Exodus 25 NIV

Offerings for the Tabernacle

25:1-7pp -- Ex 35:4-9

1 The LORD said to Moses,

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      2 "Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from each man whose heart prompts1 him to give.

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          3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze;
          4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn2 and fine linen; goat hair;

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          5 ram skins dyed red and hides of sea cowsa;3 acacia wood;4

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            • a 25:5 - That is, dugongs
              6 olive oil5 for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense;6

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              7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod7 and breastpiece.8

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              8 "Then have them make a sanctuary9 for me, and I will dwell10 among them.
              9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern11 I will show you.

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              The Ark

              25:10-20pp -- Ex 37:1-9

              10 "Have them make a chest12 of acacia wood--two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.b

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                • b 25:10 - That is, about 3 3/4 feet (about 1.1 meters) long and 2 1/4 feet (about 0.7 meter) wide and high
                  11 Overlay13 it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it.

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                  12 Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings14 on one side and two rings on the other.

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                  13 Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.15

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                  14 Insert the poles16 into the rings on the sides of the chest to carry it.

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                  15 The poles are to remain in the rings of this ark; they are not to be removed.17

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                  16 Then put in the ark the Testimony,18 which I will give you.

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                  17 "Make an atonement coverc19 of pure gold--two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide.d

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                    • c 25:17 - Traditionally "a mercy seat"
                    • d 25:17 - That is, about 3 3/4 feet (about 1.1 meters) long and 2 1/4 feet (about 0.7 meter) wide
                      18 And make two cherubim20 out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover.

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                      19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends.
                      20 The cherubim21 are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing22 the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover.

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                      21 Place the cover on top of the ark23 and put in the ark the Testimony,24 which I will give you.

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                          22 There, above the cover between the two cherubim25 that are over the ark of the Testimony, I will meet26 with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.27

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                          The Table

                          25:23-29pp -- Ex 37:10-16

                          23 "Make a table28 of acacia wood--two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high.e

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                            • e 25:23 - That is, about 3 feet (about 0.9 meter) long and 1 1/2 feet (about 0.5 meter) wide and 2 1/4 feet (about 0.7 meter) high
                              24 Overlay it with pure gold and make a gold molding around it.
                              25 Also make around it a rim a handbreadthf wide and put a gold molding on the rim.

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                                • f 25:25 - That is, about 3 inches (about 8 centimeters)
                                  26 Make four gold rings for the table and fasten them to the four corners, where the four legs are.
                                  27 The rings are to be close to the rim to hold the poles used in carrying the table.
                                  28 Make the poles of acacia wood, overlay them with gold29 and carry the table with them.

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                                      29 And make its plates and dishes of pure gold, as well as its pitchers and bowls for the pouring out of offerings.30

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                                      30 Put the bread of the Presence31 on this table to be before me at all times.

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                                      The Lampstand

                                      25:31-39pp -- Ex 37:17-24

                                      31 "Make a lampstand32 of pure gold and hammer it out, base and shaft; its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms shall be of one piece with it.

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                                      32 Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand--three on one side and three on the other.
                                      33 Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand.
                                      34 And on the lampstand there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms.
                                      35 One bud shall be under the first pair of branches extending from the lampstand, a second bud under the second pair, and a third bud under the third pair--six branches in all.
                                      36 The buds and branches shall all be of one piece with the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold.33

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                                      37 "Then make its seven lamps34 and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it.

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                                      38 Its wick trimmers and trays35 are to be of pure gold.

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                                          39 A talentg of pure gold is to be used for the lampstand and all these accessories.

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                                            • g 25:39 - That is, about 75 pounds (about 34 kilograms)
                                              40 See that you make them according to the pattern36 shown you on the mountain.

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