Exodus 36

Listen to Exodus 36
1 "Bezalel and Oholiab and 1every craftsman in whom the LORD has put skill and intelligence to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the LORD has commanded."
2 And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the LORD had put skill, everyone 2whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work.
3 And they received from Moses all the 3contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him 4freewill offerings every morning,
4 so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing,
5 and said to Moses, 5"The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the LORD has commanded us to do."
6 So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, "Let no man or woman do anything more for the 6contribution for the sanctuary." So the people were restrained from bringing,
7 for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.
8 7And all the craftsmen among the workmen made the tabernacle with ten curtains. They were made of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns, with cherubim skillfully worked.
9 The length of each curtain was twenty-eight cubits,[a] and the breadth of each curtain four cubits. All the curtains were the same size.
10 He coupled five curtains to one another, and the other five curtains he coupled to one another.
11 He made loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain of the first set. Likewise he made them on the edge of the outermost curtain of the second set.
12 He made fifty loops on the one curtain, and he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was in the second set. The loops were opposite one another.
13 And he made fifty clasps of gold, and coupled the curtains one to the other with clasps. So the tabernacle was a single whole.
14 He also made curtains of goats' hair for a tent over the tabernacle. He made eleven curtains.
15 The length of each curtain was thirty cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits. The eleven curtains were the same size.
16 He coupled five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves.
17 And he made fifty loops on the edge of the outermost curtain of the one set, and fifty loops on the edge of the other connecting curtain.
18 And he made fifty clasps of bronze to couple the tent together that it might be a single whole.
19 And he made for the tent a covering of tanned rams' skins and goatskins.
20 8Then he made the upright frames for the tabernacle of 9acacia wood.
21 Ten cubits was the length of a frame, and a cubit and a half the breadth of each frame.
22 Each frame had two tenons for fitting together. He did this for all the frames of the tabernacle.
23 The frames for the tabernacle he made thus: twenty frames for the south side.
24 And he made forty bases of silver under the twenty frames, two bases under one frame for its two tenons, and two bases under the next frame for its two tenons.
25 For the second side of the tabernacle, on the north side, he made twenty frames
26 and their forty bases of silver, two bases under one frame and two bases under the next frame.
27 For the rear of the tabernacle westward he made six frames.
28 He made two frames for corners of the tabernacle in the rear.
29 And they were separate beneath but joined at the top, at the first ring. He made two of them this way for the two corners.
30 There were eight frames with their bases of silver: sixteen bases, under every frame two bases.
31 He made bars of acacia wood, five for the frames of the one side of the tabernacle,
32 and five bars for the frames of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the frames of the tabernacle at the rear westward.
33 And he made the middle bar to run from end to end halfway up the frames.
34 And he overlaid the frames with gold, and made their rings of gold for holders for the bars, and overlaid the bars with gold.
35 10He made the veil of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen; with cherubim skillfully worked into it he made it.
36 And for it he made four pillars of acacia and overlaid them with gold. Their hooks were of gold, and he cast for them four bases of silver.
37 He also made a screen for the entrance of the tent, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework,
38 and its five pillars with their hooks. He overlaid their capitals, and their fillets were of gold, but their five bases were of bronze.

Exodus 36 Commentary

Chapter 36

The making of the tabernacle The liberality of the people restrained.

- The readiness and zeal with which these builders set about their work, the exactness with which they performed it, and the faithfulness with which they objected to receive more contributions, are worthy of our imitation. Thus should we serve God, and our superiors also, in all things lawful. Thus should all who are in public trusts abhor filthy lucre, and avoid all occasions and temptations to covetousness. Where have we the representation of God's love towards us, that we by love dwell in him and he in us, save in Emmanuel? ( Matthew 1:23 ) . This is the ( 2 Corinthians. 5:18 2 Corinthians. 5:19 ) the design of the "tabernacle of witness," a visible testimony of the love of God to the race of men, however they were fallen from their first state. And this love was shown by Christ's taking up his abode on earth; by the Word being made flesh, Joh. 1:14 , wherein, as the original expresses it, he did tabernacle among us.

Cross References 10

  • 1. Exodus 28:3; Exodus 31:6; Exodus 35:10, 25
  • 2. See Exodus 25:2
  • 3. Exodus 35:24
  • 4. See Exodus 35:29
  • 5. [2 Chronicles 31:10; 2 Corinthians 8:2, 3]
  • 6. ver. 3
  • 7. For ver. 8-19, see Exodus 26:1-14
  • 8. For ver. 20-34, see Exodus 26:15-29
  • 9. Exodus 25:5, 28; Exodus 30:5
  • 10. For ver. 35-38, see Exodus 26:31-37

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters

Chapter Summary


Bezaleel and Aholiab, with the artificers under them, having a call as well as qualifications for the service of the sanctuary, and having received from Moses the materials for it, set about it, Ex 36:1-3 but the people bringing more than was necessary, they acquaint Moses with it, who by a proclamation restrained from it, Ex 36:4-7 and next an account is given of the several things that were wrought by them, as first the curtains for the tabernacle, both of linen and goats' hair, and the coverings of them, Ex 36:8-19 next the boards for the tabernacle, and the sockets they were set in, and the bars for the boards, Ex 36:20-34 and then the vail which parted the most holy place from the holy place, and the hanging which divided between the holy place and the court, Ex 36:35-38.

Exodus 36 Commentaries

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