Exodus 30:17-21

Basin for Washing

17 Then the LORD said to Moses,
18 “Make a bronze basin, with its bronze stand, for washing. Place it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it.
19 Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and feet with water from it.
20 Whenever they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water so that they will not die. Also, when they approach the altar to minister by presenting a food offering to the LORD,
21 they shall wash their hands and feet so that they will not die. This is to be a lasting ordinance for Aaron and his descendants for the generations to come.”

Exodus 30:17 in Other Translations

KJV
17 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
ESV
17 The LORD said to Moses,
NLT
17 Then the LORD said to Moses,
MSG
17 God spoke to Moses:
CSB
17 The Lord spoke to Moses:

Exodus 30:17-21 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EXODUS 30

This chapter treats of the altar of incense, its form and use, Ex 30:1-10 of the ransom of the Israelites, with the half shekel when numbered, Ex 30:11-16 of the laver for the priests to wash their hands and feet at before service, Ex 30:17-21 of the anointing oil, the ingredients of it, and what was to be done with it, Ex 30:22-33, and of the perfume, the composition and use of it, Ex 30:34-38.

Exodus 30:17-21 In-Context

15 The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the LORD to atone for your lives.
16 Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial for the Israelites before the LORD, making atonement for your lives.”
17 Then the LORD said to Moses,
18 “Make a bronze basin, with its bronze stand, for washing. Place it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it.
19 Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and feet with water from it.
20 Whenever they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water so that they will not die. Also, when they approach the altar to minister by presenting a food offering to the LORD,
21 they shall wash their hands and feet so that they will not die. This is to be a lasting ordinance for Aaron and his descendants for the generations to come.”
22 Then the LORD said to Moses,
23 “Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant calamus,

Cross References 6

  • 1. Exodus 31:9; Exodus 35:16; Exodus 38:8; Exodus 39:39; Exodus 40:7,30; 1 Kings 7:38; 2 Chronicles 4:6
  • 2. Exodus 40:31-32; Isaiah 52:11; John 13:10
  • 3. Exodus 29:4; Exodus 40:12; Leviticus 8:6; Psalms 26:6; Hebrews 10:22
  • 4. S Exodus 28:43
  • 5. S Exodus 27:21; Exodus 28:43
  • 6. Exodus 29:42
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