Bible: Exodus 25-31

25:1

The Materials for the Sanctuary

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The Lord spoke to Moses: 25:2 Tell the Israelites to take 2  an offering 3  for me; from every person motivated by a willing 4  heart you 5  are to receive my offering. 25:3 This is the offering you 6  are to accept from them: gold, silver, bronze, 25:4 blue, 7  purple, 8  scarlet, 9  fine linen, 10  goat’s hair, 11  25:5 ram skins dyed red, 12  fine leather, 13  acacia 14  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 15  for me a sanctuary, 16  so that I may live among them. 25:9 According to all that I am showing you 17  – the pattern of the tabernacle 18  and the pattern of all its furnishings – you 19  must make it exactly so. 20 

25:10

The Ark of the Covenant

21 

“They are to make an ark 22  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. 23  25:11 You are to overlay 24  it with pure gold – both inside and outside you must overlay it, 25  and you are to make a surrounding border 26  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 27  that I will give to you.

25:17You are to make an atonement lid 28  of pure gold; 29  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 30  of gold; you are to make them of hammered metal on the two ends of the atonement lid. 25:19 Make 31  one cherub on one end 32  and one cherub on the other end; from the atonement lid 33  you are to make the cherubim on the two ends. 25:20 The cherubim are to be spreading their wings upward, overshadowing 34  the atonement lid with their wings, and the cherubim are to face each other, 35  looking 36  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, 37  and 38  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

39 

“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 40  pure gold, and you are to make a surrounding border of gold for it. 25:25 You are to make a surrounding frame 41  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 42  the rings at the four corners where its four legs are. 43  25:27 The rings are to be close to the frame to provide places 44  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. 45  25:29 You are to make its plates, 46  its ladles, 47  its pitchers, and its bowls, to be used in pouring out offerings; 48  you are to make them of pure gold. 25:30 You are to set the Bread of the Presence 49  on the table before me continually.

25:31

The Lampstand

50 

“You are to make a lampstand 51  of pure gold. The lampstand is to be made of hammered metal; its base and its shaft, its cups, 52  its buds, and its blossoms are to be from the same piece. 53  25:32 Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand, 54  three branches of the lampstand from one side of it and three branches of the lampstand from the other side of it. 55  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 56  branch, and the same 57  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 58  two branches from it, and a bud under the next 59  two branches from it, and a bud under the third 60  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, 61  all of it one hammered piece of pure gold.

25:37You are to make its seven lamps, 62  and then set 63  its lamps up on it, so that it will give light 64  to the area in front of it. 25:38 Its trimmers and its trays 65  are to be 66  of pure gold. 25:39 About seventy-five pounds 67  of pure gold is to be used for it 68  and for all these utensils. 25:40 Now be sure to make 69  them according to the pattern you were shown 70  on the mountain. 71 

26:1

The Tabernacle

72 

“The tabernacle itself 73  you are to make with 74  ten curtains of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet; 75  you are to make them with 76  cherubim that are the work of an artistic designer. 26:2 The length of each 77  curtain is to be forty-two feet, and the width of each curtain is to be six feet 78 the same size for each of the curtains. 26:3 Five curtains are to be joined, 79  one to another, 80  and the other 81  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 82  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. 83  26:6 You are to make fifty gold clasps and join the curtains together with the clasps, so that the tabernacle is a unit. 84 

26:7You are to make curtains of goatshair 85  for a tent over the tabernacle; 86  you are to make 87  eleven curtains. 26:8 The length of each 88  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 89  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. 90  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. 91  26:13 The foot and a half 92  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. 93 

26:14You are to make a covering 94  for the tent out of ram skins dyed red and over that a covering of fine leather. 95 

26:15You are to make the frames 96  for the tabernacle out of 97  acacia wood as uprights. 98  26:16 Each 99  frame is to be fifteen feet long, and each frame is to be two feet three inches wide, 26:17 with two projections 100  per frame parallel one to another. 101  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, 102  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 103  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 104  you will make six frames. 26:23 You are to make two frames for the corners 105  of the tabernacle on the back. 26:24 At the two corners 106  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. 107  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 108  that you were shown on the mountain.

