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Preparation of Materials and People for Building
1And Moses assembled all the community of the Israelites,#Literally “sons/children of Israel” and he said to them, “These are the words that Yahweh has commanded for us to do them. 2On six days work can be done, and on the seventh there will be for you a holy day,#Literally “holiness” a Sabbath of complete rest,#Literally “a Sabbath of ‘Sabbathation.’ ” “Sabbathation” is not a real word, but it is devised as an attempt to convey the sounds of the related nouns in the Hebrew phrase for Yahweh; anyone doing work on it will be put to death. 3You will not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the day of the Sabbath.”
4And Moses said to all the community of the Israelites,#Literally “sons/children of Israel” saying, “This is the word that Yahweh has commanded, saying, 5‘Take from among you a contribution for Yahweh, anyone willing of heart, let him bring Yahweh’s contribution—gold and silver and bronze, 6and blue and purple and crimson yarns, and fine linen and goat hair, 7and red-dyed ram skins, and fine leather,#The particular kind of leather is uncertain and acacia wood, 8and oil for the lamp, balsam oils for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 9onyx stones and stones for mountings on the ephod and the breast piece.
10“And let all the skilled of heart among you come and make all that Yahweh has commanded: 11The tabernacle, its tent, and its covering; its clasps and its frames;#Or “boards” or “planks” its bars, its pillars, and its bases; 12the ark and its poles; the atonement cover and the curtain of the screen; 13the table and its poles and all its equipment; and the bread of the presence; 14and lampstand of the light and its equipment and its lamps and the oil for the light; 15and the altar of incense and its poles; and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense and the entrance curtain for the entrance of the tabernacle; 16the altar of the burnt offering and the bronze grating that is for it, its poles and all its equipment; the basin and its stand; 17the hangings of the courtyard, its pillars, and its bases, and the screen for the courtyard gate; 18the pegs#Literally “hands” of the tabernacle and the pegs#Literally “hands” of the courtyard and their cords; 19the woven garments for serving in the sanctuary—the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons to serve as priests.”
20And all the community of the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” went out from before Moses. 21And they came—every man whose heart lifted him and every man whose spirit impelled him—they brought Yahweh’s contribution for the work of the tent of assembly and for all its service and for the holy garments. 22And they came, the men in addition to the women, all who were willing of heart; they brought brooches and jewelry rings and signet rings and ornaments—every variety of gold object—every man who waved a wave offering of gold for Yahweh, 23and every man with whom was found blue and purple and crimson yarns and fine linen and goat hair and red-dyed ram skins and fine leather brought it. 24All who were presenting a contribution of silver and bronze brought Yahweh’s contribution, and all with whom was found acacia wood for all the work of service brought it. 25And every woman who was skilled of heart with her hands they spun, and they brought yarn—the blue and the purple, the crimson and the fine linen. 26And all the women whose heart lifted them with skill spun the goat hair. 27And the leaders brought the onyx stones and stones for mountings for the ephod and for the breast piece 28and the balsam oils and the oil for light and for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense. 29Every man and woman whose heart impelled them to bring for all the work to be done that Yahweh had commanded by the agency of#Literally “by the hand of” Moses—the Israelites#Literally “sons/children of Israel” brought freely to Yahweh.
30And Moses said to the Israelites,#Literally “sons/children of Israel” “See, Yahweh has called by name#In other words, “specifically chosen” Bezalel the son of Uri the son of Hur, from the tribe of Judah. 31And he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom and with skill#Or “understanding,” “discernment,” “cleverness” and with knowledge and with every kind of craftsmanship, 32and to devise designs, to work with the gold and with the silver and with the bronze, 33and in stonecutting for setting and in cutting wood, for doing every kind of design craftsmanship. 34And he has put it in his heart to teach—he and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach, from the tribe of Dan. 35He has filled them with skill of heart to do every work of a craftsman and a designer and an embroiderer with the blue and with the purple, with the crimson yarns and with the fine linen and a weaver; they are doers of every kind of craftsmanship and devisers of designs.
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