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Exodus 38 contains the description of the construction of items that would be placed in the courtyard that surrounded the tabernacle.
This chapter can be outlined as follows:

  • The Construction of the Altar of Burnt Offering (Exo. 38:1 – 7)
    The Construction of the Bronze Laver (Exo. 38:8)
    The Construction of the Courtyard (Exo. 38:9 – 20)
    The Raw Materials Used in the Construction (Exo. 38:21 – 31)


Exodus 38:1-7

The altar of burnt offering is built for the courtyard outside the tabernacle where worshippers would bring sacrifices to offer to the LORD.

Exodus 38:8

The bronze laver is constructed. The materials are derived from bronze mirrors donated by the Israelite women.

Exodus 38:9-20

The courtyard itself is constructed. It would surround the tabernacle and the outer court.

Exodus 38:21-31

Moses recounted the amount of material that was used to build the tabernacle. The emphasis here is on the amount of precious metals used to make the items for the tabernacle and in the tabernacle.