Ex 26:1-37. Ten
1. cunning work—that is, of elegant
texture, richly embroidered. The word "cunning," in old English,
is synonymous with "skilful."
2. length—Each curtain was to be fifteen
yards in length and a little exceeding two in breadth.
3. The five curtains shall be coupled together one
to another, &c.—so as to form two grand divisions, each
eleven yards wide.
6. taches—clasps; supposed in shape, as
well as in use, to be the same as hooks and eyes.
7-13. curtains of goats' hair—These
coarse curtains were to be one more in number than the others, and to
extend a yard lower on each side, the use of them being to protect and
conceal the richer curtains.
14. a covering … of rams' skins dyed
red—that is, of Turkey red leather. [See on Ex 39:34.]
15-30. thou shalt make boards … rear up the
tabernacle according to the fashion … which was showed
thee—The tabernacle, from its name as well as from its
general appearance and arrangements, was a tent; but from the
description given in these verses, the boards that formed its walls,
the five (cross) bars that strengthened them, and the middle bar that
"reached from end to end," and gave it solidity and compactness, it was
evidently a more substantial fabric than a light and fragile tent,
probably on account of the weight of its various coverings as well as
for the protection of its precious furniture.
36. an hanging for the door of the
tent—Curtains of rich and elaborate embroidery, made by the
women, are suspended over the doors or entrances of the tents occupied
by Eastern chiefs and princes. In a similar style of elegance was the
hanging finished which was to cover the door of this
tabernacle—the chosen habitation of the God and King of Israel.
It appears from Ex 26:12, 22, 23, that the ark and mercy seat were placed
in the west end of the tabernacle, and consequently the door or
entrance fronted the east, so that the Israelites in worshipping
Jehovah, turned their faces towards the west; that they might be thus
figuratively taught to turn from the worship of that luminary which was
the great idol of the nations, and to adore the God who made it and