תצוה - "You Shall Command"
You shall charge the sons of Israel, that they bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually.
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The Hebrew Words
תצוה (tetzaveh) is the conjugation of the verb צוה (tzavah) (Strong's #6680) which means intensively "to constitute" or "enjoin". Tzavah is used 517 times in 474 verses in the Tanakh.
Tzavah is a primitive root verb which is used to form these other words:
- mitzvah ("command" or "commandment"- Strong's #4687)
- tzav ("injunction"- Strong's #6673)
- tziy ("a ship"- Strong's #6716)
First use in Scripture
The first time tetzaveh is used in Scripture is in Genesis 2:16.
The Lord, G-d commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;
Last use in Scripture
The last time tetzaveh is used in Scripture is in Malachi 4:4.
"Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.
- Garments of the Kohenim - Exodus 28:1
- Consecration of the Kohenim - Exodus 29:1
- The Sacrifices - Exodus 29:10
- Food of the Kohenim - Exodus 29:31
- The Alter of Incense - Exodus 30:1
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