Exodus 26 NIV

The Tabernacle

26:1-37pp -- Ex 36:8-38

1 "Make the tabernacle1 with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim2 worked into them by a skilled craftsman.

References for Exodus 26:1

2 All the curtains are to be the same size3--twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide.a

References for Exodus 26:2

    • a 26:2 - That is, about 42 feet (about 12.5 meters) long and 6 feet (about 1.8 meters) wide
      3 Join five of the curtains together, and do the same with the other five.
      4 Make loops of blue material along the edge of the end curtain in one set, and do the same with the end curtain in the other set.
      5 Make fifty loops on one curtain and fifty loops on the end curtain of the other set, with the loops opposite each other.
      6 Then make fifty gold clasps and use them to fasten the curtains together so that the tabernacle is a unit.4

      References for Exodus 26:6

          7 "Make curtains of goat hair for the tent over the tabernacle--eleven altogether.
          8 All eleven curtains are to be the same size5--thirty cubits long and four cubits wide.b

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            • b 26:8 - That is, about 45 feet (about 13.5 meters) long and 6 feet (about 1.8 meters) wide
              9 Join five of the curtains together into one set and the other six into another set. Fold the sixth curtain double at the front of the tent.
              10 Make fifty loops along the edge of the end curtain in one set and also along the edge of the end curtain in the other set.
              11 Then make fifty bronze clasps and put them in the loops to fasten the tent together as a unit.6

              References for Exodus 26:11

              12 As for the additional length of the tent curtains, the half curtain that is left over is to hang down at the rear of the tabernacle.
              13 The tent curtains will be a cubitc longer on both sides; what is left will hang over the sides of the tabernacle so as to cover it.

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                • c 26:13 - That is, about 1 1/2 feet (about 0.5 meter)
                  14 Make for the tent a covering7 of ram skins dyed red, and over that a covering of hides of sea cows.d8

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                  15 "Make upright frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle.
                  16 Each frame is to be ten cubits long and a cubit and a half wide,e

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                    • e 26:16 - That is, about 15 feet (about 4.5 meters) long and 2 1/4 feet (about 0.7 meter) wide
                      17 with two projections set parallel to each other. Make all the frames of the tabernacle in this way.
                      18 Make twenty frames for the south side of the tabernacle
                      19 and make forty silver bases9 to go under them--two bases for each frame, one under each projection.

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                          20 For the other side, the north side of the tabernacle, make twenty frames
                          21 and forty silver bases10--two under each frame.

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                              22 Make six frames for the far end, that is, the west end of the tabernacle,
                              23 and make two frames for the corners at the far end.
                              24 At these two corners they must be double from the bottom all the way to the top, and fitted into a single ring; both shall be like that.
                              25 So there will be eight frames and sixteen silver bases--two under each frame.
                              26 "Also make crossbars of acacia wood: five for the frames on one side of the tabernacle,
                              27 five for those on the other side, and five for the frames on the west, at the far end of the tabernacle.
                              28 The center crossbar is to extend from end to end at the middle of the frames.
                              29 Overlay the frames with gold and make gold rings to hold the crossbars. Also overlay the crossbars with gold.
                              30 "Set up the tabernacle11 according to the plan12 shown you on the mountain.

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                              31 "Make a curtain13 of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim14 worked into it by a skilled craftsman.

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                              32 Hang it with gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold and standing on four silver bases.15

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                                  33 Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the Testimony behind the curtain.16 The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.17

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                                  34 Put the atonement cover18 on the ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy Place.

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                                  35 Place the table19 outside the curtain on the north side of the tabernacle and put the lampstand20 opposite it on the south side.

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                                  36 "For the entrance to the tent make a curtain21 of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen--the work of an embroiderer.22

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                                  37 Make gold hooks for this curtain and five posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold. And cast five bronze bases for them.