26:31You are to make a special curtain 109  of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine twisted linen; it is to be made 110  with cherubim, the work of an artistic designer. 26:32 You are to hang it 111  with gold hooks 112  on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold, set in 113  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. 114  The curtain will make a division for you between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. 115  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 116  for the entrance of the tent of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine twined linen, the work of an embroiderer. 117  26:37 You are to make for the hanging five posts of acacia wood and overlay them with gold, and their hooks will be 118  gold, and you are to cast five bronze bases for them. 119 

The Altar

27:1You are to make the 120  altar of acacia wood, seven feet six inches long, 121  and seven feet six inches wide; the altar is to be square, 122  and its height is to be 123  four feet six inches. 27:2 You are to make its four horns 124  on its four corners; its horns will be part of it, 125  and you are to overlay it with bronze. 27:3 You are to make its pots for the ashes, 126  its shovels, its tossing bowls, 127  its meat hooks, and its fire pans – you are to make all 128  its utensils of bronze. 27:4 You are to make a grating 129  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 130  halfway up the altar. 131  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 132  into the rings so that the poles will be on two sides of the altar when carrying it. 133  27:8 You are to make the altar hollow, out of boards. Just as it was shown you 134  on the mountain, so they must make it. 135 

The Courtyard

27:9You are to make the courtyard 136  of the tabernacle. For the south side 137  there are to be hangings 138  for the courtyard of fine twisted linen, one hundred fifty feet long for one side, 139  27:10 with 140  twenty posts and their twenty bronze bases, with the hooks of the posts and their bands of silver. 27:11 Likewise 141  for its length on the north side, there are to be 142  hangings for one hundred fifty feet, with twenty posts and their twenty bronze bases, with silver hooks and bands 143  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 144  of the gate are to be 145  twenty-two and a half feet long, with their three posts and their three bases. 27:15 On the second side 146  there are to be 147  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; 148  their hooks are to be 149  silver, and their bases bronze. 27:18 The length of the courtyard is to be one hundred fifty feet 150  and the width seventy-five feet, 151  and the height of the fine twisted linen hangings 152  is to be 153  seven and a half feet, with their bronze bases. 27:19 All 154  the utensils of the tabernacle used 155  in all its service, all its tent pegs, and all the tent pegs of the courtyard are to be made of bronze. 156 

Offering the Oil

27:20You are to command the Israelites that they bring 157  to you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, so that the lamps 158  will burn 159  regularly. 160  27:21 In the tent of meeting 161  outside the curtain that is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons are to arrange it from evening 162  to morning before the Lord. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for generations to come. 163 

The Clothing of the Priests

28:1 164 “And you, bring near 165  to you your brother Aaron and his sons with him from among the Israelites, so that they may minister as my priests 166  – Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons. 28:2 You must make holy garments 167  for your brother Aaron, for glory and for beauty. 168  28:3 You 169  are to speak to all who are specially skilled, 170  whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, 171  so that they may make 172  Aaron’s garments to set him apart 173  to minister as my priest. 28:4 Now these are the garments that they are to make: a breastpiece, 174  an ephod, 175  a robe, a fitted 176  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 177  are to use 178  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. 179  28:8 The artistically woven waistband 180  of the ephod that is on it is to be like it, of one piece with the ephod, 181  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, 182  28:10 six 183  of their names on one stone, and the six remaining names on the second stone, according to the order of their birth. 184  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; 185  you are to have them set 186  in gold filigree 187  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. 188  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, 189  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 190  when 191  doubled, nine inches 192  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. 193  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 194  their names. Each name according to the twelve tribes is to be like 195  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 196  the two rings to the upper 197  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 198  two ends of the two chains you will attach to the two settings and then attach them 199  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 200  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 201  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 202  when he goes into the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually.

28:30You are to put the Urim and the Thummim 203  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 204  of the Israelites over his heart before the Lord continually.

