Exodus 38:24

Overview - Exodus 38
The altar of burnt offering.
The laver of brass.
The court, and its hangings.
21 The sum of what the people offered, and the use to which it was applied.
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Exodus 38:24  (King James Version)
All the gold that was occupied for the work in all the work of the holy place, even the gold of the offering, was twenty and nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.

All the gold
If we follow the estimation of the learned Dean Prideaux, the value of the twenty-nine talents, and 730 ; shekels of gold, will be 198,347
12s. 6d. The value of the silver contributed by Exodus 38:603 Exodus 38:550 ; Israelites, at half a shekel, or 1s. 6d
per man, will amount to 45,266. 5s. The value of the 70
talents, Exodus 38:2 Exodus 38:400 ; shekels of brass, will be 513 17s. The gold weighed Exodus 38:4 Exodus 38:245 ; pounds; the silver, Exodus 38:14 Exodus 38:603 ; pounds; and the brass, Exodus 38:10 Exodus 38:277 ; pounds, troy weight. The total value of all the gold, silver, and brass, will consequently amount to 244,127
14s. 6d.; and the total weight of these three
metals will amount to Exodus 38:29 Exodus 38:124 ; pounds troy, which reduced to avoirdupois weight, is equal to fourteen tons, 226 ; pounds!--It may, perhaps, seem difficult to imagine how the Israelites should be possessed of so much wealth in the desert; but it should be remembered, that their ancestors were opulent men before they came into Egypt; that they were further enriched by the spoils of the Egyptians and Amalekites; and that it is probable, they traded with the neighbouring nations who bordered on the wilderness. There appear to be three reasons why so much riches should have been employed in the construction of the tabernacle, etc 1. To impress the people's minds with the glory and dignity of the Divine Majesty, and the importance of his service
2. To take out of their hands the occasion of covetousness
3. To prevent pride and vain glory, by leading them to give up to the divine service even the ornaments of their persons.
1 Chronicles 22:14-16 ; 29:2-7 Haggai 2:8

25:2 29:24 35:22

the shekel
Exodus 30:13 Exodus 30:14 Exodus 30:24 Leviticus 5:15 ; Leviticus 27:3 Leviticus 27:25 Numbers 3:47 ; 18:16