Bible: Exodus 20-40

20:1

The Decalogue

1 

God spoke all these words: 2 

20:2I, 3  the Lord, am your God, 4  who brought you 5  from the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. 6 

20:3You shall have no 7  other gods before me. 8 

20:4You shall not make for yourself a carved image 9  or any likeness 10  of anything 11  that is in heaven above or that is on the earth beneath or that is in the water below. 12  20:5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, 13  for I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous 14  God, responding to 15  the transgression of fathers by dealing with children to the third and fourth generations 16  of those who reject me, 17  20:6 and showing covenant faithfulness 18  to a thousand generations 19  of those who love me and keep my commandments.

20:7You shall not take 20  the name of the Lord your God in vain, 21  for the Lord will not hold guiltless 22  anyone who takes his name in vain.

20:8Remember 23  the Sabbath 24  day to set it apart as holy. 25  20:9 For six days 26  you may labor 27  and do all your work, 28  20:10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on it 29  you shall not do any work, you, 30  or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your cattle, or the resident foreigner who is in your gates. 31  20:11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, and he rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

20:12Honor 32  your father and your mother, that you may live a long time 33  in the land 34  the Lord your God is giving to you.

20:13You shall not murder. 35 

20:14You shall not commit adultery. 36 

20:15You shall not steal. 37 

20:16You shall not give 38  false testimony 39  against your neighbor.

20:17You shall not covet 40  your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor.” 41 

20:18 All the people were seeing 42  the thundering and the lightning, and heard 43  the sound of the horn, and saw 44  the mountain smoking – and when 45  the people saw it they trembled with fear 46  and kept their distance. 47  20:19 They said to Moses, “You speak 48  to us and we will listen, but do not let God speak with us, lest we die.” 20:20 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, 49  that the fear of him 50  may be before you so that you do not 51  sin.” 20:21 The people kept 52  their distance, but Moses drew near the thick darkness 53  where God was. 54 

20:22

The Altar

55 

The Lord said 56  to Moses: “Thus you will tell the Israelites: ‘You yourselves have seen that I have spoken with you from heaven. 20:23 You must not make gods of silver alongside me, 57  nor make gods of gold for yourselves. 58 

20:24You must make for me an altar made of earth, 59  and you will sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, 60  your sheep and your cattle. In every place 61  where I cause my name to be honored 62  I will come to you and I will bless you. 20:25 If you make me an altar of stone, you must not build it 63  of stones shaped with tools, 64  for if you use your tool on it you have defiled it. 65  20:26 And you must not go up by steps to my altar, so that your nakedness is not exposed.’ 66 

21:1

The Decisions

67 

“These are the decisions that you will set before them:

21:2

Hebrew Servants

68 

“If you buy 69  a Hebrew servant, 70  he is to serve you for six years, but in the seventh year he will go out free 71  without paying anything. 72  21:3 If he came 73  in by himself 74  he will go out by himself; if he had 75  a wife when he came in, then his wife will go out with him. 21:4 If his master gave 76  him a wife, and she bore sons or daughters, the wife and the children will belong to her master, and he will go out by himself. 21:5 But if the servant should declare, 77  ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out 78  free,’ 21:6 then his master must bring him to the judges, 79  and he will bring him to the door or the doorposts, and his master will pierce his ear with an awl, and he shall serve him forever. 80 

21:7If a man sells his daughter 81  as a female servant, 82  she will not go out as the male servants do. 21:8 If she does not please 83  her master, who has designated her 84  for himself, then he must let her be redeemed. 85  He has no right 86  to sell her to a foreign nation, because he has dealt deceitfully 87  with her. 21:9 If he designated her for his son, then he will deal with her according to the customary rights 88  of daughters. 21:10 If he takes another wife, 89  he must not diminish the first one’s food, 90  her clothing, or her marital rights. 91  21:11 If he does not provide her with these three things, then she will go out free, without paying money. 92 

21:12

Personal Injuries

93 

“Whoever strikes someone 94  so that he dies 95  must surely be put to death. 96  21:13 But if he does not do it with premeditation, 97  but it happens by accident, 98  then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee. 21:14 But if a man willfully attacks his neighbor to kill him cunningly, 99  you will take him even from my altar that he may die.

21:15Whoever strikes 100  his father or his mother must surely be put to death.

21:16Whoever kidnaps someone 101  and sells him, 102  or is caught still holding him, 103  must surely be put to death.

21:17Whoever treats his father or his mother disgracefully 104  must surely be put to death.

21:18If men fight, and one strikes his neighbor with a stone or with his fist and he does not die, but must remain in bed, 105  21:19 and then 106  if he gets up and walks about 107  outside on his staff, then the one who struck him is innocent, except he must pay 108  for the injured person’s 109  loss of time 110  and see to it that he is fully healed.

21:20If a man strikes his male servant or his female servant with a staff so that he or she 111  dies as a result of the blow, 112  he will surely be punished. 113  21:21 However, if the injured servant 114  survives one or two days, the owner 115  will not be punished, for he has suffered the loss. 116 

21:22If men fight and hit a pregnant woman and her child is born prematurely, 117  but there is no serious injury, he will surely be punished in accordance with what the woman’s husband demands of him, and he will pay what the court decides. 118  21:23 But if there is serious injury, then you will give a life for a life, 21:24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 21:25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. 119 

21:26If a man strikes the eye of his male servant or his female servant so that he destroys it, 120  he will let the servant 121  go free 122  as compensation for the eye. 21:27 If he knocks out the tooth of his male servant or his female servant, he will let the servant 123  go free as compensation for the tooth.

21:28

Laws about Animals

124 

“If an ox 125  gores a man or a woman so that either dies, 126  then the ox must surely 127  be stoned and its flesh must not be eaten, but the owner of the ox will be acquitted. 21:29 But if the ox had the habit of goring, and its owner was warned, 128  and he did not take the necessary precautions, 129  and then it killed a man or a woman, the ox must be stoned and the man must be put to death. 21:30 If a ransom is set for him, 130  then he must pay the redemption for his life according to whatever amount was set for him. 21:31 If the ox 131  gores a son or a daughter, the owner 132  will be dealt with according to this rule. 133  21:32 If the ox gores a male servant or a female servant, the owner 134  must pay thirty shekels of silver, 135  and the ox must be stoned. 136 

21:33If a man opens a pit or if a man digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls into it, 21:34 the owner of the pit must repay 137  the loss. He must give money 138  to its owner, and the dead animal 139  will become his. 21:35 If the ox of one man injures the ox of his neighbor so that it dies, then they will sell the live ox and divide its proceeds, 140  and they will also divide the dead ox. 141  21:36 Or if it is known that the ox had the habit of goring, and its owner did not take the necessary precautions, he must surely pay 142  ox for ox, and the dead animal will become his. 143 

22:1

Laws about Property

144 

145  “If a man steals an ox or a sheep and kills it or sells it, he must pay back 146  five head of cattle for the ox, and four sheep for the one sheep. 147 

22:2If a thief is caught 148  breaking in 149  and is struck so that he dies, there will be no blood guilt for him. 150  22:3 If the sun has risen on him, then there is blood guilt for him. A thief 151  must surely make full restitution; if he has nothing, then he will be sold for his theft. 22:4 If the stolen item should in fact be found 152  alive in his possession, 153  whether it be an ox or a donkey or a sheep, he must pay back double. 154 

22:5If a man grazes 155  his livestock 156  in a field or a vineyard, and he lets the livestock loose and they graze in the field of another man, he must make restitution from the best of his own field and the best of his own vineyard.

22:6If a fire breaks out and spreads 157  to thorn bushes, 158  so that stacked grain or standing grain or the whole field is consumed, the one who started 159  the fire must surely make restitution.

22:7If a man gives his neighbor money or articles 160  for safekeeping, 161  and it is stolen from the man’s house, if the thief is caught, 162  he must repay double. 22:8 If the thief is not caught, 163  then the owner of the house will be brought before the judges 164  to see 165  whether he has laid 166  his hand on his neighbor’s goods. 22:9 In all cases of illegal possessions, 167  whether for an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any kind of lost item, about which someone says ‘This belongs to me,’ 168  the matter of the two of them will come before the judges, 169  and the one whom 170  the judges declare guilty 171  must repay double to his neighbor. 22:10 If a man gives his neighbor a donkey or an ox or a sheep or any beast to keep, and it dies or is hurt 172  or is carried away 173  without anyone seeing it, 174  22:11 then there will be an oath to the Lord 175  between the two of them, that he has not laid his hand on his neighbor’s goods, and its owner will accept this, and he will not have to pay. 22:12 But if it was stolen 176  from him, 177  he will pay its owner. 22:13 If it is torn in pieces, then he will bring it for evidence, 178  and he will not have to pay for what was torn.

22:14If a man borrows an animal 179  from his neighbor, and it is hurt or dies when its owner was not with it, the man who borrowed it 180  will surely pay. 22:15 If its owner was with it, he will not have to pay; if it was hired, what was paid for the hire covers it. 181 

22:16

Moral and Ceremonial Laws

182 

“If a man seduces a virgin 183  who is not engaged 184  and has sexual relations with her, he must surely endow 185  her to be his wife. 22:17 If her father refuses to give her to him, he must pay money for the bride price of virgins.

22:18You must not allow a sorceress to live. 186 

22:19Whoever has sexual relations 187  with a beast must surely be put to death.

22:20Whoever sacrifices to a god other than the Lord 188  alone must be utterly destroyed. 189 

22:21You must not wrong 190  a foreigner 191  nor oppress him, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.

