Matthew Henry's Commentary

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Outline of Exodus 26

The curtains of the tabernacle. (Verse 1-6.)

The curtains of goats' hair. (Verse 7-14.)

The boards, sockets, and bars. (Verse 15-30.)

The vail of the holy of holies, and for the entrance. (Verse 31-37.)


Read Exodus 26:1-6

Verse 1-6 — God manifested his presence among the Israelites in a tabernacle or tent, because of their condition in the wilderness. God suits the tokens of his favour, and the gifts of his grace, to his people's state and wants. The curtains of the tabernacle were to be very rich. They were to be embroidered with cherubim, signifying that the angels of God pitch their tents round about the church, Psalms 34:7.

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Read Exodus 26:7-14

Verse 7-14 — The curtains of meaner materials, being made both longer and broader, covered the others, and were defended by coverings of skins. The whole represents the person and doctrine of Christ, and the church of true Christians, and all heavenly things, which outwardly are mean, but inwardly, and in the sight of God, are glorious and precious.

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Read Exodus 26:15-30

Verse 15-30 — The sockets of silver each weighed about 115 pounds; they were placed in rows on the ground. In every pair of these sockets, a strong board of shittim-wood, covered with plates of gold, was fitted by mortises and tenons. Thus walls were formed for the two sides, and for the west end. The wall was further held together by bars, which passed through rings of gold. Over this the curtains were spread. Though movable, it was strong and firm. The materials were very costly. In all this it was a type of the church of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief Corner-stone,

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Read Exodus 26:Eph

Verse Ephesians — 2:20,21.

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Read Exodus 26:31-37

Verse 31-37 — A vail, or curtain, separated the holy place from the most holy place. It was hung upon pillars. This vail was for a partition between the holy place and the most holy; which forbade any to look into the holiest of all. The apostle tells what was the meaning of this vail, Hebrews

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