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Exodus 40Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Completion of the Tabernacle

40 And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “On the first day of the month, you will set up the tabernacle of the tent of assembly. And you will put there the ark of the testimony, and you will cover over the ark with the curtain.[a] And you will bring the table, and you will arrange its setting, and you will bring the lampstand, and you will set up its lamps. And you will put the gold altar for incense before the ark of the testimony, and you will set up the entrance screen for the tabernacle. And you will put the altar of the burnt offering before the entrance of the tabernacle of the tent of assembly. And you will put the basin between the tent of assembly and the altar, and you will put water in it.[b] And you will set up the courtyard all around, and you will put up the screen of the gate of the courtyard.

“And you will take the anointing oil, and you will anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it, and you will consecrate all of its equipment,[c] and it will be holy. 10 And you will anoint the altar of the burnt offering and all of its equipment,[d] and you will consecrate the altar, and the altar will be a most holy thing.[e] 11 And you will anoint the basin and its stand, and you will consecrate it. 12 And you will bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the tent of assembly, and you will wash them with the water. 13 And you will clothe Aaron with the holy garments, and you will anoint him, and you will consecrate him, and he will serve as a priest for me. 14 And you will bring his sons, and you will clothe them with tunics. 15 And you will anoint them as you anointed their father, and they will serve as priests for me. And their anointing will be for them to be a lasting priesthood[f] throughout their generations.” 16 And Moses did according to all that Yahweh had commanded him; so he did.

17 In[g] the first month of the second year, on the first of the month, the tabernacle was set up. 18 And Moses raised the tabernacle, and he placed its bases, and he set up its frames,[h] and he placed its bars, and he raised its pillars. 19 And he spread the tent over the tabernacle; he placed the covering of the tent over it, above it, as Yahweh had commanded Moses. 20 And he took and he put the testimony into the ark, and he placed the poles on the ark, and he put the atonement cover on the ark, above it. 21 And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and he set up the curtain of the screening, and he shielded the ark of the testimony, as Yahweh had commanded Moses.

22 And he put the table in the tent of assembly on the north side of the tabernacle outside the curtain. 23 And he arranged on it an arrangement of bread before Yahweh, as Yahweh had commanded Moses. 24 And he placed the lampstand in the tent of assembly opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle. 25 And he set up the lamps before Yahweh, as Yahweh had commanded Moses. 26 And he placed the gold altar in the tent of assembly before the curtain. 27 And he turned fragrant incense into smoke on it, as Yahweh had commanded Moses.

28 And he set up the entrance screen for the tabernacle. 29 And the altar of burnt offering he placed at the entrance of the tabernacle of the tent of assembly, and he offered on it the burnt offering and the grain offering, as Yahweh had commanded Moses. 30 And he placed the basin between the tent of assembly and the altar, and he put there water for washing. 31 And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet from it. 32 At their going into the tent of assembly and at their approaching the altar, they washed, as Yahweh had commanded Moses.

33 And he set up the courtyard all around the tabernacle and the altar, and he put up the screen of the gate of the courtyard, and Moses completed the work. 34 And the cloud covered the tent of assembly, and the glory of Yahweh filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was unable to go into the tent of assembly because the cloud settled on it and the glory of Yahweh filled the tabernacle. 36 And when the cloud was lifted from the tabernacle, the Israelites[i] set out on all their journeys. 37 But if the cloud was not lifted, they did not set out until the day of its being lifted. 38 For the cloud of Yahweh was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night before the eyes of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.

Footnotes:

  1. Exodus 40:3 Or “veil the ark with the curtain”
  2. Exodus 40:7 Literally “there”
  3. Exodus 40:9 Or “vessels” or “utensils” or “contents”
  4. Exodus 40:10 Or “vessels” or “utensils” or “contents”
  5. Exodus 40:10 Literally “holiness of holinesses,” that is, “a holy thing among holy things”
  6. Exodus 40:15 Or “a priesthood of eternity”
  7. Exodus 40:17 Literally “and it was in”
  8. Exodus 40:18 Or “boards” or “planks”
  9. Exodus 40:36 Literally “sons/children of Israel”
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Exodus 40New International Version (NIV)

Setting Up the Tabernacle

40 Then the Lord said to Moses: “Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month. Place the ark of the covenant law in it and shield the ark with the curtain. Bring in the table and set out what belongs on it. Then bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps. Place the gold altar of incense in front of the ark of the covenant law and put the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle.

“Place the altar of burnt offering in front of the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting; place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it. Set up the courtyard around it and put the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard.

“Take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and everything in it; consecrate it and all its furnishings, and it will be holy. 10 Then anoint the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils; consecrate the altar, and it will be most holy. 11 Anoint the basin and its stand and consecrate them.

12 “Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water. 13 Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest. 14 Bring his sons and dress them in tunics. 15 Anoint them just as you anointed their father, so they may serve me as priests. Their anointing will be to a priesthood that will continue throughout their generations. 16 Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.

17 So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year. 18 When Moses set up the tabernacle, he put the bases in place, erected the frames, inserted the crossbars and set up the posts. 19 Then he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering over the tent, as the Lord commanded him.

20 He took the tablets of the covenant law and placed them in the ark, attached the poles to the ark and put the atonement cover over it. 21 Then he brought the ark into the tabernacle and hung the shielding curtain and shielded the ark of the covenant law, as the Lord commanded him.

22 Moses placed the table in the tent of meeting on the north side of the tabernacle outside the curtain 23 and set out the bread on it before the Lord, as the Lord commanded him.

24 He placed the lampstand in the tent of meeting opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle 25 and set up the lamps before the Lord, as the Lord commanded him.

26 Moses placed the gold altar in the tent of meeting in front of the curtain 27 and burned fragrant incense on it, as the Lord commanded him.

28 Then he put up the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle. 29 He set the altar of burnt offering near the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, and offered on it burnt offerings and grain offerings, as the Lord commanded him.

30 He placed the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing, 31 and Moses and Aaron and his sons used it to wash their hands and feet. 32 They washed whenever they entered the tent of meeting or approached the altar, as the Lord commanded Moses.

33 Then Moses set up the courtyard around the tabernacle and altar and put up the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard. And so Moses finished the work.

The Glory of the Lord

34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 38 So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

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