22:22You must not afflict 192  any widow or orphan. 22:23 If you afflict them 193  in any way 194  and they cry to me, I will surely hear 195  their cry, 22:24 and my anger will burn and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives will be widows and your children will be fatherless. 196 

22:25If you lend money to any of 197  my people who are needy among you, do not be like a moneylender 198  to him; do not charge 199  him interest. 200  22:26 If you do take 201  the garment of your neighbor in pledge, you must return it to him by the time the sun goes down, 202  22:27 for it is his only covering – it is his garment for his body. 203  What else can he sleep in? 204  And 205  when he cries out to me, I will hear, for I am gracious.

22:28You must not blaspheme 206  God 207  or curse the ruler of your people.

22:29Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats. 208  You must give me the firstborn of your sons. 22:30 You must also do this for your oxen and for your sheep; seven days they may remain with their mothers, but give them to me on the eighth day.

22:31You will be holy 209  people to me; you must not eat any meat torn by animals in the field. 210  You must throw it to the dogs.

23:1

Justice

211 

“You must not give 212  a false report. 213  Do not make common cause 214  with the wicked 215  to be a malicious 216  witness.

23:2You must not follow a crowd 217  in doing evil things; 218  in a lawsuit you must not offer testimony that agrees with a crowd so as to pervert justice, 219  23:3 and you must not show partiality 220  to a poor man in his lawsuit.

23:4If you encounter 221  your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, you must by all means return 222  it to him. 23:5 If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen under its load, you must not ignore him, 223  but be sure to help 224  him with it. 225 

23:6You must not turn away justice for your poor people in their lawsuits. 23:7 Keep your distance 226  from a false charge 227  – do not kill the innocent and the righteous, 228  for I will not justify the wicked. 229 

23:8You must not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see 230  and subverts the words of the righteous.

23:9You must not oppress 231  a foreigner, since you know the life 232  of a foreigner, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.

23:10

Sabbaths and Feasts

233 

“For six years 234  you are to sow your land and gather in its produce. 23:11 But in the seventh year 235  you must let it lie fallow and leave it alone so that the poor of your people may eat, and what they leave any animal in the field 236  may eat; you must do likewise with your vineyard and your olive grove. 23:12 For six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you must cease, in order that your ox and your donkey may rest and that your female servant’s son and any hired help 237  may refresh themselves. 238 

23:13Pay attention to do 239  everything I have told you, and do not even mention 240  the names of other gods – do not let them be heard on your lips. 241 

23:14Three times 242  in the year you must make a pilgrim feast 243  to me. 23:15 You are to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; seven days 244  you must eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you, at the appointed time of the month of Abib, for at that time 245  you came out of Egypt. No one may appear before 246  me empty-handed.

23:16You are also to observe 247  the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors that you have sown in the field, and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year 248  when you have gathered in 249  your harvest 250  out of the field. 23:17 At 251  three times in the year all your males will appear before the Lord God. 252 

23:18You must not offer 253  the blood of my sacrifice with bread containing yeast; the fat of my festal sacrifice must not remain until morning. 254  23:19 The first of the firstfruits of your soil you must bring to the house of the Lord your God.

You must not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk. 255 

23:20

The Angel of the Presence

256 

“I am going to send 257  an angel 258  before you to protect you as you journey 259  and to bring you into the place that I have prepared. 260  23:21 Take heed because of him, and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgressions, for my name 261  is in him. 23:22 But if you diligently obey him 262  and do all that I command, then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and I will be an adversary to your adversaries. 23:23 For my angel will go before you and bring you to the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, and I will destroy them completely. 263 

23:24You must not bow down to their gods; you must not serve them or do according to their practices. Instead you must completely overthrow them and smash their standing stones 264  to pieces. 265  23:25 You must serve 266  the Lord your God, and he 267  will bless your bread and your water, 268  and I will remove sickness from your midst. 23:26 No woman will miscarry her young 269  or be barren in your land. I will fulfill 270  the number of your days.

23:27I will send my terror 271  before you, and I will destroy 272  all the people whom you encounter; I will make all your enemies turn their backs 273  to you. 23:28 I will send 274  hornets before you that will drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite before you. 23:29 I will not drive them out before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild animals 275  multiply against you. 23:30 Little by little 276  I will drive them out before you, until you become fruitful and inherit the land. 23:31 I will set 277  your boundaries from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River, 278  for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you.

23:32You must make no covenant with them or with their gods. 23:33 They must not live in your land, lest they make you sin against me, for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare 279  to you.”

24:1

The Lord Ratifies the Covenant

280 

But to Moses the Lord 281  said, “Come up 282  to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from a distance. 283  24:2 Moses alone may come 284  near the Lord, but the others 285  must not come near, 286  nor may the people go up with him.”

24:3 Moses came 287  and told the people all the Lord’s words 288  and all the decisions. All the people answered together, 289 We are willing to do 290  all the words that the Lord has said,” 24:4 and Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. Early in the morning he built 291  an altar at the foot 292  of the mountain and arranged 293  twelve standing stones 294 according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 24:5 He sent young Israelite men, 295  and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls for peace offerings 296  to the Lord. 24:6 Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and half of the blood he splashed on the altar. 297  24:7 He took the Book of the Covenant 298  and read it aloud 299  to the people, and they said, “We are willing to do and obey 300  all that the Lord has spoken.” 24:8 So Moses took the blood and splashed it on 301  the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant 302  that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

24:9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up, 303  24:10 and they saw 304  the God of Israel. Under his feet 305  there was something like a pavement 306  made of sapphire, clear like the sky itself. 307  24:11 But he did not lay a hand 308  on the leaders of the Israelites, so they saw God, 309  and they ate and they drank. 310 

24:12 311 

The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me to the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets 312  with 313  the law and the commandments that I have written, so that you may teach them.” 314  24:13 So Moses set out 315  with 316  Joshua his attendant, and Moses went up the mountain of God. 24:14 He told the elders, “Wait for us in this place until we return to you. Here are 317  Aaron and Hur with you. Whoever has any matters of dispute 318  can approach 319  them.”

24:15 Moses went up the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 24:16 The glory of the Lord resided 320  on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. 321  On the seventh day he called to Moses from within the cloud. 24:17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in plain view 322  of the people. 24:18 Moses went into the cloud when he went up 323  the mountain, and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights. 324 

25:1

The Materials for the Sanctuary

325 

The Lord spoke to Moses: 25:2 Tell the Israelites to take 326  an offering 327  for me; from every person motivated by a willing 328  heart you 329  are to receive my offering. 25:3 This is the offering you 330  are to accept from them: gold, silver, bronze, 25:4 blue, 331  purple, 332  scarlet, 333  fine linen, 334  goat’s hair, 335  25:5 ram skins dyed red, 336  fine leather, 337  acacia 338  wood, 25:6 oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for fragrant incense, 25:7 onyx stones, and other gems to be set in the ephod and in the breastpiece. 25:8 Let them make 339  for me a sanctuary, 340  so that I may live among them. 25:9 According to all that I am showing you 341  – the pattern of the tabernacle 342  and the pattern of all its furnishings – you 343  must make it exactly so. 344 

25:10

The Ark of the Covenant

345 

“They are to make an ark 346  of acacia wood – its length is to be three feet nine inches, its width two feet three inches, and its height two feet three inches. 347  25:11 You are to overlay 348  it with pure gold – both inside and outside you must overlay it, 349  and you are to make a surrounding border 350  of gold over it. 25:12 You are to cast four gold rings for it and put them on its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other side. 25:13 You are to make poles of acacia wood, overlay them with gold, 25:14 and put the poles into the rings at the sides of the ark in order to carry the ark with them. 25:15 The poles must remain in the rings of the ark; they must not be removed from it. 25:16 You are to put into the ark the testimony 351  that I will give to you.

25:17You are to make an atonement lid 352  of pure gold; 353  its length is to be three feet nine inches, and its width is to be two feet three inches. 25:18 You are to make two cherubim 354  of gold; you are to make them of hammered metal on the two ends of the atonement lid. 25:19 Make 355  one cherub on one end 356  and one cherub on the other end; from the atonement lid 357  you are to make the cherubim on the two ends. 25:20 The cherubim are to be spreading their wings upward, overshadowing 358  the atonement lid with their wings, and the cherubim are to face each other, 359  looking 360  toward the atonement lid. 25:21 You are to put the atonement lid on top of the ark, and in the ark you are to put the testimony I am giving you. 25:22 I will meet with you there, 361  and 362  from above the atonement lid, from between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will command you for the Israelites.

25:23

The Table for the Bread of the Presence

363 

“You are to make a table of acacia wood; its length is to be three feet, its width one foot six inches, and its height two feet three inches. 25:24 You are to overlay it with 364  pure gold, and you are to make a surrounding border of gold for it. 25:25 You are to make a surrounding frame 365  for it about three inches broad, and you are to make a surrounding border of gold for its frame. 25:26 You are to make four rings of gold for it and attach 366  the rings at the four corners where its four legs are. 367  25:27 The rings are to be close to the frame to provide places 368  for the poles to carry the table. 25:28 You are to make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold, so that the table may be carried with them. 369  25:29 You are to make its plates, 370  its ladles, 371  its pitchers, and its bowls, to be used in pouring out offerings; 372  you are to make them of pure gold. 25:30 You are to set the Bread of the Presence 373  on the table before me continually.

25:31

The Lampstand

374 

“You are to make a lampstand 375  of pure gold. The lampstand is to be made of hammered metal; its base and its shaft, its cups, 376  its buds, and its blossoms are to be from the same piece. 377  25:32 Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand, 378  three branches of the lampstand from one side of it and three branches of the lampstand from the other side of it. 379  25:33 Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, and three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on the next 380  branch, and the same 381  for the six branches extending from the lampstand. 25:34 On the lampstand there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms, 25:35 with a bud under the first 382  two branches from it, and a bud under the next 383  two branches from it, and a bud under the third 384  two branches from it, according to the six branches that extend from the lampstand. 25:36 Their buds and their branches will be one piece, 385  all of it one hammered piece of pure gold.

