Equipment for basic human actions such as sitting, lying, eating, worshiping. In the Bible, the word usually describes the equipment (also called “furnishings”) of the tabernacle (Exod 25:9; Exod 40:9; Num 1:50; Num 3:8; Num 4:15; Num 7:1) or a person’s dwelling (tent, Num 19:18). “Furniture” applies to the equipment of the Temple (1Chr 9:29) as well. The ordinary family furniture in a typical Palestine home is less clearly evident. Items mentioned include sleeping mats or rolls (Mark 2:9), grinding equipment (Matt 24:41), a broom (Luke 15:8), a niche or stand for a lamp (Matt 5:15), and water storage vessels (John 2:6). Special accommodations for a guest might include a bed, table, chair, and lamp (2Kgs 4:10). Because wood and cloth decay rapidly, they seldom survive in archaeological ruins. The most commonly recovered furnishings are cooking pots, lamps, bowls, and grinding stones.

Exod 25:9

9In accordance with all that I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.

Exod 40:9

9Then you shall take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it, and consecrate it and all its furniture, so that it shall become holy.

Num 1:50

50Rather you shall appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the covenant, and over all its equipment, and over all that belongs to it; they are to carry the t ... View more

Num 3:8

8they shall be in charge of all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, and attend to the duties for the Israelites as they do service at the tabernacle.

Num 4:15

15When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, as the camp sets out, after that the Kohathites shall c ... View more

Num 7:1

Offerings of the Leaders
1On the day when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle, and had anointed and consecrated it with all its furnishings, and had an ... View more

Num 19:18

18then a clean person shall take hyssop, dip it in the water, and sprinkle it on the tent, on all the furnishings, on the persons who were there, and on whoever ... View more

1Chr 9:29

29Others of them were appointed over the furniture, and over all the holy utensils, also over the choice flour, the wine, the oil, the incense, and the spices.

Mark 2:9

9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’?

Matt 24:41

41Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left.

Luke 15:8

The Parable of the Lost Coin
8“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully unt ... View more

Matt 5:15

15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.

John 2:6

6Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

2Kgs 4:10

10Let us make a small roof chamber with walls, and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”

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