Contributions for the Sanctuary

25 The Lord said to Moses, (A)“Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From (B)every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me. And this is the contribution that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze, (C)blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, goats' hair, tanned (D)rams' skins, goatskins,[a] acacia wood, (E)oil for the lamps, (F)spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, onyx stones, and stones for setting, for the (G)ephod and for the breastpiece. And let them make me a (H)sanctuary, that (I)I may dwell in their midst. (J)Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the (K)tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.

The Ark of the Covenant

10 (L)“They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Two cubits[b] and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 11 You shall overlay it with (M)pure gold, inside and outside shall you overlay it, and you shall make on it a molding of gold around it. 12 You shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its (N)four feet, two rings on the 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 And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark by them. 15 The (O)poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. 16 (P)And you shall put into the ark the (Q)testimony that I shall give you.

17 (R)“You shall make a mercy seat[c] of pure gold. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. 18 And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of (S)hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. (T)Of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends.

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 25:5 Uncertain; possibly dolphin skins, or dugong skins; compare 26:14
  2. Exodus 25:10 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
  3. Exodus 25:17 Or cover

The Tabernacle Erected

40 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “On the (A)first day of the first month you shall (B)erect the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. And you shall put in it the ark of the testimony, and you shall (C)screen the ark with the veil. And (D)you shall bring in the table and arrange it, and (E)you shall bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps. (F)And you shall put the golden altar for incense before the ark of the testimony, and set up the screen for the door of the tabernacle. (G)You shall set the altar of burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, (H)and place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. And you shall set up the court all around, and hang up the screen for the gate of the court.

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The Glory of the Lord

34 Then (A)the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and (B)the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 Throughout all their journeys, (C)whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. 37 But (D)if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.

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