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Ex 35:1-35. CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE TABERNACLE.
1. Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel, &c.--On the occasion referred to in the opening of this chapter, the Israelites were specially reminded of the design to erect a magnificent tabernacle for the regular worship of God, as well as of the leading articles that were required to furnish that sacred edifice [Ex 35:11-19]. (See on Ex 25:1-40; Ex 27:1-21; Ex 30:1-31:18).
20, 21. all the congregation of Israel departed from the presence of Moses--No exciting harangues were made, nor had the people Bibles at home in which they could compare the requirements of their leader and see if these things were so. But they had no doubt as to his bearing to them the will of God, and they were impressed with so strong a sense of its being their duty, that they made a spontaneous offer of the best and most valuable treasures they possessed.
21. they came, every one whose heart stirred him up--One
powerful element doubtless of this extraordinary open-hearted
liberality was the remembrance of their recent transgression, which
made them "zealous of good works" (compare
But along with this motive, there were others of a higher and nobler
kind--a principle of love to God and devotedness to His service, an
anxious desire to secure the benefit of His presence, and gratitude for
the tokens of His divine favor: it was under the combined influence of
these considerations that the people were so willing and ready to pour
their contributions into that exchequer of the sanctuary.
22. they came, both men and women, &c.--literally, "the men over
and above the women"; a phraseology which implies that the women acted
a prominent part, presented their offerings first, and then were
followed by as many of their male companions as were similarly
30. See, the Lord hath called by name Bezaleel, the son of Uri, &c.--Moses had made this communication before [see Ex 31:2-5; also see on Ex 31:2]. But now that the collection had been made, the materials were contributed, and the operations of building about to be commenced, it was with the greatest propriety he reminded the people that the individuals entrusted with the application of their gold and silver had been nominated to the work by authority to which all would bow.
35. Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart--A statement which not only testifies that skill in art and science is a direct gift from God, but that weaving was especially the business of men in Egypt (see Ex 38:22; 39:22, 27). And in perfect harmony with the testimony of the monuments is the account given by Moses to the artists who were divinely taught the arts necessary for the embellishment of the tabernacle. Others, whose limited means did not admit of these expensive contributions, offered their gratuitous services in fabricating such articles of tapestry as were needed; arts which the Israelitish females learned as bondwomen, in the houses of Egyptian princes.