Curtains of Linen

26 (A)Moreover, you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and [a]violet, purple, and scarlet material; you shall make them with cherubim, the work of a skilled embroiderer. The length of each curtain shall be [b]twenty-eight cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits; all the curtains shall have [c]the same measurements. Five curtains shall be [d]joined to one another, and the other five curtains shall be [e]joined to one another. You shall make loops of violet on the edge of the [f]outermost curtain in the first set, and likewise you shall make them on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in the second [g]set. You shall make fifty loops in the one curtain, and you shall make fifty loops on the [h]edge of the curtain that is in the second [i]set; the loops shall be opposite each other. You shall also make fifty clasps of gold, and [j]join the curtains to one another with the clasps so that the [k]tabernacle will be a unit.

Curtains of Goats’ Hair

“Then (B)you shall make curtains of goats’ hair as a tent over the tabernacle; you shall make eleven curtains in all. The length of each curtain shall be [l]thirty cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits; the eleven curtains shall have [m]the same measurements. You shall [n]join five curtains by themselves and the other six curtains by themselves, and you shall double over the sixth curtain [o]at the front of the tent. 10 You shall make fifty loops on the edge of the [p]curtain that is outermost in the first [q]set, and fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in the second [r]set.

11 “You shall also make fifty clasps of [s]bronze, and you shall put the clasps into the loops and [t]join the tent together so that it will be [u]a unit. 12 The [v]overhanging part that is left over in the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that is left over, shall hang over the back of the tabernacle. 13 The [w]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 hang over the sides of the tabernacle on one side and on the other, to cover it. 14 And (C)you shall make a covering for the tent of rams’ skins [x]dyed red and a covering of [y]fine leather above.

Boards and Bases

15 “Then you shall make (D)the boards for the tabernacle of acacia wood, standing upright. 16 [z]Ten cubits shall be the length of [aa]each board and one and a half cubits the width of each board. 17 There shall be two tenons for each board, [ab]fitted to one another; that is what you shall do for all the boards of the tabernacle. 18 You shall make the boards for the tabernacle: twenty boards [ac]for the south side. 19 You shall make forty (E)bases of silver under the twenty boards, two bases under one board for its two tenons and two bases 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 bases of silver; two bases under one board and two bases under another board. 22 For the [ad]back 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 [ae]back. 24 They shall be double beneath, and together they shall be complete [af]to its top [ag]to the first ring; this is how it shall be with both of them: they shall form the two corners. 25 And there shall be eight boards with their bases of silver, sixteen bases; two bases under one board and two bases under another board.

26 “Then you shall make (F)bars of acacia wood, five for the boards of one side of the tabernacle, 27 and five bars for the boards of the [ah]other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the side of the tabernacle for the [ai]back side to the west. 28 The middle bar in the [aj]center of the boards shall pass through from end to end. 29 And 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 (G)according to its plan which you have been shown on the mountain.

The Veil and Curtain

31 “You shall also make (H)a veil of violet, purple, and scarlet material, and fine twisted linen; it shall be made with cherubim, the work of a skilled embroiderer. 32 Then you shall [ak]hang it on four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, their hooks also of gold, on four bases of silver. 33 You shall [al]hang up the veil under the clasps, and bring in (I)the ark of the testimony there within the veil; and the veil shall [am]serve as a partition for you (J)between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. 34 (K)You shall put the [an]atoning cover on the ark of the testimony in the Most Holy Place. 35 And (L)you shall set the table outside the veil, and the (M)lampstand opposite the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south; and you shall put the table on the north side.

36 (N)You shall also make a curtain for the doorway of the tent of violet, purple, and scarlet material and fine twisted linen, the work of a [ao]weaver. 37 And (O)you shall make five pillars of acacia for the curtain and overlay them with gold, their hooks also of gold; and you shall cast five bases of [ap]bronze for them.

Footnotes

  1. Exodus 26:1 Or bluish; LXX hyacinth in color, and so throughout the ch
  2. Exodus 26:2 About 42 ft. long and 6 ft. wide or 13 m and 1.8 m
  3. Exodus 26:2 Lit one measure
  4. Exodus 26:3 Or coupled
  5. Exodus 26:3 Or coupled
  6. Exodus 26:4 Lit one curtain from the end in the coupling
  7. Exodus 26:4 Lit coupling
  8. Exodus 26:5 Lit end
  9. Exodus 26:5 Lit coupling
  10. Exodus 26:6 Or couple
  11. Exodus 26:6 Or dwelling place, and so throughout the ch
  12. Exodus 26:8 About 45 ft. long and 6 ft. wide or 13.5 m and 1.8 m
  13. Exodus 26:8 Lit one measure
  14. Exodus 26:9 Or couple
  15. Exodus 26:9 Lit toward the front of the face of the tent
  16. Exodus 26:10 Lit one curtain
  17. Exodus 26:10 Lit coupling
  18. Exodus 26:10 Lit coupling
  19. Exodus 26:11 Or copper
  20. Exodus 26:11 Or couple
  21. Exodus 26:11 Lit one
  22. Exodus 26:12 Lit excess
  23. Exodus 26:13 About 18 in. or about 45 cm
  24. Exodus 26:14 Or tanned
  25. Exodus 26:14 Meaning of the Heb uncertain
  26. Exodus 26:16 About 15 ft. long and 2.2 ft. wide or 4.6 m and 68 cm
  27. Exodus 26:16 Lit the
  28. Exodus 26:17 Lit bound
  29. Exodus 26:18 Lit toward the side of the Negev to the south
  30. Exodus 26:22 Lit far parts
  31. Exodus 26:23 Lit far parts
  32. Exodus 26:24 Or at its head
  33. Exodus 26:24 Or with reference to
  34. Exodus 26:27 Lit second
  35. Exodus 26:27 Lit far parts
  36. Exodus 26:28 Lit midst
  37. Exodus 26:32 Lit put
  38. Exodus 26:33 Lit put
  39. Exodus 26:33 Lit separate for you between
  40. Exodus 26:34 Also called mercy seat; i.e., where blood was sprinkled on the Day of Atonement
  41. Exodus 26:36 Lit variegator; i.e., a weaver in colors
  42. Exodus 26:37 Or copper