shittah (Shit´uh; “acacia” tree or wood)

A transliterated Hebrew term that identified the tree or wood Acacia nilotica or the more substantial Acacia tortilis. It was highly resistant to insects and other decay and was suitable for cabinetmaking, being both hard and durable. In the plural form, shittim (Exod 25; Exod 26; Exod 27; Exod 30; Exod 35; Exod 36; Exod 37; Exod 38), it is designated as the proper wood to be used in constructing the Ark of the Covenant (Exod 25:10) and the accompanying items, like the carrying poles (Exod 25:28), bars (Exod 26:26), pillars (Exod 26:32), tables (Exod 25:23), and altars (Exod 37:25; Deut 10:3). In (Isa 41:19) it symbolizes the revival of lush life as part of a growth with other substantial trees.

Exod 25

Offerings for the Tabernacle
1The Lord said to Moses:2Tell the Israelites to take for me an offering; from all whose hearts prompt them to give you shall receiv ... View more

Exod 26

The Tabernacle
1Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen, and blue, purple, and crimson yarns; you shall make them with ch ... View more

Exod 27

The Altar of Burnt Offering
1You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide; the altar shall be square, and it shall be three cu ... View more

Exod 30

The Altar of Incense
1You shall make an altar on which to offer incense; you shall make it of acacia wood.2It shall be one cubit long, and one cubit wide; it sh ... View more

Exod 35

Sabbath Regulations
1Moses assembled all the congregation of the Israelites and said to them: These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do:2Six da ... View more

Exod 36

1Bezalel and Oholiab and every skillful one to whom the Lord has given skill and understanding to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary s ... View more

Exod 37

Making the Ark of the Covenant
1Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; it was two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.2He ... View more

Exod 38

Making the Altar of Burnt Offering
1He made the altar of burnt offering also of acacia wood; it was five cubits long, and five cubits wide; it was square, and t ... View more

Exod 25:10

The Ark of the Covenant
10They shall make an ark of acacia wood; it shall be two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.

Exod 25:28

28You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, and the table shall be carried with these.

Exod 26:26

26You shall make bars of acacia wood, five for the frames of the one side of the tabernacle,

Exod 26:32

32You shall hang it on four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, which have hooks of gold and rest on four bases of silver.

Exod 25:23

The Table for the Bread of the Presence
23You shall make a table of acacia wood, two cubits long, one cubit wide, and a cubit and a half high.

Exod 37:25

Making the Altar of Incense
25He made the altar of incense of acacia wood, one cubit long, and one cubit wide; it was square, and was two cubits high; its horns ... View more

Deut 10:3

3So I made an ark of acacia wood, cut two tablets of stone like the former ones, and went up the mountain with the two tablets in my hand.

Isa 41:19

19I will put in the wilderness the cedar,
the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive;
I will set in the desert the cypress,
the plane and the pine together,

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