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Exodus 36 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Tabernacle Underwritten

36 “Now Bezalel and Oholiab, and every [a]skillful person in whom the Lord has put [b]skill and understanding to know how to perform all the work [c]in the construction of the sanctuary, shall perform in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.”

Then Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every [d]skillful person in [e]whom the Lord had put [f]skill, everyone whose heart stirred him, to come to the work to perform it. They received from Moses all the [g]contributions which the sons of Israel had brought [h]to perform the work [i]in the construction of the sanctuary. And they still continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning. And all the [j]skillful men who were performing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from [k]the work which [l]he was performing, and they said to [m]Moses, “The people are bringing much more than enough for the [n]construction work which the Lord commanded us to [o]perform.” So Moses issued a command, and a [p]proclamation was circulated throughout the camp, saying, “Let no man or woman any longer perform work for the [q]contributions of the sanctuary.” Thus the people were restrained from bringing any more. For the [r]material they had was sufficient and more than enough for all the work, to perform it.

Construction Proceeds

All the [s]skillful men among those who were performing the work made the [t]tabernacle with ten curtains; of fine twisted linen and [u]blue and purple and scarlet material, with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman, [v]Bezalel made them. The length of each curtain was twenty-eight [w]cubits and the width of each curtain four [x]cubits; all the curtains had [y]the same measurements. 10 He [z]joined five curtains to one another and the other five curtains he [aa]joined to one another. 11 He made loops of [ab]blue on the edge of the [ac]outermost curtain in the first [ad]set; he did likewise on the edge of the curtain that was [ae]outermost in the second [af]set. 12 He made fifty loops in the one curtain and he made fifty loops on the [ag]edge of the curtain that was in the second [ah]set; the loops were opposite each other. 13 He made fifty clasps of gold and [ai]joined the curtains to one another with the clasps, so the tabernacle was [aj]a unit.

14 Then he made curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the tabernacle; he made eleven curtains [ak]in all. 15 The length of each curtain was thirty cubits and four cubits the width of each curtain; the eleven curtains had [al]the same measurements. 16 He [am]joined five curtains by themselves and the other six curtains by themselves. 17 Moreover, he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was outermost in the first [an]set, and he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was outermost in the second [ao]set. 18 He made fifty clasps of [ap]bronze to [aq]join the tent together so that it would be [ar]a unit. 19 He made a covering for the tent of rams’ skins [as]dyed red, and a covering of porpoise skins above.

20 Then he made the boards for the tabernacle of acacia wood, standing upright. 21 Ten cubits was the length of [at]each board and one and a half cubits the width of each board. 22 There were two tenons for each board, [au]fitted to one another; thus he did for all the boards of the tabernacle. 23 He made the boards for the tabernacle: twenty boards [av]for the south side; 24 and he made forty [aw]sockets of silver under the twenty boards; two [ax]sockets under one board for its two tenons and two [ay]sockets under another board for its two tenons. 25 Then for the second side of the tabernacle, on the north side, he made twenty boards, 26 and their forty [az]sockets of silver; two [ba]sockets under one board and two [bb]sockets under another board. 27 For the [bc]rear of the tabernacle, to the west, he made six boards. 28 He made two boards for the corners of the [bd]tabernacle at the [be]rear. 29 They were double beneath, and together they were complete to its [bf]top [bg]to the first ring; thus he did with both of them for the two corners. 30 There were eight boards with their [bh]sockets of silver, sixteen [bi]sockets, [bj]two under every board.

31 Then he made bars of acacia wood, five for the boards of one side of the tabernacle, 32 and five bars for the boards of the [bk]other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the tabernacle for the [bl]rear side to the west. 33 He made the middle bar to pass through in the [bm]center of the boards from end to end. 34 He overlaid the boards with gold and made their rings of gold as holders for the bars, and overlaid the bars with gold.

