<< Prev <<  📖  >>


The Tabernacle Set Up
Exodus 35 - 40


Summons to Build (35:1-19)

CHAPTER 35
And Moses collected all the assembly of the children of Israel, and said to them, These are the things which Jehovah has commanded, to do them. 2 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a sabbath of rest to Jehovah: whoever does work on it shall be put to death. 3 Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your dwellings upon the sabbath day. 4 And Moses spoke to all the assembly of the children of Israel, saying, This is the word which Jehovah has commanded, saying, 5 Take from among you a heave-offering to Jehovah: every one whose heart is willing, let him bring it, Jehovah’s heave-offering -- gold, and silver, and copper, 6 and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and byssus, and goats’ hair7 and rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins, and acacia-wood, 8 and oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil, and for the incense of fragrant drugs; 9 and onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the breastplate. 10 And all who are wise-hearted among you shall come and make all that Jehovah has commanded: 11 the tabernacle, its tent, and its covering, its clasps, and its boards, its bars, its pillars, and its bases; 12 the ark, and its staves; the mercy-seat, and the veil of separation; 13 the table and its staves, and all its utensils, and the shewbread; 14 and the lamp-stand for the light, and its utensils, and its lamps, and the oil for the light; 15 and the altar of incense, and its staves; and the anointing-oil, and the incense of fragrant drugs; and the entrance-curtain at the entrance of the tabernacle; 16 the altar of burnt-offering, and the copper grating for it, its staves, and all its utensils; the laver and its stand; 17 the hangings of the court, its pillars, and its bases, and the curtains of the gate of the court; 18 the pegs of the tabernacle, and the pegs of the court, and their cords; 19 the garments of service, to do service in the sanctuary, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to serve as priests. 


Voluntary Gifts (35:20-29)

20 And all the assembly of the children of Israel departed from before Moses. 21 And they came, every one whose heart moved him, and every one whose spirit prompted him; they brought Jehovah’s heave-offering for the work of the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments. 22 And they came, both men and women; every one who was of willing heart brought nose-rings, and earrings, and rings, and bracelets, all kinds of utensils of gold: every man that waved a wave-offering of gold to Jehovah. 23 And every man with whom was found blue, and purple, and scarlet, and byssus, and goats’ hair, and rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins, brought them24 All they that offered a heave-offering of silver and copper brought Jehovah’s heave-offering. And every one with whom was found acacia-wood for all manner of work of the service, brought it25 And every woman that was wise-hearted spun with her hands, and brought what she had spun: the blue, and the purple, and the scarlet, and the byssus. 26 And all the women whose heart moved them in wisdom spun goats’ hair27 And the principal men brought the onyx stones, and the stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate; 28 and the spice, and the oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the incense of fragrant drugs. 29 The children of Israel brought a voluntary offering to Jehovah, every man and woman whose heart prompted them to bring for all manner of work, which Jehovah, by the hand of Moses, had commanded to be done. 


Bezalel and His Craftsmen (35:30 - 36:7)

30 And Moses said to the children of Israel, See, Jehovah has called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 32 and to devise artistic things: to work in gold, and in silver, and in copper, 33 and in cutting of stones, for setting, and in carving of wood, to execute all artistic work; 34 and he has put in his heart to teach, he and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: 35 he has filled them with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work of the engraver, and of the artificer, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in byssus, and of the weaver, even of them that do every kind of work, and of those that devise artistic work 
 
CHAPTER 36
Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every man that was wise-hearted, in whom Jehovah had put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work of the service of the sanctuary -- according to all that Jehovah had commanded. 2 And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every man that was wise-hearted, in whose heart God had put wisdom, every one whose heart moved him to come to the work to do it. 3 And they took from Moses every heave-offering that the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, to make it. And they still brought him voluntary offerings morning by morning. 4 And all the wise men that wrought all the work of the sanctuary came, every man from his work which they wrought, 5 and spoke to Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work that Jehovah commanded to be done. 6 Then Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed through the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the heave-offering of the sanctuary! So the people were restrained from bringing; 7 for the work they had was sufficient for all the work to do it, and it was too much. 


