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Exodus 39:32-43

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Moses Inspects the Sanctuary

39:32 1 So all the work of the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, was completed, and the Israelites did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses – they did it exactly so. 39:33 They brought the tabernacle to Moses, the tent and all its furnishings, clasps, frames, bars, posts, and bases; 39:34 and the coverings of ram skins dyed red, the covering of fine leather, 2  and the protecting 3  curtain; 39:35 the ark of the testimony and its poles, and the atonement lid; 39:36 the table, all its utensils, and the Bread of the Presence; 39:37 the pure 4  lampstand, its lamps, with the lamps set in order, and all its accessories, and oil for the light; 39:38 and the gold altar, and the anointing oil, and the fragrant incense; and the curtain for the entrance to the tent; 39:39 the bronze altar and its bronze grating, its poles, and all its utensils; the large basin with its pedestal; 39:40 the hangings of the courtyard, its posts and its bases, and the curtain for the gateway of the courtyard, its ropes and its tent pegs, and all the furnishings 5  for the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of meeting; 39:41 the woven garments for serving 6  in the sanctuary, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments for his sons to minister as priests.

39:42 The Israelites did all the work according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses. 39:43 Moses inspected 7  all the work – and 8  they had done it just as the Lord had commanded – they had done it exactly – and Moses blessed them. 9 

1 sn The last sections of the book bring several themes together to a full conclusion. Not only is it the completion of the tabernacle, it is the fulfillment of God’s plan revealed at the beginning of the book, i.e., to reside with his people.

2 tn See the note on this phrase in Exod 25:5.

3 tn Or “shielding” (NIV); NASB “the screening veil.”

4 tn Possibly meaning “pure gold lampstand.”

5 tn Heb “utensils, vessels.”

6 tn The form is the infinitive construct; it means the clothes to be used “to minister” in the holy place.

7 tn Or “examined” (NASB, TEV); NCV “looked closely at.”

8 tn The deictic particle draws attention to what he saw in such a way as to give the reader Moses’ point of view and a sense of his pleasure: “and behold, they…”

9 sn The situation and wording in Exod 39:43 are reminiscent of Gen 1:28 and 31, with the motifs of blessing people and inspecting what has been made.



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