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also known as: vail
The word denotes something spread out and covering or concealing something else (compare 2 Corinthians 3:13-15).
This verse should be read, “And when Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face,” as in the Revised King James Version. When Moses spoke to them he was without the veil; only when he ceased speaking he put on the veil (compare 2 Corinthians 3:13, etc.).
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).
Hebrew: Tza'iph (Genesis 24:65)
The word probably denotes some kind of cloak or wrapper.