35 Moreover, he made the veil of [bn]blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine twisted linen; he made it with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman. 36 He made four pillars of acacia for it, and overlaid them with gold, with their hooks of gold; and he cast four [bo]sockets of silver for them. 37 He made a screen for the doorway of the tent, of [bp]blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine twisted linen, the work of a [bq]weaver; 38 and he made its five pillars with their hooks, and he overlaid their tops and their [br]bands with gold; but their five [bs]sockets were of [bt]bronze.


  1. Exodus 36:1 Lit man wise of heart
  2. Exodus 36:1 Lit wisdom
  3. Exodus 36:1 Or connected with the service of; lit of the service of
  4. Exodus 36:2 Lit man wise of heart
  5. Exodus 36:2 Lit whose heart
  6. Exodus 36:2 Lit wisdom
  7. Exodus 36:3 Lit lifted offering
  8. Exodus 36:3 Lit to perform it for the work
  9. Exodus 36:3 Lit of the service of
  10. Exodus 36:4 Lit wise
  11. Exodus 36:4 Lit his
  12. Exodus 36:4 Lit they were
  13. Exodus 36:5 Lit Moses, saying,
  14. Exodus 36:5 Lit service for the work
  15. Exodus 36:5 Lit perform it
  16. Exodus 36:6 Lit voice
  17. Exodus 36:6 Lit heave offering
  18. Exodus 36:7 Lit work
  19. Exodus 36:8 Lit wise of heart
  20. Exodus 36:8 Lit dwelling place
  21. Exodus 36:8 Or violet
  22. Exodus 36:8 Lit he
  23. Exodus 36:9 I.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
  24. Exodus 36:9 I.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
  25. Exodus 36:9 Lit one measure
  26. Exodus 36:10 Or coupled
  27. Exodus 36:10 Or coupled
  28. Exodus 36:11 Or violet
  29. Exodus 36:11 Lit one curtain from the end in the coupling
  30. Exodus 36:11 Lit coupling
  31. Exodus 36:11 Lit one curtain from the end in the coupling
  32. Exodus 36:11 Lit coupling
  33. Exodus 36:12 Lit end
  34. Exodus 36:12 Lit coupling
  35. Exodus 36:13 Or coupled
  36. Exodus 36:13 Lit one
  37. Exodus 36:14 Lit in number
  38. Exodus 36:15 Lit one measure
  39. Exodus 36:16 Or coupled
  40. Exodus 36:17 Lit coupling
  41. Exodus 36:17 Lit coupling
  42. Exodus 36:18 Or copper
  43. Exodus 36:18 Or couple
  44. Exodus 36:18 Lit one
  45. Exodus 36:19 Or tanned
  46. Exodus 36:21 Lit the
  47. Exodus 36:22 Lit bound
  48. Exodus 36:23 Lit to the side of the Negev, to the south
  49. Exodus 36:24 Or bases
  50. Exodus 36:24 Or bases
  51. Exodus 36:24 Or bases
  52. Exodus 36:26 Or bases
  53. Exodus 36:26 Or bases
  54. Exodus 36:26 Or bases
  55. Exodus 36:27 Lit extreme parts
  56. Exodus 36:28 Lit dwelling place
  57. Exodus 36:28 Lit extreme parts
  58. Exodus 36:29 Or head
  59. Exodus 36:29 Or with reference to
  60. Exodus 36:30 Or bases
  61. Exodus 36:30 Or bases
  62. Exodus 36:30 Lit two sockets
  63. Exodus 36:32 Or second
  64. Exodus 36:32 Lit extreme parts
  65. Exodus 36:33 Lit midst
  66. Exodus 36:35 Or violet
  67. Exodus 36:36 Or bases
  68. Exodus 36:37 Or violet
  69. Exodus 36:37 Lit variegator; i.e. a weaver in colors
  70. Exodus 36:38 Or fillets, rings
  71. Exodus 36:38 Or bases
  72. Exodus 36:38 Or copper
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