Exodus 26:36

36 "You shall make a 1screen for the entrance of the tent, of 2blue and purple and scarlet yarns and 3fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework.

Exodus 26:36 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 26:36

And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent,
&c.] At the east end of the tabernacle, which lay open and exposed, and for which as yet there was no provision; the west end of it, where stood the holy of holies, was enclosed with six boards, and two corner ones, ( Exodus 26:22 Exodus 26:23 ) and the linen curtains hung down there to the silver bases, and so did the curtains of goats' hair, even to the ground, and half a curtain to spare, see ( Exodus 26:12 Exodus 26:33 ) but for the east end, or entrance into the tabernacle, there was nothing till now ordered, only the sixth curtain of the goats' hair curtains was there turned up double, ( Exodus 26:9 ) , but now here an "hanging" is ordered, or rather a "covering" F26, as the word signifies; Jarchi calls it a vail; and this was instead of a door to the tabernacle, and divided the holy place, into which only the priests might enter, from the place where the people stood and worshipped: and this also was made

of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen;
as was the vail between the holy and the holy of holies; only with this difference, this was

wrought with needle work,
and that was of "cunning work": the difference between these two, "Rokem" and "Chosheb", was, as Ben Melech from the Misnah relates, that "Rokem" is the work of a needle, and therefore but one face or figure is seen, that is, it is only seen on one side; but "Chosheb" is the work of a weaver, and therefore two faces or figures are seen, that is, they are seen on both sides; and with this account Maimonides agrees, (See Gill on Exodus 26:1), besides this hanging, Josephus F1 tells us there was another of linen, of the same size with this, and which covered it, and preserved it from the weather, and which on festival days was turned back, that the people might have a prospect of the other; just as there were curtains of goats' hair to preserve the linen ones.


F26 (Kom) "operimentum", Montanus; "tegumentum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "velum", Tigurine version, Drusius.
F1 Antiqu. l. 3. c. 6. sect. 4.

Exodus 26:36 In-Context

34 You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the Most Holy Place.
35 And you shall set the table outside the veil, and the lampstand on the south side of the tabernacle opposite the table, and you shall put the table on the north side.
36 "You shall make a screen for the entrance of the tent, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework.
37 And you shall make for the screen five pillars of acacia, and overlay them with gold. Their hooks shall be of gold, and you shall cast five bases of bronze for them.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Exodus 27:16; Exodus 36:37
  • 2. ver. 1, 31; Exodus 25:4
  • 3. [See ver. 31 above]