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Shemos/Exodus  25:1 - 27:19

Chapter 25

1 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  2 Speak to the Children of Israel and let them take for Me a portion, from every man whose heart motivates him you shall take My portion.

3 This is the portion that you shall take from them - gold, silver, and copper;  4 and turquoise, purple, and scarlet wool; linen and goat hair;  5 red-dyed ram skins, tachash skins, acacia wood;

6 oil for illumination, spices for the anointment oil and the aromatic incense;  7 shoham stones and stones for the settings, for the Ephod and the Breastplate.

8 They shall make a Sanctuary for Me — so that I may dwell among them;  9 like everything that I show you, the form of the Tabernacle and the form of all its vessels; and so shall you do.

10 They shall make an Ark of acacia wood, two and half cubits its length; a cubit and a half its width; and a cubit and a half its height.  11 You shall cover it with pure gold, from within and from without shall you cover it, and you shall make on it a gold crown all around.  12 You shall cast for it four rings of gold and place them on its four corners, two rings on its one side and two rings on its second side.  13 You shall make staves of acacia wood and cover them with gold;

14 and insert the staves in the rings on the sides of the Ark, with which to carry the Ark.  15 The staves shall remain in the rings of the Ark; they may not be removed from it.  16 You shall place in the Ark the Testimonial-tablets that I shall give you.

17 You shall make a Cover of pure gold, two and a half cubits its length; and a cubit and a half its width.  18 You shall make two Cherubim of gold — hammered out shall you make them — from both ends of the Cover.  19 You shall make one Cherub from the end at one side and one Cherub from the end at the other; from the Cover shall you make the Cherubim at its two ends.

20 The Cherubim shall be with wings spread upward, sheltering the Cover with their wings with their faces toward one another; toward the Cover shall be the faces of the Cherubim.  21 You shall place the Cover on the Ark from above, and into the Ark shall you place the Testimonial-tablets that I shall give you.  22 It is there that I will set My meetings with you, and I shall speak with you from atop the Cover, from between the two Cherubim that are on the Ark of the Testimonialtablets, everything that I shall command you to the Children of Israel.

23 You shall make a Table of acacia wood, two cubits its length, a cubit its width, and a cubit and a half its height.  24 You shall cover it with pure gold and you shall make for it a gold crown all around.  25 You shall make for it a molding of one handbreadth all around, and you shall make a gold crown on the molding all around.  26 You shall make for it four rings of gold and place the rings upon the four corners of its four legs.  27 The rings shall be opposite the molding as housings for the staves, to carry the table.  28 You shall make the staves of acacia wood and cover them with gold, and the Table shall be carried through them.  29 You shall make its dishes, its spoons, its shelving-tubes, and its pillars, with which it shall be covered; of pure gold shall you make them.  30 On the Table shall you place show-bread before Me, always.

31 You shall make a Menorah of pure gold, hammered out shall the Menorah be made, its base, its shaft, its cups, its knobs, and its blossoms shall be [hammered] from it.  32 Six branches shall emerge from its sides, three branches of the Menorah from its one side and three branches of the Menorah from its second side;  33 three cups engraved like almonds on the one branch, a knob and a flower; and three cups engraved like almonds on the next branch, a knob and a flower — so for the six branches that emerge from the Menorah.  34 And on the Menorah shall be four cups, engraved like almonds, its knobs and its flowers.  35 A knob shall be under two of the branches from it, a knob under two of the branches from it, and a knob under two of the branches from it — for the six branches emerging from the Menorah.

36 Their knobs and branches shall be of it; all of it a single hammered piece of pure gold.  37 You shall make its lamps seven; he shall kindle its lamps so as to give light toward its face.  38 Its tongs and its spoons shall be of pure gold.  39 Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels.  40 See and make, according to their form that you are shown on the mountain.

Chapter 26

1 You shall make the Tabernacle of ten curtains — twisted linen with turquoise, purple, and scarlet wool — with a woven design of cherubim shall you make them.  2 The length of a single curtain twenty-eight cubits, and the width four cubits for each curtain, the same measure for all the curtains.  3 Five curtains shall be attached to one another, and five curtains attached to one another.  4 You shall make loops of turquoise wool at the edge of the single curtain at the end of one set, and you shall make the same on the edge of the outermost curtain on the second set.  5 Fifty loops shall you make on the first curtain and fifty loops shall you make on the end of the curtain that is on the second set; the loops shall correspond to one another.  6 You shall make fifty hooks of gold, and you shall attach the curtains to one another with the hooks, so that the Tabernacle shall become one.

7 You shall make curtains of goat hair for a Tent over the Tabernacle; eleven curtains shall you make them.  8 The length of a single curtain thirty cubits, and the width of a single curtain four cubits; the same measure for the eleven curtains.  9 You shall attach five of the curtains separately and six of the curtains separately, and you shall fold the sixth curtain over the front of the Tent.  10 You shall make fifty loops on the edge of the first curtain at the end of one set, and fifty loops on the edge of the curtain of the second set.  11 You shall make fifty hooks of copper; you shall bring the hooks into the loops and attach the Tent, so that it shall become one.  12 As for the extra overhang of the curtains of the Tent — half of the extra curtain shall hang over the back of the Tabernacle.  13 And the cubit on one side and the cubit on the other side, that are extra in the length of the curtains of the Tent, shall hang over the sides of the Tabernacle on one side and the other, to cover it.

