Exodus 30:22-32

The Anointing Oil

22 Moreover, the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
23 "Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred and fifty,
24 and of cassia five hundred, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin.
25 "You shall make of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be 1a holy anointing oil.
26 "With it 2you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony,
27 and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense,
28 and the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the laver and its stand.
29 "You shall also consecrate them, that they may be most holy; whatever touches them shall be holy.
30 "3You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me.
31 "You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations.
32 'It shall not be poured on anyone's body, nor shall you make any like it in the same proportions; 4it is holy, and it shall be holy to you.

Exodus 30:22-32 Meaning and Commentary


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.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Exodus 37:29; Exodus 40:9; Leviticus 8:10
  • 2. Exodus 40:9; Leviticus 8:10; Numbers 7:1
  • 3. Exodus 29:7; Leviticus 8:12
  • 4. Exodus 30:25, 37

Footnotes 3

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