Exodus 38:9-20

The Courtyard

9 Next they made the courtyard. The south side was a hundred cubits[a] long and had 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 was also a hundred cubits long and had twenty posts and twenty bronze bases, with silver hooks and bands on the posts.
12 The west end was fifty cubits[b] wide and had curtains, with ten posts and ten bases, with silver hooks and bands on the posts.
13 The east end, toward the sunrise, was also fifty cubits wide.
14 Curtains fifteen cubits[c] long were on one side of the entrance, with three posts and three bases,
15 and curtains fifteen cubits long were on the other side of the entrance to the courtyard, with three posts and three bases.
16 All the curtains around the courtyard were of finely twisted linen.
17 The bases for the posts were bronze. The hooks and bands on the posts were silver, and their tops were overlaid with silver; so all the posts of the courtyard had silver bands.
18 The curtain for the entrance to the courtyard was made of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer. It was twenty cubits[d] long and, like the curtains of the courtyard, five cubits[e] high,
19 with four posts and four bronze bases. Their hooks and bands were silver, and their tops were overlaid with silver.
20 All the tent pegs of the tabernacle and of the surrounding courtyard were bronze.

Exodus 38:9 in Other Translations

KJV
9 And he made the court: on the south side southward the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, an hundred cubits:
ESV
9 And he made the court. For the south side the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, a hundred cubits;
NLT
9 Then Bezalel made the courtyard, which was enclosed with curtains made of finely woven linen. On the south side the curtains were 150 feet long.
MSG
9 And he made the Courtyard. On the south side the hangings for the Courtyard, woven from fine twisted linen, were 150 feet long,
CSB
9 Then he made the courtyard. The hangings on the south side of the courtyard were of finely spun linen, 150 feet in length,

Exodus 38:9-20 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.

Bezaleel made it, or it was made by his direction, he having the care and oversight of it, wherefore the making of it is ascribed to him, 2Ch 1:5 the account of this, its horns, vessels, rings, and staves, is carried on to Ex 38:2-7 of which \\see Gill on "Ex 27:1"\\ \\see Gill on "Ex 27:2"\\ \\see Gill on "Ex 27:3"\\ \\see Gill on "Ex 27:4"\\ \\see Gill on "Ex 27:5"\\ \\see Gill on "Ex 27:6"\\ \\see Gill on "Ex 27:7"\\ \\see Gill on "Ex 27:8"\\. 10593-941108-1338-Ex38.2

Exodus 38:9-20 In-Context

7 They inserted the poles into the rings so they would be on the sides of the altar for carrying it. They made it hollow, out of boards.
8 They made the bronze basin and its bronze stand from the mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.
9 Next they made the courtyard. The south side was a hundred cubits long and had 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 was also a hundred cubits long and had twenty posts and twenty bronze bases, with silver hooks and bands on the posts.
12 The west end was fifty cubits wide and had curtains, with ten posts and ten bases, with silver hooks and bands on the posts.
13 The east end, toward the sunrise, was also fifty cubits wide.
14 Curtains fifteen cubits long were on one side of the entrance, with three posts and three bases,
15 and curtains fifteen cubits long were on the other side of the entrance to the courtyard, with three posts and three bases.
16 All the curtains around the courtyard were of finely twisted linen.
17 The bases for the posts were bronze. The hooks and bands on the posts were silver, and their tops were overlaid with silver; so all the posts of the courtyard had silver bands.
18 The curtain for the entrance to the courtyard was made of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer. It was twenty cubits long and, like the curtains of the courtyard, five cubits high,
19 with four posts and four bronze bases. Their hooks and bands were silver, and their tops were overlaid with silver.
20 All the tent pegs of the tabernacle and of the surrounding courtyard were bronze.
21 These are the amounts of the materials used for the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the covenant law, which were recorded at Moses’ command by the Levites under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron, the priest.
22 (Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything the LORD commanded Moses;

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Footnotes 5

  • [a]. That is, about 150 feet or about 45 meters
  • [b]. That is, about 75 feet or about 23 meters
  • [c]. That is, about 22 feet or about 6.8 meters
  • [d]. That is, about 30 feet or about 9 meters
  • [e]. That is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters
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