Exodus 31
Bezalel and Oholiab
1Then the Lord said to Moses, 2“See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri from the tribe of Judah. Uri was the son of Hur. 3I have filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God. I have given him the skill, ability and knowledge to do all kinds of work. 4He is able to design pieces to be made from gold, silver and bronze. 5He is able to cut jewels and put them in metal. And he can carve wood. Bezalel can do all kinds of work. 6I have also chosen Oholiab son of Ahisamach from the tribe of Dan. Oholiab will work with Bezalel. I have given skills to all skilled craftsmen. They will be able to make all these things I have commanded you: 7the Meeting Tent, the Ark of the Covenant, the lid that covers the Ark of the Covenant and everything in the Tent. 8This includes the table and everything on it, the pure gold lampstand and everything with it and the altar of incense. 9It also includes the altar for burnt offerings and everything used with it, the bowl and the stand under it. 10They will make the woven clothes and the holy clothes for Aaron and the clothes for his sons to wear when they serve as priests. 11They will also make the special olive oil used in appointing people and things to the service of the Lord, and the sweet-smelling incense for the Holy Place.
“These workers will make all these things just as I have commanded you.”
The Day of Rest
12Then the Lord said to Moses, 13“Tell the Israelites, ‘You must keep the rules about my Sabbaths. This is because they will be a sign between you and me from now on. In this way you will know that I, the Lord, am making you holy.
14“‘Make the Sabbath a holy day. If anyone treats the Sabbath like any other day, that person must be put to death. Anyone who works on the Sabbath day must be separated from his people. 15There are six days for working. But the seventh day is a day of rest. It is a day holy for the Lord. Anyone who works during the Sabbath day must be put to death. 16The Israelites must remember the Sabbath day. It is an agreement between them and me that will continue from now on. 17The Sabbath day will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever. This is because in six days I, the Lord, made the sky and the earth. And on the seventh day I did not work. I rested.’”
18So the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai. Then the Lord gave him the two stone tablets with the agreement written on them. The finger of God wrote the commands on the stones.
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