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Numbers 4:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Then they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth over it.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth upon it:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And they shall cleanse the altar of the ashes, and spread a purple cloth thereon;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Then shall they remove the fat-ashes from the altar,—and spread over it a wrapper of purple;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and have removed the ashes of the altar, and have spread over it a garment of purple;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— They shall cleanse the altar also from the ashes, and shall wrap it up in a purple cloth,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And they shall take away the ashes from the Altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And he shall put the covering on the altar, and they shall cover it with a cloth all of purple.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And they shall take away the ashes 1878
{1878} Prime
דָּשַׁן
dashen
{daw-shane'}
A primitive root; to be fat; transitively to fatten (or regard as fat); specifically to anoint; figuratively to satisfy; denominatively (from H1880) to remove (fat) ashes (of sacrifices).
z8765
<8765> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2121
x853
(0853) Complement
אֵת
'eth
{ayth}
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
from the altar, 4196
{4196} Prime
מִזְבֵּחַ
mizbeach
{miz-bay'-akh}
From H2076; an altar.
and spread 6566
{6566} Prime
פָּרַשׂ
paras
{paw-ras'}
A primitive root; to break apart, disperse, etc.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
a purple 713
{0713} Prime
אַרְגָּמָן
'argaman
{ar-gaw-mawn'}
Of foreign origin; purple (the color or the dyed stuff).
cloth 899
{0899} Prime
בֶּגֶד
beged
{behg'-ed}
From H0898; a covering, that is, clothing; also treachery or pillage.
thereon: x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Numbers 4:4-15.


Numbers 4:13

_ _ shall take away the ashes from the altar, etc. — The necessity of removing ashes from the altar plainly implies that sacrifices were offered in the wilderness (compare Exodus 18:12; Exodus 24:4), though that rebellious race seems frequently to have neglected the duty (Amos 5:25). No mention is made of the sacred fire; but as, by divine command, it was to be kept constantly burning, it must have been transferred to some pan or brazier under the covering, and borne by the appointed carriers.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Numbers 4:1-20.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Numbers 4:13

The altar — Hence we may conclude, that they did offer sacrifices at other times, though not so constantly and diligently, as they did in Canaan. Moreover the taking away of the ashes only doth sufficiently imply that the fire was preserved, which as it came down from heaven, Leviticus 9:24. So it was by God's command to be continually fed, and kept burning, and therefore doubtless was put into some vessel, which might be either fastened to the altar and put within this covering, or carried by some person appointed thereunto.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Numbers 4:13

And they shall take away the ashes from the (g) altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:

(g) Of the burnt offering.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
The embers of the sacred fire seem to have been removed in the grate, which was carried apart from the brazen altar; both being covered from view by purple cloths.
Numbers 4:6-9 And shall put thereon the covering of badgers' skins, and shall spread over [it] a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof. ... And they shall take a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick of the light, and his lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels thereof, wherewith they minister unto it:
Numbers 4:11-12 And upon the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of blue, and cover it with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put to the staves thereof: ... And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put [them] in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put [them] on a bar:
Exodus 27:3-5 And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and his basons, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou shalt make [of] brass. ... And thou shalt put it under the compass of the altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst of the altar.
Exodus 39:1 And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, to do service in the holy [place], and made the holy garments for Aaron; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exodus 39:41 The cloths of service to do service in the holy [place], and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and his sons' garments, to minister in the priest's office.
Leviticus 6:12-13 And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings. ... The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.
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Ex 27:3; 39:1, 41. Lv 6:12. Nu 4:6, 11.

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