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 26:22  26:23
26:21 and 40 silver bases. [Here too] there shall be two sockets under each and every beam.
Ve'arba'im adneyhem kasef shney adanim tachat hakeresh ha'echad ushney adanim tachat hakeresh ha'echad.
26:22 Make six beams for the west side of the tabernacle,
Uleyarketey haMishkan yamah ta'aseh shishah kerashim.
26:23 and place [another] two beams at the corners.
Ushney krashim ta'aseh limekuts'ot haMishkan bayarchatayim.


six beams
  For a width of 9 cubits.

two beams...
  Adding another 3 cubits, making the outside of the western wall 12 cubits (18') long. According to the opinion that the beams were tapered on top, the corner beams were special, since they came to a point on top (Shabbath 98b). According to the opinion that the beams were only a handbreadth thick, these corner beams were a cubit square (Josephus 4:6:3).

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