Exodus 27:1-8

The Altar of Burnt Offering

1 “Build an altar of acacia wood, three cubits[a] high; it is to be square, five cubits long and five cubits wide.[b]
2 Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze.
3 Make all its utensils of bronze—its pots to remove the ashes, and its shovels, sprinkling bowls, meat forks and firepans.
4 Make a grating for it, a bronze network, and make a bronze ring at each of the four corners of the network.
5 Put it under the ledge of the altar so that it is halfway up the altar.
6 Make poles of acacia wood for the altar and overlay them with bronze.
7 The poles are to be inserted into the rings so they will be on two sides of the altar when it is carried.
8 Make the altar hollow, out of boards. It is to be made just as you were shown on the mountain.

Exodus 27:1-8 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter treats of the altar of burnt offering, and of all things relative to it, Ex 27:1-8, of the court of the tabernacle, its hangings on each side, with pillars, sockets, and hooks for them, Ex 27:9-19 and it is concluded with an order to the Israelites to bring oil olive for the lamp of the sanctuary, Ex 27:20,21.

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Cross References 7

  • 1. S Exodus 20:24; S Exodus 40:6; S 1 Kings 8:64; Ezekiel 43:13
  • 2. Exodus 29:12; Exodus 30:2; Exodus 37:25; Leviticus 4:7; 1 Kings 1:50; 1 Kings 2:28; Psalms 118:27; Jeremiah 17:1; Ezekiel 43:15; Amos 3:14; Zechariah 9:15
  • 3. Numbers 7:13; 1 Kings 7:40,45; 2 Kings 12:13
  • 4. Numbers 4:14; 1 Chronicles 28:17; Jeremiah 52:18
  • 5. S Exodus 25:13
  • 6. Exodus 25:14,28
  • 7. S Exodus 25:9; Exodus 25:9,40

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. That is, about 4 1/2 feet or about 1.4 meters
  • [b]. That is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters long and wide
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