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Exodus 30:23 "Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred [shekels], and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred and fifty,

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      23-33. Take thou also . . . principal spices, &c.--Oil is frequently mentioned in Scripture as an emblem of sanctification, and anointing with it a means of designating objects as well as persons to the service of God. Here it is prescribed by divine authority, and the various ingredients in their several proportions described which were to compose the oil used in consecrating the furniture of the tabernacle.
      myrrh--a fragrant and medicinal gum from a little known tree in Arabia.
      sweet cinnamon--produced from a species of laurel or sweet bay, found chiefly in Ceylon, growing to a height of twenty feet: this spice is extracted from the inner bark, but it is not certain whether that mentioned by Moses is the same as that with which we are familiar.
      sweet calamus--or sweet cane, a product of Arabia and India, of a tawny color in appearance; it is like the common cane and strongly odoriferous.


Questions Related to this Verse

Where In Scripture Is Calamus Referred To As An Ingredient Of The Holy Ointment?

Where In Scripture Is Cinnamon Referred To As An Ingredient Of The Sacred Oil?

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Brief Summary: Moses is, in this chapter, further instructed, I. Concerning the altar of incense (v. 1-10). II. Concerning the ransom-money which the Israelites were to pay, when they were numbered (v. 11-16). III. Concerning the laver of brass, which was set for the priests to wash in (v. 17-21). IV. Concerning the making up of the anointing oil, and the use of it (v. 22-33). V. Concerning the incense and perfume which were to be burned on the golden altar (v. 34, etc.).

The altar of incense. (1-10)
The ransom of souls. (11-16)
The brazen laver. (17-21)
The holy anointing oil, The perfume. (22-38)

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