14 You shall make a Cover for the Tent of red-dyed ram skins, and a Cover of tachash skins above.

15 You shall make the planks of the Tabernacle of acacia wood, standing erect.  16 Ten cubits the length of each plank, and a cubit and a half the width of each plank.  17 Each plank should have two tenons, parallel to one another — so shall you do for all the planks of the Tabernacle.

18 You shall make planks for the Tabernacle, twenty planks for the south side.  19 You shall make forty silver sockets under the twenty planks; two sockets under one plank for its two tenons, and two sockets under the next plank for its two tenons.  20 For the second wall of the Tabernacle on the north side — twenty planks.  21 Their forty silver sockets - two sockets under one plank and two sockets under the next plank.  22 For the back of the Tabernacle on the west, you shall make six planks.  23 You shall make two planks for the corners of the Tabernacle, in the back.  24 They shall be even at the bottom, and together shall they match at its top, for a single ring, so shall it be for them both, for the two corners shall they be.  25 There shall be eight planks and their silver sockets, sixteen sockets — two sockets under one plank and two sockets under the next plank.

26 You shall make bars of acacia wood; five for the planks of one side of the Tabernacle;

27 and five bars for the planks of the second wall of the Tabernacle, and five bars for the planks of the Tabernacle wall at the back, on the west.  28 The middle bar inside the planks shall extend from end to end.

29 You shall cover the planks with gold, and its rings shall you make of gold as housing for the bars, and you shall cover the bars with gold.  30 You shall erect the Tabernacle accord ing to its manner, as you will have been shown on the mountain.

31 You shall make a Partition of turquoise, purple, and scarlet wool, and linen, twisted; he shall make it with a woven design of cherubim.  32 You shall place it upon four pillars of acacia wood, plated with gold with hooks of gold, upon four silver sockets.  33 You shall put the Partition under the hooks. You shall bring there, inside the Partition, the Ark of the Testimonial-tablets, and the Partition shall separate for you between the Holy and the Holy of Holies.

34 You shall put the Cover upon the Ark of the Testimonial-tablets in the Holy of Holies.  35 You shall place the Table outside the Partition, and the Menorah opposite the Table on the south side of the Tabernacle, and the Table you shall place on the north side.

36 You shall make a Screen for the entrance of the Tent, of turquoise, purple, and scarlet wool, and twisted linen; the work of an embroiderer.  37 You shall make for the Screen five pillars of acacia wood and cover them with gold, and their hooks shall be gold; and you shall cast for them five sockets of copper.

Chapter 27

1 You shall make the Altar of acacia wood, five cubits in length and five cubits in width — the Altar shall be square — and three cubits its height.  2 You shall make its horns on its four corners, from it shall its horns be; and you shall cover it with copper.  3 You shall make its pots to clear its ashes, its shovels, its basins, its forks, and its fire-pans; you shall make all its vessels of copper.  4 You shall make for it a netting of copper meshwork and make upon the meshwork four copper rings at its four edges.  5 You shall place it under the surrounding border of the Altar from below, and the meshwork shall go to the midpoint of the Altar.  6 You shall make staves for the Altar, staves of acacia wood, and you shall plate them with copper.  7 Its staves shall be brought into the rings, and the staves shall be on two sides of the Altar when it is carried.  8 Hollow, of boards, shall you make it; as you were shown on the mountain, so shall they do.

9 You shall make the Courtyard of the Tabernacle - On the south side the lace-hangings of the Courtyard, of twisted linen, a hundred cubits long for one side;  10 and its pillars twenty and their sockets twenty, of copper, the hooks of the pillars and their bands silver.  11 So, too, for the north side in length, lace-hangings a hundred long - its pillars twenty; and their sockets twenty, of copper; the hooks of the pillars and their bands, silver.  12 The width of the Courtyard on the west side, lace-hangings of fifty cubits, their pillars ten; and their sockets ten.

13 The width of the Courtyard on the eastern side, fifty cubits;  14 and fifteen cubits of lacehangings on a shoulder, their pillars three; and their sockets three.  15 And the second shoulder, fifteen of lace-hangings; their pillars three; and their sockets three.  16 At the gate of the Courtyard, a Screen of twenty cubits - turquoise, purple, and scarlet wool, and twisted linen, work of an embroiderer, their pillars four; and their sockets four.

17 All the pillars of the Courtyard, all around, banded with silver; their hooks of silver, and their sockets of copper.  18 The length of the Courtyard a hundred cubits; the width fifty by fifty; and the height five cubits of twisted linen; and their sockets of copper.  19 All the vessels of the Tabernacle for all its labor, all its pegs and all the pegs of the Courtyard — copper.  20 Now you shall command the Children of Israel that they shall take for you pure, pressed olive oil for illumination, to kindle the lamp continually.  21 In the Tent of Meeting, outside the Partition that is near the Testimonial-tablets, Aaron and his sons shall arrange it from evening until morning, before Hashem, an eternal decree for their generations, from the Children of Israel.

 


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