Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, in which was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;
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George Leo Haydock
Having the golden censer. What is meant by this is uncertain, no mention being made of a golden censer in either part of the tabernacle made by the order of Moses, which the apostle here speaks of. Some say that the high priest, when he entered once a year into the holy of holies, made use of a golden censer, which he left there: but this is merely a conjecture. Others think that by the golden censer is meant the altar of perfumes, or where perfumes were burnt, which was, as it were a large censer, and is called by the same Greek word by Josephus, the historian; but then there occurs this difficulty, that this altar was in that first part called the holy, not in the holy of holies, to which the same interpreters answer, that this altar was placed just at the entrance into the holy of holies, and so may be looked upon as belonging to the holy of holies: not does the text say it was in the holy of holies, but only having as a town may be said to have fortifications which are not within t...
Which had (he says) a golden Censer, and the ark of the Covenant overlaid round about with gold: wherein was the golden pot that held the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant. All these things were venerable and conspicuous memorials of the Jewish obstinacy; and the tables of the covenant (for they broke them) And the manna (for they murmured; and therefore handing on the memory thereof to posterity, He commanded it to be laid up in a golden pot). And Aaron's rod that budded. And over it, the Cherubim of glory. What is the Cherubim of glory? He either means the glorious, or those which are under God. Shadowing the mercy-seat.
The pledge and earnest of a perpetual priesthood, furnished no contemptible symbol of thy supernatural child-bearing.
On thy account, and the undefiled Incarnation of God, the Word, which by thee had place for the sake of that flesh which immutably and indivisibly remains with Him for ever.