Exodus 31:1


King James Version (KJV)

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

American King James Version (AKJV)

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

American Standard Version (ASV)

And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying,

Basic English Translation (BBE)

And the Lord said to Moses,

Webster's Revision

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

World English Bible

Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

English Revised Version (ERV)

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Barnes's Exodus 31:1 Bible Commentary

Exodus 35:30-35. This solemn call of Bezaleel and Aholiab is full of instruction. Their work was to be only that of handicraftsmen. Still it was Yahweh Himself who called them by name to their tasks, and the powers which they were now called upon to exercise in their respective crafts, were declared to have been given them by the Holy Spirit. Thus is every effort of skill, every sort of well-ordered labor, when directed to a right end, brought into the very highest sphere of association.

There appears to be sufficient reason for identifying Hur, the grandfather of Bezaleel, with the Hur who assisted Aaron in supporting the hands of Moses during the battle with Amalek at Rephidim Exodus 17:10, and who was associated with Aaron in the charge of the people while Moses was on the mountain Exodus 24:14. Josephus says that he was the husband of Miriam. It is thus probable that Bezaleel was related to Moses. He was the chief artificer in metal, stone, and wood; he had also to perform the apothecary's work in the composition of the anointing oil and the incense Exodus 37:29. He had precedence of all the artificers, but Aholiab appears to have had the entire charge of the textile work Exodus 35:35; Exodus 38:23.

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