Exodus 24-27New American Standard Bible (NASB)
People Affirm Their Covenant with God
24 Then He said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu and seventy of the elders of Israel, and you shall worship at a distance. 2 Moses alone, however, shall come near to the Lord, but they shall not come near, nor shall the people come up with him.”
3 Then Moses came and recounted to the people all the words of the Lord and all the [a]ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do!” 4 Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. Then he arose early in the morning, and built an altar [b]at the foot of the mountain with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 He sent young men of the sons of Israel, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as peace offerings to the Lord. 6 Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and the other half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. 7 Then he took the book of the covenant and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!” 8 So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has [c]made with you [d]in accordance with all these words.”
9 Then Moses went up [e]with Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, 10 and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet [f]there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, [g]as clear as the sky itself. 11 Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the sons of Israel; and they saw God, and they ate and drank.
12 Now the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and [h]remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets [i]with the law and the commandment which I have written for their instruction.” 13 So Moses arose [j]with Joshua his [k]servant, and Moses went up to the mountain of God. 14 But to the elders he said, “Wait here for us until we return to you. And behold, Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever [l]has a legal matter, let him approach them.” 15 Then Moses went up to the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The glory of the Lord [m]rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; and on the seventh day He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud. 17 And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the mountain top. 18 Moses entered the midst of the cloud [n]as he went up to the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Offerings for the Sanctuary
25 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Tell the sons of Israel to [o]raise a [p]contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall [q]raise My [r]contribution. 3 This is the [s]contribution which you are to [t]raise from them: gold, silver and bronze, 4 [u]blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goat hair, 5 rams’ skins dyed red, porpoise skins, acacia wood, 6 oil for lighting, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 7 onyx stones and setting stones for the ephod and for the [v]breastpiece. 8 Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them. 9 According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it.
Ark of the Covenant
10 “They shall construct an ark of acacia wood two and a half [w]cubits [x]long, and one and a half cubits [y]wide, and one and a half cubits [z]high. 11 You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and out you shall overlay it, and you shall make a gold molding [aa]around it. 12 You shall cast four gold rings for it and [ab]fasten them on its four feet, and two rings shall be on one side of it and two rings on the other side of it. 13 You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark with them. 15 The poles shall [ac]remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be removed from it. 16 You shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.
17 “You shall make a [ad]mercy seat of pure gold, two and a half [ae]cubits [af]long and one and a half cubits [ag]wide. 18 You shall make two cherubim of gold, make them of hammered work [ah]at the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 Make one cherub [ai]at one end and one cherub [aj]at the other end; you shall make the cherubim of one piece with the mercy seat at its two ends. 20 The cherubim shall have their wings spread upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings and [ak]facing one another; the faces of the cherubim are to be turned toward the mercy seat. 21 You shall put the mercy seat [al]on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony which I will give to you. 22 There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel.
The Table of Showbread
23 “You shall make a table of acacia wood, two cubits [am]long and one cubit [an]wide and one and a half cubits [ao]high. 24 You shall overlay it with pure gold and make a gold border around it. 25 You shall make for it a rim of a handbreadth around it; and you shall make a gold border for the rim around it. 26 You shall make four gold rings for it and put rings on the four corners which are on its four feet. 27 The rings shall be close to the rim as holders for the poles to carry the table. 28 You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold, so that with them the table may be carried. 29 You shall make its [ap]dishes and its pans and its jars and its [aq]bowls with which to pour drink offerings; you shall make them of pure gold. 30 You shall set the bread of the [ar]Presence on the table before Me [as]at all times.
The Golden Lampstand
31 “Then you shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The lampstand and its base and its shaft are to be made of hammered work; its cups, its [at]bulbs and its flowers shall be of one piece with it. 32 Six branches shall go out from its sides; three branches of the lampstand from its one side and three branches of the lampstand from its [au]other side. 33 Three cups shall be shaped like almond blossoms in the one branch, a [av]bulb and a flower, and three cups shaped like almond blossoms in the [aw]other branch, a [ax]bulb and a flower—so for six branches going out from the lampstand; 34 and in the lampstand four cups shaped like almond blossoms, its [ay]bulbs and its flowers. 35 A [az]bulb shall be under the first pair of branches coming out of it, and a [ba]bulb under the second pair of branches coming out of it, and a [bb]bulb under the third pair of branches coming out of it, for the six branches coming out of the lampstand. 36 Their [bc]bulbs and their branches shall be of one piece with it; all of it shall be one piece of hammered work of pure gold. 37 Then you shall make its lamps seven in number; and they shall [bd]mount its lamps so as to shed light on the space in front of it. 38 Its snuffers and [be]their trays shall be of pure gold. 39 It shall be made from a talent of pure gold, with all these utensils. 40 See that you make them after the pattern for them, which was shown to you on the mountain.
Curtains of Linen
26 “Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and [bf]blue and purple and scarlet material; you shall make them with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman. 2 The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight [bg]cubits, and the width of each curtain four [bh]cubits; all the curtains shall have [bi]the same measurements. 3 Five curtains shall be [bj]joined to one another, and the other five curtains shall be [bk]joined to one another. 4 You shall make loops of [bl]blue on the edge of the [bm]outermost curtain in the first set, and likewise you shall make them on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in the second [bn]set. 5 You shall make fifty loops in the one curtain, and you shall make fifty loops on the [bo]edge of the curtain that is in the second [bp]set; the loops shall be opposite each other. 6 You shall make fifty clasps of gold, and [bq]join the curtains to one another with the clasps so that the [br]tabernacle will be a unit.
