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Exodus 31:1–18

Bezalel and Oholiab

31:2–6pp—Ex 35:30–35

31 Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalell son of Uri, the son of Hur,m of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledgen and with all kinds of skillsoto make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiabp son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan,q to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workersr to make everything I have commanded you: the tent of meeting,s the ark of the covenant lawt with the atonement coveru on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent—the tablev and its articles, the pure gold lampstandw and all its accessories, the altar of incense,x the altar of burnt offeringy and all its utensils, the basinz with its stand—10 and also the woven garmentsa, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, 11 and the anointing oilb and fragrant incensec for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commandedd you.”

The Sabbath

12 Then the Lord said to Moses, 13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths.e This will be a signf between me and you for the generations to come,g so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.h

14 “ ‘Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death;i those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people. 15 For six days workj is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest,k holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death. 16 The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath,l celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant. 17 It will be a signm between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.n’ ”o

18 When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai,p he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stoneq inscribed by the finger of God.r

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