Exodus 37 Expanded Bible (EXB)
The Ark of the Covenant
37 Bezalel made the Ark of acacia wood; it was ·forty-five inches [L two and a half cubits] long, ·twenty-seven inches [L one and a half cubits] wide, and twenty-seven inches [L one and a half cubits] high. 2 He ·covered [overlaid] it, both inside and out, with pure gold, and he put a gold ·strip [molding] around it. 3 He ·made [cast] four gold rings for it and attached them to its four feet, with two rings on ·each [one side and two rings on the other] side. 4 Then he made poles of acacia wood and ·covered [cast; overlay] them with gold. 5 He put the poles through the rings on each side of the Ark to carry it. 6 Then he made a ·lid [mercy seat; atonement cover] of pure gold that was ·forty-five inches [L two and a half cubits] long and ·twenty-seven inches [L one and a half cubits] wide. 7 Then Bezalel ·hammered gold to make two creatures with wings [L made two golden cherubim of hammered gold; C cherubim are powerful angelic creatures] and attached them to each end of the ·lid [cover; C the mercy seat]. 8 He made one ·creature [L cherubim] on one end of the lid and the ·other creature [L cherubim] on the other end. He attached them to the ·lid [mercy seat; atonement cover] so that it would be one piece. 9 The ·creatures’ [L cherubim’s] wings were spread upward, covering the ·lid [mercy seat; atonement cover], and the ·creatures [L cherubim] faced each other across the ·lid [mercy seat; atonement cover].
10 Then he made the table of acacia wood; it was ·thirty-six inches [L two cubits] long, ·eighteen inches [L one cubit] wide, and ·twenty-seven inches [L one and a half cubits] high. 11 He ·covered [overlaid] it with pure gold and put a gold ·strip [molding] around it. 12 He made a ·frame [rim] ·three inches [L a handbreadth] high ·that stood up all around the edge [all around it], and he put a gold ·strip [molding] around it. 13 Then he made four gold rings for the table and attached them to the four corners of the table where the four legs were. 14 The rings were put close to the ·frame [rim] around the top of the table, because they held the poles for carrying it. 15 The poles for carrying the table were made of acacia wood and were ·covered [overlaid] with gold. 16 He made of pure gold all the ·things [vessels] that were used on the table: the plates, bowls, cups, and jars used for pouring the drink offerings [Ezra 1:9–11; Dan. 1:2; 5:1–4].
17 Then he made the ·lampstand [L Menorah] of pure gold, hammering out its base and ·stand [shaft]. Its flower-like cups, buds, and petals were joined together in one piece with the base and ·stand [shaft; 25:31]. 18 Six branches went out from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other. 19 Each branch had three cups shaped like almond flowers, and each cup had a bud and a petal. Each of the six branches going out from the lampstand was the same. 20 There were four more cups shaped like almond flowers on the lampstand itself, each with its buds and petals. 21 Three pairs of branches went out from the lampstand. A bud was under the place where each pair was attached to the lampstand. Each of the six branches going out from the lampstand was the same. 22 The buds, branches, and lampstand were all one piece of pure, hammered gold. 23 He made seven pure gold lamps for this lampstand, and he made pure gold ·wick trimmers [snuffers] and trays. 24 He used about ·seventy-five pounds [L one talent] of pure gold to make the lampstand and all the things that go with it.
The Altar for Burning Incense
25 Then he made the altar of incense out of acacia wood. It was square—·eighteen inches [L one cubit] long and ·eighteen inches [L one cubit] wide—and it was ·thirty-six inches [L two cubits] high. Each ·corner that stuck out like a horn [horn; 27:2] was joined into one piece with the altar. 26 He ·covered [overlaid] the top and all the sides and the ·corners [horns] with pure gold, and he put gold ·trim [molding] around the altar 27 He made two gold rings and put them below the ·trim [molding] on opposite sides of it; these rings held the poles for carrying it. 28 He made the poles of acacia wood and ·covered [overlaid] them with gold.
29 Then he made the holy olive oil for ·appointing the priests [anointing] and the pure, sweet-smelling incense. He made them like a person who mixes perfumes.
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