EXODUS CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT

EXODUS CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT

1 Bezalel built an altar from acacia

Wood for the sacrificial offerings,

And it was seven and a half feet square

And four and a half feet high with 2 each one

Of its four corners sticking up much like

A bull’s horn, and it was completely covered

With bronze. 3 Equipment for the altar was

Made out of bronze, too: Pans for the hot ashes,

The shovels, the meat forks, and the fire pans,

4 And midway up the altar Bezalel

Did build a ledge around it and he covered

The altar’s bottom half with a bronze grating

That was to decorate it. 5 At four corners

He fastened a bronze ring beneath the ledge

To put the poles through, and 6 he covered two

Acacia wood poles with some bronze and 7 put

Them through the rings for carrying the altar,

Which was configured like an open box.

8 Bezalel made a large bowl and a stand

From bronze from mirrors of the women who

Helped at the entrance to the sacred tent.

9 He also set the courtyard up, and on

The courtyard’s south side he had drapes of fine

Twisted linen that stretched one hundred fifty

Feet 10 and had twenty posts, and twenty copper

Bases, and silver hooks and bands for posts.

11 Likewise the north side stretched one hundred fifty

Feet, and had twenty posts, and twenty copper

Bases, and silver hooks and bands for posts.

12 On the west side the drapes stretched seventy-

Five feet, with their ten posts and their ten bases,

And silver hooks and bands for posts. 13 And then

On each side of the entrance at the east

He placed three bronze posts and he hung a curtain

Seven and a half yards wide on each set

Of posts. 14 And for the courtyard entrance, he

15 Fashioned a curtain ten yards long, which he

Hung on four bronze posts set on bronze stands, and

16 This curtain was the same height as the one

Used for the other courtyard parts and 17 was

Made of fine linen that’s embroidered and

18 Is woven with blue, purple, and red wool.

19 He hung the curtain on the four posts, using

Some silver hooks and rods. 20 The pegs for tent

And curtain ’round the tent were made of bronze.

21 Bezalel had worked with Oholiab,

Who was an expert at designing and

Engraving, and embroidering blue, purple,

And red wool. 22 The two men completed work the LORD

Had ordered. 23 Moses then made Aaron’s son

Ithamar obligated to keep records

Of metals given for the sacred tent.

24 According to official weights, the sum

Of gold provided was two thousand two

Hundred nine pounds, and silver gathered when

 The people were all counted came to seven

Thousand five hundred fifty pounds. 25 All those

Counted did pay the sum required. 26 There were

Six hundred three thousand five hundred fifty

Men who were twenty years old or were older.

27 Seventy‑five pounds of the silver were

Used to make each of the one hundred stands

Used for the sacred tent and curtain. 28 What

Was left out of the fifty pounds of silver

Was used for hooks and rods and covering

The tops of posts. 29 Five thousand and three hundred

Pounds of bronze were provided. 30 It was used

To make the stands for the tent=s entrance, for

The altar and its grating, the equipment

Used for the altar, 31 stands for posts that went

Around the courtyard, which included those

Beside the entrance to the courtyard, and

Pegs for the tabernacle and for the court-

Yard that surrounded it, set by the Lord.