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Exodus 27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Bronze Altar

27 “And you shall make the altar of acacia wood, five [a]cubits long and five cubits wide; the altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits. You shall make its horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with [b]bronze. 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. You shall make for it a grating of network of bronze, and on the net you shall make four bronze rings [c]at its four corners. You shall put it beneath, under the ledge of the altar, so that the net will reach halfway up the altar. You shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. 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. 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

“You shall make the court of the [d]tabernacle. [e]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 [f]sockets of bronze; the hooks of the pillars and their [g]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 [h]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 [i]sockets. 13 The width of the court on the [j]east side shall be fifty cubits. 14 The hangings for the one [k]side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits with their three pillars and their three [l]sockets. 15 And for the [m]other [n]side shall be hangings of fifteen cubits with their three pillars and their three [o]sockets. 16 For the gate of the court there shall be a screen of twenty cubits, of [p]blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen, the work of a [q]weaver, with their four pillars and their four [r]sockets. 17 All the pillars around the court shall be furnished with silver bands with their hooks of silver and their [s]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 [t]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 [u]light, to make a lamp [v]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 [w]for the sons of Israel.


  1. Exodus 27:1 I.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
  2. Exodus 27:2 Or copper, and so for bronze throughout the ch
  3. Exodus 27:4 Lit on
  4. Exodus 27:9 Or dwelling place
  5. Exodus 27:9 Lit For the side of the Negev to the south
  6. Exodus 27:10 Or bases
  7. Exodus 27:10 Or fillets, rings
  8. Exodus 27:11 Or bases
  9. Exodus 27:12 Or bases
  10. Exodus 27:13 Lit east side eastward
  11. Exodus 27:14 Lit shoulder
  12. Exodus 27:14 Or bases
  13. Exodus 27:15 Lit second
  14. Exodus 27:15 Lit shoulder
  15. Exodus 27:15 Or bases
  16. Exodus 27:16 Or violet
  17. Exodus 27:16 Lit variegator; i.e. a weaver in colors
  18. Exodus 27:16 Or bases
  19. Exodus 27:17 Or bases
  20. Exodus 27:18 Or bases
  21. Exodus 27:20 Or luminary
  22. Exodus 27:20 Lit ascend
  23. Exodus 27:21 Lit from
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Exodus 27 New Living Translation (NLT)

Plans for the Altar of Burnt Offering

27 “Using acacia wood, construct a square altar 7 1⁄2 feet wide, 7 1⁄2 feet long, and 4 1⁄2 feet high.[a] Make horns for each of its four corners so that the horns and altar are all one piece. Overlay the altar with bronze. Make ash buckets, shovels, basins, meat forks, and firepans, all of bronze. Make a bronze grating for it, and attach four bronze rings at its four corners. Install the grating halfway down the side of the altar, under the ledge. For carrying the altar, make poles from acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. Insert the poles through the rings on the two sides of the altar. The altar must be hollow, made from planks. Build it just as you were shown on the mountain.

Plans for the Courtyard

“Then make the courtyard for the Tabernacle, enclosed with curtains made of finely woven linen. On the south side, make the curtains 150 feet long.[b] 10 They will be held up by twenty posts set securely in twenty bronze bases. Hang the curtains with silver hooks and rings. 11 Make the curtains the same on the north side—150 feet of curtains held up by twenty posts set securely in bronze bases. Hang the curtains with silver hooks and rings. 12 The curtains on the west end of the courtyard will be 75 feet long,[c] supported by ten posts set into ten bases. 13 The east end of the courtyard, the front, will also be 75 feet long. 14 The courtyard entrance will be on the east end, flanked by two curtains. The curtain on the right side will be 22 1⁄2 feet long,[d] supported by three posts set into three bases. 15 The curtain on the left side will also be 22 1⁄2 feet long, supported by three posts set into three bases.

16 “For the entrance to the courtyard, make a curtain that is 30 feet long.[e] Make it from finely woven linen, and decorate it with beautiful embroidery in blue, purple, and scarlet thread. Support it with four posts, each securely set in its own base. 17 All the posts around the courtyard must have silver rings and hooks and bronze bases. 18 So the entire courtyard will be 150 feet long and 75 feet wide, with curtain walls 7 1⁄2 feet high,[f] made from finely woven linen. The bases for the posts will be made of bronze.

19 “All the articles used in the rituals of the Tabernacle, including all the tent pegs used to support the Tabernacle and the courtyard curtains, must be made of bronze.

Light for the Tabernacle

20 “Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to keep the lamps burning continually. 21 The lampstand will stand in the Tabernacle, in front of the inner curtain that shields the Ark of the Covenant.[g] Aaron and his sons must keep the lamps burning in the Lord’s presence all night. This is a permanent law for the people of Israel, and it must be observed from generation to generation.


  1. 27:1 Hebrew 5 cubits [2.3 meters] wide, 5 cubits long, a square, and 3 cubits [1.4 meters] high.
  2. 27:9 Hebrew 100 cubits [46 meters]; also in 27:11.
  3. 27:12 Hebrew 50 cubits [23 meters]; also in 27:13.
  4. 27:14 Hebrew 15 cubits [6.9 meters]; also in 27:15.
  5. 27:16 Hebrew 20 cubits [9.2 meters].
  6. 27:18 Hebrew 100 cubits [46 meters] long and 50 by 50 [23 meters] wide and 5 cubits [2.3 meters] high.
  7. 27:21 Hebrew in the Tent of Meeting, outside the inner curtain that is in front of the Testimony. See note on 25:16.
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