Progress of the Work (36:8 - 39:31)

8 And every wise-hearted man among those that wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of twined byssus, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubim of artistic work did he make them. 9 The length of one curtain was twenty-eight cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits -- one measure for all the curtains. 10 And he coupled five of the curtains one to another, and the other five curtains coupled he one to another. 11 And he made loops of blue on the edge of one curtain at the edge of the coupling; he did likewise in the edge of the outermost curtain in the other coupling. 12 He made fifty loops in one curtain, and he made fifty loops at the end of the curtain that was in the other coupling: the loops were opposite to one another. 13 And he made fifty clasps of gold, and coupled the curtains together with the clasps, so that the tabernacle became one. 14 And he made curtains of goats’ hair for the tent over the tabernacle: eleven curtains did he make them. 15 The length of one curtain was thirty cubits, and four cubits the breadth of one curtain -- one measure for the eleven curtains. 16 And he coupled five of the curtains by themselves, and six of the curtains by themselves. 17 And he made fifty loops on the edge of the outermost curtain in the coupling, and fifty loops made he on the edge of the curtain in the other coupling. 18 And he made fifty clasps of copper to couple the tent, that it might be one. 19 And he made a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red, and a covering of badgers’ skins above that20 And he made the boards for the tabernacle of acacia-wood, standing up; 21 ten cubits the length of the boards, and one cubit and a half the breadth of one board; 22 two tenons in one board, connected one with the other: thus did he make for all the boards of the tabernacle. 23 And he made the boards for the tabernacle: twenty boards for the south side southward; 24 and he made forty bases of silver under the twenty boards, two bases under one board, for its two tenons, and two bases under another board for its two tenons. 25 And for the other side of the tabernacle, on the side toward the north, he made twenty boards, 26 and their forty bases of silver, two bases under one board, and two bases under another board. 27 And at the rear of the tabernacle, westward, he made six boards; 28 and he made two boards for the corners of the tabernacle at the rear; 29 and they were joined beneath, and were coupled together at the top thereof into one ring: thus he did to both of them in both the corners; 30 and there were eight boards, and their silver bases: sixteen bases, under every board two bases. 31 -- And he made bars of acacia-wood: five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle, 32 and five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the tabernacle at the rear, westward. 33 And he made the middle bar in the midst of the boards reach from one end to the other. 34 And he overlaid the boards with gold; and made their rings of gold as receptacles for the bars; and overlaid the bars with gold. 35 And he made the veil of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined byssus: of artistic work he made it with cherubim. 36 And he made four pillars of acacia-wood for it, and overlaid them with gold; their hooks were of gold; and he cast for them four bases of silver. 37 And he made a curtain for the entrance of the tent of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined byssus, of embroidery; 38 and its five pillars with their hooks; and he overlaid their capitals and their connecting-rods with gold; and their five bases were of copper. 
 
