Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Exodus 25:26-27 - The Table of Shewbread: Four Golden Rings for the staves.

There were also four golden rings to carry the Table - just like for the Ark.

Exodus 25:26-27

26 And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof.
26 ‏וְעָשִׂ֣יתָ לּ֔וֹ אַרְבַּ֖ע טַבְּעֹ֣ת זָהָ֑ב וְנָתַתָּ֙ אֶת־הַטַּבָּעֹ֔ת עַ֚ל אַרְבַּ֣ע הַפֵּאֹ֔ת אֲשֶׁ֖ר לְאַרְבַּ֥ע רַגְלָֽיו׃

27 Over against the border shall the rings be for places of the staves to bear the table.
27 ‏לְעֻמַּת֙ הַמִּסְגֶּ֔רֶת תִּהְיֶ֖יןָ הַטַּבָּעֹ֑ת לְבָתִּ֣ים לְבַדִּ֔ים לָשֵׂ֖את אֶת־הַשֻּׁלְחָֽן׃

The rings for the Table were the same size and shape as the rings for the Ark (and other artefacts that we will see later). Rings were located on four legs of the Table and were positioned so that the staves could be inserted along the width of the Table.

Four people were required to carry the Table, and if you have not figured it out by now, the number of rings corresponded to the number of people that were required to carry each particular artefact(unless the number of people was given explicitly, but it is not the case with the Table of Shewbread).

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