Exodus 30

The Altar of Incense

Moreover, you shall make a an altar as a place for burning incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. Its length shall be a
I.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
cubit, and its width a cubit, it shall be square, and its height shall be two cubits; its horns shall be
Lit from itself
of one piece with it.
You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and its
Lit walls
sides all around, and its horns; and you shall make a gold molding all around for it.
You shall make two gold rings for it under its molding; you shall make them on its two side walls— on
Lit its two
opposite sides— and
Lit it
they shall be holders for poles with which to carry it.
You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. You shall put
Lit it
this altar in front of the veil that is
Lit upon or over
near the ark of the testimony, in front of the
Lit propitiatory
j mercy seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where I will meet with you.
Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. When Aaron
Lit causes to ascend
trims the lamps at
Lit between the two evenings
twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the  Lord throughout your generations.
You shall not offer any strange incense on
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this altar, or burnt offering or meal offering; and you shall not pour out a drink offering on it.
10 Aaron shall n make atonement on its horns once a year; he shall make atonement on it with the blood of the sin offering of atonement once a year throughout your generations. It is most holy to the  Lord.”

11 The  Lord also spoke to Moses, saying, 12 When you take o a
Lit sum
census of the sons of Israel
Lit for their being mustered
to number them, then each one of them shall give r a ransom for
Lit his soul
himself to the  Lord, when you
Lit muster
number them, so that there will be no plague among them when you
Lit muster
number them.
13 This is what everyone who
Lit passes over to those who are mustered
is numbered shall give: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary ( w the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as a
Lit heave offering
contribution to the  Lord.
14 Everyone who
V 13, note 1
is numbered, from twenty years old and over, shall give the
Lit heave offering of the  Lord
contribution to the  Lord.
15 The rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the
Lit heave offering of the  Lord
contribution to the  Lord to make atonement for
Lit your souls
16 You shall take the atonement money from the sons of Israel and shall give it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before the  Lord, to make atonement for
Lit your souls

17 The  Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 18 You shall also make ad a laver of
Or copper
bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall af put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it.
19 Aaron and his sons shall ag wash their hands and their feet from it; 20 when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, so that they will not die; or when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire sacrifice to the  Lord. 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they will not die; and ah it shall be a perpetual statute for them, for
Lit him
Aaron and his
Lit seed
descendants throughout their generations.”

The Anointing Oil

22 Moreover, the  Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23 Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred and fifty, 24 and of cassia five hundred, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin. 25 You shall make
Lit it
of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be al a holy anointing oil.
26 “With it am you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony, 27 and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense, 28 and the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the laver and its stand. 29 You shall also consecrate them, that they may be most holy; whatever touches them shall be holy. 30  an You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me. 31 You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. 32 It shall not be poured on
Lit the flesh of man
anyone’s body, nor shall you make any like it in
Lit its proportion
the same proportions; aq it is holy, and it shall be holy to you.
33 ar Whoever shall mix any like it or whoever puts any of it on a
Lit stranger
Lit even he shall
au shall be cut off from his people.’”

The Incense

34 Then the  Lord said to Moses, “Take for yourself spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, spices with pure frankincense; there shall be an equal part of each. 35 With it you shall make incense, a perfume, the work of a perfumer, salted, pure, and holy. 36 You shall beat some of it very fine, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting av where I will meet with you; it shall be most holy to you. 37 The incense which you shall make, aw you shall not make in
Lit its proportion
the same proportions for yourselves; it shall be holy to you for the  Lord.
38  ay Whoever shall make any like it, to
Lit smell of it
use as perfume
Lit even he shall
shall be cut off from his people.”
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