Exodus 28:37

37 Fasten it to a cord of blue yarn so it can be placed on the turban; the plate is to be on the front of the turban.

Exodus 28:37 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 28:37

And thou shalt put it on a blue lace
The plate of gold:

that it may be upon the mitre;
either the plate or the lace; the lace is the nearest antecedent, but it seems by what follows it should be the plate:

upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be;
the plate of gold; the mitre was of linen, a wrap of linen about the head, and was like a turban on it, in the top of it; it did not come down low upon the forehead, but left that bare for this plate of gold to be put upon it. Jarchi seems to understand all this of the lace, by comparing it with the following verse, and ( Exodus 39:31 ) as if the plate was represented as in the lace, and the lace upon the plate and upon the mitre above; all which he thinks is to be reconciled by observing, that the plate had three holes, and in every hole was a blue lace, and each lace was divided into two parts, so that there were six in all, two laces at each end of the plate, and two in the middle, by which they were fastened upon the top of the mitre, by which it was kept from falling off; and of this middle lace, he thinks, the text is to be understood. The Targum of Jonathan observes, that this plate was put on a blue lace, to make atonement for the impudent.

Exodus 28:37 In-Context

35 The robe must be [worn by] Aaron whenever he ministers, and its sound will be heard when he enters the sanctuary before the Lord and when he exits, so that he does not die.
36 "You are to make a plate of pure gold and engrave it, like the engraving of a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD
37 Fasten it to a cord of blue yarn so it can be placed on the turban; the plate is to be on the front of the turban.
38 It will be on Aaron's forehead so that Aaron may bear the guilt connected with the holy offerings that the Israelites consecrate as all their holy gifts. It is always to be on his forehead, so that they may find acceptance with the Lord.
39 "You are to weave the tunic from fine linen, make a turban of fine linen, and make an embroidered sash.