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Willing Workers

35:4 8 Moses spoke to the whole community of the Israelites, “This is the word that the Lord has commanded: 35:5 ‘Take9 an offering for the Lord. Let everyone who has a willing heart10 bring11 an offering to the Lord:12 gold, silver, bronze, 35:6 blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, fine linen, goat’s hair, 35:7 ram skins dyed red, fine leather,13 acacia wood, 35:8 olive oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 35:9 onyx stones, and other gems14 for mounting15 on the ephod and the breastpiece. 35:10 Every skilled person16 among you is to come and make all that the Lord has commanded: 35:11 the tabernacle with17 its tent, its covering, its clasps, its frames, its crossbars, its posts, and its bases; 35:12 the ark, with its poles, the atonement lid, and the special curtain that conceals it; 35:13 the table with its poles and all its vessels, and the Bread of the Presence; 35:14 the lampstand for18 the light and its accessories, its lamps, and oil for the light; 35:15 and the altar of incense with its poles, the anointing oil, and the fragrant incense; the hanging for the door at the entrance of the tabernacle; 35:16 the altar for the burnt offering with its bronze grating that is on it, its poles, and all its utensils; the large basin and its pedestal; 35:17 the hangings of the courtyard, its posts and its bases, and the curtain for the gateway to the courtyard; 35:18 tent pegs for the tabernacle and tent pegs for the courtyard and their ropes; 35:19 the woven garments for serving in the holy place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments for his sons to minister as priests.”

35:20 So the whole community of the Israelites went out from the presence of Moses. 35:21 Everyone19 whose heart stirred him to action20 and everyone whose spirit was willing21 came and brought the offering for the Lord for the work of the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.22 35:22 They came, men and women alike,23 all who had willing hearts. They brought brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments, all kinds of gold jewelry,24 and everyone came who waved25 a wave offering of gold to the Lord.

35:23 Everyone who had26 blue, purple, or27 scarlet yarn, fine linen, goats’ hair, ram skins dyed red, or fine leather28 brought them.29 35:24 Everyone making an offering of silver or bronze brought it as30 an offering to the Lord, and everyone who had acacia wood31 for any work of the service brought it.32 35:25 Every woman who was skilled33 spun with her hands and brought what she had spun, blue, purple, or scarlet yarn, or fine linen, 35:26 and all the women whose heart stirred them to action and who were skilled34 spun goats’ hair.

35:27 The leaders brought onyx stones and other gems to be mounted35 for the ephod and the breastpiece, 35:28 and spices and olive oil for the light, for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense.

35:29 The Israelites brought a freewill offering to the Lord, every man and woman whose heart was willing to bring materials for all the work that the Lord through36 Moses had commanded them37 to do.

35:30 Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen38 Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 35:31 He has filled him with the Spirit of God—with skill, with understanding, with knowledge, and in all kinds of work, 35:32 to design artistic designs, to work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, 35:33 and in cutting stones for their setting,39 and in cutting wood, to do work in every artistic craft.40 35:34 And he has put it in his heart41 to teach, he and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35:35 He has filled them with skill42 to do all kinds of work43 as craftsmen, as designers, as embroiderers in blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and in fine linen, and as weavers. They are44 craftsmen in all the work45 and artistic designers.46 36:1 So Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person1 in whom the Lord has put skill2 and ability3 to know how4 to do all the work for the service5 of the sanctuary are to do the work6 according to all that the Lord has commanded.”

36:2 Moses summoned7 Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person in whom8 the Lord had put skill—everyone whose heart stirred him9 to volunteer10 to do the work, 36:3 and they received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to do11 the work for the service of the sanctuary, and they still continued to bring him a freewill offering each morning.12 36:4 So all the skilled people who were doing all the work on the sanctuary came from the work13 they were doing 36:5 and told Moses, “The people are bringing much more than14 is needed for the completion15 of the work which the Lord commanded us to do!”16

36:6 Moses instructed them to take17 his message18 throughout the camp, saying, “Let no man or woman do any more work for the offering for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing any more.19 36:7 Now the materials were more than enough20 for them to do all the work.21


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