25:37You are to make its seven lamps, 386  and then set 387  its lamps up on it, so that it will give light 388  to the area in front of it. 25:38 Its trimmers and its trays 389  are to be 390  of pure gold. 25:39 About seventy-five pounds 391  of pure gold is to be used for it 392  and for all these utensils. 25:40 Now be sure to make 393  them according to the pattern you were shown 394  on the mountain. 395 

26:1

The Tabernacle

396 

“The tabernacle itself 397  you are to make with 398  ten curtains of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet; 399  you are to make them with 400  cherubim that are the work of an artistic designer. 26:2 The length of each 401  curtain is to be forty-two feet, and the width of each curtain is to be six feet 402 the same size for each of the curtains. 26:3 Five curtains are to be joined, 403  one to another, 404  and the other 405  five curtains are to be joined, one to another. 26:4 You are to make loops of blue material along the edge of the end curtain in one set, and in the same way you are to make loops 406  in the outer edge of the end curtain in the second set. 26:5 You are to make fifty loops on the one curtain, and you are to make fifty loops on the end curtain which is on the second set, so that the loops are opposite one to another. 407  26:6 You are to make fifty gold clasps and join the curtains together with the clasps, so that the tabernacle is a unit. 408 

26:7You are to make curtains of goatshair 409  for a tent over the tabernacle; 410  you are to make 411  eleven curtains. 26:8 The length of each 412  curtain is to be forty-five feet, and the width of each curtain is to be six feet – the same size for the eleven curtains. 26:9 You are to join five curtains by themselves and six curtains by themselves. You are to double over 413  the sixth curtain at the front of the tent. 26:10 You are to make fifty loops along the edge of the end curtain in one set and fifty loops along the edge of the curtain that joins the second set. 26:11 You are to make fifty bronze clasps and put the clasps into the loops and join the tent together so that it is a unit. 414  26:12 Now the part that remains of the curtains of the tent – the half curtain that remains will hang over at the back of the tabernacle. 415  26:13 The foot and a half 416  on the one side and the foot and a half on the other side of what remains in the length of the curtains of the tent will hang over the sides of the tabernacle, on one side and the other side, to cover it. 417 

26:14You are to make a covering 418  for the tent out of ram skins dyed red and over that a covering of fine leather. 419 

26:15You are to make the frames 420  for the tabernacle out of 421  acacia wood as uprights. 422  26:16 Each 423  frame is to be fifteen feet long, and each frame is to be two feet three inches wide, 26:17 with two projections 424  per frame parallel one to another. 425  You are to make all the frames of the tabernacle in this way. 26:18 So you are to make the frames for the tabernacle: twenty frames for the south side, 426  26:19 and you are to make forty silver bases to go under the twenty frames – two bases under the first frame for its two projections, and likewise 427  two bases under the next frame for its two projections; 26:20 and for the second side of the tabernacle, the north side, twenty frames, 26:21 and their forty silver bases, two bases under the first frame, and two bases under the next frame. 26:22 And for the back of the tabernacle on the west 428  you will make six frames. 26:23 You are to make two frames for the corners 429  of the tabernacle on the back. 26:24 At the two corners 430  they must be doubled at the lower end and finished together at the top in one ring. So it will be for both. 26:25 So there are to be eight frames and their silver bases, sixteen bases, two bases under the first frame, and two bases under the next frame.

26:26You are to make bars of acacia wood, five for the frames on one side of the tabernacle, 26:27 and five bars for the frames on the second side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the frames on the back of the tabernacle on the west. 26:28 The middle bar in the center of the frames will reach from end to end. 431  26:29 You are to overlay the frames with gold and make their rings of gold to provide places for the bars, and you are to overlay the bars with gold. 26:30 You are to set up the tabernacle according to the plan 432  that you were shown on the mountain.

26:31You are to make a special curtain 433  of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine twisted linen; it is to be made 434  with cherubim, the work of an artistic designer. 26:32 You are to hang it 435  with gold hooks 436  on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold, set in 437  four silver bases. 26:33 You are to hang this curtain under the clasps and bring the ark of the testimony in there behind the curtain. 438  The curtain will make a division for you between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. 439  26:34 You are to put the atonement lid on the ark of the testimony in the Most Holy Place. 26:35 You are to put the table outside the curtain and the lampstand on the south side of the tabernacle, opposite the table, and you are to place the table on the north side.

26:36You are to make a hanging 440  for the entrance of the tent of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine twined linen, the work of an embroiderer. 441  26:37 You are to make for the hanging five posts of acacia wood and overlay them with gold, and their hooks will be 442  gold, and you are to cast five bronze bases for them. 443 

The Altar

27:1You are to make the 444  altar of acacia wood, seven feet six inches long, 445  and seven feet six inches wide; the altar is to be square, 446  and its height is to be 447  four feet six inches. 27:2 You are to make its four horns 448  on its four corners; its horns will be part of it, 449  and you are to overlay it with bronze. 27:3 You are to make its pots for the ashes, 450  its shovels, its tossing bowls, 451  its meat hooks, and its fire pans – you are to make all 452  its utensils of bronze. 27:4 You are to make a grating 453  for it, a network of bronze, and you are to make on the network four bronze rings on its four corners. 27:5 You are to put it under the ledge of the altar below, so that the network will come 454  halfway up the altar. 455  27:6 You are to make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and you are to overlay them with bronze. 27:7 The poles are to be put 456  into the rings so that the poles will be on two sides of the altar when carrying it. 457  27:8 You are to make the altar hollow, out of boards. Just as it was shown you 458  on the mountain, so they must make it. 459 

The Courtyard

27:9You are to make the courtyard 460  of the tabernacle. For the south side 461  there are to be hangings 462  for the courtyard of fine twisted linen, one hundred fifty feet long for one side, 463  27:10 with 464  twenty posts and their twenty bronze bases, with the hooks of the posts and their bands of silver. 27:11 Likewise 465  for its length on the north side, there are to be 466  hangings for one hundred fifty feet, with twenty posts and their twenty bronze bases, with silver hooks and bands 467  on the posts. 27:12 The width of the court on the west side is to be seventy-five feet with hangings, with their ten posts and their ten bases. 27:13 The width of the court on the east side, toward the sunrise, is to be seventy-five feet. 27:14 The hangings on one side 468  of the gate are to be 469  twenty-two and a half feet long, with their three posts and their three bases. 27:15 On the second side 470  there are to be 471  hangings twenty-two and a half feet long, with their three posts and their three bases. 27:16 For the gate of the courtyard there is to be a curtain of thirty feet, of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine twined linen, the work of an embroiderer, with four posts and their four bases. 27:17 All the posts around the courtyard are to have silver bands; 472  their hooks are to be 473  silver, and their bases bronze. 27:18 The length of the courtyard is to be one hundred fifty feet 474  and the width seventy-five feet, 475  and the height of the fine twisted linen hangings 476  is to be 477  seven and a half feet, with their bronze bases. 27:19 All 478  the utensils of the tabernacle used 479  in all its service, all its tent pegs, and all the tent pegs of the courtyard are to be made of bronze. 480 

Offering the Oil

27:20You are to command the Israelites that they bring 481  to you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, so that the lamps 482  will burn 483  regularly. 484  27:21 In the tent of meeting 485  outside the curtain that is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons are to arrange it from evening 486  to morning before the Lord. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for generations to come. 487 

The Clothing of the Priests

28:1 488 “And you, bring near 489  to you your brother Aaron and his sons with him from among the Israelites, so that they may minister as my priests 490  – Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons. 28:2 You must make holy garments 491  for your brother Aaron, for glory and for beauty. 492  28:3 You 493  are to speak to all who are specially skilled, 494  whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, 495  so that they may make 496  Aaron’s garments to set him apart 497  to minister as my priest. 28:4 Now these are the garments that they are to make: a breastpiece, 498  an ephod, 499  a robe, a fitted 500  tunic, a turban, and a sash. They are to make holy garments for your brother Aaron and for his sons, that they may minister as my priests. 28:5 The artisans 501  are to use 502  the gold, blue, purple, scarlet, and fine linen.

28:6They are to make the ephod of gold, blue, purple, scarlet, and fine twisted linen, the work of an artistic designer. 28:7 It is to have two shoulder pieces attached to two of its corners, so it can be joined together. 503  28:8 The artistically woven waistband 504  of the ephod that is on it is to be like it, of one piece with the ephod, 505  of gold, blue, purple, scarlet, and fine twisted linen.

28:9You are to take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel, 506  28:10 six 507  of their names on one stone, and the six remaining names on the second stone, according to the order of their birth. 508  28:11 You are to engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel with the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a seal; 509  you are to have them set 510  in gold filigree 511  settings. 28:12 You are to put the two stones on the shoulders of the ephod, stones of memorial for the sons of Israel, and Aaron will bear their names before the Lord on his two shoulders for a memorial. 512  28:13 You are to make filigree settings of gold 28:14 and two braided chains of pure gold, like a cord, and attach the chains to the settings.

28:15You are to make a breastpiece for use in making decisions, 513  the work of an artistic designer; you are to make it in the same fashion as the ephod; you are to make it of gold, blue, purple, scarlet, and fine twisted linen. 28:16 It is to be square 514  when 515  doubled, nine inches 516  long and nine inches wide. 28:17 You are to set in it a setting for stones, four rows of stones, a row with a ruby, a topaz, and a beryl – the first row; 28:18 and the second row, a turquoise, a sapphire, and an emerald; 28:19 and the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 28:20 and the fourth row, a chrysolite, an onyx, and a jasper. 517  They are to be enclosed in gold in their filigree settings. 28:21 The stones are to be for the names of the sons of Israel, twelve, according to the number of 518  their names. Each name according to the twelve tribes is to be like 519  the engravings of a seal.

