"First let them make a Chest using acacia wood: make it three and three-quarters feet long and two and one-quarter feet wide and deep
. Cover it with a veneer of pure gold inside and out and make a molding of gold all around it.
Cast four gold rings and attach them to its four feet, two rings on one side and two rings on the other.
Make poles from acacia wood and cover them with a veneer of gold
and insert them into the rings on the sides of the Chest for carrying the Chest.
The poles are to stay in the rings; they must not be removed.
"Place The Testimony that I give you in the Chest.
"Now make a lid of pure gold for the Chest, an Atonement-Cover, three and three-quarters feet long and two and one-quarter feet wide.
"Sculpt two winged angels out of hammered gold for either end of the Atonement-Cover,
one angel at one end, one angel at the other. Make them of one piece with the Atonement-Cover.
Make the angels with their wings spread, hovering over the Atonement-Cover, facing one another but looking down on it.
Set the Atonement-Cover as a lid over the Chest and place in the Chest The Testimony that I will give you.
I will meet you there at set times and speak with you from above the Atonement-Cover and from between the angel-figures that are on it, speaking the commands that I have for the Israelites. The Table
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)