New International Version
Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times.
King James Bible
And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway.
Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me continually.
World English Bible
You shall set bread of the presence on the table before me always.
Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast put on the table bread of the presence before Me continually.
Exodus 25:30 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Shew-bread - לחם פנים lechem panim literally, bread of faces; so called, either because they were placed before the presence or face of God in the sanctuary, or because they were made square, as the Jews will have it. It is probable that they were in the form of cubes or hexaedrons, each side presenting the same appearance; and hence the Jews might suppose they were called the bread or loaves of faces: but the Hebrew text seems to intimate that they were called the bread of faces, פנים panim, because, as the Lord says, they were set לפני lephanai, before my Face. These loaves or cakes were twelve, representing, as is generally supposed, the twelve tribes of Israel. They were in two rows of six each. On the top of each row there was a golden dish with frankincense, which was burned before the Lord, as a memorial, at the end of the week, when the old loaves were removed and replaced by new ones, the priests taking the former for their domestic use.
It is more difficult to ascertain the use of these, or what they represented, than almost any other emblem in the whole Jewish economy. Many have conjectured their meaning, and I feel no disposition to increase their number by any addition of my own. The note on Exodus 25:23, from Dr. Cudworth, appears to me more rational than any thing else I have met with. The tabernacle was God's house, and in it he had his table, his bread, his wine, candlestick, etc., to show them that he had taken up his dwelling among them. See Clarke's note on Exodus 25:23.
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'Thou shalt set upon the table shew-bread before Me alway.'--EXODUS xxv. 30. I suspect that to many readers the term 'shew-bread' conveys little more meaning than if the Hebrew words had been lifted over into our version. The original expression, literally rendered, is 'bread of the face'; or, as the Revised Version has it in the margin, 'presence bread,' and the meaning of that singular designation is paraphrased and explained in my text: 'Thou shalt set upon the table, bread of the presence before …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
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A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place.
the table with all its articles and the bread of the Presence;
Bring in the table and set out what belongs on it. Then bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps.
and set out the bread on it before the LORD, as the LORD commanded him.
"Take the finest flour and bake twelve loaves of bread, using two-tenths of an ephah for each loaf.
This bread is to be set out before the LORD regularly, Sabbath after Sabbath, on behalf of the Israelites, as a lasting covenant.
"Over the table of the Presence they are to spread a blue cloth and put on it the plates, dishes and bowls, and the jars for drink offerings; the bread that is continually there is to remain on it.
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