Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.)
4 They made shoulderpieces for it, to couple it together: by the two edges was it coupled together.
5 And the curious girdle of his ephod, that was upon it, was of the same, according to the work thereof; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen; as the Lord commanded Moses.
6 And they wrought onyx stones inclosed in ouches of gold, graven, as signets are graven, with the names of the children of Israel.
7 And he put them on the shoulders of the ephod, that they should be stones for a memorial to the children of Israel; as the Lord commanded Moses.
8 And he made the breastplate of cunning work, like the work of the ephod; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.
9 It was foursquare; they made the breastplate double: a span was the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof, being doubled.
10 And they set in it four rows of stones: the first row was a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this was the first row.
11 And the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.
12 And the third row, a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.
13 And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: they were inclosed in ouches of gold in their inclosings.
14 And the stones were according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, every one with his name, according to the twelve tribes.
K.J.V. Bible Text
We continue in this chapter with the description of the making of the garments for the priest of the tabernacle. There is not much to be said about this that is not stated clearly in the text, but I ended today’s reading at verse 14 for this reason: With all the gold and gemstones used, we know that that the garment made for the priest was very costly. In verse 14, we see that these stones were “according to the names of the children of Israel.” To me it seems to honor those direct lines of descendants from the sons of Adam. This indicates to me that the priest was not only chosen to serve God but to be a reminder of his relationship with the Israelites, his people.
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