Exodus 25-27New Century Version (NCV)
Gifts for the Lord
25 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring me gifts. Receive for me the gifts each person wants to give. 3 These are the gifts that you should receive from them: gold, silver, bronze; 4 blue, purple, and red thread; fine linen, goat hair, 5 sheepskins that are dyed red; fine leather; acacia wood; 6 olive oil to burn in the lamps; spices for sweet-smelling incense, and the special olive oil poured on a person’s head to make him a priest; 7 onyx stones, and other jewels to be put on the holy vest and the chest covering.
8 “The people must build a holy place for me so that I can live among them. 9 Build this Holy Tent and everything in it by the plan I will show you.
The Ark of the Agreement
10 “Use acacia wood and build an Ark forty-five inches long, twenty-seven inches wide, and twenty-seven inches high. 11 Cover the Ark inside and out with pure gold, and put a gold strip all around it. 12 Make four gold rings for the Ark and attach them to its four feet, two rings on each side. 13 Then make poles from acacia wood and cover them with gold. 14 Put the poles through the rings on the sides of the Ark, and use these poles to carry it. 15 These poles must always stay in the rings of the Ark. Do not take them out. 16 Then put in the Ark the Agreement which I will make with you.
17 “Then make a lid of pure gold for the Ark; this is the mercy seat. Make it forty-five inches long and twenty-seven inches wide. 18 Then hammer gold to make two creatures with wings, and put one on each end of the lid. 19 Attach one creature on one end of the lid and the other creature on the other end. Make them to be one piece with the lid at the ends. 20 The creatures’ wings should be spread upward, covering the lid, and the creatures are to face each other across the lid. 21 Put this lid on top of the Ark, and put in the Ark the Agreement which I will make with you. 22 I will meet with you there, above the lid between the two winged creatures on the Ark of the Agreement. There I will give you all my commands for the Israelites.
23 “Make a table out of acacia wood, thirty-six inches long, eighteen inches wide, and twenty-seven inches high. 24 Cover it with pure gold, and put a gold strip around it. 25 Make a frame three inches high that stands up all around the edge, and put a gold strip around it. 26 Then make four gold rings. Attach them to the four corners of the table where the four legs are. 27 Put the rings close to the frame around the top of the table, because they will hold the poles for carrying it. 28 Make the poles out of acacia wood, cover them with gold, and carry the table with these poles. 29 Make the plates and bowls for the table, as well as the jars and cups, out of pure gold. They will be used for pouring out the drink offerings. 30 On this table put the bread that shows you are in my presence so that it is always there in front of me.
31 “Hammer pure gold to make a lampstand. Its base, stand, flower-like cups, buds, and petals must all be joined together in one piece. 32 The lampstand must have six branches going out from its sides—three on one side and three on the other. 33 Each branch must have three cups shaped like almond flowers on it. Each cup must have a bud and a petal. Each of the six branches going out from the lampstand must be the same. 34 And there must be four more cups made like almond flowers on the lampstand itself. These cups must also have buds and petals. 35 Put a bud under each pair of branches that goes out from the lampstand. Each of the six branches going out from the lampstand must be the same. 36 The branches, buds, and lampstand must be made of one piece, hammered out of pure gold.
37 “Then make seven small oil lamps and put them on the lampstand so that they give light to the area in front of it. 38 The wick trimmers and trays must be made of pure gold. 39 Use seventy-five pounds of pure gold to make the lampstand and everything with it. 40 Be very careful to make them by the plan I showed you on the mountain.
The Holy Tent
26 “Make for the Holy Tent ten curtains of fine linen and blue, purple, and red thread. Have a skilled craftsman sew designs of creatures with wings on the pieces of cloth. 2 Make each curtain the same size—forty-two feet long and six feet wide. 3 Sew five curtains together for one set, and sew the other curtains together for the second set. 4 Make loops of blue cloth on the edge of the end curtain of one set, and do the same for the end curtain of the other set. 5 Make fifty loops on the end curtain of the first set and fifty loops on the end curtain of the second set. These loops must be opposite each other. 6 And make fifty gold hooks to join the two sets of curtains so that the Holy Tent is one piece.
7 “Then make another tent that will cover the Holy Tent, using eleven curtains made from goat hair. 8 All these curtains must be the same size—forty-five feet long and six feet wide. 9 Sew five of the curtains together into one set. Then sew the other six curtains together into the second set. Fold the sixth curtain double over the front of the Tent. 10 Make fifty loops down the edge of the end curtain of one set, and do the same for the end curtain of the other set. 11 Then make fifty bronze hooks and put them in the loops to join the tent together so that the covering is one piece. 12 Let the extra half piece of cloth hang over the back of the Holy Tent. 13 There will be eighteen inches hanging over the sides of the Holy Tent, to protect it. 14 Make a covering for the Holy Tent from sheepskins colored red, and over that make a covering from fine leather.
