Exodus 40:34-38

The Glory of the LORD

34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out;
37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted.
38 So the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

Exodus 40:34 in Other Translations

KJV
34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
ESV
34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
NLT
34 Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the LORD filled the Tabernacle.
MSG
34 The Cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Glory of God filled The Dwelling.
CSB
34 The cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

Exodus 40:34-38 Meaning and Commentary

\\INTRODUCTION OF EXODUS 40\\

This chapter contains the order for setting up the tabernacle, and
placing the furniture of it where it was the will of God it should be
put, Ex 40:1-8 and for the anointing it, and all its vessels, and
also Aaron and his sons, Ex 40:9-16 all which were accordingly
done, the tabernacle was reared up, and everything was put in its
proper place, Ex 40:16-33 upon which a cloud covered the tent, and
the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle, so that Moses could not
enter; which cloud afterwards was a direction in their journeys, by
night and by day, Ex 40:34-38.

Exodus 40:34-38 In-Context

32 They washed whenever they entered the tent of meeting or approached the altar, as the LORD commanded Moses.
33 Then Moses set up the courtyard around the tabernacle and altar and put up the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard. And so Moses finished the work.
34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out;
37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted.
38 So the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

Cross References 6

  • 1. Exodus 19:16; Leviticus 16:2; Numbers 9:15-23; 1 Kings 8:12; 2 Chronicles 5:13; Isaiah 6:4; Ezekiel 10:4
  • 2. S Exodus 16:7; John 1:14; John 12:41; Revelation 15:8
  • 3. S Exodus 16:10
  • 4. 1 Kings 8:11; 2 Chronicles 5:13-14; 2 Chronicles 7:2
  • 5. Numbers 9:17-23; Numbers 10:13; Nehemiah 9:19
  • 6. S Exodus 13:21; Numbers 9:15; 1 Corinthians 10:1
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