35 Moses gathered the whole community of Israel together. He said to them, “Here are the things the Lord has commanded you to do. 2You must do your work in six days. But the seventh day will be your holy day. It will be a Sabbath in the Lord’s honor. You must rest on it. Anyone who does any work on it must be put to death. 3Do not even light a fire in any of your homes on the Sabbath day.”
4Moses spoke to the whole community of Israel. He said, “Here is what the Lord has commanded. 5Take an offering for the Lord from what you have. Those who want to can bring an offering to the Lord. Here is what they can bring.
“gold, silver and bronze
the hides of sea cows
spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet-smelling incense
the poles and cover for the ark
the curtain that screens the ark
the poles and all of the articles for the table
the holy bread
the lamps and the olive oil that gives light
the poles for the altar
the anointing oil
the sweet-smelling incense
the curtain for the entrance to the holy tent
its poles and all of its tools
the large bronze bowl with its stand
the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard
the clothes for his sons when they serve as priests”
20Then the whole community of Israel left Moses. 21Everyone who wanted to give offerings to the Lord brought them to him. The offerings were for the work on the Tent of Meeting, for the sacred clothes, and for any other purpose there.
22Every man and woman who wanted to give came. They brought gold jewelry of all kinds. They brought pins, earrings, rings and other jewelry. All of them gave their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.
23People brought what they had. They brought blue, purple or bright red yarn or fine linen. They brought goat hair, ram skins that were dyed red, or the hides of sea cows. 24Some brought silver or bronze as an offering to the Lord. Others brought acacia wood for any part of the work.
27The leaders brought onyx stones and other jewels for the linen apron and the chest cloth. 28They also brought spices and olive oil. They brought them for the light, for the anointing oil, and for the sweet-smelling incense.
30Then Moses spoke to the people of Israel. He said, “The Lord has chosen Bezalel, the son of Uri. Uri is the son of Hur. Bezalel is from the tribe of Judah. 31The Lord has filled him with the Spirit of God. He has filled him with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts. 32He can make beautiful patterns in gold, silver and bronze. 33He can cut and set stones. He can work with wood. In fact, he can work in all kinds of arts and crafts.
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