Clothes for the Priests
1They used blue, purple and red thread to make woven clothes for the priests. They were to wear these when they served in the Holy Place. They also made the holy clothes for Aaron as the Lord had commanded Moses.
2They made the holy vest of gold and blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen. 3They hammered the gold into sheets. Then they cut the gold into long, thin strips. They worked the gold into the blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen. This was done by a skilled craftsman. 4They made the shoulder straps for the holy vest. These straps were attached to the top corners of the vest. Then the shoulder straps were tied together over each shoulder. 5The skillfully woven belt was made in the same way. It was joined to the holy vest as one piece. It was made of gold and blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen. It was made the way the Lord commanded Moses.
6They put gold around the onyx stones. Then they wrote the names of the sons of Israel on these gems. They did that as a person carves words and designs on a seal. 7Then they attached the gems on the shoulder straps of the holy vest. These gems are reminders of the 12 sons of Israel. This was done the way the Lord had commanded Moses.
8The skilled craftsmen made the chest covering. It was made like the holy vest. It was made of gold and blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen. 9The chest covering was square, nine inches long and nine inches wide. It was folded double to make a pocket. 10Then they put four rows of beautiful jewels on it. In the first row there was a ruby, a topaz and a yellow quartz. 11In the second row there was a turquoise, a sapphire and an emerald. 12In the third row there was a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst. 13In the fourth row there was a chrysolite, an onyx and a jasper. Gold was put around these jewels to attach them to the chest covering. 14The names of the sons of Israel were carved on these 12 jewels as a person carves a seal. Each jewel had the name of 1 of the 12 tribes of Israel.
15They made chains of pure gold for the chest covering. They were twisted together like a rope. 16The workers made two gold pieces and two gold rings. They put the two gold rings on the two upper corners of the chest covering. 17Then they put two gold chains in the two rings. These are at the ends of the chest covering. 18They fastened the other two ends of the chains to the two gold pieces. Then they attached these gold pieces to the two shoulder straps in the front of the holy vest. 19They made two more gold rings and put them at the lower corners of the chest covering. They put them on the inside edge next to the holy vest. 20Then they made two more gold rings on the bottom of the shoulder straps in front of the holy vest. These rings were near the seam, just above the woven belt of the holy vest. 21They used a blue ribbon and tied the rings of the chest covering to the rings of the holy vest. This connected it to the woven belt. In this way the chest covering would not swing out from the holy vest. They did all these things the way the Lord commanded.
22Then they made the outer robe to be worn under the holy vest. It was woven of blue cloth. 23They made a hole in the center of the outer robe. A woven collar was sewn around this hole so it would not tear. 24Then they made balls like pomegranates of blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen. They hung them around the bottom of the outer robe. 25They also made bells of pure gold. They hung these around the bottom of the outer robe between the balls. 26So around the bottom of the outer robe there was a bell and a pomegranate ball, a bell and a pomegranate ball. The priest wore this outer robe when he served as priest, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
27They wove inner robes of fine linen for Aaron and his sons. 28And they made turbans and underclothes of fine linen. 29Then they made the cloth belt of fine linen and blue, purple and red thread. Designs were sewn onto the cloth. These things were made as the Lord had commanded Moses.
30They made a strip of pure gold, which is the holy crown. They carved these words in the gold: “Holy to the Lord.” They did it as one might carve on a seal. 31Then they tied this flat piece to the turban with a blue ribbon. This was done as the Lord had commanded Moses.
32So all the work on the Meeting Tent was finished. The Israelites did everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 33Then they brought the Holy Tent to Moses: the Tent and all its furniture, hooks, frames, crossbars, posts and bases; 34the covering made of male sheep skins colored red, the covering made of fine leather and the curtain that covered the entrance to the Most Holy Place; 35the Ark of the Covenant, its poles and lid; 36the table, all its containers and the bread that showed they were in God’s presence; 37the pure gold lampstand with its lamps in a row, all its tools and the olive oil for the light; 38the gold altar, the special olive oil used for appointing priests, the sweet-smelling incense, and the curtain that covered the entrance to the Tent; 39the bronze altar and its screen, its poles and all its tools, the bowl and its stand; 40the curtains for the courtyard with their posts and bases, the curtain that covered the entry to the courtyard, the cords, pegs and all the things in the Meeting Tent. 41They brought the clothes for the priests to wear when they served in the Holy Tent: the holy clothes for Aaron the priest and the clothes for his sons. They wore these when they served as priests.
42The Israelites had done all this work just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 43Moses looked closely at all the work. He saw they had done it just as the Lord had commanded. So Moses blessed them.