Bible: Exodus 30


The Altar of Incense


“You are to make an altar for burning incense; 2  you are to make it of 3  acacia wood. 4  30:2 Its length is to be a foot and a half 5  and its width a foot and a half; it will be square. Its height is to be three feet, 6  with its horns of one piece with it. 7  30:3 You are to overlay it with pure gold – its top, 8  its four walls, 9  and its horns – and make a surrounding border of gold for it. 10  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. 11  The rings 12  will be places 13  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 14  on it morning by morning; when he attends 15  to the lamps he is to burn incense. 16  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; 17  once in the year 18  he is to make atonement on it throughout your generations. It is most holy to the Lord.” 19 


The Ransom Money


The Lord spoke to Moses: 21  30:12 When you take a census 22  of the Israelites according to their number, 23  then each man is to pay a ransom 24  for his life to the Lord when you number them, 25  so that there will be no plague among them when you number them. 30:13 Everyone who crosses over to those who are numbered 26  is to pay this: a half shekel 27  according to the shekel of the sanctuary 28  (a shekel weighs twenty gerahs). The half shekel is to be an offering 29  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, 30  and the poor are not to pay less than the half shekel when giving 31  the offering of the Lord, to make atonement 32  for your lives. 30:16 You are to receive the atonement money 33  from the Israelites and give it for the service 34  of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial 35  for the Israelites before the Lord, to make atonement 36  for your lives.”


The Bronze Laver


The Lord spoke to Moses: 38  30:18 You are also to make a large bronze 39  basin with a bronze stand 40  for washing. You are to put it between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it, 41  30:19 and Aaron and his sons must wash their hands and their feet from it. 42  30:20 When they enter 43  the tent of meeting, they must wash with 44  water so that they do not die. 45  Also, when they approach 46  the altar to minister by burning incense 47  as an offering made by fire 48  to the Lord, 30:21 they must wash 49  their hands and their feet so that they do not die. And this 50  will be a perpetual ordinance for them and for their descendants 51  throughout their generations.” 52 


Oil and Incense


The Lord spoke to Moses: 54  30:23 Take 55  choice spices: 56  twelve and a half pounds 57  of free-flowing myrrh, 58  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 59  according to the sanctuary shekel, and four quarts 60  of olive oil. 30:25 You are to make this 61  into 62  a sacred anointing oil, a perfumed compound, 63  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, 64  and they will be most holy; 65  anything that touches them will be holy. 66 

30:30You are to anoint Aaron and his sons and 67  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 68  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 69  will be cut off 70  from his people.’

30:34 The Lord said to Moses: “Take 71  spices, gum resin, 72  onycha, 73  galbanum, 74  and pure frankincense 75  of equal amounts 76  30:35 and make it into an incense, 77  a perfume, 78  the work of a perfumer. It is to be finely ground, 79  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, 80  will be cut off from his people.”

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