CHAPTER 37
And Bezaleel made the ark of acacia-wood; two cubits and a half the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 2 And he overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside, and made a border of gold upon it round about. 3 And he cast for it four rings of gold, for its four corners: two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. 4 And he made staves of acacia-wood and overlaid them with gold. 5 And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark. 6 -- And he made a mercy-seat of pure gold; two cubits and a half the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof. 7 And he made two cherubim of gold; of beaten work did he make them, at the two ends of the mercy-seat; 8 one cherub at the end of one side, and one cherub at the end of the other side; out of the mercy-seat he made the two cherubim at the two ends thereof. 9 And the cherubim spread out their wings over it, covering over with their wings the mercy-seat; and their faces were opposite to one another: the faces of the cherubim were turned toward the mercy-seat. 10 And he made the table of acacia-wood; two cubits the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 11 And he overlaid it with pure gold, and made upon it a border of gold round about. 12 And he made for it a margin of a hand-breadth round about; and made a border of gold for the margin thereof round about. 13 And he cast for it four rings of gold, and put the rings on the four corners that were on the four feet thereof. 14 Close to the margin were the rings, as receptacles of the staves to carry the table. 15 And he made the staves of acacia-wood, and overlaid them with gold, to carry the table. 16 And he made the utensils that were on the table, the dishes thereof, and the cups thereof, and the bowls thereof, and the goblets with which to pour out, of pure gold. 17 And he made the candlestick of pure gold; of beaten work he made the candlestick: its base, and its shaft, its cups, its knobs, and its flowers were of itself. 18 And six branches went out of the sides thereof -- three branches of the candlestick out of the one side thereof, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side thereof; 19 there were three cups shaped like almonds in the one branch, a knob and a flower; and three cups shaped like almonds in the other branch, a knob and a flower: so in the six branches which went out of the candlestick. 20 And in the candlestick were four cups, shaped like almonds, its knobs, and its flowers; 21 and a knob under two branches thereof, and again a knob under two branches thereof, and again a knob under two branches thereof, for the six branches which went out of it. 22 Their knobs and their branches were of itself -- all of one beaten work of pure gold. 23 And he made the seven lamps thereof, and the snuffers thereof, and the snuff-trays thereof, of pure gold. 24 Of a talent of pure gold he made it, and all its utensils. 25 And he made the altar of incense of acacia-wood; a cubit the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, square, and two cubits the height thereof: its horns were of itself. 26 And he overlaid it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and made upon it a border of gold round about. 27 And he made two rings of gold for it under its border, by its two corners, on the two sides thereof, as receptacles for the staves with which to carry it. 28 And he made the staves of acacia-wood, and overlaid them with gold. 29 And he made the holy anointing oil, and the pure incense of fragrant drugs, according to the work of the perfumer. 
 
CHAPTER 38
And he made the altar of burnt-offering of acacia-wood; five cubits the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof, square, and three cubits the height thereof. 2 And he made its horns on the four corners thereof; its horns were of itself; and he overlaid it with copper. 3 And he made all the utensils of the altar: the pots, and the shovels, and the bowls, the forks, and the firepans; all its utensils made he of copper. 4 And he made for the altar a grating of network of copper under its ledge from beneath, to the very middle of it. 5 And he cast four rings for the four corners of the grating of copper, as receptacles for the staves. 6 And he made the staves of acacia-wood, and overlaid them with copper. 7 And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the altar, with which to carry it. Hollow with boards did he make it. 8 And he made the laver of copper, and its stand of copper, of the mirrors of the crowds of women who crowded before the entrance of the tent of meeting. 9 And he made the court. On the south side southward, the hangings of the court were of twined byssus, a hundred cubits; 10 their pillars twenty, and their bases twenty, of copper; the hooks of the pillars and their connecting-rods of silver. 11 And on the north side, a hundred cubits; their pillars twenty, and their bases twenty, of copper; the hooks of the pillars and their connecting-rods of silver. 12 And on the west side, hangings of fifty cubits; their pillars ten, and their bases ten; the hooks of the pillars and their connecting-rods of silver. 13 And for the east side, eastward, fifty cubits; 14 the hangings on the one wing of fifteen cubits, their pillars three, and their bases three; 15 and on the other wing, on this side as on that side of the gate of the court, hangings of fifteen cubits, their pillars three, and their bases three. 16 All the hangings of the court round about were of twined byssus; 17 and the bases of the pillars of copper, the hooks of the pillars and their connecting-rods of silver, and the overlaying of their capitals of silver; and all the pillars of the court were fastened together with rods of silver. 18 -- And the curtain of the gate of the court was of embroidery of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined byssus; and the length was twenty cubits, and the height like the breadth, five cubits, just as the hangings of the court; 19 and their pillars four, and their bases four, of copper; their hooks of silver, and the overlaying of their capitals and their connecting-rods of silver. 20 And all the pegs for the tabernacle and for the court round about were of copper. 21 These are the things numbered of the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the testimony, which were counted, according to the commandment of Moses, by the service of the Levites, under the hand of Ithamar, son of Aaron the priest. 22 And Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that Jehovah had commanded Moses; 23 and with him Aholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver and artificer, and an embroiderer in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and in byssus. 24 All the gold that it took for the work in all the work of the sanctuary -- the gold of the wave-offering, was twenty-nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary. 25 And the silver of them that were numbered of the assembly was a hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and seventy-five shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary: 26 a bekah the head -- half a shekel, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, for every one that passed the numbering from twenty years old and upward, of the six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty. 27 And there were a hundred talents of silver for casting the bases of the sanctuary, and the bases of the veil; a hundred bases of a hundred talents, a talent for a base. 28 And of the thousand seven hundred and seventy-five shekels he made the hooks for the pillars, and overlaid their capitals, and fastened them with rods29 And the copper of the wave-offering was seventy talents, and two thousand four hundred shekels. 30 And he made with it the bases for the entrance of the tent of meeting, and the copper altar, and the copper grating for it, and all the utensils of the altar. 31 And the bases of the court round about, and the bases of the gate of the court, and all the pegs of the tabernacle, and all the pegs of the court round about. 
 
