Exodus 40:1-33 NIV

Setting Up the Tabernacle

1 Then the LORD said to Moses:

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      2 “Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month.

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          3 Place the ark of the covenant law in it and shield the ark with the curtain.

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          4 Bring in the table and set out what belongs on it. Then bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps.

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              5 Place the gold altar of incense in front of the ark of the covenant law and put the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle.

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                  6 “Place the altar of burnt offering in front of the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting;

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                  7 place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it.

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                  8 Set up the courtyard around it and put the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard.

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                  9 “Take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and everything in it; consecrate it and all its furnishings, and it will be holy.

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                  10 Then anoint the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils; consecrate the altar, and it will be most holy.

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                  11 Anoint the basin and its stand and consecrate them.
                  12 “Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water.

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                  13 Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest.

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                  14 Bring his sons and dress them in tunics.

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                  15 Anoint them just as you anointed their father, so they may serve me as priests. Their anointing will be to a priesthood that will continue throughout their generations.”

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                  16 Moses did everything just as the LORD commanded him.

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                  17 So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year.

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                      18 When Moses set up the tabernacle, he put the bases in place, erected the frames, inserted the crossbars and set up the posts.

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                      19 Then he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering over the tent, as the LORD commanded him.

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                      20 He took the tablets of the covenant law and placed them in the ark, attached the poles to the ark and put the atonement cover over it.

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                          21 Then he brought the ark into the tabernacle and hung the shielding curtain and shielded the ark of the covenant law, as the LORD commanded him.

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                          22 Moses placed the table in the tent of meeting on the north side of the tabernacle outside the curtain

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                          23 and set out the bread on it before the LORD, as the LORD commanded him.

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                          24 He placed the lampstand in the tent of meeting opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle

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                          25 and set up the lamps before the LORD, as the LORD commanded him.

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                          26 Moses placed the gold altar in the tent of meeting in front of the curtain

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                          27 and burned fragrant incense on it, as the LORD commanded him.

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                          28 Then he put up the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle.

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                          29 He set the altar of burnt offering near the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, and offered on it burnt offerings and grain offerings, as the LORD commanded him.

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                          30 He placed the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing,

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                              31 and Moses and Aaron and his sons used it to wash their hands and feet.

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                              32 They washed whenever they entered the tent of meeting or approached the altar, as the LORD commanded Moses.

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                              33 Then Moses set up the courtyard around the tabernacle and altar and put up the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard. And so Moses finished the work.

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