28:31You are to make the robe 205  of the ephod completely blue. 28:32 There is to be an opening 206  in its top 207  in the center of it, with an edge all around the opening, the work of a weaver, 208  like the opening of a collar, 209  so that it cannot be torn. 210  28:33 You are to make pomegranates 211  of blue, purple, and scarlet all around its hem 212  and bells of gold between them all around. 28:34 The pattern is to be 213  a gold bell and a pomegranate, a gold bell and a pomegranate, all around the hem of the robe. 28:35 The robe 214  is to be on Aaron as he ministers, 215  and his sound will be heard 216  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 217  of pure gold and engrave on it the way a seal is engraved: 218  “Holiness to the Lord.” 219  28:37 You are to attach to it a blue cord so that it will be 220  on the turban; it is to be 221  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, 222  which the Israelites are to sanctify by all their holy gifts; 223  it will always be on his forehead, for their acceptance 224  before the Lord. 28:39 You are to weave 225  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 226  for glory and for beauty.

28:41You are to clothe them – your brother Aaron and his sons with him – and anoint them 227  and ordain them 228  and set them apart as holy, 229  so that they may minister as my priests. 28:42 Make for them linen undergarments to cover their naked bodies; 230  they must cover 231  from the waist to the thighs. 28:43 These must be on Aaron and his sons when they enter 232  to the tent of meeting, or when they approach 233  the altar to minister in the Holy Place, so that they bear no iniquity and die. 234  It is to be a perpetual ordinance for him and for his descendants 235  after him. 236 

29:1

The Consecration of Aaron and His Sons

237 

“Now this is what 238  you are to do for them to consecrate them so that they may minister as my priests. Take a young 239  bull and two rams without blemish; 240  29:2 and 241  bread made without yeast, and perforated cakes without yeast mixed with oil, and wafers without yeast spread 242  with oil – you are to make them using 243  fine wheat flour. 29:3 You are to put them in one basket and present 244  them in the basket, along with 245  the bull and the two rams.

29:4You are to present 246  Aaron and his sons at the entrance of the tent of meeting. You are to wash 247  them with water 29:5 and take the garments and clothe Aaron with the tunic, 248  the robe of the ephod, the ephod, and the breastpiece; you are to fasten the ephod on him by using the skillfully woven waistband. 249  29:6 You are to put the turban on his head and put the holy diadem 250  on the turban. 29:7 You are to take the anointing oil and pour it on his head and anoint him. 251  29:8 You are to present his sons and clothe them with tunics 29:9 and wrap the sashes around Aaron and his sons 252  and put headbands on them, and so the ministry of priesthood will belong to them by a perpetual ordinance. Thus you are to consecrate 253  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 254  their hands on the head 255  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 256  with your finger; all the rest of 257  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 258  that is above the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, and burn them 259  on the altar. 29:14 But the meat of the bull, its skin, and its dung you are to burn up 260  outside the camp. 261  It is the purification offering. 262 

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 263  the whole ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering 264  to the Lord, a soothing aroma; it is an offering made by fire 265  to the Lord. 266 

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, 267  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 268  on Aaron, on his garments, on his sons, and on his sonsgarments with him, so that he may be holy, 269  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 270  of the liver, the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, and the right thigh – for it is the ram for consecration 271  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 272  in Aaron’s hands 273  and in his sonshands, and you are to wave them as a wave offering 274  before the Lord. 29:25 Then you are to take them from their hands and burn 275  them 276  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, 277  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 278  in them and consecrated 279  in them. 29:30 The priest who succeeds him 280  from his sons, when he first comes 281  to the tent of meeting to minister in the Holy Place, is to wear them for seven days. 282 

29:31You are to take the ram of the consecration and cook 283  its meat in a holy place. 284  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 285  to consecrate and to set them apart, but no one else 286  may eat them, for they are holy. 29:34 If any of the meat from the consecration offerings 287  or any of the bread is left over 288  until morning, then you are to burn up 289  what is left over. It must not be eaten, 290  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 291  for 292  seven days. 29:36 Every day you are to prepare a bull for a purification offering 293  for atonement. 294  You are to purge 295  the altar by making atonement 296  for it, and you are to anoint it to set it apart as holy. 29:37 For seven days 297  you are to make atonement for the altar and set it apart as holy. Then the altar will be most holy. 298  Anything that touches the altar will be holy. 299 