28:22You are to make for the breastpiece braided chains like cords of pure gold, 28:23 and you are to make for the breastpiece two gold rings and attach 520  the two rings to the upper 521  two ends of the breastpiece. 28:24 You are to attach the two gold chains to the two rings at the ends of the breastpiece; 28:25 the other 522  two ends of the two chains you will attach to the two settings and then attach them 523  to the shoulder pieces of the ephod at the front of it. 28:26 You are to make two rings of gold and put them on the other 524  two ends of the breastpiece, on its edge that is on the inner side of the ephod. 28:27 You are to make two more 525  gold rings and attach them to the bottom of the two shoulder pieces on the front of the ephod, close to the juncture above the waistband of the ephod. 28:28 They are to tie the breastpiece by its rings to the rings of the ephod by blue cord, so that it may be above the waistband of the ephod, and so that the breastpiece will not be loose from the ephod. 28:29 Aaron will bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of decision over his heart 526  when he goes into the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually.

28:30You are to put the Urim and the Thummim 527  into the breastpiece of decision; and they are to be over Aaron’s heart when he goes in before the Lord. Aaron is to bear the decisions 528  of the Israelites over his heart before the Lord continually.

28:31You are to make the robe 529  of the ephod completely blue. 28:32 There is to be an opening 530  in its top 531  in the center of it, with an edge all around the opening, the work of a weaver, 532  like the opening of a collar, 533  so that it cannot be torn. 534  28:33 You are to make pomegranates 535  of blue, purple, and scarlet all around its hem 536  and bells of gold between them all around. 28:34 The pattern is to be 537  a gold bell and a pomegranate, a gold bell and a pomegranate, all around the hem of the robe. 28:35 The robe 538  is to be on Aaron as he ministers, 539  and his sound will be heard 540  when he enters the Holy Place before the Lord and when he leaves, so that he does not die.

28:36You are to make a plate 541  of pure gold and engrave on it the way a seal is engraved: 542  “Holiness to the Lord.” 543  28:37 You are to attach to it a blue cord so that it will be 544  on the turban; it is to be 545  on the front of the turban, 28:38 It will be on Aaron’s forehead, and Aaron will bear the iniquity of the holy things, 546  which the Israelites are to sanctify by all their holy gifts; 547  it will always be on his forehead, for their acceptance 548  before the Lord. 28:39 You are to weave 549  the tunic of fine linen and make the turban of fine linen, and make the sash the work of an embroiderer.

28:40For Aaron’s sons you are to make tunics, sashes, and headbands 550  for glory and for beauty.

28:41You are to clothe them – your brother Aaron and his sons with him – and anoint them 551  and ordain them 552  and set them apart as holy, 553  so that they may minister as my priests. 28:42 Make for them linen undergarments to cover their naked bodies; 554  they must cover 555  from the waist to the thighs. 28:43 These must be on Aaron and his sons when they enter 556  to the tent of meeting, or when they approach 557  the altar to minister in the Holy Place, so that they bear no iniquity and die. 558  It is to be a perpetual ordinance for him and for his descendants 559  after him. 560 

29:1

The Consecration of Aaron and His Sons

561 

“Now this is what 562  you are to do for them to consecrate them so that they may minister as my priests. Take a young 563  bull and two rams without blemish; 564  29:2 and 565  bread made without yeast, and perforated cakes without yeast mixed with oil, and wafers without yeast spread 566  with oil – you are to make them using 567  fine wheat flour. 29:3 You are to put them in one basket and present 568  them in the basket, along with 569  the bull and the two rams.

29:4You are to present 570  Aaron and his sons at the entrance of the tent of meeting. You are to wash 571  them with water 29:5 and take the garments and clothe Aaron with the tunic, 572  the robe of the ephod, the ephod, and the breastpiece; you are to fasten the ephod on him by using the skillfully woven waistband. 573  29:6 You are to put the turban on his head and put the holy diadem 574  on the turban. 29:7 You are to take the anointing oil and pour it on his head and anoint him. 575  29:8 You are to present his sons and clothe them with tunics 29:9 and wrap the sashes around Aaron and his sons 576  and put headbands on them, and so the ministry of priesthood will belong to them by a perpetual ordinance. Thus you are to consecrate 577  Aaron and his sons.

29:10You are to present the bull at the front of the tent of meeting, and Aaron and his sons are to put 578  their hands on the head 579  of the bull. 29:11 You are to kill the bull before the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting 29:12 and take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar 580  with your finger; all the rest of 581  the blood you are to pour out at the base of the altar. 29:13 You are to take all the fat that covers the entrails, and the lobe 582  that is above the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, and burn them 583  on the altar. 29:14 But the meat of the bull, its skin, and its dung you are to burn up 584  outside the camp. 585  It is the purification offering. 586 

29:15You are to take one ram, and Aaron and his sons are to lay their hands on the ram’s head, 29:16 and you are to kill the ram and take its blood and splash it all around on the altar. 29:17 Then you are to cut the ram into pieces and wash the entrails and its legs and put them on its pieces and on its head 29:18 and burn 587  the whole ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering 588  to the Lord, a soothing aroma; it is an offering made by fire 589  to the Lord. 590 

29:19You are to take the second ram, and Aaron and his sons are to lay their hands on the ram’s head, 29:20 and you are to kill the ram and take some of its blood and put it on the tip of the right ear of Aaron, on the tip of the right ear of his sons, on the thumb of their right hand, and on the big toe of their right foot, 591  and then splash the blood all around on the altar. 29:21 You are to take some of the blood that is on the altar and some of the anointing oil and sprinkle it 592  on Aaron, on his garments, on his sons, and on his sonsgarments with him, so that he may be holy, 593  he and his garments along with his sons and his sonsgarments.

29:22You are to take from the ram the fat, the fat tail, the fat that covers the entrails, the lobe 594  of the liver, the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, and the right thigh – for it is the ram for consecration 595  29:23 and one round flat cake of bread, one perforated cake of oiled bread, and one wafer from the basket of bread made without yeast that is before the Lord. 29:24 You are to put all these 596  in Aaron’s hands 597  and in his sonshands, and you are to wave them as a wave offering 598  before the Lord. 29:25 Then you are to take them from their hands and burn 599  them 600  on the altar for a burnt offering, for a soothing aroma before the Lord. It is an offering made by fire to the Lord. 29:26 You are to take the breast of the ram of Aaron’s consecration; you are to wave it as a wave offering before the Lord, and it is to be your share. 29:27 You are to sanctify the breast of the wave offering and the thigh of the contribution, 601  which were waved and lifted up as a contribution from the ram of consecration, from what belongs to Aaron and to his sons. 29:28 It is to belong to Aaron and to his sons from the Israelites, by a perpetual ordinance, for it is a contribution. It is to be a contribution from the Israelites from their peace offerings, their contribution to the Lord.

29:29The holy garments that belong to Aaron are to belong to his sons after him, so that they may be anointed 602  in them and consecrated 603  in them. 29:30 The priest who succeeds him 604  from his sons, when he first comes 605  to the tent of meeting to minister in the Holy Place, is to wear them for seven days. 606 

29:31You are to take the ram of the consecration and cook 607  its meat in a holy place. 608  29:32 Aaron and his sons are to eat the meat of the ram and the bread that was in the basket at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 29:33 They are to eat those things by which atonement was made 609  to consecrate and to set them apart, but no one else 610  may eat them, for they are holy. 29:34 If any of the meat from the consecration offerings 611  or any of the bread is left over 612  until morning, then you are to burn up 613  what is left over. It must not be eaten, 614  because it is holy.

29:35Thus you are to do for Aaron and for his sons, according to all that I have commanded you; you are to consecrate them 615  for 616  seven days. 29:36 Every day you are to prepare a bull for a purification offering 617  for atonement. 618  You are to purge 619  the altar by making atonement 620  for it, and you are to anoint it to set it apart as holy. 29:37 For seven days 621  you are to make atonement for the altar and set it apart as holy. Then the altar will be most holy. 622  Anything that touches the altar will be holy. 623 

29:38Now this is what you are to prepare 624  on the altar every day continually: two lambs a year old. 29:39 The first lamb you are to prepare in the morning, and the second lamb you are to prepare around sundown. 625  29:40 With the first lamb offer a tenth of an ephah 626  of fine flour mixed with a fourth of a hin 627  of oil from pressed olives, and a fourth of a hin of wine as a drink offering. 29:41 The second lamb you are to offer around sundown; you are to prepare for it the same meal offering as for the morning and the same drink offering, for a soothing aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord.

29:42This will be a regular 628  burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet 629  with you to speak to you there. 29:43 There I will meet 630  with the Israelites, and it will be set apart as holy by my glory. 631 

29:44So I will set apart as holy 632  the tent of meeting and the altar, and I will set apart as holy Aaron and his sons, that they may minister as priests to me. 29:45 I will reside 633  among the Israelites, and I will be their God, 29:46 and they will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out from the land of Egypt, so that I may reside among them. I am the Lord their God.

30:1

The Altar of Incense

634 

“You are to make an altar for burning incense; 635  you are to make it of 636  acacia wood. 637  30:2 Its length is to be a foot and a half 638  and its width a foot and a half; it will be square. Its height is to be three feet, 639  with its horns of one piece with it. 640  30:3 You are to overlay it with pure gold – its top, 641  its four walls, 642  and its horns – and make a surrounding border of gold for it. 643  30:4 You are to make two gold rings for it under its border, on its two flanks; you are to make them on its two sides. 644  The rings 645  will be places 646  for poles to carry it with. 30:5 You are to make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.

