The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleExodus 30:19
For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their
] Not in it, but at it; the laver had mouths or
spouts, as Ben Melech says, from whence the water flowed when the
priests washed their hands and feet at it; and so Bartenora says F26
they did not wash out of the laver, but from water flowing out of it;
it is said "out of it", not in it; it seems at first there were but two
of these spouts; for it is said F1 Ben Katin made twelve spouts or
cocks, which had but two before; so that twelve priests could wash
their hands and feet at one time, and which they could do at once,
presently, by putting the right hand on the top of the right foot, and
the left hand upon the left foot, as both Jarchi and Ben Melech relate:
and now the hands being the instruments of action, and the feet of
walking, this shows that the actions of good men, the priests of the
Lord, and their walk and conversation, are not without sin, and that
these need washing in the laver of Christ's blood, to which there must
be daily application, see (Zechariah 13:1) (Revelation 7:14) . Our Lord seems to have
reference to this ceremony, (John 13:10) the Egyptian priests washed
twice every day in cold water, and twice every night F2.
F26 In Misn. Zebachim, c. 2. sect. 1.
F1 Misn. Yoma. c. 3. sect. 10.
F2 Herodot. Euterpe, sive, l. 2. c. 37.