Setting Up the Tabernacle

40 Then the Lord said to Moses: “Set up(A) the tabernacle, the tent of meeting,(B) on the first day of the first month.(C) Place the ark(D) of the covenant law in it and shield the ark with the curtain. Bring in the table(E) and set out what belongs on it.(F) Then bring in the lampstand(G) and set up its lamps. Place the gold altar(H) of incense in front of the ark of the covenant law and put the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle.

“Place the altar(I) of burnt offering in front of the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting; place the basin(J) between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it. Set up the courtyard(K) around it and put the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard.

“Take the anointing oil and anoint(L) the tabernacle and everything in it; consecrate it and all its furnishings,(M) and it will be holy. 10 Then anoint the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils; consecrate(N) the altar, and it will be most holy. 11 Anoint the basin and its stand and consecrate them.

12 “Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting(O) and wash them with water.(P) 13 Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,(Q) anoint him and consecrate(R) him so he may serve me as priest. 14 Bring his sons and dress them in tunics.(S) 15 Anoint them just as you anointed their father, so they may serve me as priests. Their anointing will be to a priesthood that will continue throughout their generations.(T) 16 Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded(U) him.

17 So the tabernacle(V) was set up on the first day of the first month(W) in the second year. 18 When Moses(X) set up the tabernacle, he put the bases in place, erected the frames,(Y) inserted the crossbars and set up the posts. 19 Then he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering(Z) over the tent, as the Lord commanded(AA) him.

20 He took the tablets of the covenant law(AB) and placed them in the ark,(AC) attached the poles to the ark and put the atonement cover(AD) over it. 21 Then he brought the ark into the tabernacle and hung the shielding curtain(AE) and shielded the ark of the covenant law, as the Lord commanded(AF) him.

22 Moses placed the table(AG) in the tent of meeting on the north side of the tabernacle outside the curtain 23 and set out the bread(AH) on it before the Lord, as the Lord commanded(AI) him.

24 He placed the lampstand(AJ) in the tent of meeting opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle 25 and set up the lamps(AK) before the Lord, as the Lord commanded(AL) him.

26 Moses placed the gold altar(AM) in the tent of meeting in front of the curtain 27 and burned fragrant incense on it, as the Lord commanded(AN) him.

28 Then he put up the curtain(AO) at the entrance to the tabernacle. 29 He set the altar(AP) of burnt offering near the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, and offered on it burnt offerings and grain offerings,(AQ) as the Lord commanded(AR) him.

30 He placed the basin(AS) between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing, 31 and Moses and Aaron and his sons used it to wash(AT) their hands and feet. 32 They washed whenever they entered the tent of meeting or approached the altar,(AU) as the Lord commanded(AV) Moses.

33 Then Moses set up the courtyard(AW) around the tabernacle and altar and put up the curtain(AX) at the entrance to the courtyard. And so Moses finished the work.

The Glory of the Lord

34 Then the cloud(AY) covered the tent of meeting, and the glory(AZ) of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory(BA) of the Lord filled the tabernacle.(BB)

36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out;(BC) 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 38 So the cloud(BD) of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

The Burnt Offering

The Lord called to Moses(BE) and spoke to him from the tent of meeting.(BF) He said, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When anyone among you brings an offering to the Lord,(BG) bring as your offering an animal from either the herd or the flock.(BH)

“‘If the offering is a burnt offering(BI) from the herd,(BJ) you are to offer a male without defect.(BK) You must present it at the entrance to the tent(BL) of meeting so that it will be acceptable(BM) to the Lord. You are to lay your hand on the head(BN) of the burnt offering,(BO) and it will be accepted(BP) on your behalf to make atonement(BQ) for you. You are to slaughter(BR) the young bull(BS) before the Lord, and then Aaron’s sons(BT) the priests shall bring the blood and splash it against the sides of the altar(BU) at the entrance to the tent of meeting. You are to skin(BV) the burnt offering and cut it into pieces.(BW) The sons of Aaron the priest are to put fire on the altar and arrange wood(BX) on the fire. Then Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, including the head and the fat,(BY) on the wood(BZ) that is burning on the altar. You are to wash the internal organs and the legs with water,(CA) and the priest is to burn all of it(CB) on the altar.(CC) It is a burnt offering,(CD) a food offering,(CE) an aroma pleasing to the Lord.(CF)

10 “‘If the offering is a burnt offering from the flock, from either the sheep(CG) or the goats,(CH) you are to offer a male without defect. 11 You are to slaughter it at the north side of the altar(CI) before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall splash its blood against the sides of the altar.(CJ) 12 You are to cut it into pieces, and the priest shall arrange them, including the head and the fat,(CK) on the wood that is burning on the altar. 13 You are to wash the internal organs and the legs with water,(CL) and the priest is to bring all of them and burn them(CM) on the altar.(CN) It is a burnt offering,(CO) a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.

14 “‘If the offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, you are to offer a dove or a young pigeon.(CP) 15 The priest shall bring it to the altar, wring off the head(CQ) and burn it on the altar; its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar.(CR) 16 He is to remove the crop and the feathers[a] and throw them down east of the altar where the ashes(CS) are. 17 He shall tear it open by the wings, not dividing it completely,(CT) and then the priest shall burn it on the wood(CU) that is burning on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 1:16 Or crop with its contents; the meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.