CHAPTER 39
And of the blue and purple and scarlet they made garments of service, for service in the sanctuary, and made the holy garments for Aaron; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 2 And he made the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined byssus. 3 And they beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it artistically into the blue, and into the purple, and into the scarlet, and into the byssus. 4 They made shoulder-pieces for it, joining it: at its two ends was it joined together. 5 And the girdle of his ephod, which was on it, was of the same, according to its work, of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined byssus; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 6 And they wrought the onyx stones mounted in enclosures of gold, engraved with the engravings of a seal, according to the names of the sons of Israel. 7 And he put them on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod, as stones of memorial for the children of Israel; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 8 And he made the breastplate of artistic work, like the work of the ephod, of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined byssus. 9 It was square; double did they make the breastplate, a span the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof, doubled. 10 And they set in it four rows of stones: one row, a sardoin, a topaz, and an emerald -- the first row; 11 and the second row, a carbuncle, a sapphire, and a diamond; 12 and the third row, an opal, an agate, and an amethyst; 13 and the fourth row, a chrysolite, an onyx, and a jasper; mounted in enclosures of gold in their settings. 14 And the stones were according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, engraved as a seal, every one according to his name, for the twelve tribes. 15 And they made on the breastplate chains of laced work of wreathen work, of pure gold. 16 And they made two settings of gold, and two gold rings, and put the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate. 17 And they put the two wreathen cords of gold in the two rings on the ends of the breastplate; 18 and the two ends of the two wreathen cords they fastened to the two settings, and put them on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod, on the front thereof. 19 And they made two rings of gold, and put them on the two ends of the breastplate, on the border thereof, which faceth the ephod inwards. 20 And they made two rings of gold, and put them upon the two shoulder-pieces of the ephod underneath, to the front thereof, just by the coupling thereof, above the girdle of the ephod. 21 And they bound the breastplate with its rings to the rings of the ephod with lace of blue, that it might be above the girdle of the ephod, and that the breastplate might not be loosed from the ephod; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 22 And he made the cloak of the ephod of woven work, all of blue; 23 and the opening of the cloak in its middle, as the opening of a coat of mail; a binding was round about the opening, that it should not rend. 24 And they made on the skirts of the cloak pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet, twined. 25 And they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates, in the skirts of the cloak, round about, between the pomegranates: 26 a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, in the skirts of the cloak round about, for service; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 27 And they made the vests of byssus of woven work, for Aaron, and for his sons; 28 and the turban of byssus; and the ornamental caps, of byssus; and the linen trousers, of twined byssus; 29 and the girdle, of twined byssus, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, of embroidery; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 30 And they made the thin plate, the holy diadem, of pure gold, and wrote on it with the writing of the engravings of a seal, Holiness to Jehovah! 31 And they fastened to it a lace of blue, to fasten it on the turban above; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 


Moses' Blessing (39:32-43)

