Exodus 38:24-31

24 The total amount of the gold from the wave offering used for all the work on the sanctuary was 29 talents and 730 shekels,[a] according to the sanctuary shekel.
25 The silver obtained from those of the community who were counted in the census was 100 talents[b] and 1,775 shekels,[c] according to the sanctuary shekel—
26 one beka per person, that is, half a shekel,[d] according to the sanctuary shekel, from everyone who had crossed over to those counted, twenty years old or more, a total of 603,550 men.
27 The 100 talents of silver were used to cast the bases for the sanctuary and for the curtain—100 bases from the 100 talents, one talent for each base.
28 They used the 1,775 shekels to make the hooks for the posts, to overlay the tops of the posts, and to make their bands.
29 The bronze from the wave offering was 70 talents and 2,400 shekels.[e]
30 They used it to make the bases for the entrance to the tent of meeting, the bronze altar with its bronze grating and all its utensils,
31 the bases for the surrounding courtyard and those for its entrance and all the tent pegs for the tabernacle and those for the surrounding courtyard.

Exodus 38:24-31 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EXODUS 38

This chapter is a continuation of the account of the making of the things belonging to the tabernacle, particularly the altar of burnt offering, Ex 38:1-7 the laver of brass, and the things it was made of, Ex 38:8 the court and its hangings, pillars, sockets, hooks and pins, Ex 38:9-20 then follows an account of the quantities of gold, silver, and brass, expended in the making of the several things appertaining to the sanctuary, Ex 38:21-31.

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Exodus 38:24-31 In-Context

22 (Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything the LORD commanded Moses;
23 with him was Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan—an engraver and designer, and an embroiderer in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen.)
24 The total amount of the gold from the wave offering used for all the work on the sanctuary was 29 talents and 730 shekels, according to the sanctuary shekel.
25 The silver obtained from those of the community who were counted in the census was 100 talents and 1,775 shekels, according to the sanctuary shekel—
26 one beka per person, that is, half a shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel, from everyone who had crossed over to those counted, twenty years old or more, a total of 603,550 men.
27 The 100 talents of silver were used to cast the bases for the sanctuary and for the curtain—100 bases from the 100 talents, one talent for each base.
28 They used the 1,775 shekels to make the hooks for the posts, to overlay the tops of the posts, and to make their bands.
29 The bronze from the wave offering was 70 talents and 2,400 shekels.
30 They used it to make the bases for the entrance to the tent of meeting, the bronze altar with its bronze grating and all its utensils,
31 the bases for the surrounding courtyard and those for its entrance and all the tent pegs for the tabernacle and those for the surrounding courtyard.

Cross References 8

  • 1. S Exodus 30:16
  • 2. S Exodus 30:13; Leviticus 27:25; Numbers 3:47; Numbers 18:16
  • 3. S Exodus 30:12
  • 4. S Exodus 30:12
  • 5. S Exodus 30:13
  • 6. S Exodus 30:14
  • 7. S Exodus 12:37; Numbers 1:46
  • 8. S Exodus 26:19

Footnotes 5

  • [a]. The weight of the gold was a little over a ton or about 1 metric ton.
  • [b]. That is, about 3 3/4 tons or about 3.4 metric tons; also in verse 27
  • [c]. That is, about 44 pounds or about 20 kilograms; also in verse 28
  • [d]. That is, about 1/5 ounce or about 5.7 grams
  • [e]. The weight of the bronze was about 2 1/2 tons or about 2.4 metric tons.