Offerings for the Tabernacle1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring Me an offering. You are to receive My offering from every man whose heart compels him. 3 This is the offering you are to accept from them: gold, silver, and bronze; 4 blue, purple, and scarlet yarn; fine linen and goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and fine leather; ▼
▼ Possibly the hides of large aquatic mammalsacacia wood; 6 oil for lighting; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx and other gemstones to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece. 8 And they are to make a sanctuary for Me, so that I may dwell among them. 9 You must make the tabernacle and design all its furnishings according to the pattern I will show you.
The Ark of the Covenant10 And they are to construct an ark ▼
▼ That is, a chestof acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. ▼
▼ That is, about 3.75 feet long, 2.25 feet wide, and 2.25 feet high (1.1 meters long, 68 centimeters wide, and 68 centimeters high); similarly in verse 1711 Overlay it with pure gold both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it. 12 Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, two rings on one side and two on the other. 13 And make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, in order to carry [it] . 15 The poles are to remain in the rings of the ark; they must not be removed. 16 And put into the ark the Testimony, which I will give you.
The Mercy Seat17 And you are to construct a mercy seat ▼
▼ Or atonement cover; Here and throughout Exodusof pure gold, two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide. 18 And make two cherubim of hammered gold [at the] ends of the mercy seat, 19 one cherub on one end and one on the other , [all] made [from one piece of gold] . 20 And the cherubim are to have wings that spread upward, overshadowing the mercy seat. [The cherubim] are to face one another, looking toward the mercy seat 21 Set the mercy seat atop the ark, and put the Testimony that I will give you into the ark. 22 And I will meet with you there above the mercy seat, between the two cherubim that are over the Ark of the Testimony; I will commune with you about all that I command you regarding the Israelites.
The Table of Showbread23 You are also to make a table of acacia wood two cubits long, a cubit wide, and a cubit and a half high. ▼
▼ That is, about 3 feet long, 1.5 feet wide, and 2.25 feet high (90 centimeters long, 45 centimeters wide, and 68 centimeters high)24 Overlay it with pure gold and construct a gold molding around it. 25 Also make a rim around it a handbreadth wide ▼
▼ That is, about 2.9 inches or 7.4 centimetersand put a gold molding on the rim. 26 Make four gold rings for [the table] and fasten [them] to the four corners at its four legs. 27 The rings are to be close to the rim, to serve as holders for the poles used to carry the table. 28 Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold, so that the table may be carried with them. 29 You are also to make the plates and dishes, as well as the pitchers and bowls for pouring drink offerings. Make them out of pure gold. 30 And place the Bread of the Presence on the table before Me at all times.
The Lampstand31 Then you are to make a lampstand of pure, hammered gold. It shall be made of one piece, including its base and shaft, its cups, and its buds and petals. 32 Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand— three on one side and three on the other. 33 There are to be three cups shaped like almond blossoms on the first branch, each with buds and petals, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches that extend from the lampstand. 34 And on the lampstand there shall be four cups shaped like almond blossoms with buds and petals. 35 For the six branches that extend from the lampstand, a bud must be under the first pair of branches, a bud under the second pair, and a bud under the third pair. 36 The buds and branches are to be all of one piece [with the lampstand] , hammered out of pure gold. 37 Make seven lamps and set them up on [the lampstand] so that [they] illuminate the area in front of it. 38 The wick trimmers and their trays must be of pure gold. 39 [The lampstand] and all these utensils shall be made from a talent ▼
▼ That is, about 75.4 pounds or 34.2 kilogramsof pure gold. 40 See that you make [everything] according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.
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