The Meaning of Leviticus 8:11 Explained

Leviticus 8:11

KJV: And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels, both the laver and his foot, to sanctify them.

YLT: and he sprinkleth of it on the altar seven times, and anointeth the altar, and all its vessels, and the laver, and its base, to sanctify them;

Darby: And he sprinkled thereof on the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all its utensils, and the laver and its stand, to hallow them.

ASV: And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all its vessels, and the laver and its base, to sanctify them.

What does Leviticus 8:11 Mean?

Context Summary

Leviticus 8:1-17 - Aaron And His Sons Consecrated
Here we have our Lord's eternal Priesthood presented in miniature. The whole congregation had to be present, because each had a claim on Aaron's services, as each believer has a claim on Christ's. Each portion of Aaron's dress told of some trait or feature in Jesus' fitness to stand for us-the girdle of His zeal; the robe and ephod of His beauty and glory; the breastplate that our names are written on His heart; the Urim and Thummim of His wisdom to direct; the miter of His holiness.
The garments of the priests, the sons of Aaron, remind us of the spotless dress in which we should be habited, ever remembering that in the lowliest act we may minister to God. We, too, must be anointed, as Jesus was, with the fresh oil of Pentecost. The identification of our Lord with His people is typically set forth in the joint laying of hands on the victims. Jesus had no sins of His own, but He bore our sins, and stood with us in the sinner's place that He might raise us to His throne. [source]

Chapter Summary: Leviticus 8

1  Moses consecrates Aaron and his sons
14  Their sin offering
18  Their burnt offering
22  The ram of consecration
31  The place and time of their consecration

What do the individual words in Leviticus 8:11 mean?

And He sprinkled some of it on the altar seven times and anointed - and all its utensils the laver its base to consecrate them
וַיַּ֥ז מִמֶּ֛נּוּ עַל־ הַמִּזְבֵּ֖חַ שֶׁ֣בַע פְּעָמִ֑ים וַיִּמְשַׁ֨ח אֶת־ וְאֶת־ כָּל־ כֵּלָ֗יו הַכִּיֹּ֛ר כַּנּ֖וֹ לְקַדְּשָֽׁם

וַיַּ֥ז  And  He  sprinkled 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Hifil, Consecutive imperfect, third person masculine singular
Root: נָזָה 
Sense: to spurt, spatter, sprinkle.
מִמֶּ֛נּוּ  some  of  it 
Parse: Preposition, third person masculine singular
Root: מִן 
Sense: from, out of, on account of, off, on the side of, since, above, than, so that not, more than.
הַמִּזְבֵּ֖חַ  the  altar 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: מִזְבֵּחַ  
Sense: altar.
שֶׁ֣בַע  seven 
Parse: Number, feminine singular
Root: שֶׁבַע  
Sense: seven (cardinal number).
פְּעָמִ֑ים  times 
Parse: Noun, feminine plural
Root: פַּעַם  
Sense: stroke, beat, foot, step, anvil, occurrence.
וַיִּמְשַׁ֨ח  and  anointed 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Qal, Consecutive imperfect, third person masculine singular
Root: מָשַׁח  
Sense: to smear, anoint, spread a liquid.
אֶת־  - 
Parse: Direct object marker
Root: אֹות 
Sense: sign of the definite direct object, not translated in English but generally preceding and indicating the accusative.
כֵּלָ֗יו  its  utensils 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural construct, third person masculine singular
Root: כְּלִי  
Sense: article, vessel, implement, utensil.
הַכִּיֹּ֛ר  the  laver 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: כִּיּׄור  
Sense: pot, basin, laver, pan.
כַּנּ֖וֹ  its  base 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct, third person masculine singular
Root: כֵּן 
Sense: base, stand, pedestal, office, foot, place, estate.
לְקַדְּשָֽׁם  to  consecrate  them 
Parse: Preposition-l, Verb, Piel, Infinitive construct, third person masculine plural
Root: קָדַשׁ  
Sense: to consecrate, sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, be sanctified, be separate.