Making the Altar of Burnt Offering

38 Bezalel(A) constructed the altar of burnt offering from acacia wood. It was square, 7½ feet long and 7½ feet wide,[a] and was 4½ feet[b] high. He made horns for it on its four corners; the horns were of one piece.[c] Then he overlaid it with bronze.

He made all the altar’s utensils: the pots, shovels, basins, meat forks, and firepans; he made all its utensils of bronze. He constructed for the altar a grate of bronze mesh under its ledge,[d] halfway up from the bottom. At the four corners of the bronze grate he cast four rings as holders for the poles. Also, he made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with bronze. Then he inserted the poles into the rings on the sides of the altar in order to carry it with them. He constructed the altar with boards so that it was hollow.

Making the Bronze Basin

He made the bronze basin and its stand from the bronze mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.(B)

Making the Courtyard

Then(C) he made the courtyard. The hangings on the south side of the courtyard were of finely spun linen, 150 feet in length,[e] 10 including their 20 posts and 20 bronze bases. The hooks and bands[f] of the posts were silver. 11 The hangings on the north side were also 150 feet in length,[g] including their 20 posts and 20 bronze bases. The hooks and bands[h] of the posts were silver. 12 The hangings on the west side were 75 feet in length,[i] including their 10 posts and 10 bases. The hooks and bands of the posts were silver. 13 The hangings on the east toward the sunrise were also 75 feet in length.[j] 14 The hangings on one side of the gate were 22½ feet,[k] including their three posts and three bases. 15 It was the same for the other side. The hangings were 22½ feet,[l] including their three posts and three bases on both sides of the courtyard gate. 16 All the hangings around the courtyard were of finely spun linen. 17 The bases for the posts were bronze; the hooks and bands[m] of the posts were silver; and the plating for the tops of the posts was silver. All the posts of the courtyard were banded with silver.

18 The screen for the gate of the courtyard was embroidered with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and finely spun linen. It was 30 feet[n] long, and like the hangings of the courtyard, 7½ feet[o] high.[p] 19 It had four posts, including their four bronze bases. Their hooks were silver, and the bands[q] as well as the plating of their tops were silver. 20 All the tent pegs for the tabernacle and for the surrounding courtyard were bronze.

Inventory of Materials

21 This is the inventory for the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the testimony,(D) that was recorded at Moses’ command. It was the work of the Levites under the direction of[r] Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.(E) 22 Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything that the Lord commanded Moses. 23 With him was Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, a gem cutter, a designer, and an embroiderer with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and fine linen.

24 All the gold of the presentation offering that was used for the project in all the work on the sanctuary, was 2,193 pounds,[s] according to the sanctuary shekel.(F) 25 The silver from those of the community who were registered was 7,544 pounds,[t] according to the sanctuary shekel— 26 2⁄5 of an ounce[u] per man, that is, half a shekel according to the sanctuary shekel, from everyone 20 years old or more who had crossed over to the registered group, 603,550 men. 27 There were 7,500 pounds[v] of silver used to cast the bases of the sanctuary and the bases of the veil—100 bases from 7,500 pounds,[w] 75 pounds[x] for each base.(G) 28 With the remaining 44 pounds[y] he made the hooks for the posts, overlaid their tops, and supplied bands[z] for them.

29 The bronze of the presentation offering totaled 5,310 pounds.[aa] 30 He made with it the bases for the entrance to the tent of meeting, the bronze altar and its bronze grate, all the utensils for the altar, 31 the bases for the surrounding courtyard, the bases for the gate of the courtyard, all the tent pegs for the tabernacle, and all the tent pegs for the surrounding courtyard.


  1. Exodus 38:1 Lit five cubits its length and five cubits its width
  2. Exodus 38:1 Lit three cubits
  3. Exodus 38:2 Lit piece with it
  4. Exodus 38:4 Or rim
  5. Exodus 38:9 Lit 100 cubits
  6. Exodus 38:10 Or connecting rods
  7. Exodus 38:11 Lit 100 cubits
  8. Exodus 38:11 Or connecting rods
  9. Exodus 38:12 Lit 50 cubits
  10. Exodus 38:13 Lit 50 cubits
  11. Exodus 38:14 Lit 15 cubits
  12. Exodus 38:15 Lit 15 cubits
  13. Exodus 38:17 Or connecting rods
  14. Exodus 38:18 Lit 20 cubits
  15. Exodus 38:18 Lit five cubits
  16. Exodus 38:18 Lit high in width
  17. Exodus 38:19 Or connecting rods
  18. Exodus 38:21 Lit Levites by the hand of
  19. Exodus 38:24 Lit 29 talents and 730 shekels
  20. Exodus 38:25 Lit 100 talents and 1,775 shekels
  21. Exodus 38:26 Lit a beka
  22. Exodus 38:27 Lit 100 talents
  23. Exodus 38:27 Lit 100 talents
  24. Exodus 38:27 Lit one talent
  25. Exodus 38:28 Lit 1,775 (shekels)
  26. Exodus 38:28 Or connecting rods
  27. Exodus 38:29 Lit 70 talents and 2,400 shekels

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