Exodus 35
Rules About the Sabbath
1Moses gathered all the Israelite community together. He said to them, “These are the things the Lord has commanded you to do. 2You are to work for six days. But the seventh day will be a holy day, a Sabbath of rest to honor the Lord. Anyone who works on that day must be put to death. 3On the Sabbath day you must not light a fire in any of your houses.”
4Moses said to all the Israelites, “This is what the Lord has commanded: 5From what you have, take an offering for the Lord. Let everyone who is willing bring this offering to the Lord: gold, silver, bronze, 6blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen, goat hair 7and male sheep skins, colored red. And they may bring fine leather and acacia wood. 8They may also bring olive oil for the lamps, spices for the special olive oil used for appointing priests and for the sweet-smelling incense. 9And they may bring onyx stones and other jewels to be put on the holy vest and chest covering of the priests.
10“Let all the skilled workers come and make everything the Lord commanded: 11the Holy Tent, its outer tent and its covering, the hooks, frames, crossbars, posts and bases; 12the Ark of the Covenant, its poles, lid and the curtain in front of it; 13the table and its poles, all the things that go with the table and the bread that shows we are in God’s presence; 14the lampstand for the light and all the things that go with it, the lamps and olive oil for the light; 15the altar of incense and its poles, the special oil and the sweet-smelling incense, the curtain for the entrance of the Meeting Tent; 16the altar of burnt offering and its bronze screen, its poles and all its tools, the bronze bowl and its base; 17the curtains around the courtyard, their posts and bases, and the curtain at the entry to the courtyard; 18the pegs of the Holy Tent and of the courtyard and their ropes; 19the special clothes that the priest will wear in the Holy Place. These are the holy clothes for Aaron the priest and his sons to wear when they serve as priests.”
20Then all the people of Israel went away from Moses. 21Everyone who wanted to give came and brought a gift to the Lord. These gifts were used for making the Meeting Tent, all the things in the Tent and the special clothes. 22All the men and women who wanted to give brought gold jewelry of all kinds. They brought pins, earrings, rings and bracelets. They all presented their gold to the Lord. 23Everyone who had blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen came and gave it to the Lord. Anyone who had goat hair or male sheep skins colored red or fine leather brought them to the Lord. 24Everyone who could give silver or bronze brought that as a gift to the Lord. Everyone who had acacia wood to be used in the work brought it. 25Every skilled woman used her hands to make the blue, purple and red thread and fine linen. And they brought what they had made. 26All the women who were skilled and wanted to help made thread of the goat hair. 27The leaders brought onyx stones and other jewels. These stones and jewels were put on the holy vest and chest covering for the priest. 28They also brought spices and olive oil. These were used for the sweet-smelling incense, the special oil and the oil to burn in the lamps. 29All the men and women of Israel who wanted to help brought gifts to the Lord. They were used for all the work the Lord had commanded Moses and the people to do.
30Then Moses said to the people of Israel, “Look, the Lord has chosen Bezalel. He is the son of Uri the son of Hur, from the tribe of Judah. 31The Lord has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God. The Lord has given Bezalel the skill, ability and knowledge to do all kinds of work. 32He is able to design pieces to be made of gold, silver and bronze. 33He is able to cut stones and jewels and put them in metal. Bezalel can carve wood and do all kinds of work. 34The Lord has given Bezalel and Oholiab the ability to teach others. Oholiab is the son of Ahisamach from the tribe of Dan. 35The Lord has given them the skill to do all kinds of work. They are able to cut designs in metal and stone. They can plan and sew designs in the fine linen with the blue, purple and red thread. And they are also able to weave things.
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