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Exodus 37 (New International Reader's Version)

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The Ark of the Covenant

1 Bezalel made the ark of the covenant out of acacia wood. It was three feet nine inches long and two feet three inches wide and high. 2 He covered it inside and outside with pure gold. He put a strip of gold around it. 3 He made four gold rings for it. He joined them to its four bottom corners. He put two rings on one side and two rings on the other. 4 Then he made poles out of acacia wood. He covered them with gold. 5 He put the poles through the rings on the sides of the ark to carry it. 6 He made its cover out of pure gold. It was three feet nine inches long and two feet three inches wide. The cover is the place where sin is paid for. 7 He made two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. 8 He put one cherub on each end of it. 9 He made the cherubim as part of the cover itself. The cherubim's wings spread up over the cover. The cherubim faced each other and looked toward the cover.

The Table for the Holy Bread

10 The workers made the table out of acacia wood. It was three feet long, one foot six inches wide and two feet three inches high. 11 They covered it with pure gold. They put a strip of gold around it. 12 They also made a rim three inches wide around it. They put a strip of gold around the rim. 13 They made four gold rings for the table. They joined them to the four corners, where the four legs were. 14 The rings were close to the rim. They held the poles that were used to carry the table. 15 The workers made the poles out of acacia wood. They covered them with gold. 16 They made plates, dishes and bowls out of pure gold for the table. They also made pure gold pitchers to pour out drink offerings.

The Gold Lampstand

17 The workers made the lampstand out of pure gold. They hammered out its base and stem. Its buds, blooms and cups branched out from it. 18 Six branches came out from the sides of the lampstand. There were three on one side and three on the other. 19 On one branch there were three cups that were shaped like almond flowers with buds and blooms. There were three on the next branch. There were three on all six branches that came out from the lampstand. 20 On the lampstand there were four cups that were shaped like almond flowers with buds and blooms. 21 One bud was under the first pair of branches that came out from the lampstand. A second bud was under the second pair. And a third bud was under the third pair. There was a total of six branches. 22 The buds and branches came out from the lampstand. The whole lampstand was one piece that was hammered out of pure gold. 23 The workers made its seven lamps out of pure gold. They also made its trays and wick cutters out of pure gold. 24 They used 75 pounds of pure gold to make the lampstand and everything that was used with it.

The Altar for Burning Incense

25 The workers made an altar for burning incense. They made it out of acacia wood. It was one foot six inches square and three feet high. A horn stuck out from each of its upper four corners. 26 The workers covered the top, sides and horns with pure gold. They put a strip of gold around it. 27 They made two gold rings below the strip. They put the rings across from each other. The rings held the poles that were used to carry it. 28 The workers made the poles out of acacia wood. They covered them with gold. 29 They also made the sacred anointing oil and the pure, sweet-smelling incense. A person who makes perfume made them.
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