• Ten curtains, each twenty-eight cubits long and four wide, made of fine linen, also eleven made of goat's hair, covered the tabernacle ( Exodus 26:1-13 ; 36:8-17 ).

  • The sacred curtain, separating the holy of holies from the sanctuary, is designated by a different Hebrew word (peroketh). It is described as a "veil of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work" ( Exodus 26:31 ; Leviticus 16:2 ; Numbers 18:7 ).

  • "Stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain" ( Isaiah 40:22 ), is an expression used with reference to the veil or awning which Orientals spread for a screen over their courts in summer. According to the prophet, the heavens are spread over our heads as such an awning. Similar expressions are found in Ps 104:2l; Compare Isaiah 44:24 ; Job 9:8 .

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    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

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    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Curtain". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .


    kur'-t'-n, -ten, -tin:

    The word ordinarily used for curtain is yeri`ah. Thus in Exodus 26:1; 36:8 of the curtains of the tabernacle (see TABERNACLE); in 2 Samuel 7:2; Psalms 104:2; Song of Solomon 1:5; Isaiah 54:2; Jeremiah 4:20; 10:20; 49:29; Habakkuk 3:7.


    In Isaiah 40:22 (like Psalms 104:2, of the heavens), the word used is doq, literally, "gauze."

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    Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'CURTAIN'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.