15 “Use acacia wood to make upright frames for the Holy Tent. 16 Each frame must be fifteen feet long and twenty-seven inches wide, 17 with two pegs side by side. Every frame must be made the same way. 18 Make twenty frames for the south side of the Holy Tent. 19 Each frame must have two silver bases to go under it, a peg fitting into each base. You must make forty silver bases for the frames. 20 Make twenty more frames for the north side of the Holy Tent 21 and forty silver bases for them—two bases for each frame. 22 You must make six frames for the rear or west end of the Holy Tent 23 and two frames for each corner at the rear. 24 The two frames are to be doubled at the bottom and joined at the top with a metal ring. Both corner frames must be made this way. 25 So there will be a total of eight frames at the rear of the Tent, and there will be sixteen silver bases—two bases under each frame.
26 “Make crossbars of acacia wood to connect the upright frames of the Holy Tent. Make five crossbars to hold the frames together on one side 27 and five to hold the frames together on the other side. Also make five crossbars to hold the frames together on the west end, at the rear. 28 The middle crossbar is to be set halfway up the frames, and it is to run along the entire length of each side and rear. 29 Make gold rings on the sides of the frames to hold the crossbars, and cover the frames and the crossbars with gold. 30 Set up the Holy Tent by the plan shown to you on the mountain.
31 “Make a curtain of fine linen and blue, purple, and red thread, and have a skilled craftsman sew designs of creatures with wings on it. 32 Hang the curtain by gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood that are covered with gold, and set them in four silver bases. 33 Hang the curtain from the hooks in the roof, and put the Ark of the Agreement containing the two stone tablets behind it. This curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. 34 Put the lid on the Ark of the Agreement in the Most Holy Place.
35 “Outside the curtain, put the table on the north side of the Holy Tent. Put the lampstand on the south side of the Holy Tent across from the table.
The Entrance of the Holy Tent
36 “Then, for the entrance of the Tent, make a curtain with fine linen and blue, purple, and red thread. Someone who can sew well is to sew designs on it. 37 Make five posts of acacia wood covered with gold. Make gold hooks for them on which to hang the curtain, and make five bronze bases for them.
The Altar for Burnt Offerings
27 “Make an altar of acacia wood, four and one-half feet high. It should be square—seven and one-half feet long and seven and one-half feet wide. 2 Make each of the four corners of the altar stick out like a horn, in such a way that the corners with their horns are all one piece. Then cover the whole altar with bronze.
3 “Use bronze to make all the tools and dishes that will be used on the altar: the pots to remove the ashes, the shovels, the bowls for sprinkling blood, the meat forks, and the pans for carrying the burning wood.
4 “Make a large bronze screen to hold the burning wood, and put a bronze ring at each of the four corners of it. 5 Put the screen inside the altar, under its rim, halfway up from the bottom.
6 “Make poles of acacia wood for the altar, and cover them with bronze. 7 Put the poles through the rings on both sides of the altar to carry it. 8 Make the altar out of boards and leave the inside hollow. Make it as you were shown on the mountain.
The Courtyard of the Holy Tent
9 “Make a wall of curtains to form a courtyard around the Holy Tent. The south side should have a wall of fine linen curtains one hundred fifty feet long. 10 Hang the curtains with silver hooks and bands on twenty bronze posts with twenty bronze bases. 11 The north side must also be one hundred fifty feet long. Hang its curtains on silver hooks and bands on twenty bronze posts with twenty bronze bases.
12 “The west end of the courtyard must have a wall of curtains seventy-five feet long, with ten posts and ten bases on that wall. 13 The east end of the courtyard must also be seventy-five feet long. 14 On one side of the entry, there is to be a wall of curtains twenty-two and one-half feet long, held up by three posts on three bases. 15 On the other side of the entry, there is also to be a wall of curtains twenty-two and one-half feet long, held up by three posts on three bases.
16 “The entry to the courtyard is to be a curtain thirty feet wide, made of fine linen with blue, purple, and red thread. Someone who can sew well is to sew designs on it. It is to be held up by four posts on four bases. 17 All the posts around the courtyard must have silver bands and hooks and bronze bases. 18 The courtyard must be one hundred fifty feet long and seventy-five feet wide, with a wall of curtains around it seven and one-half feet high, made of fine linen. The bases in which the posts are set must be bronze. 19 All the things used in the Holy Tent and all the tent pegs for the Holy Tent and the wall around the courtyard must be made of bronze.
Oil for the Lamp
20 “Command the people of Israel to bring you pure olive oil, made from pressed olives, to keep the lamps on the lampstand burning. 21 Aaron and his sons must keep the lamps burning before the Lord from evening till morning. This will be in the Meeting Tent, outside the curtain which is in front of the Ark. The Israelites and their descendants must obey this rule from now on.
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