Exodus 25:1-9

Contributions for the Sanctuary

1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 1"Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From 2every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me.
3 And this is the contribution that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze,
4 3blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, goats' hair,
5 tanned 4rams' skins, goatskins,[a] acacia wood,
6 5oil for the lamps, 6spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense,
7 onyx stones, and stones for setting, for the 7ephod and for the breastpiece.
8 And let them make me a 8sanctuary, that 9I may dwell in their midst.
9 10Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the 11tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.

Exodus 25:1-9 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EXODUS 25

In this chapter an order is given for a freewill offering towards various things for the worship and service of God, and the materials to be offered, which would be useful and acceptable, are mentioned particularly, Ex 25:1-7, as also another order to build a sanctuary for God, after a model that he would give, Ex 25:8,9, and, an ark to put in the law on tables of stone, the fashion of which, and the various things belonging to it, are described, Ex 25:10-16, and a mercy seat with cherubim on it to be set over the ark, where the Lord promises to meet Moses and commune with him, Ex 25:17-22 and a table with various appurtenances to it to place the shewbread on, Ex 25:23-30 and a candlestick of gold, whose parts are described, and all the instruments relative to it, Ex 25:31-40.

Exodus 25:1-9 In-Context

1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me.
3 And this is the contribution that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze,
4 blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, goats' hair,
5 tanned rams' skins, goatskins, acacia wood,
6 oil for the lamps, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense,
7 onyx stones, and stones for setting, for the ephod and for the breastpiece.
8 And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.
9 Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.
10 "They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height.
11 You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside shall you overlay it, and you shall make on it a molding of gold around it.
12 You shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it.
13 You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.

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Cross References 11

  • 1. For ver. 1-7, see Exodus 35:4-9
  • 2. Exodus 35:5, 21, 29; Exodus 36:2; Judges 5:2; 1 Chronicles 29:5; [Ezra 1:6; Ezra 2:68; Ezra 3:5; Ezra 7:16]; Nehemiah 11:2; [2 Corinthians 8:12; 2 Corinthians 9:7]
  • 3. Exodus 26:1, 31, 36
  • 4. Exodus 26:14
  • 5. Exodus 27:20
  • 6. Exodus 30:7, 23, 34; Exodus 31:11
  • 7. Exodus 28:4, 15
  • 8. Hebrews 9:1, 2; See Exodus 36:1-4
  • 9. Exodus 29:45; 1 Kings 6:13; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Revelation 21:3
  • 10. ver. 40
  • 11. Exodus 26:1

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Uncertain; possibly dolphin skins, or dugong skins; compare 26:14
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