained in their places (Exodus 25:15). (Comp. 2Chronicles 5:9.)

Verse 6. - The covering of badgers' skins. Probably of sea-cow skins (tachash), but see Exodus 25:5. The Targum of Palestine, and the Septuagint, both render it "a covering of hyacinthine skin." The later Jews would have no knowledge of the marine animals common on the shores of the Red Sea. A cloth wholly of blue. This was the distinctive outer, and therefore Visible, covering of the most sacred thing, the ark.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They are to place
וְנָתְנ֣וּ (wə·nā·ṯə·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

over
עָלָ֗יו (‘ā·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

this a covering
כְּסוּי֙ (kə·sui)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3681: Covered, a covering

of fine leather,
תַּ֔חַשׁ (ta·ḥaš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8476: Perhaps porpoise (a kind of leather or skin)

spread
וּפָרְשׂ֧וּ (ū·p̄ā·rə·śū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 6566: To break apart, disperse

a solid
כְּלִ֛יל (kə·lîl)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3632: Complete, the whole, as, fully

blue
תְּכֵ֖לֶת (tə·ḵê·leṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8504: The cerulean mussel, the color, obtained therefrom, stuff dyed therewith

cloth
בֶֽגֶד־ (ḇe·ḡeḏ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 899: A covering, clothing, treachery, pillage

over it,
מִלְמָ֑עְלָה (mil·mā·‘ə·lāh)
Preposition-m, Preposition-l | Adverb | third person feminine singular
Strong's 4605: The upper part, with prefix upward, above, overhead, from the top

and insert
וְשָׂמ֖וּ (wə·śā·mū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

its poles.
בַּדָּֽיו׃ (bad·dāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 905: Separation, a part of the body, branch of a, tree, bar for, carrying, chief of


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