1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “aTell the sons of Israel to 1raise a 2contribution for Me; bfrom every man whose heart moves him you shall 1raise My 2contribution. 3 “This is the 1contribution which you are to 2raise from them: gold, silver and bronze, 4 1ablue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goat hair, 5 rams’ skins dyed red, porpoise skins, acacia wood, 6 aoil for lighting, bspices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 7 onyx stones and setting stones for the aephod and for the 1bbreastpiece. 8 “Let them aconstruct a sanctuary for Me, bthat I may dwell among them. 9 “aAccording to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it.
10 “aThey shall construct an ark of acacia wood two and a half 1cubits 2long, and one and a half cubits 3wide, and one and a half cubits 4high. 11 “You shall aoverlay it with pure gold, inside and out you shall overlay it, and you shall make a gold molding 1around it. 12 “You shall cast four gold rings for it and 1fasten them on its four feet, and two rings shall be on one side of it and two rings on the other side of it. 13 “You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 “You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark with them. 15 “The apoles shall 1remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be removed from it. 16 “You shall aput into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.
17 “You shall amake a 1mercy seat of pure gold, two and a half 2cubits 3long and one and a half cubits 4wide. 18 “You shall make two cherubim of gold, make them of hammered work 1at the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 “Make one cherub 1at one end and one cherub 1at the other end; you shall make the cherubim of one piece with the mercy seat at its two ends. 20 “aThe cherubim shall have their wings spread upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings and 1facing one another; the faces of the cherubim are to be turned toward the mercy seat. 21 “aYou shall put the mercy seat 1on top of the ark, and bin the ark you shall put the testimony which I will give to you. 22 “aThere I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from bbetween the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel.
23 “aYou shall make a table of acacia wood, two cubits 1long and one cubit 2wide and one and a half cubits 3high. 24 “You shall overlay it with pure gold and make a gold aborder around it. 25 “You shall make for it a rim of a handbreadth around it; and you shall make a gold border for the rim around it. 26 “You shall make four gold rings for it and put rings on the four corners which are on its four feet. 27 “The rings shall be close to the rim as holders for the poles to carry the table. 28 “You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold, so that with them the table may be carried. 29 “You shall make its 1adishes and its pans and its jars and its 2bowls with which to pour drink offerings; you shall make them of pure gold. 30 “You shall set athe bread of the 1Presence on the table before Me 2at all times.
31 “aThen you shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The lampstand and its base and its shaft are to be made of hammered work; its cups, its 1bulbs and its flowers shall be of one piece with it. 32 “aSix branches shall go out from its sides; three branches of the lampstand from its one side and three branches of the lampstand from its 1other side. 33 “aThree cups shall be shaped like almond blossoms in the one branch, a 1bulb and a flower, and three cups shaped like almond blossoms in the 2other branch, a 1bulb and a flower—so for six branches going out from the lampstand; 34 and ain the lampstand four cups shaped like almond blossoms, its 1bulbs and its flowers. 35 “aA 1bulb shall be under the first pair of branches coming out of it, and a 1bulb under the second pair of branches coming out of it, and a 1bulb under the third pair of branches coming out of it, for the six branches coming out of the lampstand. 36 “aTheir 1bulbs and their branches shall be of one piece with it; all of it shall be one piece of hammered work of pure gold. 37 “Then you shall make its lamps seven in number; and athey shall 1mount its lamps so as to shed light on the space in front of it. 38 “Its snuffers and 1their trays shall be of pure gold. 39 “It shall be made from a talent of pure gold, with all these utensils. 40 “aSee that you make them bafter the pattern for them, which was shown to you on the mountain.
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