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The Ark of the Agreement

37 Bezalel made the Ark of acacia wood; it was forty-five inches long, twenty-seven inches wide, and twenty-seven inches high. He covered it, both inside and out, with pure gold, and he put a gold strip around it. He made four gold rings for it and attached them to its four feet, with two rings on each side. Then he made poles of acacia wood and covered them with gold. He put the poles through the rings on each side of the Ark to carry it. Then he made a lid of pure gold that was forty-five inches long and twenty-seven inches wide. Then Bezalel hammered gold to make two creatures with wings and attached them to each end of the lid. He made one creature on one end of the lid and the other creature on the other end. He attached them to the lid so that it would be one piece. The creatures’ wings were spread upward, covering the lid, and the creatures faced each other across the lid.

The Table

10 Then he made the table of acacia wood; it was thirty-six inches long, eighteen inches wide, and twenty-seven inches high. 11 He covered it with pure gold and put a gold strip around it. 12 He made a frame three inches high that stood up all around the edge, and he put a gold strip around it. 13 Then he made four gold rings for the table and attached them to the four corners of the table where the four legs were. 14 The rings were put close to the frame around the top of the table, because they held the poles for carrying it. 15 The poles for carrying the table were made of acacia wood and were covered with gold. 16 He made of pure gold all the things that were used on the table: the plates, bowls, cups, and jars used for pouring the drink offerings.

The Lampstand

17 Then he made the lampstand of pure gold, hammering out its base and stand. Its flower-like cups, buds, and petals were joined together in one piece with the base and stand. 18 Six branches went out from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other. 19 Each branch had three cups shaped like almond flowers, and each cup had a bud and a petal. Each of the six branches going out from the lampstand was the same. 20 There were four more cups shaped like almond flowers on the lampstand itself, each with its buds and petals. 21 Three pairs of branches went out from the lampstand. A bud was under the place where each pair was attached to the lampstand. Each of the six branches going out from the lampstand was the same. 22 The buds, branches, and lampstand were all one piece of pure, hammered gold. 23 He made seven pure gold lamps for this lampstand, and he made pure gold wick trimmers and trays. 24 He used about seventy-five pounds of pure gold to make the lampstand and all the things that go with it.

The Altar for Burning Incense

25 Then he made the altar of incense out of acacia wood. It was square—eighteen inches long and eighteen inches wide—and it was thirty-six inches high. Each corner that stuck out like a horn was joined into one piece with the altar. 26 He covered the top and all the sides and the corners with pure gold, and he put gold trim around the altar. 27 He made two gold rings and put them below the trim on opposite sides of the altar; these rings held the poles for carrying it. 28 He made the poles of acacia wood and covered them with gold.

29 Then he made the holy olive oil for appointing the priests and the pure, sweet-smelling incense. He made them like a person who mixes perfumes.


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