Exodus 31

God’s Provision of the Skilled Workers

1The Lord also spoke to Moses: 2 “Look, I have appointed by name Bezalel a son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3I have filled him with God’s Spirit, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in every craft b 4to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze, 5to cut gemstones for mounting, and to carve wood for work in every craft. 6 I have also selected Oholiab
LXX, Syr read Eliab
son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be with him. I have placed wisdom within every skilled craftsman
Lit every person skilled of heart
in order to make all that I have commanded you:
7the tent of meeting, the ark of the
testimony: A reference to either the Mosaic law in general or to a specific section of the law, the Ten Commandments, which were written on stone tablets and placed in the ark of the covenant (also called the ark of the testimony)
testimony, the
mercy seat: Or place of atonement; the gold lid on the ark of the covenant, first used in the tabernacle and later in the temple
mercy seat that is on top of it, and all the other furnishings of the tent g
8the table with its utensils, the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, the altar of incense, 9the altar of
burnt offering(s): Or holocaust, an offering completely burned to ashes; it was used in connection with worship, seeking God's favor, expiating sin, or averting judgment.
burnt offering with all its utensils, the basin with its stand
10the specially woven
Hb obscure
garments, both the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons to serve as priests,
11the anointing oil, and the fragrant incense for the sanctuary. They must make them according to all that I have commanded you.” j

Observing the Sabbath

12 The Lord said to Moses: 13 “Tell the Israelites: You must observe My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, so that you will know that I am
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh who sets you apart. l
14 Observe the Sabbath, for it is holy to you. Whoever profanes it must be put to death. If anyone does work on it, that person must be cut off from his people. m 15 Work may be done for six days, but on the seventh day there must be a Sabbath of complete rest, n dedicated to the Lord. Anyone who does work on the Sabbath day must be put to death. 16The Israelites must observe the Sabbath, celebrating it throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign forever between Me and the Israelites, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, but on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.”

The Two Stone Tablets

18 When He finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, He gave him the two tablets of the testimony, stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God. o
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