Numbers 4:13
New International Version
“They are to remove the ashes from the bronze altar and spread a purple cloth over it.

New Living Translation
“They must remove the ashes from the altar for sacrifices and cover the altar with a purple cloth.

English Standard Version
And they shall take away the ashes from the altar and spread a purple cloth over it.

Berean Study Bible
Then they shall remove the ashes from the bronze altar, spread a purple cloth over it,

King James Bible
And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:

New King James Version
Also they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth over it.

New American Standard Bible
Then they shall clean away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth over it.

NASB 1995
“Then they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth over it.

NASB 1977
“Then they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth over it.

Amplified Bible
Then they shall clean away the ashes from the altar [of burnt offering], and spread a purple cloth over it.

Christian Standard Bible
“They are to remove the ashes from the bronze altar, spread a purple cloth over it,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are to remove the ashes from the bronze altar, spread a purple cloth over it,

American Standard Version
And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they shall remove the altar and they shall cover over it with a robe of purple.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he shall put the covering on the altar, and they shall cover it with a cloth all of purple.

Contemporary English Version
They are to remove the ashes from the bronze altar and cover it with a purple cloth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They shall cleanse the altar also from the ashes, and shall wrap it up in a purple cloth,

English Revised Version
And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:

Good News Translation
They shall remove the greasy ashes from the altar and spread a purple cloth over it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"After they take the ashes away, they will spread a purple cloth over the altar.

International Standard Version
They are also to remove the ashes on the altar and spread a purple cloth over it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon.

Literal Standard Version
and have removed the ashes of the altar, and have spread a garment of purple over it,

NET Bible
Also, they must take away the ashes from the altar and spread a purple cloth over it.

New Heart English Bible
They shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth on it.

World English Bible
"They shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth on it.

Young's Literal Translation
and have removed the ashes of the altar, and have spread over it a garment of purple;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Duties of the Kohathites
12They are to take all the utensils for serving in the sanctuary, place them in a blue cloth, cover them with fine leather, and put them on the carrying frame. 13Then they shall remove the ashes from the bronze altar, spread a purple cloth over it, 14and place on it all the vessels used to serve there: the firepans, meat forks, shovels, and sprinkling bowls—all the equipment of the altar. They are to spread over it a covering of fine leather and insert the poles.…

Cross References
Exodus 27:1
"You are to build an altar of acacia wood. The altar must be square, five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high.

Numbers 4:12
They are to take all the utensils for serving in the sanctuary, place them in a blue cloth, cover them with fine leather, and put them on the carrying frame.

Numbers 4:14
and place on it all the vessels used to serve there: the firepans, meat forks, shovels, and sprinkling bowls--all the equipment of the altar. They are to spread over it a covering of fine leather and insert the poles.


Treasury of Scripture

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

Numbers 4:6-9,11,12
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…

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…

Exodus 39:1,41
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…









(13) And they shall take away the ashes from the altar.--In Exodus 27:3 we find a direction to make pans for removing the ashes from the brazen altar, and also to make all the brazen vessels mentioned in the next verse.

Verse 13. - Take away the ashes. This is omitted by the Septuagint. The Hebrew word for "ashes is of somewhat doubtful meaning, being only used here and in Exodus 27:3; Psalm 20:3 (see margin). Being connected with the word "fat," it may perhaps mean the grease or dripping from the burnt offerings. The Targum of Palestine renders it "cinders." As the altar was hollow, and was filled with earth or stones when used, there would be no need to cleanse it from ashes; if this be the meaning of the word, the command would rather have been to collect the living embers before the altar was removed, in order to keep alive the sacred fire. That this fire was never allowed to go out may be looked upon as certain.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Then they shall remove the ashes
וְדִשְּׁנ֖וּ (wə·ḏiš·šə·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1878: To be fat, to fatten, to anoint, to satisfy, to remove, ashes

from the bronze altar,
הַמִּזְבֵּ֑חַ (ham·miz·bê·aḥ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4196: An altar

spread
וּפָרְשׂ֣וּ (ū·p̄ā·rə·śū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 6566: To break apart, disperse

a purple
אַרְגָּמָֽן׃ (’ar·gā·mān)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 713: Purple, red-purple

cloth
בֶּ֖גֶד (be·ḡeḏ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 899: A covering, clothing, treachery, pillage

over it,
עָלָ֔יו (‘ā·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against


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