Verses of Leviticus 24


Leviticus 24:6 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(6) In two rows, six on a row.—Better, in two piles, six on a pile. The table on which the cakes are here ordered to be put stood along the northern or most sacred side of the holy place. Like all the sacred furniture, except the Ark of the Covenant, it was ranged lengthways of the sanctuary. It was one cubit and a half, or nine handbreadths high; the surface board or plate was two cubits, or twelve handbreadths long, and one cubit or six handbreadths broad. These twelve cakes were placed one upon another in two piles lengthwise on the breadth of the table. As the cakes were ten handbreadths long, and the table was only six handbreadths wide, the cakes projected two hand breadths at each side of the table.

Upon the pure table.—According to the interpretation which obtained during the second Temple, this denotes that the cakes are to be put upon the table itself, and not upon the hollow golden rods which were on the table to allow the air to pass through to prevent the shewbread becoming mouldy during the week. These hollow tubes are to be placed between the cakes, whilst the cakes themselves are to be put on the table itself and not on the tubes, so as to be raised above the table.

Before the Lord.—That is, the table which stood before the Lord, for it was placed in the sanctuary. The cakes, therefore, which were thus ranged upon it were constantly before God. Hence, not only is the table called “the table of His Presence” (Num. 4:7), but the cakes are called “the bread of His Presence” (Exo. 25:30; Exo. 35:13; Exo. 39:36). The rendering of the Authorised Version, “table of shewbread,” and “shewbread,” is taken from Luther, and does not express the import of the names. The names, “the bread set in order,” “the sets of bread,” and the “table set in order,” which were given to the cakes (1Ch. 9:32; 1Ch. 23:29; 2Ch. 13:11; Neh. 10:33) and to the table (2Ch. 29:18) in later times, and which are unjustifiably obliterated in the Authorised Version, are derived from this verse where the cakes are ordered to be ranged in two “sets.”

Verses of Leviticus 24


Consult other comments:

Leviticus 24:6 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 24:6 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 24:6 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 24:6 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 24:6 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 24:6 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 24:6 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 24:6 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 24:6 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)