32 And all the labour of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was ended; and the children of Israel had done it according to all that Jehovah had commanded Moses -- so had they done it33 And they brought the tabernacle to Moses -- the tent, and all its utensils, its clasps, its boards, its bars, and its pillars, and its bases; 34 and the covering of rams’ skins dyed red, and the covering of badgers’ skins, and the veil of separation; 35 the ark of the testimony, and its staves, and the mercy-seat; 36 the table, all its utensils, and the shewbread; 37 the pure candlestick, its lamps, the lamps set in order, and all its utensils, and the oil for the light; 38 and the golden altar, and the anointing oil, and the incense of fragrant drugs; and the curtain for the entrance of the tent; 39 the copper altar, and the copper grating that was for it, its staves and all its utensils; the laver and its stand; 40 the hangings of the court, its pillars, and its bases; and the curtain for the gate of the court, its cords, and its pegs; and all the vessel’s of service of the tabernacle, for the tent of meeting; 41 the garments of service, for service in the sanctuary; the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and his sons’ garments, to serve as priests. 42 According to all that Jehovah had commanded Moses, so had the children of Israel done all the labour. 43 And Moses saw all the work, and behold, they had done it as Jehovah had commanded -- so had they done it; and Moses blessed them. 


Erection of the Tabernacle (40:1-33)

CHAPTER 40
And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, 2 On the day of the first month, on the first of the month, shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. 3 And thou shalt put in it the ark of the testimony, and shalt cover the ark with the veil. 4 And thou shalt bring in the table, and set in order the things that are to be set in order upon it. And thou shalt bring in the candlestick and light its lamps. 5 And thou shalt set the golden altar for the incense before the ark of the testimony; and hang up the curtain of the entrance to the tabernacle. 6 And thou shalt set the altar of burnt-offering before the entrance of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. 7 And thou shalt set the laver between the tent of meeting and the altar, and shalt put water in it. 8 And thou shalt fix the court round about, and hang up the curtain at the gate of the court. 9 And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is in it, and shalt hallow it, and all its utensils; and it shall be holy. 10 And thou shalt anoint the altar of burnt-offering, and all its utensils; and thou shalt hallow the altar, and the altar shall be most holy. 11 And thou shalt anoint the laver and its stand, and hallow it. 12 And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons near, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and bathe them with water. 13 And thou shalt clothe Aaron with the holy garments, and anoint him, and hallow him, that he may serve me as priest. 14 And thou shalt bring his sons near, and clothe them with vests. 15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may serve me as priests. And their anointing shall be to them an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations. 16 And Moses did so: as Jehovah had commanded him, so did he. 17 And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first of the month, that the tabernacle was set up. 18 And Moses set up the tabernacle, and put in its bases, and fixed its boards, and put in its bars, and set up its pillars. 19 And he spread the tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent above over it; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 20 And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and put the staves in the ark, and put the mercy-seat above on the ark. 21 And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and hung up the veil of separation, and covered the ark of the testimony; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 22 And he put the table in the tent of meeting, on the side of the tabernacle northward, outside the veil, 23 and arranged the bread in order upon it before Jehovah; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 24 And he put the candlestick in the tent of meeting, opposite to the table, on the side of the tabernacle southward. 25 And he lighted the lamps before Jehovah; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 26 And he put the golden altar in the tent of meeting before the veil. 27 And he burnt on it fragrant incense; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 28 And he hung up the curtain of the entrance to the tabernacle. 29 And he put the altar of burnt-offering at the entrance to the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered on it the burnt-offering and the oblation; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 30 And he set the laver between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it for washing. 31 And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet out of it: 32 when they went into the tent of meeting, and when they drew near to the altar, they washed; as Jehovah had commanded Moses. 33 And he set up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and hung up the curtain of the gate of the court. And so Moses finished the work. 


Dedication of the Tabernacle (40:34-38)

34 And the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of Jehovah filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses could not enter into the tent of meeting, for the cloud abode on it, and the glory of Jehovah filled the tabernacle. 36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel journeyed in all their journeys. 37 And if the cloud were not taken up, then they did not journey until the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of Jehovah was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, before the eyes of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.