30:6You are to put it in front of the curtain that is before the ark of the testimony (before the atonement lid that is over the testimony), where I will meet you. 30:7 Aaron is to burn sweet incense 647  on it morning by morning; when he attends 648  to the lamps he is to burn incense. 649  30:8 When Aaron sets up the lamps around sundown he is to burn incense on it; it is to be a regular incense offering before the Lord throughout your generations. 30:9 You must not offer strange incense on it, nor burnt offering, nor meal offering, and you must not pour out a drink offering on it. 30:10 Aaron is to make atonement on its horns once in the year with some of the blood of the sin offering for atonement; 650  once in the year 651  he is to make atonement on it throughout your generations. It is most holy to the Lord.” 652 

30:11

The Ransom Money

653 

The Lord spoke to Moses: 654  30:12 When you take a census 655  of the Israelites according to their number, 656  then each man is to pay a ransom 657  for his life to the Lord when you number them, 658  so that there will be no plague among them when you number them. 30:13 Everyone who crosses over to those who are numbered 659  is to pay this: a half shekel 660  according to the shekel of the sanctuary 661  (a shekel weighs twenty gerahs). The half shekel is to be an offering 662  to the Lord. 30:14 Everyone who crosses over to those numbered, from twenty years old and up, is to pay an offering to the Lord. 30:15 The rich are not to increase it, 663  and the poor are not to pay less than the half shekel when giving 664  the offering of the Lord, to make atonement 665  for your lives. 30:16 You are to receive the atonement money 666  from the Israelites and give it for the service 667  of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial 668  for the Israelites before the Lord, to make atonement 669  for your lives.”

30:17

The Bronze Laver

670 

The Lord spoke to Moses: 671  30:18 You are also to make a large bronze 672  basin with a bronze stand 673  for washing. You are to put it between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it, 674  30:19 and Aaron and his sons must wash their hands and their feet from it. 675  30:20 When they enter 676  the tent of meeting, they must wash with 677  water so that they do not die. 678  Also, when they approach 679  the altar to minister by burning incense 680  as an offering made by fire 681  to the Lord, 30:21 they must wash 682  their hands and their feet so that they do not die. And this 683  will be a perpetual ordinance for them and for their descendants 684  throughout their generations.” 685 

30:22

Oil and Incense

686 

The Lord spoke to Moses: 687  30:23 Take 688  choice spices: 689  twelve and a half pounds 690  of free-flowing myrrh, 691  half that – about six and a quarter pounds – of sweet-smelling cinnamon, six and a quarter pounds of sweet-smelling cane, 30:24 and twelve and a half pounds of cassia, all weighed 692  according to the sanctuary shekel, and four quarts 693  of olive oil. 30:25 You are to make this 694  into 695  a sacred anointing oil, a perfumed compound, 696  the work of a perfumer. It will be sacred anointing oil.

30:26With it you are to anoint the tent of meeting, the ark of the testimony, 30:27 the table and all its utensils, the lampstand and its utensils, the altar of incense, 30:28 the altar for the burnt offering and all its utensils, and the laver and its base. 30:29 So you are to sanctify them, 697  and they will be most holy; 698  anything that touches them will be holy. 699 

30:30You are to anoint Aaron and his sons and 700  sanctify them, so that they may minister as my priests. 30:31 And you are to tell the Israelites: ‘This is to be my sacred anointing oil throughout your generations. 30:32 It must not be applied 701  to people’s bodies, and you must not make any like it with the same recipe. It is holy, and it must be holy to you. 30:33 Whoever makes perfume like it and whoever puts any of it on someone not a priest 702  will be cut off 703  from his people.’

30:34 The Lord said to Moses: “Take 704  spices, gum resin, 705  onycha, 706  galbanum, 707  and pure frankincense 708  of equal amounts 709  30:35 and make it into an incense, 710  a perfume, 711  the work of a perfumer. It is to be finely ground, 712  and pure and sacred. 30:36 You are to beat some of it very fine and put some of it before the ark of the testimony in the tent of meeting where I will meet with you; it is to be most holy to you. 30:37 And the incense that you are to make, you must not make for yourselves using the same recipe; it is to be most holy to you, belonging to the Lord. 30:38 Whoever makes anything like it, to use as perfume, 713  will be cut off from his people.”

31:1

Willing Artisans

714 

The Lord spoke to Moses: 715  31:2 See, I have chosen 716  Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31:3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God 717  in skill, 718  in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds 719  of craftsmanship, 31:4 to make artistic designs 720  for work with gold, with silver, and with bronze, 31:5 and with cutting and setting stone, and with cutting wood, to work in all kinds of craftsmanship. 31:6 Moreover, 721  I have also given him Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, and I have given ability to all the specially skilled, 722  that they may make 723  everything I have commanded you: 31:7 the tent of meeting, the ark of the testimony, the atonement lid that is on it, all the furnishings 724  of the tent, 31:8 the table with its utensils, the pure lampstand with all its utensils, the altar of incense, 31:9 the altar for the burnt offering with all its utensils, the large basin with its base, 31:10 the woven garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons, to minister as priests, 31:11 the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the Holy Place. They will make all these things just as I have commanded you.”

31:12

Sabbath Observance

725 

The Lord said to Moses, 726  31:13 Tell the Israelites, ‘Surely you must keep my Sabbaths, 727  for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 728  31:14 So you must keep the Sabbath, for it is holy for you. Everyone who defiles it 729  must surely be put to death; indeed, 730  if anyone does 731  any 732  work on it, then that person will be cut off from among his 733  people. 31:15 Six days 734  work may be done, 735  but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, 736  holy to the Lord; anyone who does work on the Sabbath day must surely be put to death. 31:16 The Israelites must keep the Sabbath by observing the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 31:17 It is a sign between me and the Israelites forever; for in six days 737  the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’ 738 

31:18 He gave Moses two tablets of testimony when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, tablets of stone written by the finger of God. 739 

32:1

The Sin of the Golden Calf

740 

When the people saw that Moses delayed 741  in coming down 742  from the mountain, they 743  gathered around Aaron and said to him, “Get up, 744  make us gods 745  that will go before us. As for this fellow Moses, 746  the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what 747  has become of him!

32:2 So Aaron said to them, “Break off the gold earrings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 748  32:3 So all 749  the people broke off the gold earrings that were on their ears and brought them to Aaron. 32:4 He accepted the gold 750  from them, 751  fashioned 752  it with an engraving tool, and made a molten calf. 753  Then they said, “These are your gods, 754  O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

32:5 When 755  Aaron saw this, 756  he built an altar before it, 757  and Aaron made a proclamation 758  and said, “Tomorrow will be a feast 759  to the Lord.” 32:6 So they got up early on the next day and offered up burnt offerings and brought peace offerings, and the people sat down to eat and drink, 760  and they rose up to play. 761 

32:7 The Lord spoke to Moses: “Go quickly, descend, 762  because your 763  people, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, have acted corruptly. 32:8 They have quickly turned aside 764  from the way that I commanded them – they have made for themselves a molten calf and have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt.’”

32:9 Then the Lord said to Moses: “I have seen this people. 765  Look 766  what a stiff-necked people they are! 767  32:10 So now, leave me alone 768  so that my anger can burn against them and I can destroy them, and I will make from you a great nation.”

32:11 But Moses sought the favor 769  of the Lord his God and said, “O Lord, why does your anger burn against your people, whom you have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 32:12 Why 770  should the Egyptians say, 771 For evil 772  he led them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy 773  them from the face of the earth? Turn from your burning anger, and relent 774  of this evil against your people. 32:13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel your servants, to whom you swore by yourself and told them, ‘I will multiply your descendants 775  like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken about 776  I will give to your descendants, 777  and they will inherit it forever.’ 32:14 Then the Lord relented over the evil that he had said he would do to his people.

32:15 Moses turned and went down from the mountain with 778  the two tablets of the testimony in his hands. The tablets were written on both sides – they were written on the front and on the back. 32:16 Now the tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. 32:17 When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, 779  he said to Moses, “It is the sound of war in the camp! 32:18 Moses 780  said, “It is not the sound of those who shout for victory, 781  nor is it the sound of those who cry because they are overcome, 782  but the sound of singing 783  I hear.” 784 

32:19 When he approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses became extremely angry. 785  He threw the tablets from his hands and broke them to pieces at the bottom of the mountain. 786  32:20 He took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire, ground it 787  to powder, poured it out on the water, and made the Israelites drink it. 788 

32:21 Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you, that you have brought on them so great a sin? 32:22 Aaron said, “Do not let your anger burn hot, my lord; 789  you know these people, that they tend to evil. 790  32:23 They said to me, ‘Make us gods that will go before us, for as for this fellow Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.’ 32:24 So I said to them, ‘Whoever has gold, break it off.’ So they gave it 791  to me, and I threw it into the fire, and this calf came out.” 792 

32:25 Moses saw that the people were running wild, 793  for Aaron had let them get completely out of control, causing derision from their enemies. 794  32:26 So Moses stood at the entrance of the camp and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come 795  to me.” 796  All the Levites gathered around him, 32:27 and he said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Each man fasten 797  his sword on his side, and go back and forth 798  from entrance to entrance throughout the camp, and each one kill his brother, his friend, and his neighbor.’ 799 

32:28 The Levites did what Moses ordered, 800  and that day about three thousand men of the people died. 801  32:29 Moses said, “You have been consecrated 802  today for the Lord, for each of you was against his son or against his brother, so he has given a blessing to you today.” 803 

32:30 The next day Moses said to the people, 804 You have committed a very serious sin, 805  but now I will go up to the Lordperhaps I can make atonement 806  on behalf of your sin.”

