Exodus 39
EASY
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Chapter 39
The clothes for the priests
1The workers made clothes from blue, purple and red material. These clothes were for the priests. They would wear them when they worked in the Holy Place. The workers also made holy clothes for Aaron, as the Lord commanded Moses.
The ephod
2The workers made the ephod out of gold and out of blue, purple and red material, as well as good linen. 3They used a hammer to make gold into very thin pieces. Then they cut the thin pieces into long, thin pieces like hairs. A clever man took these gold hairs and he put them into the special material for the ephod. 4The workers made pieces for the shoulders of the ephod. They fixed these to two of its corners, to fasten it.
5They made the beautiful belt for the ephod completely out of the same materials. The belt and the ephod were one whole piece, as the Lord commanded Moses.
6The workers fixed the onyx stones into thin circles of gold. They used a sharp tool to write on them the names of the sons of Israel. 7Then they fastened them to the shoulder pieces of the ephod. They would cause all the people to remember the sons of Israel. The Lord had commanded Moses to do this.
The breastpiece
8A very clever worker made the breastpiece. He made it like the ephod, out of the same materials. 9They bent the cloth to make it a square, 22 centimetres long and 22 centimetres wide. 10Then they fixed four sets of valuable stones on it. The first set was a ruby, a topaz and a beryl. 11The second set was a turquoise, a sapphire and an emerald. 12The third set was a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst. 13The fourth set was a chrysolite, an onyx and a jasper. They fixed each stone in a thin piece of gold that they had made beautiful. 14They used 12 stones, one for each of Israel's sons. On each stone, they used a sharp tool to write the name of one son. #39:14 Verses 10-13 Ruby, topaz, beryl, turquoise, sapphire, emerald, jacinth, agate, amethyst, chrysolite, onyx and jasper are all valuable stones. Each stone is a different colour.
15For the breastpiece, they made thin lines of gold and they put them together. They made two chains of gold like this. 16Then they made two gold rings and two thin pieces of gold that they made beautiful. They fastened the rings to two corners of the breastpiece. 17And they fastened the two gold chains to the rings at the corners of the breastpiece. 18They fastened the other ends of the chains to the beautiful gold pieces. They tied them to the shoulder pieces of the ephod, at the front.
19They made two more gold rings and they fixed them to the other corners of the breastpiece. These were on the inside edge, next to the ephod. 20Then they made two more gold rings. They fixed these to the edge of the shoulder pieces, on the front of the ephod. They put the rings near to the ephod's belt, a short way above it. 21They tied the rings of the breastpiece to the rings of the ephod with a line of blue cotton. They fastened the breastpiece to the belt so that they would not become separate. The workers made all these things as the Lord had commanded Moses.
The other clothes for the priests
22The workers made the robe of the ephod completely out of blue cloth. A man who made many different materials made this cloth. 23There was a hole in the centre of the robe, like the hole of a collar. The worker fixed a piece of material round the hole so that it would not tear. 24They made pomegranates out of blue, purple and red materials and out of good linen. Then they fixed them to the lower edge of the robe. 25And they made bells out of gold and they fixed them between the pomegranates. 26So there was a bell and a pomegranate, another bell and another pomegranate, round the whole lower edge of the robe. The priest must wear this robe when he worked for God. This was the Lord's command to Moses.
27The workers made tunics out of good linen for Aaron and his sons. This cloth was the work of a man who made many different materials. 28They made a turban out of the same material and they also made hats and trousers. 29A clever worker made the long belt. He put blue, purple and red lines of cloth on good linen to make the long belt. The Lord told Moses that he must do this.
30The workers made a thin plate, a holy thing, out of gold. They wrote on it with a sharp tool these words: HOLY TO THE Lord. 31Then they fastened a line of blue cotton to the plate, to tie it to the turban. The Lord told Moses that he must do this.
Moses checks the tabernacle
32So the workers finished making everything for the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting. The Israelites made everything completely as the Lord commanded Moses. 33Then they brought the tabernacle to Moses. They brought the tent and all the things that were in it. They brought the boards, the sticks, the bases and all the things that fastened it together. 34They brought the different things that covered the tent and also the curtains. 35They brought the Covenant Box with its sticks and its special gold lid. 36They brought the table with all its tools and the special bread. This bread showed that God was with the Israelites.
37They brought the gold lampstand with its lamps and all its tools and the oil for the light. 38They brought the gold altar, the special oil, the incense and the curtain for the door of the tent. 39They brought the bronze altar with all its tools and its sticks. They brought the very large dish for water and its base. 40They brought all the curtains that they had made for the yard and for its open space. They brought all the tools to fasten the yard to the ground. They brought everything that they had made for the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting.
41They also brought the clothes that they had made for the priests. There were the holy clothes that Aaron the priest would wear and the clothes for his sons. They would wear these clothes when they worked as servants of God.
42The Israelites had done all the work completely as the Lord had commanded Moses. 43Moses was careful to check all the work. And they had done it completely as the Lord had commanded. Moses saw this and he blessed the Israelites.