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The Clothes for the Priests

39 The workers made clothes from the blue, purple and bright red yarn. The clothes were worn by those who served in the holy tent. The workers also made sacred clothes for Aaron. They made them just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

The Linen Apron

2The workers made the linen apron out of fine gold wire, and out of blue, purple and bright red yarn, and out of finely twisted linen. 3They hammered out thin sheets of gold. They cut it into fine wire. They sewed it into the blue, purple and bright red yarn and fine linen. A skilled worker made it. 4The workers made shoulder straps for the apron. The straps were joined to two of its corners.

5Its skillfully made waistband was made like it. The waistband was part of the apron itself. It was made out of fine gold wire, and out of blue, purple and bright red yarn, and out of finely twisted linen. The workers made it just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

6They put the onyx stones in fancy gold settings. They carved the names of the sons of Israel on them. They did it the way a person carves a seal. 7Then they connected them to the shoulder straps of the linen apron. The stones stood for the sons of Israel and were a reminder for them. The workers did those things just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

The Chest Cloth

8Skilled workers made the chest cloth. They made it like the linen apron. They used fine gold wire, and blue, purple and bright red yarn, and finely twisted linen. 9The chest cloth was nine inches square. It was folded in half.

10They put four rows of valuable jewels on it. A ruby, a topaz and a beryl were in the first row. 11A turquoise, a sapphire and an emerald were in the second row. 12A jacinth, an agate and an amethyst were in the third row. 13And a chrysolite, an onyx and a jasper were in the fourth row. The workers put them in fancy gold settings.

14They used a total of 12 stones. There was one stone for each of the names of the sons of Israel. Each stone was carved like a seal with the name of one of the 12 tribes.

15The workers made braided chains out of pure gold for the chest cloth. They made them like ropes. 16They made two fancy gold settings and two gold rings. They connected them to two corners of the chest cloth. 17They joined the two gold chains to the rings at the corners of the chest cloth. 18They joined the other ends of the chains to the two settings. They joined them to the shoulder straps on the front of the linen apron.

19The workers made two gold rings. They connected them to the other two corners of the chest cloth. They put them on the inside edge next to the apron. 20They made two more gold rings. They connected them to the bottom of the shoulder straps on the front of the apron. They put them close to the seam right above the waistband of the apron. 21They tied the rings of the chest cloth to the rings of the apron with blue cord. That connected it to the waistband. Then the chest cloth would not swing out from the linen apron. The workers did those things just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

More Clothes for the Priests

22The workers made the outer robe of the linen apron completely from blue cloth. The cloth was made by a skillful person. 23The workers made an opening like a collar in the center of the robe. They made an edge around the opening. Then it couldn’t tear.

24They made pomegranates out of blue, purple and bright red yarn and finely twisted linen. They sewed them around the hem of the robe.

25They made bells out of pure gold. They sewed them around the hem between the pomegranates. 26They sewed a bell between every two pomegranates all around the hem of the robe. Aaron had to wear the robe when he served as priest. That’s what the Lord commanded Moses.

27The workers made inner robes out of fine linen for Aaron and his sons. The linen cloth was made by a skillful person. 28The workers also made the turban out of fine linen. And they made the headbands and the underwear out of finely twisted linen. 29The belt was made out of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and bright red yarn. A person who sewed skillfully made it. The workers did those things just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

30They made the plate out of pure gold. It was a sacred crown. They carved words on it as if it were a seal. They carved the words Set Apart for the Lord. 31Then they tied the plate to the turban with a blue cord. They did those things just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

The Holy Tent is Completed

32So all of the work on the holy tent, the Tent of Meeting, was completed. The people of Israel did everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

33Then they brought the holy tent to Moses along with everything that belonged to it. Here are the things they brought.

hooks

frames

crossbars

posts

bases

34 the covering of ram skins that were dyed red

the covering of the hides of sea cows

the curtain that screens the ark

35 the ark where the tablets of the covenant are kept

the poles and cover for the ark

36 the table for the holy bread with all of its articles

the holy bread

37 the pure gold lampstand with its row of lamps and everything that is used with it

the olive oil that gives light

38 the gold altar for burning incense

the anointing oil

the sweet-smelling incense

the curtain for the entrance to the tent

39 the bronze altar for burnt offerings with its bronze grate

its poles and all of its tools

the large bowl with its stand

40 the curtains of the courtyard with their posts and bases

the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard

the ropes and tent stakes for the courtyard

41 the sacred clothes for the priest Aaron

the clothes for his sons when they serve as priests

42The people of Israel had done all of the work just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 43Moses looked over the work carefully. He saw that the workers had done it just as the Lord had commanded. So Moses gave them his blessing.

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