Exodus 26:36

36 “For the entrance to the tent make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer.

Exodus 26:36 in Other Translations

KJV
36 And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework.
ESV
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.
NLT
36 “Make another curtain for the entrance to the sacred tent. Make it of finely woven linen and embroider it with exquisite designs, using blue, purple, and scarlet thread.
MSG
36 "Make a screen for the door of the tent. Weave it from blue, purple, and scarlet material and fine twisted linen.
CSB
36 "For the entrance to the tent you are to make a screen embroidered with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and finely spun linen.

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.


FOOTNOTES:

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 Put the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant law in the Most Holy Place.
35 Place the table outside the curtain on the north side of the tabernacle and put the lampstand opposite it on the south side.
36 “For the entrance to the tent make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer.
37 Make gold hooks for this curtain and five posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold. And cast five bronze bases for them.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Exodus 35:15; Exodus 40:5,28
  • 2. Psalms 45:14; Ezekiel 16:10; Ezekiel 26:16; Ezekiel 27:7