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27:1 And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits.
27:2 And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass.
27:3 And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and his basons, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass.
27:4 And thou shalt make for it a grate of network of brass; and upon the net shalt thou make four brasen rings in the four corners thereof.
27:5 And thou shalt put it under the compass of the altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst of the altar.
27:6 And thou shalt make staves for the altar, staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with brass.
27:7 And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two sides of the altar, to bear it.
27:8 Hollow with boards shalt thou make it: as it was shewed thee in the mount, so shall they make it.
27:9 And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of an hundred cubits long for one side: 27:10 And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver.
27:11 And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings of an hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
27:12 And for the breadth of the court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits: their pillars ten, and their sockets ten.
27:13 And the breadth of the court on the east side eastward shall be fifty cubits.
27:14 The hangings of one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.
27:15 And on the other side shall be hangings fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.
27:16 And for the gate of the court shall be an hanging of twenty cubits, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework: and their pillars shall be four, and their sockets four.
27:17 All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass.
27:18 The length of the court shall be an hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty every where, and the height five cubits of fine twined linen, and their sockets of brass.
27:19 All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass.
27:20 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.
27:21 In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.


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King James Bible:Exodus
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Exodus
Book: Exodus
Chapter: 27

Overview:
The Altar of burnt offerings. (1-8) The Court of the
Tabernacle. (9-19) The Oil for the lamps. (20,21)

1-8 In the Court before the Tabernacle, where the people
attended, was an Altar, to which they must bring their
sacrifices, and On which their priests must offer them to God.
It was of Wood overlaid with Brass. A Grate of Brass was let
into the hollow of the Altar, about the middle of which the Fire
was kept, and the Sacrifice burnt. It was made of Net-work like
a sieve, and hung hollow, that the Ashes might fall through.
This brazen Altar was a Type of Christ dying to make Atonement
for our sins. The Wood had been consumed By the Fire from
Heaven, if it had not been secured By the Brass: nor could the
human nature of Christ have borne the wrath of God, if it had
not been supported By Divine power.

9-19 The Tabernacle was enclosed in a Court, about sixty yards
long and thirty broad, formed By curtains hung upon brazen
pillars, fixed in brazen sockets. Within this enclosure the
priests and Levites offered the sacrifices, and thither the
Jewish people were admitted. These distinctions represented the
difference between the visible nominal Church, and the true
spiritual Church, which alone has access to God, and Communion
with him.

20,21 The pure Oil signified the Gifts and graces of the
Spirit, which all believers receive from Christ, the good Olive,
and without which our Light cannot shine before men. The priests
were to Light the lamps, and tend them. It is the work of
ministers, By preaching and expounding the Scriptures, which are
as a Lamp, to enlighten the Church, God's Tabernacle upon Earth.
Blessed be God, this Light is not now confined to the Jewish
Tabernacle, but is a Light to lighten the Gentiles, and for
Salvation unto the ends of the Earth.

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