1 A piece of fabric worn by a woman to conceal her face or cover her head (Song 4:1; Song 3; Song 6:7; Isa 47:2). Apparently, an Israelite woman wore a veil at the time of her wedding. When Rebekah first saw Isaac, she put on her veil and, afterward, they were married (Gen 24:65-67). Likewise, Jacob’s inability to recognize that Leah had been substituted for Rachel on his first wedding night can be explained if Leah was veiled. On the other hand, Tamar wore a veil to trick Judah into thinking that she was a prostitute so that he would lie with her and fulfill the levirate duty (Gen 38:14; Gen 38:19). According to Paul, women should wear veils when praying or prophesying (1Cor 11:4-16). 2 A covering Moses wore to conceal his face after he received the second set of tablets of the testimony at Mt. Sinai (Exod 34:29-35). Paul claimed that this was to conceal the temporary nature of the old covenant (2Cor 3:13). 3 The covering over the entrance to the Holy of Holies in the Temple (2Chr 3:14), which also hung before the Ark in the wilderness tabernacle (Exod 26:33; Exod 35:12; Exod 39:34; Lev 24:3). Only Aaron and his sons were permitted to pass beyond the veil (Num 18:7). At a later time, only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies and only on the Day of Atonement (Lev 6:2). According to the Gospels, the veil (curtain) of the Temple tore at Jesus’s death, exposing the Holy of Holies (Matt 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45).
The Bride's Beauty Extolled
1How beautiful you are, my love,
how very beautiful!
Your eyes are doves
behind your veil.
Your hair is like a flock of goats,
movin ... View more
1Upon my bed at night
I sought him whom my soul loves;
I sought him, but found him not;
I called him, but he gave no answer.2“I will rise now and g ... View more
7Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
behind your veil.
2Take the millstones and grind meal,
remove your veil,
strip off your robe, uncover your legs,
pass through the rivers.
65and said to the servant, “Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered h ... View more
14she put off her widow's garments, put on a veil, wrapped herself up, and sat down at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. She saw that Shela ... View more
19Then she got up and went away, and taking off her veil she put on the garments of her widowhood.
4Any man who prays or prophesies with something on his head disgraces his head,5but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled disgraces her head— ... View more
The Shining Face of Moses
29Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not ... View more
13not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside.
14And Solomon made the curtain of blue and purple and crimson fabrics and fine linen, and worked cherubim into it.
33You shall hang the curtain under the clasps, and bring the ark of the covenant! in there, within the curtain; and the curtain shall separate for you the holy ... View more
12the ark with its poles, the mercy seat, and the curtain for the screen;
34the covering of tanned rams' skins and the covering of fine leather, and the curtain for the screen;
3Aaron shall set it up in the tent of meeting, outside the curtain of the covenant, to burn from evening to morning before the Lord regularly; it shall be a sta ... View more
7But you and your sons with you shall diligently perform your priestly duties in all that concerns the altar and the area behind the curtain. I give your priest ... View more
2When any of you sin and commit a trespass against the Lord by deceiving a neighbor in a matter of a deposit or a pledge, or by robbery, or if you have defraude ... View more
51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split.
38And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
45while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.