Exodus 35:4-35

Materials for the Tabernacle

4 Moses said to the whole Israelite community, “This is what the LORD has commanded:
5 From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering of gold, silver and bronze;
6 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair;
7 ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather[a] ; acacia wood;
8 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense;
9 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
10 “All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the LORD has commanded:
11 the tabernacle with its tent and its covering, clasps, frames, crossbars, posts and bases;
12 the ark with its poles and the atonement cover and the curtain that shields it;
13 the table with its poles and all its articles and the bread of the Presence;
14 the lampstand that is for light with its accessories, lamps and oil for the light;
15 the altar of incense with its poles, the anointing oil and the fragrant incense; the curtain for the doorway at the entrance to the tabernacle;
16 the altar of burnt offering with its bronze grating, its poles and all its utensils; the bronze basin with its stand;
17 the curtains of the courtyard with its posts and bases, and the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard;
18 the tent pegs for the tabernacle and for the courtyard, and their ropes;
19 the woven garments worn for ministering in the sanctuary—both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests.”
20 Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses’ presence,
21 and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments.
22 All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD.
23 Everyone who had blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen, or goat hair, ram skins dyed red or the other durable leather brought them.
24 Those presenting an offering of silver or bronze brought it as an offering to the LORD, and everyone who had acacia wood for any part of the work brought it.
25 Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun—blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen.
26 And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair.
27 The leaders brought onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
28 They also brought spices and olive oil for the light and for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense.
29 All the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the LORD freewill offerings for all the work the LORD through Moses had commanded them to do.
30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,
31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—
32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,
33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.
34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others.
35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.

Exodus 35:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying,
ESV
4 Moses said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, "This is the thing that the LORD has commanded.
NLT
4 Then Moses said to the whole community of Israel, “This is what the LORD has commanded:
MSG
4 Moses spoke to the entire congregation of Israel, saying, "This is what God has commanded:
CSB
4 Then Moses said to the entire Israelite community, "This is what the Lord has commanded:

Exodus 35:4-35 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EXODUS 35

This chapter begins with a renewal of the command of the sabbath, Ex 35:1-3 and contains an order for a freewill offering to be brought for the service of the sanctuary, and specifies the things to be brought, and for what uses, Ex 35:4-19 to which there was a ready compliance, and men and women, princes and the common people, everyone according to what they had in possession, brought and offered it freely, Ex 35:20-29 and for their encouragement, that their offering would not be in vain, they were informed there were two persons divinely inspired, to do, and teach to be done, all manner of work for the tabernacle, towards which they had made such a liberal and plentiful contribution, Ex 35:30-35.

Exodus 35:4-35 In-Context

2 For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of sabbath rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death.
3 Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”
4 Moses said to the whole Israelite community, “This is what the LORD has commanded:
5 From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering of gold, silver and bronze;
6 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair;
7 ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather ; acacia wood;
8 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense;
9 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
10 “All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the LORD has commanded:
11 the tabernacle with its tent and its covering, clasps, frames, crossbars, posts and bases;
12 the ark with its poles and the atonement cover and the curtain that shields it;
13 the table with its poles and all its articles and the bread of the Presence;
14 the lampstand that is for light with its accessories, lamps and oil for the light;
15 the altar of incense with its poles, the anointing oil and the fragrant incense; the curtain for the doorway at the entrance to the tabernacle;
16 the altar of burnt offering with its bronze grating, its poles and all its utensils; the bronze basin with its stand;
17 the curtains of the courtyard with its posts and bases, and the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard;
18 the tent pegs for the tabernacle and for the courtyard, and their ropes;
19 the woven garments worn for ministering in the sanctuary—both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests.”
20 Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses’ presence,
21 and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments.
22 All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD.
23 Everyone who had blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen, or goat hair, ram skins dyed red or the other durable leather brought them.
24 Those presenting an offering of silver or bronze brought it as an offering to the LORD, and everyone who had acacia wood for any part of the work brought it.
25 Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun—blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen.
26 And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair.
27 The leaders brought onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
28 They also brought spices and olive oil for the light and for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense.
29 All the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the LORD freewill offerings for all the work the LORD through Moses had commanded them to do.
30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,
31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—
32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,
33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.
34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others.
35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.

Cross References 27

  • 1. S Exodus 25:6
  • 2. Exodus 31:6; Exodus 39:43
  • 3. Exodus 26:1-37; Exodus 36:8-38
  • 4. Exodus 25:10-22; Exodus 37:1-9
  • 5. S Exodus 26:33
  • 6. Exodus 25:23-30; Exodus 37:10-16; Leviticus 24:5-6
  • 7. S Exodus 25:31
  • 8. Exodus 30:1-6; Exodus 37:25-28
  • 9. Exodus 30:25
  • 10. Exodus 30:34-38
  • 11. S Exodus 26:36
  • 12. Exodus 27:1-8; Exodus 38:1-7
  • 13. S Exodus 30:18
  • 14. S Exodus 27:9; Exodus 38:9-20
  • 15. Exodus 27:19; Exodus 38:20
  • 16. S Exodus 28:2; Exodus 31:10; Exodus 39:1
  • 17. Exodus 39:1; 1 Chronicles 29:8
  • 18. S Exodus 28:3
  • 19. S Exodus 25:2; 1 Chronicles 29:6; Ezra 2:68
  • 20. 1 Chronicles 29:8
  • 21. S Exodus 25:6
  • 22. S Exodus 25:2; ver 21; 1 Chronicles 29:9
  • 23. ver 4-9; Exodus 25:1-7; Exodus 36:3; 2 Kings 12:4
  • 24. ver 35; 2 Chronicles 2:7,14
  • 25. S Exodus 31:6
  • 26. 2 Chronicles 2:14
  • 27. ver 31; Exodus 31:3,6; 1 Kings 7:14

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Possibly the hides of large aquatic mammals; also in verse 23
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