EXODUS CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE

EXODUS CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE

Moses assembled all the Israelites    

And told them that the LORD had said: “You have

Six days in which to do your work. But then

You have to dedicate the seventh day

To me, your LORD, to be a day of rest.

Whoever works upon the Sabbath will

Be killed. Don’t even build a cooking fire

At home upon the Sabbath.” Moses told

The Israelites the LORD had said: “I’d welcome

An offering from anyone who wants

To give me something. You may bring gold, silver,

Or bronze; blue, purple, or red wool; fine linen;

Goat hair; tanned ram skin or fine leather; some

Acacia wood; the olive oil for lamps;

The aromatic spices for the oil

Of dedication and for incense; or

Some onyx stones or other gems that would

Go on the sacred vest and breastpiece. If

You have some skills, use them to help make what 

I’ve said: The sacred tent with covering

And hooks, its framework and its crossbars, and

Its post and stands; the sacred chest with its

Carrying poles, its place of mercy, and

The curtain that’s in front of it; the table

With all that goes on it, which does include

The sacred bread; the lamp with its equipment

And oil; the incense altar with its poles

To carry it and the sweet‑smelling incense;

The ordination oil; the curtain for

The entrance to the sacred tent; the altar

For sacrifices with bronze grating and

Its poles to carry it, and its equipment;

The large bronze bowl with its own stand; the curtains

With posts and stands that go around the courtyard;

The pegs and ropes for tent and courtyard; and

The finely woven priestly clothes for Aaron

And his own sons.” When Moses was through talking,

Everyone left. Then those who wanted to

Bring gifts to God, brought them to be used for

The sacred tent, the worship services,

And for the priestly clothes. The men and women

Came willingly and gave all kinds of gold

Jewelry such as pins, rings, earrings, and

Necklaces. Everyone brought their blue, purple,

And red wool, their fine linen, and their cloth

Made of goat hair, as well as their ram skins

Dyed red and their fine leather. Anyone

With bronze or silver or acacia wood

Brought it to be a gift to God. The women

Skillful at weaving cloth brought the blue, purple,

And red wool and fine linen they had made.

And women who knew how to make some cloth

From goat hair were delighted to do so.

The leaders brought some different kinds of jewels

That could be sewn upon the special clothes

And breastpiece for the high priest. Also, they

Brought aromatic spices to be mixed

With incense and with olive oil that were

For lamps and for ordaining priests, for Moses

Had told the people what the LORD desired

They do, and many did decide to bring

Their presents. Moses told the Israelites:

“God’s chosen Bezalel from Judah’s tribe.

Not only has the LORD filled him with his

Own Spirit, but he has provided him

With wisdom and has made him a skilled craftsman

Who can make articles of art with gold,

Silver, bronze, stone, and wood. The LORD is urging

Him and Oholiab out of the tribe

Of Dan to educate some others, and

They have ability to plan out and

Embroider with blue, purple, and red wool

And weave fine linen, techniques from the Lord,

Who gave to them artistic skills galore.”

Embroider with blue, purple, and red wool

And weave fine linen.