Exodus 25:18-22

18 And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover.
19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends.
20 The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover.
21 Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law that I will give you.
22 There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.

Exodus 25:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
ESV
18 And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat.
NLT
18 Then make two cherubim from hammered gold, and place them on the two ends of the atonement cover.
MSG
18 "Sculpt two winged angels out of hammered gold for either end of the Atonement-Cover,
CSB
18 Make two cherubim of gold; make them of hammered work at the two ends of the mercy seat.

Exodus 25:18-22 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 25:18-22 In-Context

16 Then put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law, which I will give you.
17 “Make an atonement cover of pure gold—two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide.
18 And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover.
19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends.
20 The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover.
21 Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law that I will give you.
22 There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.
23 “Make a table of acacia wood—two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high.
24 Overlay it with pure gold and make a gold molding around it.

Cross References 8

  • 1. Exodus 26:1,31; Exodus 36:35; 1 Kings 6:23,27; 1 Kings 8:6; 2 Chronicles 3:10-13; Hebrews 9:5
  • 2. S Genesis 3:24
  • 3. Exodus 37:9; 1 Kings 8:7; 1 Chronicles 28:18; Hebrews 9:5
  • 4. ver 10-15; Exodus 26:34; Exodus 40:20; Deuteronomy 10:5
  • 5. ver 16; S Exodus 16:34; Hebrews 9:4
  • 6. Numbers 7:89; 1 Samuel 4:4; 2 Samuel 6:2; 2 Samuel 22:11; 2 Kings 19:15; 1 Chronicles 13:6; 1 Chronicles 28:18; Psalms 18:10; Psalms 80:1; Psalms 99:1; Isaiah 37:16
  • 7. S Exodus 19:3; Exodus 29:42; Exodus 30:6,36; Leviticus 1:1; Leviticus 16:2; Numbers 17:4; Ex Exodus 29:42-43
  • 8. Jeremiah 3:16
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