God spoke to Moses:
"Tell the Israelites that they are to set aside offerings for me. Receive the offerings from everyone who is willing to give.
These are the offerings I want you to receive from them: gold, silver, bronze;
blue, purple, and scarlet material; fine linen; goats' hair;
tanned rams' skins; dolphin skins; acacia wood;
lamp oil; spices for anointing oils and for fragrant incense;
onyx stones and other stones for setting in the Ephod and the Breastpiece.
Let them construct a Sanctuary for me so that I can live among them.
You are to construct it following the plans I've given you, the design for The Dwelling and the design for all its furnishings. The Chest
"First let them make a Chest using acacia wood: make it three and three-quarters feet long and two and one-quarter feet wide and deep
. Cover it with a veneer of pure gold inside and out and make a molding of gold all around it.
Cast four gold rings and attach them to its four feet, two rings on one side and two rings on the other.
Make poles from acacia wood and cover them with a veneer of gold
and insert them into the rings on the sides of the Chest for carrying the Chest.
The poles are to stay in the rings; they must not be removed.
"Place The Testimony that I give you in the Chest.
"Now make a lid of pure gold for the Chest, an Atonement-Cover, three and three-quarters feet long and two and one-quarter feet wide.
"Sculpt two winged angels out of hammered gold for either end of the Atonement-Cover,
one angel at one end, one angel at the other. Make them of one piece with the Atonement-Cover.
Make the angels with their wings spread, hovering over the Atonement-Cover, facing one another but looking down on it.
Set the Atonement-Cover as a lid over the Chest and place in the Chest The Testimony that I will give you.
I will meet you there at set times and speak with you from above the Atonement-Cover and from between the angel-figures that are on it, speaking the commands that I have for the Israelites. The Table
"Next make a Table from acacia wood. Make it three feet long, one and one-half feet wide and two and one-quarter feet high.
Cover it with a veneer of pure gold. Make a molding all around it of gold.
Make the border a handbreadth wide all around it and a rim of gold for the border.
Make four rings of gold and attach the rings to the four legs
parallel to the table top. They will serve as holders for the poles used to carry the Table.
Make the poles of acacia wood and cover them with a veneer of gold. They will be used to carry the Table.
"Make plates, bowls, jars, and jugs for pouring out offerings. Make them of pure gold.
"Always keep fresh Bread of the Presence on the Table before me. The Lampstand
"Make a Lampstand of pure hammered gold. Make its stem and branches, cups, calyxes, and petals all of one piece.
Give it six branches, three from one side and three from the other;
put three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with calyx and petals, on one branch, three on the next, and so on - the same for all six branches.
On the main stem of the Lampstand, make four cups shaped like almonds, with calyx and petals,
a calyx extending from under each pair of the six branches,
the entire Lampstand fashioned from one piece of hammered pure gold.
"Make seven of these lamps for the Table. Arrange the lamps so they throw their light out in front.
Make the candle snuffers and trays out of pure gold.
"Use a seventy-five-pound brick of pure gold to make the Lampstand and its accessories.
Study the design you were given on the mountain and make everything accordingly.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)