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Exodus 35:30-35

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35:30 Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen 1  Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 35:31 He has filled him with the Spirit of God – with skill, with understanding, with knowledge, and in all kinds of work, 35:32 to design artistic designs, to work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, 35:33 and in cutting stones for their setting, 2  and in cutting wood, to do work in every artistic craft. 3  35:34 And he has put it in his heart 4  to teach, he and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35:35 He has filled them with skill 5  to do all kinds of work 6  as craftsmen, as designers, as embroiderers in blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and in fine linen, and as weavers. They are 7  craftsmen in all the work 8  and artistic designers. 9 

1 tn Heb “called by name” (so KJV, ASV, NASB, NRSV). This expression means that the person was specifically chosen for some important task (S. R. Driver, Exodus, 342). See the expression with Cyrus in Isa 45:3-4.

2 tn Heb “to set.”

3 tn Heb “in every work of thought,” meaning, every work that required the implementation of design or plan.

4 sn The expression means that God has given them the ability and the desire to teach others how to do the work. The infinitive construct “to teach” is related to the word Torah, “instruction, guide, law.” They will be able to direct others in the work.

5 tn The expression “wisdom of heart,” or “wisdom in heart,” means artistic skill. The decisions and plans they make are skilled. The expression forms a second accusative after the verb of filling.

6 tn The expression “all the work” means “all kinds of work.”

7 tn Here “They are” has been supplied.

8 tn Heb “doers of all work.”

9 tn Heb “designers of designs.”



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