Twelve loaves of unleavened bread that were placed on a specially constructed table in the holy place of the tabernacle and Temple as an offering to God. They were to be baked of fine flour and arranged in two rows of six with frankincense in each row. The bread was to be replaced with freshly baked bread every Sabbath day, and the old loaves were to be eaten by the priests (Lev 24:5-9; Exod 25:23-30; 1Sam 21:5-6; Matt 12:3-4). The showbread is variously referred to as the Bread of the Presence (Num 4:7), holy bread (1Sam 21:6), or simply the bread (Exod 40:23).

Lev 24:5-9

The Bread for the Tabernacle
5You shall take choice flour, and bake twelve loaves of it; two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each loaf.6You shall place them in t ... View more

Exod 25:23-30

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.24You shall overla ... View more

1Sam 21:5-6

5David answered the priest, “Indeed women have been kept from us as always when I go on an expedition; the vessels of the young men are holy even when it is a c ... View more

Matt 12:3-4

3He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?4He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which ... View more

Num 4:7

7Over the table of the bread of the Presence they shall spread a blue cloth, and put on it the plates, the dishes for incense, the bowls, and the flagons for th ... View more

1Sam 21:6

6So the priest gave him the holy bread; for there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence, which is removed from before the Lord, to be replaced by ... View more

Exod 40:23

23and set the bread in order on it before the Lord; as the Lord had commanded Moses.

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