Exodus 31 NIV

Bezalel and Oholiab

31:2-6pp -- Ex 35:30-35

1 Then the LORD said to Moses,

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      2 "See, I have chosen Bezalel1 son of Uri, the son of Hur,2 of the tribe of Judah,

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      3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge3 in all kinds of crafts4--

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      4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,
      5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.
      6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab5 son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan,6 to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen7 to make everything I have commanded you:

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      7 the Tent of Meeting,8 the ark of the Testimony9 with the atonement cover10 on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent--

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      8 the table11 and its articles, the pure gold lampstand12 and all its accessories, the altar of incense,13

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      9 the altar of burnt offering14 and all its utensils, the basin15 with its stand--

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      10 and also the woven garments16, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests,

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      11 and the anointing oil17 and fragrant incense18 for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded19 you."

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      The Sabbath

      12 Then the LORD said to Moses,

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          13 "Say to the Israelites, 'You must observe my Sabbaths.20 This will be a sign21 between me and you for the generations to come,22 so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.a23

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            • a 31:13 - Or "who sanctifies you"; or "who sets you apart as holy"
              14 " 'Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death;24 whoever does any work on that day must be cut off from his people.

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              15 For six days, work25 is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest,26 holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death.

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              16 The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath,27 celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant.

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              17 It will be a sign28 between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested.29' "30

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              18 When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai,31 he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone32 inscribed by the finger of God.33

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