Exodus 28:42

42 “Make linen undergarments as a covering for the body, reaching from the waist to the thigh.

Read Exodus 28:42 Using Other Translations

And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach:
You shall make for them linen undergarments to cover their naked flesh. They shall reach from the hips to the thighs;
Also make linen undergarments for them, to be worn next to their bodies, reaching from their hips to their thighs.

What does Exodus 28:42 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 28:42

And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their
Or "the flesh of nakedness" F17, that part of the body which ought not to be naked and exposed to view, and which, when it is, causes shame and ridicule; what part is designed is easily gathered from the next clause; great care was taken, in the service of God's house, to preserve decency, prevent immodesty, and to guard against laughter and levity, and the like care should be always taken, (See Gill on Exodus 28:2),

from the loins even unto the thigh they shall reach;
they were to reach above the navel near the heart, and to the end of the thigh, which is the knee, as Maimonides says F18; who also observes, that they had strings, but had no opening before or behind, but were drawn up round like a purse; they were a sort of drawers, and somewhat like our sailors' trousers.


F17 (hwre rvb) "carnem nuditatis", Montanus, Vatablus, Drusius; "carnem nudam", Junius & Tremellius; "carnem verendorum", Tigurine version; "carnem pudendorum", Piscator.
F18 Cele Hamikdash, c. 8. sect. 18.
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