Clothes for the Priests
1“Tell your brother Aaron to come to you, along with his sons Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. Separate them from the other Israelites to serve me as priests. 2Make holy clothes for your brother Aaron to give him honor and beauty. 3Tell all the skilled craftsmen to whom I have given wisdom to make special clothes for Aaron—clothes to show that he belongs to me so that he may serve me as a priest. 4These are the clothes they must make: a chest covering, a holy vest, an outer robe, a woven inner robe, a turban, and a cloth belt. The craftsmen must make these holy clothes for your brother Aaron and his sons. Then they may serve me as priests. 5The craftsmen must use gold and blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen.
The Holy Vest
6“Use gold and blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen to make the holy vest; skilled craftsmen are to make it. 7At each top corner of this holy vest there will be a pair of shoulder straps tied together over each shoulder.
8“The craftsmen will very carefully weave a belt on the holy vest that is made with the same materials—gold and blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen.
9“Take two onyx stones and write the names of the twelve sons of Israel on them, 10six on one stone and six on the other. Write the names in order, from the oldest son to the youngest. 11Carve the names of the sons of Israel on these stones in the same way a person carves words and designs on a seal. Put gold around the stones to hold them on the holy vest. 12Then put the two stones on the two straps of the holy vest as reminders of the twelve sons of Israel. Aaron is to wear their names on his shoulders in the presence of the Lord as reminders of the sons of Israel. 13Make two gold pieces to hold the stones 14and two chains of pure gold, twisted together like a rope. Attach the chains to the two gold pieces that hold the stones.
The Chest Covering
15“Make a chest covering to help in making decisions. The craftsmen should make it as they made the holy vest, using gold and blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen. 16The chest covering must be square—nine inches long and nine inches wide—and folded double to make a pocket. 17Put four rows of beautiful gems on the chest covering: The first row must have a ruby, topaz, and yellow quartz; 18the second must have turquoise, a sapphire, and an emerald; 19the third must have a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 20the fourth must have a chrysolite, an onyx, and a jasper. Put gold around these jewels to attach them to the chest covering. 21There must be twelve jewels on the chest covering—one jewel for each of the names of the sons of Israel. Carve the name of one of the twelve tribes on each of the stones as you would carve a seal.
22“Make chains of pure gold, twisted together like rope, for the chest covering. 23Make two gold rings and put them on the two upper corners of the chest covering. 24Attach the two gold chains to the two rings at the upper corners of the chest covering. 25Attach the other ends of the two chains to the two gold pieces on the shoulder straps in the front of the holy vest.
26“Make two gold rings and put them at the two lower corners of the chest covering, on the inside edge next to the holy vest. 27Make two more gold rings and attach them to the bottom of the shoulder straps in the front of the holy vest. Put them close to the seam above the woven belt of the holy vest. 28Join the rings of the chest covering to the rings of the holy vest with blue ribbon, connecting it to the woven belt so the chest covering will not swing out from the holy vest.
29“When Aaron enters the Holy Place, he will wear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart, on the chest covering that helps in making decisions. This will be a continual reminder before the Lord. 30And put the Urim and Thummim inside the chest covering so that they will be on Aaron’s heart when he goes before the Lord. They will help in making decisions for the Israelites. So Aaron will always carry them with him when he is before the Lord.
31“Make the outer robe to be worn under the holy vest, using only blue cloth. 32Make a hole in the center for Aaron’s head, with a woven collar around the hole so it will not tear. 33Make balls like pomegranates of blue, purple, and red thread, and hang them around the bottom of the outer robe with gold bells between them. 34All around the bottom of the outer robe there should be a gold bell and a pomegranate ball, a gold bell and a pomegranate ball. 35Aaron must wear this robe when he serves as priest. The ringing of the bells will be heard when he enters and leaves the Holy Place before the Lord so that Aaron will not die.
36“Make a strip of pure gold and carve these words on it as you would carve a seal: ‘Holy to the Lord.’ 37Use blue ribbon to tie it to the turban; put it on the front of the turban. 38Aaron must wear this on his forehead. In this way, he will be blamed if anything is wrong with the gifts of the Israelites. Aaron must always wear this on his head so the Lord will accept the gifts of the people.
39“Make the woven inner robe of fine linen, and make the turban of fine linen also. Make the cloth belt with designs sewn on it. 40Also make woven inner robes, cloth belts, and headbands for Aaron’s sons, to give them honor and beauty. 41Put these clothes on your brother Aaron and his sons, and pour olive oil on their heads to appoint them as priests. Make them belong to me so they may serve me as priests.
42“Make for them linen underclothes to cover them from the waist to the upper parts of the legs. 43Aaron and his sons must wear these underclothes when they enter the Meeting Tent and anytime they come near the altar to serve as priests in the Holy Place. If they do not wear these clothes, they will be guilty of wrong, and they will die. This will be a law that will last from now on for Aaron and all his descendants.