The ideal wife (Sir 26:13-26:18)

“A wife’s charm

Delights her husband.

Her skill puts flesh

On his bones.

A silent wife is a gift

From the Lord.

There is nothing so precious

As her self-discipline.

A modest wife

Adds charm to charm.

No scales can weigh

The value of her chastity.

Like the sun rising

In the heights of the Lord,

So is the beauty

Of a good wife,

In her well-ordered home.

Like the shining lamp

On the holy lamp stand,

So is a beautiful face

On a stately figure.

Like golden pillars

On sliver bases,

So are shapely legs

With steadfast feet.”

Sirach describes the ideal wife. Her charms delight her husband. Her skills keep him in good health. If she is silent, she is a gift from the Lord. Her self-discipline is precious. Her modesty adds further charms. There is no way to measure her chastity. Her beauty is like a sunrise on the mountains. She keeps a well ordered house. She has a beautiful face on a stately figure, like the holy lamp stand in the Temple. Her legs and feet are like golden pillars on silver bases. Thus we have the ideal wife, charming, disciplined, orderly, and beautiful. There is no indication where you might find such a women.

The wood frame (Ex 26:15-26:30)

“You shall make upright frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle. Ten cubits shall be the length of a frame, and a cubit and a half the width of each frame.  There shall be two pegs in each frame to fit the frames together.  You shall make these for all the frames of the tabernacle.  You shall make the frames for the tabernacle.  Twenty frames are for the south side.  There will be forty bases of silver under the twenty frames, two bases under the first frame for its two pegs, and two bases under the next frame for its two pegs. For the second side of the tabernacle, on the north side twenty frames, and their forty bases of silver, two bases under the first frame, and two bases under the next frame.  For the rear of the tabernacle westward you shall make six frames. You shall make two frames for corners of the tabernacle in the rear.  They shall be separate beneath, but joined at the top, at the first ring.  It shall be the same with both of them.  They shall form the two corners.  So there shall be eight frames, with their bases of silver, sixteen bases.  There shall be two bases under the first frame and two bases under the next frame.  You shall make bars of acacia wood, five for the frames of the one side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the frames of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the frames of the side of the tabernacle at the rear westward. The middle bar, halfway up the frames, shall pass through from end to end.  You shall overlay the frames with gold, and shall make their rings of gold to hold the bars.  You shall overlay the bars with gold. Then you shall erect the tabernacle according to the plan for it that you were shown on the mountain.”

We also have upright frames of acacia wood.  The frames start out small, 15’ by 3’, but are then put together to make something like a 45’ by 15’ by 15” wooden frame. For the north and south sides of the tent, twenty frames with forty bases of silver were used.  On the west side, the rear, there are eight frames, if you count the corner ones, with their appropriate silver bases. There will be five acacia wood bars covered with gold, with golden rings on the three sides.