The Tabernacle Underwritten

36 “Now Bezalel, Oholiab, and every [a]skillful person in whom the Lord has put [b]skill and understanding to know how to perform all the work [c]in the construction of the sanctuary, shall perform in accordance with everything that the Lord has commanded.”

Then Moses called Bezalel, Oholiab, and every [d]skillful person in [e]whom the Lord had put [f]skill, (A)everyone whose heart stirred him, to come to the work to perform it. They received from Moses every [g]contribution which the sons of Israel had brought to perform [h]the work [i]in the construction of the sanctuary. And they still continued bringing to him [j]voluntary offerings every morning. And all the [k]skillful people who were performing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from [l]the work which they were performing, and they said to [m]Moses, “(B)The people are bringing much more than enough for the [n]construction work which the Lord commanded us to [o]perform.” So Moses issued a command, and circulated a [p]proclamation throughout the camp, saying, “No man or woman is to perform work any longer for the [q]contributions of the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing any more. (C)For the [r]material they had was sufficient and more than enough for all the work, to perform it.

Construction Begins

(D)All the [s]skillful people among those who were performing the work made the [t]tabernacle with ten curtains; of fine twisted linen and [u]violet, purple, and scarlet material, with cherubim, the work of a skilled embroiderer, [v]Bezalel made them. The length of each curtain was [w]twenty-eight cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits; all the curtains had [x]the same measurements. 10 He [y]joined five curtains to one another, and the other five curtains he [z]joined to one another. 11 And he made loops of violet on the edge of the [aa]outermost curtain in the first [ab]set; he did likewise on the edge of the curtain that was [ac]outermost in the second [ad]set. 12 He made (E)fifty loops in the one curtain, and he made fifty loops on the [ae]edge of the curtain that was in the second [af]set; the loops were opposite each other. 13 He also made (F)fifty clasps of gold, and [ag]joined the curtains to one another with the clasps, so that the tabernacle was [ah]a unit.

14 Then (G)he made curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the tabernacle; he [ai]made eleven curtains in all. 15 The length of each curtain was thirty cubits, and four cubits was the width of each curtain; the eleven curtains had [aj]the same measurements. 16 He [ak]joined five curtains by themselves, and the other six curtains by themselves. 17 Moreover, he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was outermost in the first [al]set, and he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was outermost in the second [am]set. 18 He also made fifty clasps of [an]bronze to [ao]join the tent together so that it would be [ap]a unit. 19 And he made a covering for the tent of rams’ skins [aq]dyed red, and a covering of [ar]fine leather above.

20 (H)Then he made the boards for the tabernacle of acacia wood, standing upright. 21 Ten cubits was the length of [as]each board, and one and a half cubits the width of each board. 22 There were two tenons for each board, [at]fitted to one another; he did this to all the boards of the tabernacle. 23 So he made the boards for the tabernacle: twenty boards [au]for the south side; 24 and he made forty bases of silver under the twenty boards; two bases under one board for its two tenons, and two bases under another board for its two tenons. 25 Then for the second side of the tabernacle, on the north side, he made twenty boards, 26 and their forty bases of silver; two bases under one board, and two bases under another board. 27 And for the [av]back of the tabernacle, to the west, he made six boards. 28 He made two boards for the corners of the [aw]tabernacle at the [ax]back. 29 They were double beneath, and together they were complete to its [ay]top, [az]to the first ring; he did this with both of them for the two corners. 30 There were eight boards with their bases of silver, sixteen bases, two bases under every board.

31 Then he made (I)bars of acacia wood, five for the boards of one side of the tabernacle, 32 and five bars for the boards of the [ba]other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the tabernacle for the [bb]back side to the west. 33 And he made the middle bar to pass through in the [bc]center of the boards from end to end. 34 Then he overlaid the boards with gold, and made their rings of gold as holders for the bars, and overlaid the bars with gold.

35 (J)Moreover, he made the veil of violet, purple, and scarlet material, and fine twisted linen; he made it with cherubim, the work of a skilled embroiderer. 36 And he made four pillars of acacia for it, and overlaid them with gold, with their hooks of gold; and he cast four bases of silver for them. 37 He also made a (K)curtain for the doorway of the tent, of violet, purple, and scarlet material, and fine twisted linen, the work of a [bd]weaver; 38 and he made its (L)five pillars with their hooks, and he overlaid their tops and their [be]bands with gold; but their five bases were of [bf]bronze.

