Tent

Exodus chapters 36 through 39 list the items of the Tent that Oholiab and team built. The following table maps those items to the tribes.

Tribe Item
Judah Tent

8All the skilled men among the workmen made the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim worked into them by a skilled craftsman. (Exodus 36:8 NIV)

8FSAll the skillful men among those who did the work of the tent made 10 curtains of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet material; with cherubim artistically worked they made them. (Exodus 36:8 BRB)

8And every wise hearted man among them that wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work made he them. (Exodus 36:8 KJV)

Reuben Ark

1Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood -- two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. (Exodus 37:1 NIV)

1And Bezaleel made the ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half was the length of it, and a cubit and a half the breadth of it, and a cubit and a half the height of it: (Exodus 37:1 KJV)

1FSBezalel made the ark of shittim trees; the length of it was 2 and a half cubits, and the breadth of it 1 and a half cubits, and the height of it 1 and a half cubits; (Exodus 37:1 BRB)

Gad Table

10They made the table of acacia wood -- two cubits long, a cubit wide, and a cubit and a half high. (Exodus 37:10 NIV)

10And he made the table of shittim wood: two cubits was the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof: (Exodus 37:10 KJV)

10FSHe made the table of shittim trees; its length was 2 cubits and its breadth 1 cubit and its height 1 and a half cubits; (Exodus 37:10 BRB)

Asher Candle

17They made the lampstand of pure gold and hammered it out, base and shaft; its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms were of one piece with it. (Exodus 37:17 NIV)

17And he made the candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work made he the candlestick; his shaft, and his branch, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, were of the same: (Exodus 37:17 KJV)

17FSHe made the candlestick of pure gold; of cast work he made the candlestick; its shaft, its branches, its bowls, its buds, and its flowers were of the same; (Exodus 37:17 BRB)

Naphtali Incense

25They made the altar of incense out of acacia wood. It was square, a cubit long and a cubit wide, and two cubits high -- its horns of one piece with it. (Exodus 37:25 NIV)

25And he made the incense altar of shittim wood: the length of it was a cubit, and the breadth of it a cubit; it was foursquare; and two cubits was the height of it; the horns thereof were of the same. (Exodus 37:25 KJV)

25FSHe made the incense altar of shittim trees; the length of it was 1 cubit and the breadth of it 1 cubit; it was 4-square; and the height of it was 2 cubits; and its horns were of the same. (Exodus 37:25 BRB)

Manasseh Altar

1FSHe made the altar of burnt offering of shittim trees; 5 cubits was its length and 5 cubits its breadth; it was 4-square; and 3 cubits were its height. (Exodus 38:1 BRB)

1They built the altar of burnt offering of acacia wood, three cubits high; it was square, five cubits long and five cubits wide. (Exodus 38:1 NIV)

1And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits was the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof; it was foursquare; and three cubits the height thereof. (Exodus 38:1 KJV)

Simeon Basin

8They made the bronze basin and its bronze stand from the mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. (Exodus 38:8 NIV)

8FSHe made the laver of brass and its base of brass from the mirrors of the women at the door of the tent of time. (Exodus 38:8 BRB)

8And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the lookingglasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.lookingglasses: or, brasen glassesassembling: Heb. assembling by troops (Exodus 38:8 KJV)

Levi Court

9Next they made the courtyard. The south side was a hundred cubits long and had curtains of finely twisted linen, 10with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases, and with silver hooks and bands on the posts. 11The north side was also a hundred cubits long and had twenty posts and twenty bronze bases, with silver hooks and bands on the posts. (Exodus 38:9-11 NIV)

9And he made the court: on the south side southward the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, an hundred cubits: 10Their pillars were twenty, and their brasen sockets twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver. 11And for the north side the hangings were an hundred cubits, their pillars were twenty, and their sockets of brass twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver. (Exodus 38:9-11 KJV)

9FSHe made the court; for the south side southward the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, 100 cubits; 10their pillars were 20, and their bronze sockets 20; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver. 11For the north side the hangings were 100 cubits, their pillars were 20, and their sockets of brass 20; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver. (Exodus 38:9-11 BRB)

Issachar Gate

14Curtains fifteen cubits long were on one side of the entrance, with three posts and three bases, (Exodus 38:14 NIV)

14The hangings of the one side of the gate were fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three. (Exodus 38:14 KJV)

14FSThe hangings of the one side of the gate were 15 cubits; their pillars 3, and their sockets 3. (Exodus 38:14 BRB)

Zebulun Rigging

17And the sockets for the pillars were of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver; and the overlaying of their chapiters of silver; and all the pillars of the court were filleted with silver. (Exodus 38:17 KJV)

17The bases for the posts were bronze. The hooks and bands on the posts were silver, and their tops were overlaid with silver; so all the posts of the courtyard had silver bands. (Exodus 38:17 NIV)

17FSThe sockets of the pillars were of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver; and the overlaying of their capitals of silver; and all the pillars of the court were overlaid with silver. (Exodus 38:17 BRB)

Joseph Ephod

2They made the ephod of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen. (Exodus 39:2 NIV)

2And he made the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen. (Exodus 39:2 KJV)

2FSThey made the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen. (Exodus 39:2 BRB)

Benjamin Breastplate

8And he made the breastplate of cunning work, like the work of the ephod; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen. (Exodus 39:8 KJV)

8They fashioned the breastpiece -- the work of a skilled craftsman. They made it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen. (Exodus 39:8 NIV)

8FSThey made the breastplate, the work of an artist, like the work of the ephod; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet material, and fine twined linen. (Exodus 39:8 BRB)

Dan Robe

22They made the robe of the ephod entirely of blue cloth -- the work of a weaver -- (Exodus 39:22 NIV)

22FSThey made the robe of the ephod of fine woven work, all of blue. (Exodus 39:22 BRB)

22And he made the robe of the ephod of woven work, all of blue. (Exodus 39:22 KJV)

30They made the plate, the sacred diadem, out of pure gold and engraved on it, like an inscription on a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD. (Exodus 39:30 NIV)

30And they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote upon it a writing, like to the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE Lord. (Exodus 39:30 KJV)

30FSThey made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote on it an inscription like to the engraving of a signet, holiness to Yahvah. (Exodus 39:30 BRB)

Notes

After the three chapter narrative of building all the various items a short list summarizes the whole process. It confirms that the above map is essentially correct, with one difference, it collapses the Ephod, Breastplate and Robe into one line item titled "vestments."

