Exodus 25:30
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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.

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Clarke'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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Exodus 35:13 The table, and his staves, and all his vessels, and the show bread,

Exodus 39:36 The table, and all the vessels thereof, and the show bread,

Leviticus 24:5,6 And you shall take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake...

Numbers 4:7 And on the table of show bread they shall spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls...

1 Samuel 21:6 So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the show bread, that was taken from before the LORD...

1 Chronicles 9:32 And other of their brothers, of the sons of the Kohathites, were over the show bread, to prepare it every sabbath.

1 Chronicles 23:29 Both for the show bread, and for the fine flour for meat offering, and for the unleavened cakes, and for that which is baked in the pan...

2 Chronicles 13:11 And they burn to the LORD every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense...

Malachi 1:7,12 You offer polluted bread on my altar; and you say, Wherein have we polluted you? In that you say...

Matthew 12:4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the show bread, which was not lawful for him to eat...

The Bread of the Presence
'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

April the Thirteenth Pure Gold
"Thou shalt overlay it with pure gold.... And there I will meet with thee." --EXODUS xxv. 10-22. I must put my best into my preparations, and then the Lord will honour my work. My part is to be of "pure gold" if my God is to dwell within it. I must not satisfy myself with cheap flimsy and then assume that the Lord will be satisfied with it. He demands my very best as a condition of His enriching Presence. My prayers must be of "pure gold" if He is to meet me there. There must be nothing vulgar
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

The Word
The third way to escape the wrath and curse of God, and obtain the benefit of redemption by Christ, is the diligent use of ordinances, in particular, the word, sacraments, and prayer.' I begin with the best of these ordinances. The word . . . which effectually worketh in you that believe.' 1 Thess 2:13. What is meant by the word's working effectually? The word of God is said to work effectually when it has the good effect upon us for which it was appointed by God; when it works powerful illumination
Thomas Watson—The Ten Commandments

Man's Chief End
Q-I: WHAT IS THE CHIEF END OF MAN? A: Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever. Here are two ends of life specified. 1: The glorifying of God. 2: The enjoying of God. I. The glorifying of God, I Pet 4:4: That God in all things may be glorified.' The glory of God is a silver thread which must run through all our actions. I Cor 10:01. Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.' Everything works to some end in things natural and artificial;
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Hebrews 9:2
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.

Exodus 39:36
the table with all its articles and the bread of the Presence;

Exodus 40:4
Bring in the table and set out what belongs on it. Then bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps.

Exodus 40:23
and set out the bread on it before the LORD, as the LORD commanded him.

Leviticus 24:5
"Take the finest flour and bake twelve loaves of bread, using two-tenths of an ephah for each loaf.

Leviticus 24:8
This bread is to be set out before the LORD regularly, Sabbath after Sabbath, on behalf of the Israelites, as a lasting covenant.

Numbers 4:7
"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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