Construction Continues

37 (M)Now Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; its length was [bg]two and a half cubits, its width one and a half cubits, and its height one and a half cubits; and he overlaid it with pure gold inside and out, and made a gold molding for it all around. He cast four rings of gold for it on its four feet; two rings on one side of it, and two rings on the [bh]other side of it. And he made poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. He put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry [bi]it. He also made [bj]an atoning cover of pure gold, two and a half cubits [bk]long and one and a half cubits [bl]wide. And he made two cherubim of gold; he made them of hammered work [bm]at the two ends of the atoning cover: one cherub [bn]at the one end and one cherub [bo]at the other end; he made the cherubim of one piece with the atoning cover [bp]at the two ends. And the cherubim had their wings spread upward, covering the atoning cover with their wings, with their faces toward each other; the faces of the cherubim were toward the atoning cover.

10 (N)Then he made the table of acacia wood, [bq]two cubits [br]long, a cubit [bs]wide, and one and a half cubits [bt]high. 11 He overlaid it with pure gold, and made a gold molding for it all around. 12 And he made a rim for it of a [bu]hand width all around, and made a gold molding for its rim all around. 13 He also cast four gold rings for it and put the rings on the four corners that were on its four legs. 14 Close by the rim were the rings, the holders for the poles to carry the table. 15 And he made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold, to carry the table. 16 He also made the utensils which were on the table, its dishes, its pans, its libation bowls, and its jars, with which to pour out drink offerings, of pure gold.

17 (O)Then he made the lampstand of pure gold. He made the lampstand of hammered work, its base and its shaft; its cups, its [bv]bulbs, and its flowers were of one piece with it. 18 There were six branches going out of its sides; three branches of the lampstand from the one side of it and three branches of the lampstand from the [bw]other side of it; 19 three cups shaped like almond blossoms, a [bx]bulb and a flower on one branch, and three cups shaped like almond blossoms, a [by]bulb and a flower on the other branch—so for the six branches going out of the lampstand. 20 And on the lampstand there were four cups shaped like almond blossoms, its [bz]bulbs and its flowers; 21 and a [ca]bulb was under the first pair of branches coming out of it, and a [cb]bulb under the second pair of branches coming out of it, and a [cc]bulb under the third pair of branches coming out of it, for the six branches coming out of the lampstand. 22 Their [cd]bulbs and their branches were of one piece with it; the whole of it was a single hammered work of pure gold. 23 And he made its seven lamps with its tongs and its trays of pure gold. 24 He made it and all its utensils from a [ce]talent of pure gold.

25 (P)Then he made the altar of incense of acacia wood: a cubit [cf]long and a cubit [cg]wide, square, and two cubits [ch]high; its horns were of one piece with it. 26 And he overlaid it with pure gold, its top and its [ci]sides all around, and its horns; and he made a gold molding for it all around. 27 He also made two golden rings for it under its molding, on its two sides—on opposite sides—as holders for poles with which to carry it. 28 And he made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. 29 (Q)Then he made the holy anointing oil and the pure, fragrant incense of spices, the work of a perfumer.

The Tabernacle Completed

38 (R)Then he made the altar of burnt offering of acacia wood, [cj]five cubits [ck]long, and five cubits [cl]wide, square, and three cubits [cm]high. And he made its horns on its four corners, its horns [cn]being of one piece with it, and he overlaid it with [co]bronze. He also made all the utensils of the altar, the pails, the shovels, the basins, the meat-forks, and the firepans; he made all its utensils of bronze. And he made for the altar a grating of bronze netting beneath, under its ledge, reaching halfway up. He also cast four rings on the four ends of the bronze grating as holders for the poles. 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, with which to carry it. He made it hollow with planks.

(S)Moreover, he made the basin of bronze with its base of bronze, [cp]from the mirrors of the serving women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting.