32:31 So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Alas, this people has committed a very serious sin, 807  and they have made for themselves gods of gold. 32:32 But now, if you will forgive their sin, 808  but if not, wipe me out 809  from your book that you have written.” 810  32:33 The Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me – that person I will wipe out of my book. 32:34 So now go, lead the people to the place I have spoken to you about. See, 811  my angel will go before you. But on the day that I punish, I will indeed punish them for their sin.” 812 

32:35 And the Lord sent a plague on the people because they had made the calf 813 the one Aaron made. 814 

33:1 The Lord said to Moses, “Go up 815  from here, you and the people whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land I promised on oath 816  to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ 817  33:2 I will send an angel 818  before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite. 819  33:3 Go up 820  to a land flowing with milk and honey. But 821  I will not go up among you, for you are a stiff-necked people, and I might destroy you 822  on the way.”

33:4 When the people heard this troubling word 823  they mourned; 824  no one put on his ornaments. 33:5 For 825  the Lord had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I went up among you for a moment, 826  I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments, 827  that I may know 828  what I should do to you.’ 829  33:6 So the Israelites stripped off their ornaments by Mount Horeb.

33:7

The Presence of the Lord

830 

Moses took 831  the tent 832  and pitched it outside the camp, at a good distance 833  from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. Anyone 834  seeking 835  the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting that was outside the camp.

33:8 And when Moses went out 836  to the tent, all the people would get up 837  and stand at the entrance to their tents 838  and watch 839  Moses until he entered the tent. 840  33:9 And 841  whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord 842  would speak with Moses. 843  33:10 When all the people would see the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people, each one at the entrance of his own tent, would rise and worship. 844  33:11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, 845  the way a person speaks 846  to a friend. Then Moses 847  would return to the camp, but his servant, Joshua son of Nun, a young man, did not leave the tent. 848 

33:12 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have been saying to me, ‘Bring this people up,’ 849  but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. But you said, ‘I know you by name, 850  and also you have found favor in my sight.’ 33:13 Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me 851  your way, that I may know you, 852  that I may continue to find 853  favor in your sight. And see 854  that this nation is your people.”

33:14 And the Lord 855  said, “My presence 856  will go with you, 857  and I will give you rest.” 858 

33:15 And Moses 859  said to him, “If your presence does not go 860  with us, 861  do not take us up from here. 862  33:16 For how will it be known then that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not by your going with us, so that we will be distinguished, I and your people, from all the people who are on the face of the earth? 863 

33:17 The Lord said to Moses, “I will do this thing also that you have requested, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know 864  you by name.”

33:18 And Moses 865  said, “Show me your glory.” 866 

33:19 And the Lord 867  said, “I will make all my goodness 868  pass before your face, and I will proclaim the Lord by name 869  before you; I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy.” 870  33:20 But he added, “You cannot see my face, for no one can 871  see me and live.” 872  33:21 The Lord said, “Here 873  is a place by me; you will station yourself 874  on a rock. 33:22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and will cover 875  you with my hand 876  while I pass by. 877  33:23 Then I will take away my hand, and you will see my back, 878  but my face must not be seen.” 879 

34:1

The New Tablets of the Covenant

880 

The Lord said to Moses, “Cut out 881  two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write 882  on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you smashed. 34:2 Be prepared 883  in the morning, and go up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and station yourself 884  for me there on the top of the mountain. 34:3 No one is to come up with you; do not let anyone be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the flocks or the herds may graze in front of that mountain.” 34:4 So Moses 885  cut out two tablets of stone like the first; 886  early in the morning he went up 887  to Mount Sinai, just as the Lord had commanded him, and he took in his hand the two tablets of stone.

34:5 The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there and proclaimed the Lord by name. 888  34:6 The Lord passed by before him and proclaimed: 889  “The Lord, the Lord, 890  the compassionate and gracious 891  God, slow to anger, 892  and abounding in loyal love and faithfulness, 893  34:7 keeping loyal love for thousands, 894  forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin. But he by no means leaves the guilty unpunished, responding to the transgression 895  of fathers by dealing with children and children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.”

34:8 Moses quickly bowed 896  to the ground and worshiped 34:9 and said, “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, let my Lord 897  go among us, for we 898  are a stiff-necked people; pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.”

34:10 He said, “See, I am going to make 899  a covenant before all your people. I will do wonders such as have not been done 900  in all the earth, nor in any nation. All the people among whom you live will see the work of the Lord, for it is a fearful thing that I am doing with you. 901 

34:11Obey 902  what I am commanding you this day. I am going to drive out 903  before you the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite. 34:12 Be careful not to make 904  a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it become a snare 905  among you. 34:13 Rather you must destroy their altars, smash their images, and cut down their Asherah poles. 906  34:14 For you must not worship 907  any other god, 908  for the Lord, whose name 909  is Jealous, is a jealous God. 34:15 Be careful 910  not to make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, for when 911  they prostitute themselves 912  to their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone invites you, 913  you will eat from his sacrifice; 34:16 and you then take 914  his daughters for your sons, and when his daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will make your sons prostitute themselves to their gods as well. 34:17 You must not make yourselves molten gods.

34:18You must keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days 915  you must eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you; do this 916  at the appointed time of the month Abib, for in the month Abib you came out of Egypt.

34:19Every firstborn of the womb 917  belongs to me, even every firstborn 918  of your cattle that is a male, 919  whether ox or sheep. 34:20 Now the firstling 920  of a donkey you may redeem with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, then break its neck. 921  You must redeem all the firstborn of your sons.

No one will appear before me empty-handed. 922 

34:21On six days 923  you may labor, but on the seventh day you must rest; 924  even at the time of plowing and of harvest 925  you are to rest. 926 

34:22You must observe 927  the Feast of Weeks – the firstfruits of the harvest of wheat – and the Feast of Ingathering at the end 928  of the year. 34:23 At three times 929  in the year all your men 930  must appear before the Lord God, 931  the God of Israel. 34:24 For I will drive out 932  the nations before you and enlarge your borders; no one will covet 933  your land when you go up 934  to appear before the Lord your God three times 935  in the year.

34:25You must not offer the blood of my sacrifice with yeast; the sacrifice from the feast of Passover must not remain until the following morning. 936 

34:26The first of the firstfruits of your soil you must bring to the house of the Lord your God.

You must not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.” 937 

34:27 The Lord said to Moses, “Write down 938  these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” 34:28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; 939  he did not eat bread, and he did not drink water. He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. 940 

34:29

The Radiant Face of Moses

941 

Now when Moses came down 942  from Mount Sinai with 943  the two tablets of the testimony in his hand 944 when he came down 945  from the mountain, Moses 946  did not know that the skin of his face shone 947  while he talked with him. 34:30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face shone; 948  and they were afraid to approach him. 34:31 But Moses called to them, so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and Moses spoke to them. 34:32 After this all the Israelites approached, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken to him on Mount Sinai. 34:33 When Moses finished 949  speaking 950  with them, he would 951  put a veil on his face. 34:34 But when Moses went in 952  before the Lord to speak with him, he would remove the veil until he came out. 953  Then he would come out and tell the Israelites what he had been commanded. 954  34:35 When the Israelites would see 955  the face of Moses, that 956  the skin of Mosesface shone, Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with the Lord. 957 

Sabbath Regulations

35:1 Moses assembled the whole community of the Israelites and said to them, “These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do. 958  35:2 In six days 959  work may be done, but on the seventh day there must be a holy day 960  for you, a Sabbath of complete rest to the Lord. 961  Anyone who does work on it will be put to death. 35:3 You must not kindle a fire 962  in any of your homes 963  on the Sabbath day.” 964 

35:4

Willing Workers

965 

Moses spoke to the whole community of the Israelites, “This is the word that the Lord has commanded: 35:5 Take 966  an offering for the Lord. Let everyone who has a willing heart 967  bring 968  an offering to the Lord: 969  gold, silver, bronze, 35:6 blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, fine linen, goat’s hair, 35:7 ram skins dyed red, fine leather, 970  acacia wood, 35:8 olive oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 35:9 onyx stones, and other gems 971  for mounting 972  on the ephod and the breastpiece. 35:10 Every skilled person 973  among you is to come and make all that the Lord has commanded: 35:11 the tabernacle with 974  its tent, its covering, its clasps, its frames, its crossbars, its posts, and its bases; 35:12 the ark, with its poles, the atonement lid, and the special curtain that conceals it; 35:13 the table with its poles and all its vessels, and the Bread of the Presence; 35:14 the lampstand for 975  the light and its accessories, its lamps, and oil for the light; 35:15 and the altar of incense with its poles, the anointing oil, and the fragrant incense; the hanging for the door at the entrance of the tabernacle; 35:16 the altar for the burnt offering with its bronze grating that is on it, its poles, and all its utensils; the large basin and its pedestal; 35:17 the hangings of the courtyard, its posts and its bases, and the curtain for the gateway to the courtyard; 35:18 tent pegs for the tabernacle and tent pegs for the courtyard and their ropes; 35:19 the woven garments for serving in the holy place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments for his sons to minister as priests.”

35:20 So the whole community of the Israelites went out from the presence of Moses. 35:21 Everyone 976  whose heart stirred him to action 977  and everyone whose spirit was willing 978  came and brought the offering for the Lord for the work of the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments. 979  35:22 They came, men and women alike, 980  all who had willing hearts. They brought brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments, all kinds of gold jewelry, 981  and everyone came who waved 982  a wave offering of gold to the Lord.

35:23 Everyone who had 983  blue, purple, or 984  scarlet yarn, fine linen, goatshair, ram skins dyed red, or fine leather 985  brought them. 986  35:24 Everyone making an offering of silver or bronze brought it as 987  an offering to the Lord, and everyone who had acacia wood 988  for any work of the service brought it. 989  35:25 Every woman who was skilled 990  spun with her hands and brought what she had spun, blue, purple, or scarlet yarn, or fine linen, 35:26 and all the women whose heart stirred them to action and who were skilled 991  spun goatshair.

