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 in Other Translations

KJV
1 And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits.
ESV
1 "You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits broad. The altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits.
NLT
1 “Using acacia wood, construct a square altar 7 feet wide, 7 feet long, and 4 feet high.
MSG
1 "Make an Altar of acacia wood. Make it seven and a half feet square and four and a half feet high.
CSB
1 "You are to construct the altar of acacia wood. The altar must be square, seven and a half feet long, and seven and a half feet wide; it must be four and a half feet high.

Exodus 27:1-8 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EXODUS 27

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.

Exodus 27:1-8 In-Context

1 “Build an altar of acacia wood, three cubits high; it is to be square, five cubits long and five cubits wide.
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.
9 “Make a courtyard for the tabernacle. The south side shall be a hundred cubits long and is to have curtains of finely twisted linen,
10 with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases and with silver hooks and bands on the posts.
11 The north side shall also be a hundred cubits long and is to have curtains, with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases and with silver hooks and bands on the posts.
12 “The west end of the courtyard shall be fifty cubits wide and have curtains, with ten posts and ten bases.

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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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