31 Then the Lord spoke to Moses. 2He said, “I have chosen Bezalel, the son of Uri. Uri is the son of Hur. Bezalel is from the tribe of Judah. 3I have filled him with the Spirit of God. I have filled him with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts. 4He can make beautiful patterns in gold, silver and bronze. 5He can cut and set stones. He can work with wood. In fact, he can work in all kinds of crafts.
“I have given ability to all of the skilled workers. They can make everything I have commanded you to make. Here is the complete list.
the ark where the tablets of the covenant are kept
the cover for the ark
the pure gold lampstand and everything that is used with it
the altar for burning incense
the large bowl with its stand
the clothes for his sons when they serve as priests
the sweet-smelling incense for the Holy Room
“The skilled workers must make them just as I commanded you.”
12Then the Lord spoke to Moses. 13He said, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘You must always keep my Sabbath days. That will be the sign of the covenant I have made between me and you for all time to come. Then you will know that I am the Lord. I make you holy.
14“ ‘Keep the Sabbath day. It is holy to you. Those who misuse it must be put to death. Those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people. 15Do your work in six days. But the seventh day is a Sabbath. You must rest on it. It is set apart for me. Those who work on the Sabbath day must be put to death.
16“ ‘The people of Israel must keep the Sabbath. They must celebrate it for all time to come. It will be a covenant that lasts forever. 17It will be the sign of the covenant I have made between me and the people of Israel forever.
“ ‘I made the heavens and the earth in six days. But on the seventh day I did not work. I rested.’ ”
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