32So all the work on the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, was completed. The Israelites did everything just as the LORD commanded Moses. 33Then they brought the tabernacle to Moses: the tent and all its furnishings, its clasps, frames, crossbars, posts and bases; 34the covering of ram skins dyed red, the covering of hides of sea cows and the shielding curtain; 35the ark of the Testimony with its poles and the atonement cover; 36the table with all its articles and the bread of the Presence; 37the pure gold lampstand with its row of lamps and all its accessories, and the oil for the light; 38the gold altar, the anointing oil, the fragrant incense, and the curtain for the entrance to the tent; 39the bronze altar with its bronze grating, its poles and all its utensils; the basin with its stand; 40the curtains of the courtyard with its posts and bases, and the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard; the ropes and tent pegs for the courtyard; all the furnishings for the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting; 41and the woven garments worn for ministering in the sanctuary, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when serving as priests. (Exodus 39:32-41 NIV)

32Thus was all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation finished: and the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so did they.

33And they brought the tabernacle unto Moses, the tent, and all his furniture, his taches, his boards, his bars, and his pillars, and his sockets, 34And the covering of rams' skins dyed red, and the covering of badgers' skins, and the vail of the covering, 35The ark of the testimony, and the staves thereof, and the mercy seat, 36The table, and all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread, 37The pure candlestick, with the lamps thereof, even with the lamps to be set in order, and all the vessels thereof, and the oil for light, 38And the golden altar, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the tabernacle door,the sweet…: Heb. the incense of sweet spices 39The brasen altar, and his grate of brass, his staves, and all his vessels, the laver and his foot, 40The hangings of the court, his pillars, and his sockets, and the hanging for the court gate, his cords, and his pins, and all the vessels of the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of the congregation, 41The cloths of service to do service in the holy place, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and his sons' garments, to minister in the priest's office. (Exodus 39:32-41 KJV)

32FSAll the work of the tent of the tent of time was finished and the children of Israel did according to all that Yahvah commanded Moses, so they did. 33They brought the tent to Moses, the tent and all its vessels, its rings, its clasps, its boards, its pins, its bars, its pillars, and its sockets, 34and the covering of rams' skins dyed red, and the covering of badgers' skins, and the veil for the covering of the door, 35the ark of the testimony, and its poles, and the mercy seat, 36the table, and all its vessels, and the shewbread, 37the pure candlestick with its lamps, and with the lamps to be set in order, and all its vessels, and the oil for light, 38and the gold altar, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the tent door, 39the altar of brass, and its grate of brass, its poles, and all its vessels, the laver and its base, 40the hangings of the court, its pillars, its sockets, and the hanging for the court gate, its cords, its pins, and all the vessels of the service of the tent of the tent of time, 41the garments of the service to minister in the holy place, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and garments for his sons, to minister in the priest's office. (Exodus 39:32-41 BRB)

Judah is the tent itself. Need to study this further.

Reuben is the Ark, in the inner chamber. The Ark is where you meet with God in person and speak face to face. It's a place of intimacy. Reuben seems to have an intimacy theme. He's intimate with his father's wife, in that case not being selective enough about who to share his intimacy with. You can think about this inner room in the Tent as being the bedroom or bridal chamber. It's behind the curtain, it's private.

Gad is the Table. He's also the start of Unleavened Bread.

Asher is the candle.

Naphtali is the altar of incense which matches his "goodly words" as per Jacob's blessing. Words or prayers are like incense. They have a scent. They are a sample of something. Like First Fruits, Naphtali's holiday, when the first cutting of the crop is sampled as a witness to the whole crop that will come in.

Manasseh is the bronze altar of burnt offering. It's metal network may play to the united states that make up the tribe. The ashes of the altar match those thrown into the air to create boils for Manasseh's plague and the boils Job has.

Simeon is the basin of water. Simeon has other water items on the grid such as the Water Gate and the plague of hail, which is frozen water.

Levi is the courtyard.

Issachar is the gate into/out of the complex. He's the East Gate elsewhere in the grid. The gate on the Tent complex faced east so these are the same.

Zebulun is the rigging, the ropes, poles, bases, hooks, pegs and other items that hold the whole thing together. I say "rigging" because Zebulun becomes Greece and has various prophecies about shipping. Zebulun has a theme of origins which is picked up in the bases and poles and items that uphold or give foundation to the rest of the complex.

Joseph is the ephod. The ephod picks up the two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim, since it rests across the shoulders (like shoulder pads used for American football).

Benjamin is the breastplate. This needs more study, but is probably correct as elsewhere Benjamin seems to be the chest and he is spoken of as being embraced by God and is often embraced by others.

Dan is the robe and probably the rest of the clothing used by the priest, such as the mitre and gold plate. The gold plate may play to Dan's authority (as Judge) and his call to know and follow Yahvah carefully (which is essentially what the inscription "holy" means when you break down the spelling).