Exodus 29:37

37 For seven days make atonement for the altar and consecrate it. Then the altar will be most holy, and whatever touches it will be holy.

Exodus 29:37 in Other Translations

KJV
37 Seven days thou shalt make an atonement for the altar, and sanctify it; and it shall be an altar most holy: whatsoever toucheth the altar shall be holy.
ESV
37 Seven days you shall make atonement for the altar and consecrate it, and the altar shall be most holy. Whatever touches the altar shall become holy.
NLT
37 Purify the altar, and consecrate it every day for seven days. After that, the altar will be absolutely holy, and whatever touches it will become holy.
MSG
37 Make atonement for the Altar and consecrate it for seven days; the Altar will become soaked in holiness - anyone who so much as touches the Altar will become holy.
CSB
37 For seven days you must make atonement for the altar and consecrate it. The altar will become especially holy; whatever touches the altar will become holy.

Exodus 29:37 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 29:37

Seven days thou shalt make atonement for the altar, and
sanctify it
That it might be thoroughly fit to have sacrifices offered on it:

and it shall be an altar most holy;
as Christ is, and is called the Most Holy, and said to be anointed, ( Daniel 9:24 ) . He is holy in his person, nature, and offices, more holy than angels or men; as holy as the Lord God, the God of Israel, his Father, who is glorious in holiness, and none like to him for it:

whatsoever toucheth the altar shall be holy;
that is, whatsoever gift or sacrifice, according to law, was offered on it, whatever appertained unto it, or were suitable for it; for as for other things, they were not made holy by a touch of it, ( Haggai 2:11 Haggai 2:12 ) . The Targum of Jonathan refers it to persons, paraphrasing the words, that such should be holy who were

``of the sons of Aaron, but of the rest of the people it was not lawful for them to draw nigh, lest they should be burnt with flaming fire that comes out of the holy things;''

but our Lord applies it to gifts and offerings of the altar, for to this case he seems to have respect, ( Matthew 23:19 ) for he is the altar that sanctifies not only the persons, but the services of his people, and their sacrifices of prayer and praise come up with acceptance to God from off this altar; though even the best duties and services of theirs need atonement and purification by the sacrifice and blood of Christ.

Exodus 29:37 In-Context

35 “Do for Aaron and his sons everything I have commanded you, taking seven days to ordain them.
36 Sacrifice a bull each day as a sin offering to make atonement. Purify the altar by making atonement for it, and anoint it to consecrate it.
37 For seven days make atonement for the altar and consecrate it. Then the altar will be most holy, and whatever touches it will be holy.
38 “This is what you are to offer on the altar regularly each day: two lambs a year old.
39 Offer one in the morning and the other at twilight.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Exodus 30:28-29; Exodus 40:10; Ezekiel 43:25; Matthew 23:19