Exodus 27:4

4 Make a grate of bronze mesh and attach bronze rings at each of the four corners.

Exodus 27:4 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 27:4

And thou shalt, make for it a grate of network of brass
Or "sieve", as in ( Amos 9:9 ) , it was a plate of brass with holes in it, to let through either the blood that drained from the parts of the sacrifice, or the ashes of it; for this was the focus or hearth, on which the sacrifice and the wood were laid and burnt: this, according to the Targum of Jonathan on ( Exodus 38:4 ) was to receive the coals and bones which fell from the altar: and so may denote the purity of Christ's sacrifice, which was offered up without spot to God, and the use of him as the altar to sanctify our gifts, and take away the sins of our holy things:

and upon the net shalt thou make four brazen rings in the four corners
by which, with chains put into them, the grate was fastened to the four horns of the altar, and the use of them was to let it down and hang in the middle of the altar, and to take it up when there was occasion for it; though some think these rings were not "in" the grate, but "by" it, as the particle may be rendered, a little lower than that, on the sides of the altar; into which the staves after mentioned were put, and with which the altar was carried when removed from place to place.

Exodus 27:4 In-Context

2 Make horns at each of the four corners. The horns are to be of one piece with the Altar and covered with a veneer of bronze.
3 Make buckets for removing the ashes, along with shovels, basins, forks, and fire pans. Make all these utensils from bronze.
4 Make a grate of bronze mesh and attach bronze rings at each of the four corners.
5 Put the grate under the ledge of the Altar at the halfway point of the Altar.
6 Make acacia wood poles for the Altar and cover them with a veneer of bronze.
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