Curtains of Goats’ Hair
7 “Then you shall make curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the tabernacle; you shall make eleven curtains in all. 8 The length of each curtain shall be thirty [bs]cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits; the eleven curtains shall have [bt]the same measurements. 9 You shall [bu]join five curtains by themselves and the other six curtains by themselves, and you shall double over the sixth curtain [bv]at the front of the tent. 10 You shall make fifty loops on the edge of the [bw]curtain that is outermost in the first [bx]set, and fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in the second [by]set.
11 “You shall make fifty clasps of [bz]bronze, and you shall put the clasps into the loops and [ca]join the tent together so that it will be [cb]a unit. 12 The [cc]overlapping part that is left over in the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that is left over, shall lap over the back of the tabernacle. 13 The cubit on one side and the cubit on the other, of what is left over in the length of the curtains of the tent, shall lap over the sides of the tabernacle on one side and on the other, to cover it. 14 You shall make a covering for the tent of rams’ skins [cd]dyed red and a covering of porpoise skins above.
Boards and Sockets
15 “Then you shall make the boards for the tabernacle of acacia wood, standing upright. 16 Ten cubits shall be the length of [ce]each board and one and a half cubits the width of each board. 17 There shall be two tenons for each board, [cf]fitted to one another; thus you shall do for all the boards of the tabernacle. 18 You shall make the boards for the tabernacle: twenty boards [cg]for the south side. 19 You shall make forty [ch]sockets of silver under the twenty boards, two [ci]sockets under one board for its two tenons and two [cj]sockets under another board for its two tenons; 20 and for the second side of the tabernacle, on the north side, twenty boards, 21 and their forty [ck]sockets of silver; two [cl]sockets under one board and two [cm]sockets under another board. 22 For the [cn]rear of the tabernacle, to the west, you shall make six boards. 23 You shall make two boards for the corners of the tabernacle at the [co]rear. 24 They shall be double beneath, and together they shall be complete [cp]to its top [cq]to the first ring; thus it shall be with both of them: they shall form the two corners. 25 There shall be eight boards with their [cr]sockets of silver, sixteen [cs]sockets; two [ct]sockets under one board and two [cu]sockets under another board.
26 “Then you shall make bars of acacia wood, five for the boards of one side of the tabernacle, 27 and five bars for the boards of the [cv]other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the side of the tabernacle for the [cw]rear side to the west. 28 The middle bar in the [cx]center of the boards shall pass through from end to end. 29 You shall overlay the boards with gold and make their rings of gold as holders for the bars; and you shall overlay the bars with gold. 30 Then you shall erect the tabernacle according to its plan which you have been shown in the mountain.
The Veil and Screen
31 “You shall make a veil of [cy]blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen; it shall be made with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman. 32 You shall [cz]hang it on four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, their hooks also being of gold, on four [da]sockets of silver. 33 You shall [db]hang up the veil under the clasps, and shall bring in the ark of the testimony there within the veil; and the veil shall [dc]serve for you as a partition between the holy place and the holy of holies. 34 You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the holy of holies. 35 You shall set the table outside the veil, and the lampstand opposite the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south; and you shall put the table on the north side.
36 “You shall make a screen for the doorway of the tent of [dd]blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen, the work of a [de]weaver. 37 You shall make five pillars of acacia for the screen and overlay them with gold, their hooks also being of gold; and you shall cast five [df]sockets of [dg]bronze for them.
The Bronze Altar
27 “And you shall make the altar of acacia wood, five [dh]cubits long and five cubits wide; the altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits. 2 You shall make its horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with [di]bronze. 3 You shall make its pails for removing its ashes, and its shovels and its basins and its forks and its firepans; you shall make all its utensils of bronze. 4 You shall make for it a grating of network of bronze, and on the net you shall make four bronze rings [dj]at its four corners. 5 You shall put it beneath, under the ledge of the altar, so that the net will reach halfway up the altar. 6 You shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. 7 Its poles shall be inserted into the rings, so that the poles shall be on the two sides of the altar when it is carried. 8 You shall make it hollow with planks; as it was shown to you in the mountain, so they shall make it.
Court of the Tabernacle
9 “You shall make the court of the [dk]tabernacle. [dl]On the south side there shall be hangings for the court of fine twisted linen one hundred cubits long for one side; 10 and its pillars shall be twenty, with their twenty [dm]sockets of bronze; the hooks of the pillars and their [dn]bands shall be of silver. 11 Likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings one hundred cubits long, and its twenty pillars with their twenty [do]sockets of bronze; the hooks of the pillars and their bands shall be of silver. 12 For the width of the court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits with their ten pillars and their ten [dp]sockets. 13 The width of the court on the [dq]east side shall be fifty cubits. 14 The hangings for the one [dr]side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits with their three pillars and their three [ds]sockets. 15 And for the [dt]other [du]side shall be hangings of fifteen cubits with their three pillars and their three [dv]sockets. 16 For the gate of the court there shall be a screen of twenty cubits, of [dw]blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen, the work of a [dx]weaver, with their four pillars and their four [dy]sockets. 17 All the pillars around the court shall be furnished with silver bands with their hooks of silver and their [dz]sockets of bronze. 18 The length of the court shall be one hundred cubits, and the width fifty throughout, and the height five cubits of fine twisted linen, and their [ea]sockets of bronze. 19 All the utensils of the tabernacle used in all its service, and all its pegs, and all the pegs of the court, shall be of bronze.
20 “You shall charge the sons of Israel, that they bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the [eb]light, to make a lamp [ec]burn continually. 21 In the tent of meeting, outside the veil which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall keep it in order from evening to morning before the Lord; it shall be a perpetual statute throughout their generations [ed]for the sons of Israel.
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