Exodus 25:8

8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.

Exodus 25:8 in Other Translations

8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
8 And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.
8 “Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them.
8 Let them construct a Sanctuary for me so that I can live among them.
8 "They are to make a sanctuary for Me so that I may dwell among them.

Exodus 25:8 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 25:8

And let them make me a sanctuary
An holy place to dwell in, and so called from his dwelling in it, as follows:

that I may dwell amongst them;
in the midst of them, where the tabernacle was always placed; and there he dwelt as their King and their God, to whom they might have recourse on all occasions, and whom they should serve and worship; this sanctuary was to be made of many of the materials before mentioned by the Israelites, whom Moses should employ, and to whom he should give directions for the making it, according to the pattern showed him: and so the Jewish writers interpret "make me", or "to me", i.e. of mine, of mine holy things, things sanctified and separated to his use; and they bring this passage to prove that the workmen in the temple were to be paid only out of the holy things, or money given for the repair of it F8: this was a type of the human nature of Christ, the true sanctuary and tabernacle which God pitched and not man, and in which the fulness of the Godhead dwells bodily; and of the church of God, the temple of the living God, among whom he walks, and with whom he dwells, ( Hebrews 8:2 ) ( 2 Corinthians 6:16 ) .


F8 Maimon. & Bartenora in Misn. Temurah, c. 7. sect. 1.

Exodus 25:8 In-Context

6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense;
7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.
9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.
10 “Have them make an ark of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Exodus 36:1-5; Leviticus 4:6; Leviticus 10:4,7; Leviticus 21:12,23; Numbers 3:28; Hebrews 9:1-2
  • 2. Exodus 29:45; Leviticus 26:11-12; Numbers 5:3; Deuteronomy 12:11; 1 Kings 6:13; Zechariah 2:10; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Revelation 21:3
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