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Exodus 31:12 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

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      12-17. Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep--The reason for the fresh inculcation of the fourth commandment at this particular period was, that the great ardor and eagerness, with which all classes betook themselves to the construction of the tabernacle, exposed them to the temptation of encroaching on the sanctity of the appointed day of rest. They might suppose that the erection of the tabernacle was a sacred work, and that it would be a high merit, an acceptable tribute, to prosecute the undertaking without the interruption of a day's repose; and therefore the caution here given, at the commencement of the undertaking, was a seasonable admonition.

JFB.


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Brief Summary: God is here drawing towards a conclusion of what he had to say to Moses upon the mount, where he had now been with him forty days and forty nights; and yet no more is recorded of what was said to him in all that time than what we have read in the six chapters foregoing. In this, I. He appoints what workmen should be employed in the building and furnishing of the tabernacle (v. 1-11). II. He repeats the law of the sabbath, and the religious observance of it (v. 12-17). III. He delivers to him the two tables of the testimony at parting (v. 18).

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Bezaleel and Aholiab are appointed and qualified for the work of the tabernacle. (1-11)
The observance of the sabbath. (12-17)
Moses receives the tables of the law. (18)
 

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