Exodus 29:4-8

4 Then bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water.
5 Take the garments and dress Aaron with the tunic, the robe of the ephod, the ephod itself and the breastpiece. Fasten the ephod on him by its skillfully woven waistband.
6 Put the turban on his head and attach the sacred emblem to the turban.
7 Take the anointing oil and anoint him by pouring it on his head.
8 Bring his sons and dress them in tunics

Exodus 29:4-8 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter gives an account of the form and order of the consecration of Aaron and his sons to the priestly office; preparatory to which Moses is ordered to take a young bullock, two rams, bread, cakes, and wafers unleavened, and bring them and Aaron and his sons to the door of the congregation, where the ceremony was to be publicly performed, and which began with washing them, Ex 29:1-4 and then proceeded by putting on the priestly garments directed to be made in the preceding chapter, first on Aaron, who also was anointed, Ex 29:5-7 and then upon his sons, Ex 29:8,9 after which the bullock and the two rams were to be slain, and orders are given what was to be done with their blood, and the several parts of them, as well as with the cakes and wafers, Ex 29:10-23 and directions are given to make these wave and heave offerings, Ex 29:24-28 and that the garments of Aaron's should be his son's that succeeded him, Ex 29:29,30, and that the flesh of the ram of consecration with the bread should be eaten by Aaron and his sons and no other, Ex 29:31-35, the altar also where they were to officiate was to be cleansed, sanctified, and an atonement made for it, Ex 29:36,37 after which two lambs every day, morning and evening, were to be offered on it in all succeeding generations, Ex 29:38-42, and the chapter is closed with a promise that the Lord would meet with the children of Israel at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and would sanctify the tabernacle, and dwell among them, and be their God, Ex 29:43-46.

Cross References 7

  • 1. Exodus 40:12; Leviticus 14:8; Leviticus 16:4; Hebrews 10:22
  • 2. S Exodus 28:2; Leviticus 8:7
  • 3. Exodus 28:8
  • 4. Exodus 28:39; Isaiah 3:23; Zechariah 3:5
  • 5. S Exodus 28:36; Leviticus 8:9
  • 6. ver 21; S Exodus 28:41; Exodus 30:25,30,31; Exodus 37:29; Exodus 40:9; Leviticus 8:12; Leviticus 21:10; Numbers 35:25; 1 Samuel 10:1; 1 Kings 1:39; Psalms 89:20; Psalms 133:2; Psalms 141:5
  • 7. S Exodus 28:4; Leviticus 16:4
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