Exodus 31
Construction leaders: Bezalel and Oholiab
1The LORD spoke to Moses: 2Look, I have chosen Bezalel, Uri’s son and Hur’s grandson from the tribe of Judah. 3I have filled him with the divine spirit, with skill, ability, and knowledge for every kind of work. 4He will be able to create designs; do metalwork in gold, silver, and copper; 5cut stones for setting; carve wood; and do every kind of work. 6I have also appointed with him Oholiab, Ahisamach’s son from the tribe of Dan. To all who are skillful, I have given the skill to make everything that I have commanded you: 7the meeting tent, the chest containing the covenant, the cover that is on top of it, all the tent’s furnishings, 8the table and its equipment, the pure lampstand with all its equipment, the incense altar, 9the altar for entirely burned offerings with all its equipment, the washbasin with its stand, 10the woven clothing, the holy clothes for Aaron the priest and for his sons for their service as priests, 11the anointing oil, and the sweet-smelling incense for the sanctuary. They will do just as I have commanded you.
Instructions for keeping the Sabbath
12The LORD said to Moses: 13Tell the Israelites: "Be sure to keep my sabbaths, because the Sabbath is a sign between me and you in every generation so you will know that I am the LORD who makes you holy. 14Keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you. Everyone who violates the Sabbath will be put to death. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath, that person will be cut off from the people. 15Do your work for six days. But the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest that is holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day will be put to death. 16The Israelites should keep the Sabbath. They should observe the Sabbath in every generation as a covenant for all time. 17It is a sign forever between me and the Israelites that in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day the LORD rested and was refreshed."
18When God finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, God gave him the two covenant tablets, the stone tablets written by God’s finger.
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