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Candlestick


Candlestick, which Moses was commanded to make for the tabernacle, is described Ex. 25:31-35; 37:17-24. It was not strictly a “candlestick,” as it held seven richly-adorned lamps. With its various appurtenances it required a talent of “pure gold”; and it was not moulded, but “of beaten work,” and has been estimated to have been worth in our money over $25,000. From the Arch of Titus, where are sculptured the spoils taken from Jerusalem, we learn that it consisted of a central stem, with six branches, three on each side. It was about five feet high. [See Arch of Titus.] The candlestick was placed on the south side of the first apartment of the tabernacle, opposite the table of shewbread, Ex. 25:37, and was lighted every evening and dressed every morning. Ex. 27:20, 21; 30:8; comp. 1 Sam. 3:2. Each lamp was supplied with cotton and about two sineglasses of the purest olive oil, which was sufficient to keep it burning during a long night. In Solomon’s temple, instead of or in addition to this candlestick there were ten golden candlesticks similarly embossed, five on the right and five on the left. 1 Kings 7:49; 2 Chron. 4:7. They were taken to Babylon. Jer. 52:19. In the temple of the Zerubbabel there was again a single candlestick. 1 Macc. 1:21; 4:49.

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Golden Candlestick. (From the Arch of Titus.)