The Altar for Burning Offerings
1Then Bezalel used acacia wood to build the altar. This was the altar used for burning offerings. The altar was square. It was 5 cubits#38:1 5 cubits 8' 6" (2.6 m). Also in verse 18. long, 5 cubits wide, and 3 cubits#38:1 3 cubits 5' 1 3/16" (1.55 m). high. 2He made a horn for each of the four corners of the altar. He joined each horn to its corner so that everything was one piece. He covered the altar with bronze. 3Then he used bronze to make all the tools to be used on the altar. He made the pots, shovels, bowls, forks, and pans. 4Then he made a bronze grating for the altar. This grating was shaped like a net. The grating was put under the ledge at the bottom of the altar. It went halfway up into the altar from below. 5Then he made bronze rings to hold the poles for carrying the altar. He put the rings at the four corners of the grating. 6Then he used acacia wood to make the poles and covered them with bronze. 7He put the poles through the rings on the sides of the altar to carry it. He used boards to make the sides of the altar. It was hollow, like an empty box.
8He made the bowl and its base with bronze. He used the bronze mirrors that the women gave. These were the women who served at the entrance to the Meeting Tent.
The Courtyard Around the Holy Tent
9Then he made a wall of curtains around the courtyard. On the south side, he made a wall of curtains 100 cubits#38:9 100 cubits 170' 5/8" (51.83 m). long. The curtains were made from fine linen. 10The curtains on the south side were supported by 20 posts. The posts were on 20 bronze bases. The hooks for the posts and the curtain rods#38:10 curtain rods Or “fasteners.” Also in verses 12, 17, 19, 28. were made from silver. 11The north side of the courtyard also had a wall of curtains 100 cubits long. There were 20 posts with 20 bronze bases. The hooks for the posts and the curtain rods were made from silver.
12On the west side of the courtyard the wall of curtains was 50 cubits#38:12 50 cubits 85' 5/16" (25.92 m). long. There were 10 posts and 10 bases. The hooks for the posts and the curtain rods were made from silver.
13The east side of the courtyard was 50 cubits wide. The entrance to the courtyard was on this side. 14On one side of the entrance the wall of curtains was 15 cubits#38:14 15 cubits 25' 6 1/16" (7.77 m). long. There were three posts and three bases on this side. 15The wall of curtains on the other side of the entrance was also 15 cubits long. There were three posts and three bases on that side. 16All the curtains around the courtyard were made from fine linen. 17The bases for the posts were made from bronze. The hooks and the curtain rods were made from silver. The tops of the posts were covered with silver also. All the posts in the courtyard had silver curtain rods.
18The curtain for the entrance of the courtyard was made from fine linen and blue, purple, and red yarn. Designs were woven into that curtain. The curtain was 20 cubits#38:18 20 cubits 34' 1/8" (10.37 m). long and 5 cubits high. It was the same height as the curtains around the courtyard. 19The curtain was supported by four posts and four bronze bases. The hooks on the posts were made from silver. The tops on the posts were covered with silver, and the curtain rods were also made from silver. 20All the tent pegs for the Holy Tent and for the curtains around the courtyard were made from bronze.
21Moses commanded the Levites to write down everything that was used to make the Holy Tent, that is, the Tent of the Agreement. Ithamar son of Aaron was in charge of keeping the list.
22Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, from the tribe of Judah, made everything the Lord commanded Moses. 23Also Oholiab son of Ahisamach, from the tribe of Dan, helped him. Oholiab was a skilled worker and designer. He was skilled at weaving fine linen and blue, purple, and red yarn.
24The people gave over a ton#38:24 ton Literally, “29 talents and 730 shekels.” of gold as an offering to the Lord for his holy place. (This was weighed using the official measure.)
25-26All the men 20 years old or older were counted. Each man had to pay a tax of 1 beka#38:25-26 beka About 1/5 of an ounce (6 g). of silver. (Using the official measure, 1 beka is 1/2 shekel.#38:25-26 shekel Two-fifths of an ounce (11.5 g).) There were 603,550 men. So they collected about 7550 pounds of silver. 27They used most of the silver to make 100 bases for the Holy Tent and its curtains, 75 pounds#38:27 75 pounds Literally, “1 talent” (34.5 kg). for each base. 28They used the remaining 44 pounds#38:28 44 pounds Literally, “1775 shekels” (20.4 kg). of silver to make the hooks, the curtain rods, and the silver covers for the posts.
29They gave more than 2 1/2 tons#38:29 2 1/2 tons Literally, “70 talents and 2400 shekels” (2447 kg). of bronze. 30That bronze was used to make the bases at the entrance of the Meeting Tent. They also used the bronze to make the altar and the bronze grating. And the bronze was used to make all the tools and dishes for the altar. 31It was also used to make the bases for the curtains around the courtyard and the bases for the curtains at the entrance. And the bronze was used to make the tent pegs for the Holy Tent and for the curtains around the courtyard.