The Altar of Incense

1 "Moreover, you shall make 1an altar as a place for burning incense; you shall make it of acacia wood.

References for Exodus 30:1

2 "Its length shall be a cubit, and its width a cubit, it shall be square, and its height shall be two cubits; its horns shall be of one piece with it.

References for Exodus 30:2

    • a 30:2 - I.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
    • b 30:2 - Lit "from itself"
      3 "You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and its sides all around, and its horns; and you shall make a gold molding all around for it.

      References for Exodus 30:3

        • c 30:3 - Lit "walls"
          4 "You shall make two gold rings for it under its molding; you shall make them on its two side walls -on opposite sides -and they shall be holders for poles with which to carry it.

          References for Exodus 30:4

            • d 30:4 - Lit "its two"
            • e 30:4 - Lit "it"
              5 "You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.
              6 "You shall put this altar in front of the veil that is near the ark of the testimony, in front of the 2mercy seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where * I will meet with you.

              References for Exodus 30:6

                • f 30:6 - Lit "it"
                • g 30:6 - Lit "upon" or "over"
                • h 30:6 - Lit "propitiatory"
                  7 "Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps.
                  8 "When Aaron trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.

                  References for Exodus 30:8

                    • i 30:8 - Lit "causes to ascend"
                    • j 30:8 - Lit "between the two evenings"
                      9 "You shall not offer any strange incense on this altar, or burnt offering or meal offering; and you shall not pour out a drink offering on it.

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                          10 "Aaron shall 3make atonement on its horns once a year; he shall make atonement on it with the blood of the sin offering of atonement once a year throughout your generations. It is most holy to the LORD."

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                          11 The LORD also spoke to Moses, saying,
                          12 "When you take 4a census of the sons of Israel to number them, then each one of them shall give 5a ransom for himself to the LORD, when you number them, so that there will be no plague among them when you number them.

                          References for Exodus 30:12

                            • l 30:12 - Lit "sum"
                            • m 30:12 - Lit "for their being mustered"
                            • n 30:12 - Lit "his soul"
                            • o 30:12 - Lit "muster"
                            • p 30:12 - Lit "muster"
                              13 "This is what everyone who is numbered shall give: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (6the shekel is twenty gerahs ), half a shekel as a contribution to the LORD.

                              References for Exodus 30:13

                                • q 30:13 - Lit "passes over to those who are mustered"
                                • r 30:13 - Lit "heave offering"
                                  14 "Everyone who is numbered, from twenty years old and over, shall give the contribution to the LORD.

                                  References for Exodus 30:14

                                    • s 30:14 - V 13, note 1
                                    • t 30:14 - Lit "heave offering of the LORD
                                      15 "The rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the contribution to the LORD to make atonement for yourselves.

                                      References for Exodus 30:15

                                        • u 30:15 - Lit "heave offering of the LORD
                                        • v 30:15 - Lit "your souls"
                                          16 "You shall take the atonement money from the sons of Israel and shall give it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before the LORD, to make atonement for yourselves."

                                          References for Exodus 30:16

                                            • w 30:16 - Lit "your souls"
                                              17 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
                                              18 "You shall also make 7a laver of bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall 8put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it.

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                                              19 "Aaron and his sons shall 9wash their hands and their feet from it;

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                                              20 when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, so that they will not die; or when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire sacrifice to the LORD.
                                              21 "So they shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they will not die; and 10it shall be a perpetual statute for them, for Aaron and his descendants throughout their generations."

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                                                  The Anointing Oil

                                                  22 Moreover, the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

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                                                      23 "Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred and fifty,
                                                      24 and of cassia five hundred, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin.
                                                      25 "You shall make of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be 11a holy anointing oil.

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                                                      26 "With it 12you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony,

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                                                      27 and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense,
                                                      28 and the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the laver and its stand.
                                                      29 "You shall also consecrate them, that they may be most holy; whatever touches them shall be holy.
                                                      30 "13You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me.

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                                                      31 "You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations.
                                                      32 'It shall not be poured on anyone's body, nor shall you make any like it in the same proportions; 14it is holy, and it shall be holy to you.

                                                      References for Exodus 30:32

                                                        • | 30:32 - Lit "the flesh of man"
                                                        • } 30:32 - Lit "its proportion"
                                                          33 '15Whoever * shall mix any like it or whoever puts any of it on a layman 16shall be cut off from his people.' "

                                                          References for Exodus 30:33

                                                            • ~ 30:33 - Lit "stranger"
                                                            •  30:33 - Lit "even he shall"

                                                              The Incense

                                                              34 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Take for yourself spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, spices with pure frankincense; there shall be an equal part of each.

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                                                                  35 "With it you shall make incense, a perfume, the work of a perfumer, salted, pure, and holy.
                                                                  36 "You shall beat some of it very fine, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting 17where * I will meet with you; it shall be most holy to you.

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                                                                  37 "The incense which you shall make, 18you shall not make in the same proportions for yourselves; it shall be holy to you for the LORD.

                                                                  References for Exodus 30:37

                                                                    • € 30:37 - Lit "its proportion"
                                                                      38 "19Whoever * shall make any like it, to use as perfume, shall be cut off from his people."

                                                                      References for Exodus 30:38

                                                                        •  30:38 - Lit "smell of it"
                                                                        • ‚ 30:38 - Lit "even he shall"