35:27 The leaders brought onyx stones and other gems to be mounted 992  for the ephod and the breastpiece, 35:28 and spices and olive oil for the light, for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense.

35:29 The Israelites brought a freewill offering to the Lord, every man and woman whose heart was willing to bring materials for all the work that the Lord through 993  Moses had commanded them 994  to do.

35:30 Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen 995  Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 35:31 He has filled him with the Spirit of God – with skill, with understanding, with knowledge, and in all kinds of work, 35:32 to design artistic designs, to work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, 35:33 and in cutting stones for their setting, 996  and in cutting wood, to do work in every artistic craft. 997  35:34 And he has put it in his heart 998  to teach, he and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35:35 He has filled them with skill 999  to do all kinds of work 1000  as craftsmen, as designers, as embroiderers in blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and in fine linen, and as weavers. They are 1001  craftsmen in all the work 1002  and artistic designers. 1003  36:1 So Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person 1004  in whom the Lord has put skill 1005  and ability 1006  to know how 1007  to do all the work for the service 1008  of the sanctuary are to do the work 1009  according to all that the Lord has commanded.”

36:2 Moses summoned 1010  Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person in whom 1011  the Lord had put skill – everyone whose heart stirred him 1012  to volunteer 1013  to do the work, 36:3 and they received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to do 1014  the work for the service of the sanctuary, and they still continued to bring him a freewill offering each morning. 1015  36:4 So all the skilled people who were doing all the work on the sanctuary came from the work 1016  they were doing 36:5 and told Moses, “The people are bringing much more than 1017  is needed for the completion 1018  of the work which the Lord commanded us to do! 1019 

36:6 Moses instructed them to take 1020  his message 1021  throughout the camp, saying, “Let no man or woman do any more work for the offering for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing any more. 1022  36:7 Now the materials were more than enough 1023  for them to do all the work. 1024 

The Building of the Tabernacle

36:8 All the skilled among those who were doing the work made the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet; they were made with cherubim that were the work of an artistic designer. 36:9 The length of one curtain was forty-two feet, and the width of one curtain was six feet – the same size for each of the curtains. 36:10 He joined 1025  five of the curtains to one another, and the other 1026  five curtains he joined to one another. 36:11 He made loops of blue material along the edge of the end curtain in the first set; he did the same along the edge of the end curtain in the second set. 36:12 He made fifty loops on the first curtain, and he made fifty loops on the end curtain that was in the second set, with the loops opposite one another. 36:13 He made fifty gold clasps and joined the curtains together to one another with the clasps, so that the tabernacle was a unit. 1027 

36:14 He made curtains of goatshair for a tent over the tabernacle; he made eleven curtains. 1028  36:15 The length of one curtain was forty-five feet, and the width of one curtain was six feet – one size for all eleven curtains. 36:16 He joined five curtains by themselves and six curtains by themselves. 36:17 He made fifty loops along the edge of the end curtain in the first set and fifty loops along the edge of the curtain that joined the second set. 36:18 He made fifty bronze clasps to join the tent together so that it might be a unit. 1029  36:19 He made a covering for the tent out of ram skins dyed red and over that a covering of fine leather. 1030 

36:20 He made the frames 1031  for the tabernacle of acacia wood 1032  as uprights. 1033  36:21 The length of each 1034  frame was fifteen feet, the width of each 1035  frame was two and a quarter feet, 36:22 with 1036  two projections per frame parallel one to another. 1037  He made all the frames of the tabernacle in this way. 36:23 So he made frames for the tabernacle: twenty frames for the south side. 36:24 He made forty silver bases under the twenty frames – two bases under the first frame for its two projections, and likewise 1038  two bases under the next frame for its two projections, 36:25 and for the second side of the tabernacle, the north side, he made twenty frames 36:26 and their forty silver bases, two bases under the first frame and two bases under the next 1039  frame. 36:27 And for the back of the tabernacle on the west he made six frames. 36:28 He made two frames for the corners of the tabernacle on the back. 36:29 At the two corners 1040  they were doubled at the lower end and 1041  finished together at the top in one ring. So he did for both. 36:30 So there were eight frames and their silver bases, sixteen bases, two bases under each frame.

36:31 He made bars of acacia wood, five for the frames on one side of the tabernacle 36:32 and five bars for the frames on the second side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the frames of the tabernacle for the back side on the west. 36:33 He made the middle bar to reach from end to end in the center of the frames. 36:34 He overlaid the frames with gold and made their rings of gold to provide places 1042  for the bars, and he overlaid the bars with gold.

36:35 He made the special curtain of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine twisted linen; he made 1043  it with cherubim, the work of an artistic designer. 36:36 He made for it four posts of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold, with gold hooks, 1044  and he cast for them four silver bases.

36:37 He made a hanging for the entrance of the tent of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine twisted linen, the work of an embroiderer, 36:38 and its five posts and their hooks. He overlaid their tops 1045  and their bands with gold, but their five bases were bronze. 1046 

The Making of the Ark

37:1 Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; its length was three feet nine inches, its width two feet three inches, and its height two feet three inches. 37:2 He overlaid it with pure gold, inside and out, and he made a surrounding border 1047  of gold for it. 37:3 He cast four gold rings for it that he put 1048  on its four feet, with 1049  two rings on one side and two rings on the other side. 37:4 He made poles of acacia wood, overlaid them with gold, 37:5 and put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark in order to carry the ark.

37:6 He made 1050  an atonement lid of pure gold; its length was three feet nine inches, and its width was two feet three inches. 37:7 He made two cherubim of gold; he made them of hammered metal on the two ends of the atonement lid, 37:8 one cherub on one end 1051  and one cherub on the other end. 1052  He made the cherubim from the atonement lid on its two ends. 37:9 The cherubim were spreading their wings 1053  upward, overshadowing the atonement lid with their wings. The cherubim 1054  faced each other, 1055  looking toward the atonement lid. 1056 

The Making of the Table

37:10 He made the table of acacia wood; its length was three feet, its width one foot six inches, and its height two feet three inches. 37:11 He overlaid it with pure gold, and he made a surrounding border of gold for it. 37:12 He made a surrounding frame for it about three inches wide, and he made a surrounding border of gold for its frame. 37:13 He cast four gold rings for it and attached the rings at the four corners where its four legs were. 37:14 The rings were close to the frame to provide places for the poles to carry the table. 37:15 He made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold, to carry the table. 37:16 He made the vessels which were on the table out of pure gold, its 1057  plates, its ladles, its pitchers, and its bowls, to be used in pouring out offerings.

The Making of the Lampstand

37:17 He made the lampstand of pure gold. He made the lampstand of hammered metal; its base and its shaft, its cups, its buds, and its blossoms were from the same piece. 1058  37:18 Six branches were extending from its sides, three branches of the lampstand from one side of it, and three branches of the lampstand from the other side of it. 37:19 Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms were on the first branch, and three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms were on the next 1059  branch, and the same 1060  for the six branches that were extending from the lampstand. 37:20 On the lampstand there were four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms, 37:21 with a bud under the first two branches from it, and a bud under the next two branches from it, and a bud under the third two branches from it; according to the six branches that extended from it. 1061  37:22 Their buds and their branches were of one piece; 1062  all of it was one hammered piece of pure gold. 37:23 He made its seven lamps, its trimmers, and its trays of pure gold. 37:24 He made the lampstand 1063  and all its accessories with seventy-five pounds of pure gold.

The Making of the Altar of Incense

37:25 He made the incense altar of acacia wood. Its length was a foot and a half and its width a foot and a half – a square – and its height was three feet. Its horns were of one piece with it. 1064  37:26 He overlaid it with pure gold – its top, 1065  its four walls, 1066  and its horns – and he made a surrounding border of gold for it. 1067  37:27 He also made 1068  two gold rings for it under its border, on its two sides, on opposite sides, 1069  as places 1070  for poles to carry it with. 37:28 He made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.

37:29 He made the sacred anointing oil and the pure fragrant incense, the work of a perfumer.

The Making of the Altar for the Burnt Offering

38:1 He made the altar for the burnt offering of acacia wood seven feet six inches long and seven feet six inches wide – it was square – and its height was four feet six inches. 38:2 He made its horns on its four corners; its horns were part of it, 1071  and he overlaid it with bronze. 38:3 He made all the utensils of the altar – the pots, the shovels, the tossing bowls, the meat hooks, and the fire pans – he made all its utensils of bronze. 38:4 He made a grating for the altar, a network of bronze under its ledge, halfway up from the bottom. 38:5 He cast four rings for the four corners of the bronze grating, to provide places for the poles. 38:6 He made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with bronze. 38:7 He put the poles into the rings on the sides of the altar, with which to carry it. He made the altar 1072  hollow, out of boards.

38:8 He made the large basin of bronze and its pedestal of bronze from the mirrors of the women who served 1073  at the entrance of the tent of meeting.

The Construction of the Courtyard

38:9 He made the courtyard. For the south side 1074  the hangings of the courtyard were of fine twisted linen, one hundred fifty feet long, 38:10 with 1075  their twenty posts and their twenty bronze bases, with the hooks of the posts and their bands of silver. 38:11 For the north side the hangings were 1076  one hundred fifty feet, with their twenty posts and their twenty bronze bases, with the hooks of the posts and their bands of silver. 38:12 For the west side there were 1077  hangings seventy-five feet long, with 1078  their ten posts and their ten bases, with the hooks of the posts and their bands of silver. 38:13 For the east side, toward the sunrise, it was seventy-five feet wide, 1079  38:14 with hangings on one side 1080  of the gate that were twenty-two and a half feet long, with their three posts and their three bases, 38:15 and for the second side of the gate of the courtyard, just like the other, 1081  the hangings were twenty-two and a half feet long, with their three posts and their three bases. 38:16 All the hangings around the courtyard were of fine twisted linen. 38:17 The bases for the posts were bronze. The hooks of the posts and their bands were silver, their tops were overlaid with silver, and all the posts of the courtyard had silver bands. 1082  38:18 The curtain 1083  for the gate of the courtyard was of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine twisted linen, the work of an embroiderer. It was thirty feet long, and like the hangings in the courtyard, it was seven and a half feet high, 38:19 with four posts and their four bronze bases. Their hooks and their bands were silver, and their tops were overlaid with silver. 38:20 All the tent pegs of the tabernacle and of the courtyard all around were bronze.

