Veil, Vail: 1. Heb. mitpahath
(Ruth 3:15) marg., "sheet" or "apron;" R.V.,
(Isaiah 3:22) this word is plural, rendered "wimples;"
R.V., "shawls" i.e., wraps.
(Isaiah 25:7; 28:20) rendered "covering"). The word
denotes something spread out and covering or concealing
something else (comp.)
(2 Corinthians 3:13-15)
(Exodus 34:33,35) the veil on the face of Moses. This verse
should be read, "And when Moses had done speaking with them, he
put a veil on his face," as in the Revised Version. When Moses
spoke to them he was without the veil; only when he ceased
speaking he put on the veil (comp.)
(2 Corinthians 3:13) etc.
(Exodus 26:31-35) the veil of the tabernacle and the temple,
which hung between the holy place and the most holy
(2 Chronicles 3:14) In
the temple a partition wall separated these two places. In it
were two folding-doors, which are supposed to have been always
open, the entrance being concealed by the veil which the high
priest lifted when he entered into the sanctuary on the day of
Atonement. This veil was rent when Christ died on the cross
(Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45)
(Genesis 24:65) Rebekah "took a vail and covered herself."
(Genesis 38:14,19) Hebrew women generally appeared in
public without veils
(Genesis 12:14; 24:16; 29:10; 1 Samuel 1:12)
(The Song of Solomon 5:7) R.V. "mantle;"
(Isaiah 3:23) The word probably
denotes some kind of cloak or wrapper.
7. Masak, the veil which hung before the entrance to the holy place