"Make a Lampstand of pure hammered gold. Make its stem and branches, cups, calyxes, and petals all of one piece.
Give it six branches, three from one side and three from the other;
put three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with calyx and petals, on one branch, three on the next, and so on - the same for all six branches.
On the main stem of the Lampstand, make four cups shaped like almonds, with calyx and petals,
a calyx extending from under each pair of the six branches,
the entire Lampstand fashioned from one piece of hammered pure gold.
"Make seven of these lamps for the Table. Arrange the lamps so they throw their light out in front.
Make the candle snuffers and trays out of pure gold.
"Use a seventy-five-pound brick of pure gold to make the Lampstand and its accessories.
Study the design you were given on the mountain and make everything accordingly.
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)