The Materials of the Construction

38:21 This is the inventory 1084  of the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the testimony, which was counted 1085  by the order 1086  of Moses, being the work 1087  of the Levites under the direction 1088  of Ithamar, son of Aaron the priest. 38:22 Now Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything that the Lord had commanded Moses; 38:23 and with him was Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an artisan, a designer, and an embroiderer in blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine linen.

38:24 All the gold that was used for the work, in all the work of the sanctuary 1089  (namely, 1090  the gold of the wave offering) was twenty-nine talents and 730 shekels, 1091  according to the sanctuary shekel.

38:25 The silver of those who were numbered of the community was one hundred talents and 1,775 shekels, 1092  according to the sanctuary shekel, 38:26 one beka per person, that is, a half shekel, 1093  according to the sanctuary shekel, for everyone who crossed over to those numbered, from twenty years old or older, 1094  603,550 in all. 1095  38:27 The one hundred talents of silver were used for casting the bases of the sanctuary and the bases of the special curtain – one hundred bases for one hundred talents, one talent per base. 38:28 From the remaining 1,775 shekels 1096  he made hooks for the posts, overlaid their tops, and made bands for them.

38:29 The bronze of the wave offering was seventy talents and 2,400 shekels. 1097  38:30 With it he made the bases for the door of the tent of meeting, the bronze altar, the bronze grating for it, and all the utensils of the altar, 38:31 the bases for the courtyard all around, the bases for the gate of the courtyard, all the tent pegs of the tabernacle, and all the tent pegs of the courtyard all around. 1098 

The Making of the Priestly Garments

39:1 From the blue, purple, and scarlet yarn they made woven garments for serving in the sanctuary; they made holy garments that were for Aaron, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 1099 

The Ephod

39:2 He made the ephod of gold, blue, purple, scarlet, and fine twisted linen. 39:3 They hammered the gold into thin sheets and cut it into narrow strips to weave 1100  them into the blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and into the fine linen, the work of an artistic designer. 39:4 They made shoulder pieces for it, attached to two of its corners, so it could be joined together. 39:5 The artistically woven waistband of the ephod that was on it was like it, of one piece with it, 1101  of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine twisted linen, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

39:6 They set the onyx stones in gold filigree settings, engraved as with the engravings of a seal 1102  with the names of the sons of Israel. 1103  39:7 He put 1104  them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as stones of memorial for the Israelites, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

The Breastpiece of Decision

39:8 He made the breastpiece, the work of an artistic designer, in the same fashion as the ephod, of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet, and fine twisted linen. 39:9 It was square – they made the breastpiece doubled, nine inches long and nine inches wide when doubled. 39:10 They set on it 1105  four rows of stones: a row with a ruby, a topaz, and a beryl – the first row; 39:11 and the second row, a turquoise, a sapphire, and an emerald; 39:12 and the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 39:13 and the fourth row, a chrysolite, an onyx, and a jasper. They were enclosed in gold filigree settings. 39:14 The stones were for the names of the sons of Israel, twelve, corresponding to the number of 1106  their names. Each name corresponding to one of the twelve tribes was like the engravings of a seal.

39:15 They made for the breastpiece braided chains like cords of pure gold, 39:16 and they made two gold filigree settings and two gold rings, and they attached the two rings to the upper 1107  two ends of the breastpiece. 39:17 They attached the two gold chains to the two rings at the ends of the breastpiece; 39:18 the other 1108  two ends of the two chains they attached to the two settings, and they attached them to the shoulder pieces of the ephod at the front of it. 39:19 They made two rings of gold and put them on the other 1109  two ends of the breastpiece on its edge, which is on the inner side of the ephod. 1110  39:20 They made two more 1111  gold rings and attached them to the bottom of the two shoulder pieces on the front of the ephod, close to the juncture above the waistband of the ephod. 39:21 They tied the breastpiece by its rings to the rings of the ephod by blue cord, so that it was above the waistband of the ephod, so that the breastpiece would not be loose from the ephod, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

The Other Garments

39:22 He made the robe of the ephod completely blue, the work of a weaver. 39:23 There was an opening in the center of the robe, like the opening of a collar, with an edge all around the opening so that it could not be torn. 39:24 They made pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and twisted linen 1112  around the hem of the robe. 39:25 They made bells of pure gold and attached the bells between the pomegranates around the hem of the robe between the pomegranates. 39:26 There was 1113  a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, all around the hem of the robe, to be used in ministering, 1114  just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

39:27 They made tunics of fine linen – the work of a weaver, for Aaron and for his sons 39:28 and the turban of fine linen, the headbands of fine linen, and the undergarments of fine twisted linen. 39:29 The sash was of fine twisted linen and blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, the work of an embroiderer, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 39:30 They made a plate, the holy diadem, of pure gold and wrote on it an inscription, as on the engravings of a seal, “Holiness to the Lord.” 39:31 They attached to it a blue cord, to attach it to the turban above, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

39:32

Moses Inspects the Sanctuary

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So all the work of the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, was completed, and the Israelites did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses – they did it exactly so. 39:33 They brought the tabernacle to Moses, the tent and all its furnishings, clasps, frames, bars, posts, and bases; 39:34 and the coverings of ram skins dyed red, the covering of fine leather, 1116  and the protecting 1117  curtain; 39:35 the ark of the testimony and its poles, and the atonement lid; 39:36 the table, all its utensils, and the Bread of the Presence; 39:37 the pure 1118  lampstand, its lamps, with the lamps set in order, and all its accessories, and oil for the light; 39:38 and the gold altar, and the anointing oil, and the fragrant incense; and the curtain for the entrance to the tent; 39:39 the bronze altar and its bronze grating, its poles, and all its utensils; the large basin with its pedestal; 39:40 the hangings of the courtyard, its posts and its bases, and the curtain for the gateway of the courtyard, its ropes and its tent pegs, and all the furnishings 1119  for the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of meeting; 39:41 the woven garments for serving 1120  in the sanctuary, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments for his sons to minister as priests.

39:42 The Israelites did all the work according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses. 39:43 Moses inspected 1121  all the work – and 1122  they had done it just as the Lord had commanded – they had done it exactly – and Moses blessed them. 1123 

40:1

Setting Up the Sanctuary

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Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 1125  40:2 On the first day of the first month you are to set up 1126  the tabernacle, the tent of meeting. 40:3 You are to place the ark of the testimony in it and shield the ark with the special curtain. 40:4 You are to bring in the table and set out the things that belong on it; 1127  then you are to bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps. 40:5 You are to put 1128  the gold altar for incense in front of the ark of the testimony and put the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle. 40:6 You are to put the altar for the burnt offering in front of the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting. 40:7 You are to put the large basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it. 1129  40:8 You are to set up the courtyard around it and put the curtain at the gate of the courtyard. 40:9 And take 1130  the anointing oil, and anoint 1131  the tabernacle and all that is in it, and sanctify 1132  it and all its furnishings, and it will be holy. 40:10 Then you are to anoint the altar for the burnt offering with 1133  all its utensils; you are to sanctify the altar, and it will be the most holy altar. 40:11 You must also anoint the large basin and its pedestal, and you are to sanctify it. 1134 

40:12You are to bring 1135  Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the tent of meeting and wash them with water. 40:13 Then you are to clothe Aaron with the holy garments and anoint him and sanctify him so that he may minister as my priest. 40:14 You are to bring 1136  his sons and clothe them with tunics 40:15 and anoint them just as you anointed their father, so that they may minister as my priests; their anointing will make them a priesthood that will continue throughout their generations.” 40:16 This is what Moses did, according to all the Lord had commanded him – so he did.

40:17 So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month, in the second year. 40:18 When Moses set up the tabernacle and put its bases in place, he set up its frames, attached its bars, and set up its posts. 40:19 Then he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering of the tent over it, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 40:20 He took the testimony and put it in the ark, attached the poles to the ark, and then put the atonement lid on the ark. 40:21 And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, hung 1137  the protecting curtain, 1138  and shielded the ark of the testimony from view, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

40:22 And he put the table in the tent of meeting, on the north side of the tabernacle, outside the curtain. 40:23 And he set the bread in order on it 1139  before the Lord, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

40:24 And he put the lampstand in the tent of meeting opposite the table, on the south side of the tabernacle. 40:25 Then he set up the lamps before the Lord, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

40:26 And he put the gold altar in the tent of meeting in front of the curtain, 40:27 and he burned fragrant incense on it, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

40:28 Then he put the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle. 40:29 He also put the altar for the burnt offering by the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, and offered on it the burnt offering and the meal offering, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

40:30 Then he put the large basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it 1140  for washing. 40:31 Moses and Aaron and his sons would wash their hands and their feet from it. 40:32 Whenever they entered 1141  the tent of meeting, and whenever they approached 1142  the altar, they would wash, 1143  just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

40:33 And he set up the courtyard around the tabernacle and the altar, and put the curtain at the gate of the courtyard. So Moses finished the work.

40:34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 40:35 Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 40:36 But when the cloud was lifted up 1144  from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out 1145  on all their journeys; 40:37 but if the cloud was not lifted up, then they would not journey further until the day it was lifted up. 1146  40:38 For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, but fire would be 1147  on it at night, in plain view 1148  of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

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