Exodus 38Expanded Bible (EXB)
The Altar for Burnt Offerings
38 Then he built the altar for burnt offerings [Lev. 1] out of acacia wood. The altar was square—·seven and one-half feet [L five cubits] long and ·seven and one-half feet [L five cubits] wide—and it was ·four and one-half feet [L three cubits] high. 2 He made each corner stick out like a horn [27:2] so that the horns and the altar were joined together in one piece. Then he ·covered [overlaid] the altar with bronze. 3 He made all the ·tools [utensils] of bronze to use on the altar: the pots, shovels, ·bowls for sprinkling blood [L basins], meat forks, and ·pans for carrying the fire [firepans]. 4 He made a large bronze screen to hold the burning wood for the altar and put it inside the altar, under its ·rim [ledge], halfway up from the bottom. 5 He made bronze rings to hold the poles for carrying the altar, and he put them at the four corners of the screen. 6 Then he made poles of acacia wood and ·covered [overlaid] them with bronze. 7 He put the poles through the rings on both sides of the altar, to carry it. He made the altar of boards and left the inside hollow.
The Bronze Bowl
8 He made the bronze ·bowl for washing [basin], and he built it on a bronze stand. He used the bronze from mirrors that belonged to the women who served at the entrance to the Meeting Tent.
The Courtyard of the Holy Tent
9 Then he made ·a wall of curtains to form a courtyard around the Holy Tent [the court]. On the south side the curtains were ·one hundred fifty feet [L one hundred cubits] long and were made of fine linen. 10 The curtains hung on silver hooks and bands, placed on twenty bronze ·posts [pillars] with twenty bronze bases. 11 On the north side the wall of curtains was also ·one hundred fifty feet [L one hundred cubits] long, and it hung on silver hooks and bands on twenty ·posts [pillars] with twenty bronze bases.
12 On the west side of the courtyard, the wall of curtains was ·seventy-five feet [L fifty cubits] long. It was held up by silver hooks and bands on ten ·posts [pillars] with ten bases. 13 The [L front of the] east side was also ·seventy-five feet [L fifty cubits] long. 14 On one side of the entry there was a wall of curtains ·twenty-two and one-half feet [L fifteen cubits] long, held up by three ·posts [pillars] and three bases. 15 On the other side of the entry there was also a wall of curtains ·twenty-two and one-half feet [L fifteen cubits] long, held up by three ·posts [pillars] and three bases. 16 All the curtains around the courtyard were made of fine linen. 17 The bases for the ·posts [pillars] were made of bronze. The hooks and the bands on the ·posts [pillars] were made of silver, and the tops of the ·posts [pillars] were ·covered [overlaid] with silver also. All the ·posts [pillars] in the courtyard had silver bands.
18 The ·curtain [screen] for the ·entry [gate] of the courtyard was made of blue, purple, and ·red [scarlet] thread, and fine linen, ·sewn by a person who could sew well [embroidered with needlework]. The curtain was ·thirty feet [L twenty cubits] long and ·seven and one-half feet [L five cubits] high, the same height as the curtains around the courtyard. 19 It was held up by four ·posts [pillars] and four bronze bases. The hooks and bands on the posts were made of silver, and the tops on the ·posts [pillars] were ·covered [overlaid] with silver. 20 All the tent pegs for the ·Holy Tent [Tabernacle] and for the curtains around the courtyard were made of bronze.
21 This is a ·list of the materials used to make [inventory; record of] the ·Holy Tent [Tabernacle], the ·Holy Tent [L Tabernacle] ·where the Agreement was kept [L of the Covenant/Testimony/Treaty; C reference to the tablets of the Ten Commandments; ch. 20]. Moses ordered the Levites to make this list, ·and Ithamar son of Aaron was in charge of keeping it [L by the hand of Ithama son of Aaron]. 22 Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur of the tribe of Judah, made everything the Lord commanded Moses. 23 Oholiab son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan ·helped [L was with] him. He ·could cut designs into metal and stone; he was a designer and also skilled at sewing [L was an engraver, designer, and embroiderer of] the blue, purple, and ·red [scarlet] thread, and fine linen.
24 The total amount of gold used to build the Holy ·Tent [Place] was ·presented [L offered as a wave offering] to the Lord. It weighed over ·2,000 pounds [L 29 talents and 730 shekels], as set by the Holy Place measure.
25 The silver was given by the ·members of the community [congregation; assembly] who were counted. It weighed ·7,550 pounds [L 100 talents and 1,775 shekels], as set by the Holy Place measure. 26 All the men twenty years old or older were counted. There were 603,550 men, and each ·man [head] had to pay ·one-fifth of an ounce [L a beka, that is half a shekel] of silver, as set by the Holy Place measure. 27 Of this silver, ·7,500 pounds [L 100 talents] were used to ·make [cast] the one hundred bases for the Holy Tent and for the curtain—·75 pounds of silver [L a talent] in each base. 28 They used ·50 pounds of silver [L 1775 shekels] to make the hooks for the ·posts [pillars] and to ·cover [overlay] the tops of the ·posts [pillars] and to make the bands on them.
29 The bronze which was ·presented [L offered as a wave offering] to the Lord weighed about ·5,000 pounds [70 talents and 2400 shekels]. 30 They used ·the bronze to make the bases at the entrance of the Meeting Tent, to make the altar and the bronze ·screen [grating], and to make all the ·tools [utensils] for the altar. 31 ·This bronze was also used to make [L …and the] bases for the wall of curtains around the courtyard and bases for curtains at the ·entry [L gate] to the courtyard, as well as to make the tent pegs for the ·Holy Tent [Tabernacle] and the pegs around the courtyard.
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