29:38Now this is what you are to prepare 300  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. 301  29:40 With the first lamb offer a tenth of an ephah 302  of fine flour mixed with a fourth of a hin 303  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 304  burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet 305  with you to speak to you there. 29:43 There I will meet 306  with the Israelites, and it will be set apart as holy by my glory. 307 

29:44So I will set apart as holy 308  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 309  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

310 

“You are to make an altar for burning incense; 311  you are to make it of 312  acacia wood. 313  30:2 Its length is to be a foot and a half 314  and its width a foot and a half; it will be square. Its height is to be three feet, 315  with its horns of one piece with it. 316  30:3 You are to overlay it with pure gold – its top, 317  its four walls, 318  and its horns – and make a surrounding border of gold for it. 319  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. 320  The rings 321  will be places 322  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 323  on it morning by morning; when he attends 324  to the lamps he is to burn incense. 325  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; 326  once in the year 327  he is to make atonement on it throughout your generations. It is most holy to the Lord.” 328 

30:11

The Ransom Money

329 

The Lord spoke to Moses: 330  30:12 When you take a census 331  of the Israelites according to their number, 332  then each man is to pay a ransom 333  for his life to the Lord when you number them, 334  so that there will be no plague among them when you number them. 30:13 Everyone who crosses over to those who are numbered 335  is to pay this: a half shekel 336  according to the shekel of the sanctuary 337  (a shekel weighs twenty gerahs). The half shekel is to be an offering 338  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, 339  and the poor are not to pay less than the half shekel when giving 340  the offering of the Lord, to make atonement 341  for your lives. 30:16 You are to receive the atonement money 342  from the Israelites and give it for the service 343  of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial 344  for the Israelites before the Lord, to make atonement 345  for your lives.”

30:17

The Bronze Laver

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The Lord spoke to Moses: 347  30:18 You are also to make a large bronze 348  basin with a bronze stand 349  for washing. You are to put it between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it, 350  30:19 and Aaron and his sons must wash their hands and their feet from it. 351  30:20 When they enter 352  the tent of meeting, they must wash with 353  water so that they do not die. 354  Also, when they approach 355  the altar to minister by burning incense 356  as an offering made by fire 357  to the Lord, 30:21 they must wash 358  their hands and their feet so that they do not die. And this 359  will be a perpetual ordinance for them and for their descendants 360  throughout their generations.” 361 

30:22

Oil and Incense

362 

The Lord spoke to Moses: 363  30:23 Take 364  choice spices: 365  twelve and a half pounds 366  of free-flowing myrrh, 367  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 368  according to the sanctuary shekel, and four quarts 369  of olive oil. 30:25 You are to make this 370  into 371  a sacred anointing oil, a perfumed compound, 372  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, 373  and they will be most holy; 374  anything that touches them will be holy. 375 

30:30You are to anoint Aaron and his sons and 376  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 377  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 378  will be cut off 379  from his people.’

30:34 The Lord said to Moses: “Take 380  spices, gum resin, 381  onycha, 382  galbanum, 383  and pure frankincense 384  of equal amounts 385  30:35 and make it into an incense, 386  a perfume, 387  the work of a perfumer. It is to be finely ground, 388  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, 389  will be cut off from his people.”

31:1

Willing Artisans

390 

The Lord spoke to Moses: 391  31:2 See, I have chosen 392  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 393  in skill, 394  in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds 395  of craftsmanship, 31:4 to make artistic designs 396  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, 397  I have also given him Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, and I have given ability to all the specially skilled, 398  that they may make 399  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 400  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

401 

The Lord said to Moses, 402  31:13 Tell the Israelites, ‘Surely you must keep my Sabbaths, 403  for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 404  31:14 So you must keep the Sabbath, for it is holy for you. Everyone who defiles it 405  must surely be put to death; indeed, 406  if anyone does 407  any 408  work on it, then that person will be cut off from among his 409  people. 31:15 Six days 410  work may be done, 411  but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, 412  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 413  the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’ 414 

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. 415 

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