(T)Then he made the courtyard: [cq]for the south side the hangings of the courtyard were of fine twisted linen, a hundred cubits; 10 their twenty pillars, and their twenty bases, were made of bronze; the hooks of the pillars and their [cr]bands were of silver. 11 For the north side there were a hundred cubits; their twenty pillars and their twenty bases were of bronze, the hooks of the pillars and their [cs]bands were of silver. 12 For the west side there were hangings of fifty cubits with their ten pillars and their ten bases; the hooks of the pillars and their [ct]bands were of silver. 13 For the [cu]east side, fifty cubits. 14 The hangings for the one [cv]side of the gate were fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and their three bases, 15 and so for the [cw]other [cx]side. [cy]On both sides of the gate of the courtyard were hangings of fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and their three bases. 16 All the hangings of the courtyard all around were of fine twisted linen. 17 And the bases for the pillars were of bronze, the hooks of the pillars and their [cz]bands, of silver; and the overlaying of their tops, of silver, and all the pillars of the courtyard were furnished with silver [da]bands. 18 Now the curtain of the gate of the courtyard was the work of the [db]weaver, of [dc]violet, purple, and scarlet material and fine twisted linen. And the length was twenty cubits and the [dd]height was five cubits, corresponding to the hangings of the courtyard. 19 Their four pillars and their four bases were of bronze; their hooks were of silver, and the overlaying of their tops and their [de]bands were of silver. 20 All the pegs of the [df]tabernacle and of the courtyard all around were of bronze.

The Cost of the Tabernacle

21 [dg]This is the number of the things for the [dh]tabernacle, the [di]tabernacle of the testimony, as they were [dj]counted according to the [dk]command of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. 22 Now (U)Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything that the Lord had commanded Moses. 23 With him was (V)Oholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver and a skilled embroiderer, and a [dl]weaver in violet, in purple, and in scarlet material, and fine linen.

24 All the gold that was used for the work, in all the work of the sanctuary, [dm]which was the gold of the wave offering, was twenty-nine [dn]talents and 730 [do]shekels, according to (W)the shekel of the sanctuary. 25 And (X)the silver of those of the congregation who were [dp]counted was a hundred talents and 1,775 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary; 26 (Y)a beka a head (that is, half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary), assessed to each one who passed over to those who were [dq]counted, from twenty years old and upward, for (Z)603,550 men. 27 The hundred talents of silver were used for casting the bases of the sanctuary and the bases of the veil; a hundred bases for the hundred talents, a talent for a base. 28 And of the 1,775 shekels, he made hooks for the pillars, and overlaid their tops and made [dr]bands for them. 29 And the bronze of the wave offering was seventy talents and 2,400 shekels. 30 With it he made the bases to the doorway of the tent of meeting, and the bronze altar and its bronze grating, and all the utensils of the altar, 31 and the bases of the courtyard all around and the bases of the gate of the courtyard, and all the pegs of the [ds]tabernacle and all the pegs of the courtyard all around.

