This is the sum of the tabernacle, even of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses…
This served a useful purpose -
1. As an account rendered to the people of what had been done with their gifts.
2. As gratifying a very laudable wish of the contributors to know how much the sum-total of their contributions amounted to.
3. As giving a just idea of the splendour and costliness of the building.
4. As a testimony to the liberality, willingness, and unstinting self-sacrifice of all classes in the congregation.
5. As specially indicating the destination of the atonement-money - the making of the "sockets" on which the tabernacle was reared (ver. 27).
6. As a lesson of exactitude in church finance. A church is not at liberty to deal in a slovenly manner with its receipts and disbursements. Careful accounts should be kept and published. This
(1) Gives confidence in the management;
(2) is an encouragement to giving;
(3) prevents charges of maladministration;
(4) is a prevention against waste. - J.O.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.
WEB: This is the amount of material used for the tabernacle, even the Tabernacle of the Testimony, as they were counted, according to the commandment of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, the son of Aaron the priest.