The Tabernacle Erected and Arranged
1Then the Lord #Ex. 25:1—31:18spoke to Moses, saying: 2“On the first day of the #Ex. 12:2; 13:4first month you shall set up #Ex. 26:1, 30; 40:17the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. 3#Ex. 26:33; 40:21; Lev. 16:2; Num. 4:5You shall put in it the ark of the Testimony, and partition off the ark with the veil. 4#Ex. 26:35; 40:22You shall bring in the table and #Ex. 25:30; 40:23arrange the things that are to be set in order on it; #Ex. 40:24, 25and you shall bring in the lampstand and light its lamps. 5#Ex. 40:26You shall also set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the Testimony, and put up the screen for the door of the tabernacle. 6Then you shall set the #Ex. 39:39altar of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. 7And #Ex. 30:18; 40:30you shall set the laver between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. 8You shall set up the court all around, and hang up the screen at the court gate.
9“And you shall take the anointing oil, and #Ex. 30:26; Lev. 8:10anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it; and you shall hallow it and all its utensils, and it shall be holy. 10You shall #Ex. 30:26–30anoint the altar of the burnt offering and all its utensils, and consecrate the altar. #Ex. 29:36, 37The altar shall be most holy. 11And you shall anoint the laver and its base, and consecrate it.
12#Ex. 29:4–9; Lev. 8:1–13“Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tabernacle of meeting and wash them with water. 13You shall put the holy #Ex. 29:5; 39:1, 41garments on Aaron, #(Ex. 28:41); Lev. 8:12and anoint him and consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest. 14And you shall bring his sons and clothe them with tunics. 15You shall anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may minister to Me as priests; for their anointing shall surely be #Ex. 29:9; Num. 25:13an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.”
16Thus Moses did; according to all that the Lord had commanded him, so he did.
17And it came to pass in the first month of the second year, on the first day of the month, that the #Ex. 40:2; Num. 7:1tabernacle was raised up. 18So Moses raised up the tabernacle, fastened its sockets, set up its boards, put in its bars, and raised up its pillars. 19And he spread out the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering of the tent on top of it, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 20He took #Ex. 25:16; Deut. 10:5; 1 Kin. 8:9; 2 Chr. 5:10; Heb. 9:4the Testimony and put it into the ark, inserted the poles through the rings of the ark, and put the mercy seat on top of the ark. 21And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, #Ex. 26:33hung up the veil of the covering, and partitioned off the ark of the Testimony, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
22#Ex. 26:35He put the table in the tabernacle of meeting, on the north side of the tabernacle, outside the veil; 23#Ex. 40:4; Lev. 24:5, 6and he set the bread in order upon it before the Lord, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 24#Ex. 26:35He put the lampstand in the tabernacle of meeting, across from the table, on the south side of the tabernacle; 25and #Ex. 25:37; 30:7, 8; 40:4; Lev. 24:3, 4he lit the lamps before the Lord, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 26#Ex. 30:1, 6; 40:5He put the gold altar in the tabernacle of meeting in front of the veil; 27#Ex. 30:7and he burned sweet incense on it, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 28#Ex. 26:36; 40:5He hung up the screen at the door of the tabernacle. 29#Ex. 40:6And he put the altar of burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and #Ex. 29:38–42offered upon it the burnt offering and the grain offering, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 30#Ex. 30:18; 40:7He set the laver between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar, and put water there for washing; 31and Moses, Aaron, and his sons would #Ex. 30:19, 20; John 13:8wash their hands and their feet with water from it. 32Whenever they went into the tabernacle of meeting, and when they came near the altar, they washed, #Ex. 30:19as the Lord had commanded Moses. 33#Ex. 27:9–18; 40:8And he raised up the court all around the tabernacle and the altar, and hung up the screen of the court gate. So Moses #(Heb. 3:2–5)finished the work.
The Cloud and the Glory
34#Ex. 29:43; Lev. 16:2; Num. 9:15; 2 Chr. 5:13; Is. 6:4Then the #1 Kin. 8:10, 11cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the #Lev. 9:6, 23glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35And Moses #(Lev. 16:2); 1 Kin. 8:11; 2 Chr. 5:13, 14was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36#Ex. 13:21, 22; Num. 9:17; Neh. 9:19Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. 37But #Num. 9:19–22if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up. 38For #Ex. 13:21; Num. 9:15; Ps. 78:14; Is. 4:5the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.