Exodus 30:1-21 (New American Standard)

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The Altar of Incense

1 "Moreover, you shall make 1an altar as a place for burning incense ; you shall make it of acacia wood. 2 "Its length shall be a acubit, and its width a cubit, it shall be square, and its height shall be two cubits ; its horns shall be bof one piece with it. 3 "You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and its csides all around, and its horns ; and you shall make a gold molding all around for it. 4 "You shall make two gold rings for it under its molding ; you shall make them on its two side walls -on dopposite sides -and ethey shall be holders for poles with which to carry it. 5 "You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 6 "You shall put fthis altar in front of the veil that is gnear the ark of the testimony, in front of the h2mercy seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where I will meet with you. 7 "Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. 8 "When Aaron itrims the lamps at jtwilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations. 9 "You shall not offer any strange incense on kthis altar, or burnt offering or meal offering ; and you shall not pour out a drink offering on it. 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." 11 The LORD also spoke to Moses, saying, 12 "When you take 4a lcensus of the sons of Israel mto number them, then each one of them shall give 5a ransom for nhimself to the LORD, when you onumber them, so that there will be no plague among them when you pnumber them. 13 "This is what everyone who qis numbered shall give : half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (6the shekel is twenty gerahs ), half a shekel as a rcontribution to the LORD. 14 "Everyone who sis numbered, from twenty years old and over, shall give the tcontribution to the LORD. 15 "The rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the ucontribution to the LORD to make atonement for vyourselves. 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 wyourselves." 17 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 18 "You shall also make 7a laver of xbronze, 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. 19 "Aaron and his sons shall 9wash their hands and their feet from it; 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 yAaron and his zdescendants throughout their generations."
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