Exodus 28International Children’s Bible (ICB)
Clothes for the Priests
28 “Tell your brother Aaron to come to you. His sons Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar must come with him. Separate them from the other Israelites. These men must serve as priests. 2 Make holy clothes for your brother Aaron to give him honor and beauty. 3 Speak to all the people to whom I have given the ability to make clothes. Tell these skilled craftsmen to make the clothes for Aaron. Use these clothes to make him belong to me. Then he may serve me as a priest. 4 These are the clothes they must make: a chest covering, a holy vest, an outer robe, a woven inner robe, a turban and a cloth belt. The craftsmen must make these holy clothes. They are for your brother Aaron and his sons. Then Aaron and his sons may serve me as priests. 5 The craftsmen must use gold and blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen.
The Holy Vest
6 “Use gold and blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen to make the holy vest. The craftsmen are to make this holy vest. 7 At each top corner of this holy vest there will be a pair of shoulder straps. These are to be tied together over each shoulder.
8 “The craftsmen will very carefully weave a belt on the holy vest. Make the belt with gold and blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen.
9 “Take two onyx stones. Write the name of the 12 sons of Israel on these jewels. 10 Write 6 names on one stone and 6 names on the other stone. Write the names in order, from the oldest son to the youngest. 11 Carve the names of the sons of Israel on these stones. Do this the same way a person carves words and designs on the seals. Put gold around the stones to hold them on the holy vest. 12 Put the two stones on the two straps of the holy vest. These stones are reminders of the 12 sons of Israel. Aaron is to wear their names on his shoulders. They are before the Lord as reminders of the sons of Israel. 13 Make two gold pieces to hold the stones. 14 Then make two chains of pure gold. Twist them together like a rope. Attach the chains to the two gold pieces that hold the stones.
The Chest Covering
15 “Make a chest covering to help in making decisions. The craftsmen should make it as they made the holy vest. They must use gold and blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen. 16 The chest covering must be square. It should be nine inches long and nine inches wide. Fold it double to make a pocket. 17 Put four rows of beautiful gems on the chest covering. The first row of jewels must have a ruby, topaz and yellow quartz. 18 The second row must have turquoise, a sapphire and an emerald. 19 The third row must have a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst. 20 The fourth row must have a chrysolite, an onyx and a jasper. Put gold around these jewels to attach them to the chest covering. 21 There must be 12 jewels on the chest covering. That is 1 jewel for each of the names of the sons of Israel. Carve the name of one of the 12 tribes on each of the stones. Carve them as you would carve a seal.
22 “Make chains of pure gold for the chest covering. Twist them together like rope. 23 Make two gold rings. Put them on the two upper corners of the chest covering. 24 Attach the two gold chains to the two rings. These are at the upper corners of the chest covering. 25 Attach the other ends of the two chains to the two gold pieces on the shoulder straps. This will tie the chains to the shoulder straps in the front of the holy vest.
26 “Make two more gold rings. Put them at the two lower corners of the chest covering. Put them on the inside edge of the chest covering next to the holy vest. 27 Make two more gold rings. Attach them to the bottom of the shoulder straps in the front of the holy vest. Put the gold rings close to the seam above the woven belt of the holy vest. 28 Join the rings of the chest covering to the rings of the holy vest with blue ribbon. This will connect it to the woven belt. In this way the chest covering will not swing out from the holy vest.
29 “When Aaron enters the Holy Place, he will wear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart. These names are on the chest covering that helps in making decisions. This will be a continual reminder before the Lord. 30 And put the Urim and Thummim inside the chest covering. These things will be on Aaron’s heart when he goes before the Lord. They will help in making decisions for the Israelites. So Aaron will always carry them with him when he is before the Lord.
31 “Make the outer robe to be worn under the holy vest, using only blue cloth. 32 Make a hole in the center for Aaron’s head. And there must be a woven collar around the hole so it will not tear. 33 Make balls like pomegranates of blue, purple and red thread. Hang these pomegranate balls around the bottom of the outer robe. And hang gold bells between them. 34 So all around the bottom of the outer robe there should be a gold bell and a pomegranate ball, a gold bell and a pomegranate ball. 35 Aaron must wear this robe when he serves as priest. The ringing of the bells will be heard. They will ring when he enters and leaves the Holy Place before the Lord. This way Aaron will not be killed.
36 “Make a strip of pure gold. Carve these words on the gold strip as you would carve on a seal: ‘Holy to the Lord.’ 37 Use blue ribbon to tie a strip of gold to the turban. Put it on the front of the turban. 38 Aaron must wear this on his forehead. In this way, he will be blamed if anything is wrong with the gifts of the Israelites. Aaron must always wear this on his head so the Lord will accept the gifts of the people.
39 “Make the woven inner robe of fine linen. Make the turban of fine linen, also. Make the cloth belt with designs sewn on it. 40 Also make woven inner robes, cloth belts and headbands for Aaron’s sons. This will give them honor and beauty. 41 Put these clothes on your brother Aaron and his sons. Then pour olive oil on their heads to appoint them as priests. Make them belong to me so they may serve me as priests.
42 “Make for them linen underclothes to cover them from the waist to the upper parts of the legs. 43 Aaron and his sons must wear these underclothes when they enter the Meeting Tent. And they must wear these clothes anytime they come near the altar to serve as priests in the Holy Place. If they do not wear these clothes, they will be guilty of wrong. And they will be killed. This will be a law that will last from now on for Aaron and all his descendants.
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