Exodus 28:36-38

36 “Make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD.
37 Fasten a blue cord to it to attach it to the turban; it is to be on the front of the turban.
38 It will be on Aaron’s forehead, and he will bear the guilt involved in the sacred gifts the Israelites consecrate, whatever their gifts may be. It will be on Aaron’s forehead continually so that they will be acceptable to the LORD.

Exodus 28:36 in Other Translations

KJV
36 And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.
ESV
36 "You shall make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet, 'Holy to the LORD.'
NLT
36 “Next make a medallion of pure gold, and engrave it like a seal with these words: HOLY TO THE LORD .
MSG
36 "Make a plate of pure gold. Engrave on it as on a seal: 'Holy to God.'
CSB
36 "You are to make a plate of pure gold and engrave it, like the engraving of a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD

Exodus 28:36-38 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EXODUS 28

This chapter informs us of the servants God would have to minister to him in the house, or tabernacle, he had ordered to be made, even Aaron and his sons, Ex 28:1 of the garments they were to wear in their service, Ex 28:2-5 and first of the garments of the high priest, and particularly of the ephod, with the girdle, on the shoulder pieces of which were to be two onyx stones, with the names of the children of Israel engraved on them, Ex 28:6-14, and that of the breastplate of judgment, with the Urim and Thummum in it, Ex 28:15-30 and of the robe of the ephod, Ex 28:31-35, and of the mitre, Ex 28:36-39 and then of the garments of the common priests, Ex 28:40-43.

Exodus 28:36-38 In-Context

34 The gold bells and the pomegranates are to alternate around the hem of the robe.
35 Aaron must wear it when he ministers. The sound of the bells will be heard when he enters the Holy Place before the LORD and when he comes out, so that he will not die.
36 “Make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD.
37 Fasten a blue cord to it to attach it to the turban; it is to be on the front of the turban.
38 It will be on Aaron’s forehead, and he will bear the guilt involved in the sacred gifts the Israelites consecrate, whatever their gifts may be. It will be on Aaron’s forehead continually so that they will be acceptable to the LORD.
39 “Weave the tunic of fine linen and make the turban of fine linen. The sash is to be the work of an embroiderer.
40 Make tunics, sashes and caps for Aaron’s sons to give them dignity and honor.

Cross References 4

  • 1. ver 37; Exodus 29:6; Leviticus 8:9
  • 2. Zechariah 14:20
  • 3. Leviticus 5:1; Leviticus 10:17; Leviticus 16:22; Leviticus 22:9,16; Numbers 18:1; Isa 53:5,6,11; Ezekiel 4:4-6; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 2:24
  • 4. S Genesis 32:20; Leviticus 22:20,27; Leviticus 23:11; Isaiah 56:7
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