ראה. בעין כבוד. SEE. With a respectful eye.7Some editions read: be-anan kavod (in a glorious cloud). This meaning is difficult. Some emend it to read, be-inyon kavod (respectfully).
והקרוא הוא בצלאל. והטעם קראתי בשמו שאין כמוהו לעשות המשכן. [I HAVE CALLED BY NAME BEZALEL.] Bezalel is the one being called.8The word karati (I have called) is to be connected to bezalel ben uri (Bezalel the son of Uri) rather than to the word be-shem (by name). Thus karati be-shem bezalel ben uri (I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri) is to be rendered: I have called Bezalel the son of Uri by name. I.E. comments thus because karati be-shem bezalel ben uri could conceivably be translated: I have called upon the name of Bezalel the son of Uri. Compare, va-yikra be-shem Adonai (and called upon the name of the Lord) (Gen. 12:8). The meaning of I have called by name Bezalel is: I have called Bezalel’s name because he has no equal in ability to construct the tabernacle.9For Scripture continues, and I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom…to devise skilful works, to work in gold, etc.
ועל דרך הפשט כלב בן יפונה איננו כלב בן חצרון בראיות גמורות. והמשכילים יבינו: [BEZALEL THE SON OF URI, THE SON OF HUR.] According to the plain meaning of the text, Caleb the son of Jephunneh10Num. 13:6. is not to be identified with Caleb the son of Hezron.11Caleb the son of Hezron was the father of Hur. Hur was the father of Uri. Uri was the father of Bezalel (I Chron. 2:19,20). The Talmud (San. 69b) identifies Caleb the son of Hezron with Caleb the son of Jephunneh. I.E. disagrees. For a full discussion, see Vol. 1, p. 355, note 20. There is indisputable evidence that this is so.12Caleb the son of Jephunneh was 39 years of age at the time that Bezalel constructed the tabernacle. For Caleb said, Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land (Josh. 14:7). Now the tabernacle was constructed in the first year of the Exodus, and the spies were sent in the second year of the Exodus. Caleb was thus 39 years of age when Bezalel constructed the tabernacle. I.E. reasons that it is highly unlikely for a 39-year-old man to be a great-grandfather. In fact, the only way the sages of the Talmud could explain the aforementioned was to maintain that the early generations had children at the age of eight. See San. 69b and Vol. 1, p. 355, note 20. Intelligent people will understand the proof.