THE term male is a homonym which denotes that one substance enters
another, and fills it, as “And she filled (va-temalle) her pitcher” (Gen. xxiv.
16); “An omer-full (melo) for each” (Exod. xvi. 32), and many other instances. Next,
it signifies the expiration or completion of a fixed period of time, as “And when
her days to be delivered were fulfilled (va-yimleü)” (Gen. xxv. 24); “And forty
days were completed (va-yimleü) for him” (Gen. 1. It further denotes attainment
of the highest degree of excellency, as Full (male) with the blessing of the Lord”
(Deut. xxxiii. 23);
“Them hath he filled (mille) with wisdom of heart” (Exod. xxxv.
35); “He was filled (va-yimmale) with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning” (1 Kings
vii. 14). In this sense it is said “The whole earth is full (melo) of his glory”
(Isa. vi. 4), “All the earth gives evidence of his perfection,” i.e. leads to a
knowledge of it. Thus also “The glory of the Lord filled (male) the tabernacle”
(Exod. xl. 34); and, in fact, every application of the word to God must be interpreted
in this manner; and not that He has a body occupying space. If, on the other hand,
you prefer to think that in this passage by “the glory of the Lord,” a certain light
created for the purpose is to be understood, that such light is always termed “glory,”
and that such light “filled the tabernacle,” we have no objection.