Footnotes

  1. Exodus 36:1 Lit man wise of heart
  2. Exodus 36:1 Lit wisdom
  3. Exodus 36:1 Or connected with the service of; lit of the service of
  4. Exodus 36:2 Lit man wise of heart
  5. Exodus 36:2 Lit whose heart
  6. Exodus 36:2 Lit wisdom
  7. Exodus 36:3 Or uplifted offering
  8. Exodus 36:3 Lit it for the work
  9. Exodus 36:3 Lit of the service of
  10. Exodus 36:3 Or freewill offering
  11. Exodus 36:4 Lit wise
  12. Exodus 36:4 Lit his
  13. Exodus 36:5 Lit Moses, saying,
  14. Exodus 36:5 Lit service for the work
  15. Exodus 36:5 Lit perform it
  16. Exodus 36:6 Lit voice
  17. Exodus 36:6 Or uplifted offering
  18. Exodus 36:7 Lit work
  19. Exodus 36:8 Lit wise of heart
  20. Exodus 36:8 Lit dwelling place
  21. Exodus 36:8 Or bluish; LXX hyacinth in color, and so throughout the ch
  22. Exodus 36:8 Lit he
  23. Exodus 36:9 About 42 ft. long and 6 ft. wide or 13 m and 1.8 m
  24. Exodus 36:9 Lit one measure
  25. Exodus 36:10 Or coupled
  26. Exodus 36:10 Or coupled
  27. Exodus 36:11 Lit one curtain from the end in the coupling
  28. Exodus 36:11 Lit coupling
  29. Exodus 36:11 Lit one curtain from the end in the coupling
  30. Exodus 36:11 Lit coupling
  31. Exodus 36:12 Lit end
  32. Exodus 36:12 Lit coupling
  33. Exodus 36:13 Or coupled
  34. Exodus 36:13 Lit one
  35. Exodus 36:14 Lit made them
  36. Exodus 36:15 Lit one measure
  37. Exodus 36:16 Or coupled
  38. Exodus 36:17 Lit tie
  39. Exodus 36:17 Lit tie
  40. Exodus 36:18 Or copper
  41. Exodus 36:18 Or couple
  42. Exodus 36:18 Lit one
  43. Exodus 36:19 Or tanned
  44. Exodus 36:19 Meaning of the Heb uncertain
  45. Exodus 36:21 Lit the
  46. Exodus 36:22 Lit bound
  47. Exodus 36:23 Lit to the side of the Negev, to the south
  48. Exodus 36:27 Lit far parts
  49. Exodus 36:28 Lit dwelling place
  50. Exodus 36:28 Lit far parts
  51. Exodus 36:29 Or head
  52. Exodus 36:29 Or with reference to
  53. Exodus 36:32 Or second
  54. Exodus 36:32 Lit far parts
  55. Exodus 36:33 Lit midst
  56. Exodus 36:37 Lit variegator; i.e., a weaver in colors
  57. Exodus 36:38 Or rings
  58. Exodus 36:38 Or copper
  59. Exodus 37:1 About 3.7 ft. long and 2.2 ft. wide and high or about 1.1 m and 68 cm
  60. Exodus 37:3 Lit second
  61. Exodus 37:5 Lit the ark
  62. Exodus 37:6 Also called a mercy seat, and so throughout the ch; i.e., where blood was sprinkled on the Day of Atonement
  63. Exodus 37:6 Lit its length
  64. Exodus 37:6 Lit its width
  65. Exodus 37:7 Lit from
  66. Exodus 37:8 Lit from
  67. Exodus 37:8 Lit from
  68. Exodus 37:8 Lit from
  69. Exodus 37:10 About 3 ft. long, 1.5 ft. wide, and 2.2 ft. high or about 90 cm, 45 cm, and 68 cm
  70. Exodus 37:10 Lit its length
  71. Exodus 37:10 Lit its width
  72. Exodus 37:10 Lit its height
  73. Exodus 37:12 About 3 in. or 7.5 cm
  74. Exodus 37:17 Or calyxes
  75. Exodus 37:18 Lit second
  76. Exodus 37:19 Or calyx
  77. Exodus 37:19 Or calyx
  78. Exodus 37:20 Or calyxes
  79. Exodus 37:21 Or calyx
  80. Exodus 37:21 Or calyx
  81. Exodus 37:21 Or calyx
  82. Exodus 37:22 Or calyxes
  83. Exodus 37:24 About 75 lb. or 34 kg
  84. Exodus 37:25 Lit its length
  85. Exodus 37:25 Lit its width
  86. Exodus 37:25 Lit its height
  87. Exodus 37:26 Lit walls
  88. Exodus 38:1 About 7.5 ft. square and 4.5 ft. high or 2.3 m and 1.4 m
  89. Exodus 38:1 Lit its length
  90. Exodus 38:1 Lit its width
  91. Exodus 38:1 Lit its height
  92. Exodus 38:2 Lit were
  93. Exodus 38:2 Or copper, and so for bronze throughout the ch
  94. Exodus 38:8 Lit with
  95. Exodus 38:9 Lit to the side of the Negev, to the south
  96. Exodus 38:10 Or rings
  97. Exodus 38:11 Or rings
  98. Exodus 38:12 Or rings
  99. Exodus 38:13 Lit east side, eastward
  100. Exodus 38:14 Lit shoulder
  101. Exodus 38:15 Lit second
  102. Exodus 38:15 Lit shoulder
  103. Exodus 38:15 Lit On this side and on that side
  104. Exodus 38:17 Or rings
  105. Exodus 38:17 Or rings
  106. Exodus 38:18 Lit variegator; i.e., a weaver in colors
  107. Exodus 38:18 Or bluish; LXX hyacinth in color, and so throughout the ch
  108. Exodus 38:18 Lit height in width
  109. Exodus 38:19 Or rings
  110. Exodus 38:20 Lit dwelling place
  111. Exodus 38:21 Lit These are the appointed things of the tabernacle
  112. Exodus 38:21 Lit dwelling place
  113. Exodus 38:21 Lit dwelling place
  114. Exodus 38:21 Lit appointed
  115. Exodus 38:21 Lit mouth
  116. Exodus 38:23 Lit variegator; i.e., a weaver in colors
  117. Exodus 38:24 Lit and it was
  118. Exodus 38:24 A talent was about 75 lb. or 34 kg
  119. Exodus 38:24 A shekel was about 0.5 oz. or 14 gm
  120. Exodus 38:25 Lit mustered
  121. Exodus 38:26 Lit mustered
  122. Exodus 38:28 Or rings
  123. Exodus 38:31 Lit dwelling place