Exodus 28:9-29 (New International Version)

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9 "Take two onyx stones and engrave1 on them the names of the sons of Israel 10 in the order of their birth--six names on one stone and the remaining six on the other. 11 Engrave the names of the sons of Israel on the two stones the way a gem cutter engraves a seal. Then mount the stones in gold filigree settings 12 and fasten them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as memorial stones for the sons of Israel. Aaron is to bear the names on his shoulders2 as a memorial3 before the LORD. 13 Make gold filigree settings 14 and two braided chains of pure gold, like a rope, and attach the chains to the settings.

The Breastpiece

28:15-28pp -- Ex 39:8-21

15 "Fashion a breastpiece4 for making decisions--the work of a skilled craftsman. Make it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen. 16 It is to be square--a spana long and a span wide--and folded double. 17 Then mount four rows of precious stones5 on it. In the first row there shall be a ruby, a topaz and a beryl; 18 in the second row a turquoise, a sapphireb and an emerald; 19 in the third row a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst; 20 in the fourth row a chrysolite,6 an onyx and a jasper.c Mount them in gold filigree settings. 21 There are to be twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel,7 each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.8 22 "For the breastpiece make braided chains of pure gold, like a rope. 23 Make two gold rings for it and fasten them to two corners of the breastpiece. 24 Fasten the two gold chains to the rings at the corners of the breastpiece, 25 and the other ends of the chains to the two settings, attaching them to the shoulder pieces of the ephod at the front. 26 Make two gold rings and attach them to the other two corners of the breastpiece on the inside edge next to the ephod. 27 Make two more gold rings and attach them to the bottom of the shoulder pieces on the front of the ephod, close to the seam just above the waistband of the ephod. 28 The rings of the breastpiece are to be tied to the rings of the ephod with blue cord, connecting it to the waistband, so that the breastpiece will not swing out from the ephod. 29 "Whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place,9 he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breastpiece of decision as a continuing memorial before the LORD.
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