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Exodus 39Names of God Bible (NOG)

The Holy Clothes

39 From the violet, purple, and bright red yarn they made special clothes worn for official duties in the holy place. They also made the holy clothes for Aaron. They followed Yahweh’s instructions to Moses.

The Ephod

They made the ephod out of fine linen yarn and gold, violet, purple, and bright red yarn. They hammered the gold into thin sheets and cut them up. They twisted the gold into threads, which they creatively worked into each strand of the violet, purple, and bright red yarn, and throughout the fine linen. They made two shoulder straps attached at the top corners so that the ephod could be fastened. They made the belt that is attached to the ephod out of the same fabric. They followed Yahweh’s instructions to Moses. They mounted the onyx stones in gold settings, and engraved on them the names of the sons of Israel. Then they fastened them on the shoulder straps of the ephod as a reminder of who the Israelites are. They followed Yahweh’s instructions to Moses.

The Breastplate

They made the breastplate as creatively as they made the ephod. It was made out of gold, violet, purple, and bright red yarn, and of fine linen yarn. It was folded in half and was 9 inches square. 10 They fastened four rows of precious stones on it. In the first row they put red quartz, topaz, and emerald. 11 In the second row they put turquoise, sapphire, and crystal. 12 In the third row they put jacinth, agate, and amethyst. 13 In the fourth row they put beryl, onyx, and gray quartz. The stones were mounted in gold settings. 14 They corresponded to the 12 sons of Israel, by name, each stone engraved (like a signet ring) with the name of one of the 12 tribes.

15 For the breastplate they made chains out of pure gold, twisted like ropes. 16 They made two gold settings and two gold rings and attached the two rings to the top two corners of the breastplate. 17 They fastened the two gold ropes to the rings at the top corners of the breastplate. 18 They fastened the other ends of the ropes to the two settings on the shoulder straps of the ephod so that the breastplate hung in front of it. 19 They made two gold rings and fastened them to the other two corners of the breastplate on the inside edge next to the ephod. 20 They made two more gold rings and fastened them to the bottom of the shoulder straps on the front of the ephod. This was close to the seam just above the belt of the ephod. 21 Then they fastened the breastplate by its rings to the rings of the ephod with a violet cord. So the breastplate was attached just above the belt of the ephod and was held in place. They followed Yahweh’s instructions to Moses.

Other Clothes for Aaron and His Sons

22 They made the robe that is worn with the ephod, woven entirely of violet yarn. 23 The opening in the center of the robe had a finished edge (like a leather collar[a]) all around it to keep it from tearing. 24 On the hem of the robe they made pomegranates of violet, purple, and bright red yarn, and fine yarn. 25 They made bells out of pure gold and fastened them in between the pomegranates all around the hem of the robe. 26 A gold bell alternated with a pomegranate all around the hem of the robe that is worn by Aaron when he serves as priest. They followed Yahweh’s instructions to Moses.

27 They wove inner robes out of fine linen for Aaron and his sons. 28 They also made the chief priest’s turban and the other beautiful turbans out of fine linen. They made the undergarments and belt out of fine linen yarn. 29 The belt was embroidered with violet, purple, and bright red yarn. They followed Yahweh’s instructions to Moses.

30 They made the flower-shaped medallion (the holy crown) out of pure gold and engraved on it (as on a signet ring): Holy to Yahweh. 31 They fastened a violet cord to it and tied it on top of the turban. They followed Yahweh’s instructions to Moses.

The Tent Is Brought to Moses

32 So all the work on the inner tent (the tent of meeting) was now done. The Israelites followed all Yahweh’s instructions to Moses. 33 Then they brought everything to Moses—the inner tent, the outer tent and all its furnishings, the fasteners, frames, crossbars, posts, sockets, 34 the cover made of rams’ skins dyed red, the cover made of fine leather,[b] the canopy over the ark, 35 the ark containing the words of God’s promise with its poles and the throne of mercy, 36 the table with all the dishes, the bread of the presence, 37 the pure gold lamp stand with its lamps in a row and all its utensils, the olive oil for the lamps, 38 the gold altar, the anointing oil, the sweet-smelling incense, the screen for the entrance to the tent, 39 the bronze altar with its bronze grate, its poles, and all its accessories, the basin with its stand, 40 the curtains for the courtyard, the posts, bases, and screen for the entrance to the courtyard, the ropes and pegs—all the equipment needed for the service of the inner tent (the tent of meeting)— 41 the special clothes worn when serving as priests in the holy place—both the holy clothes for the priest Aaron and the clothes for his sons when serving as priests. 42 The Israelites had done all the work following Yahweh’s instructions to Moses.

43 Moses inspected all the work and saw that they had followed Yahweh’s instructions. So Moses blessed them.

Footnotes:

  1. Exodus 39:23 Hebrew meaning of “a leather collar” uncertain.
  2. Exodus 39:34 Hebrew meaning uncertain.
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