Exodus 38
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Making the Altar of Burnt Offering

1Bezalela constructed the altar of burnt offering from acacia wood. It was square, 7 1/2 feet long and 7 1/2 feet wide,b and was 4 1/2 feetc high. 2He made horns for it on its four corners; the horns were of one piece.d Then he overlaid it with bronze.

3He made all the altar’s utensils: the pots, shovels, basins, meat forks, and firepans; he made all its utensils of bronze. 4He constructed for the altar a grate of bronze mesh under its ledge,e halfway up from the bottom. 5At the four corners of the bronze grate he cast four rings as holders for the poles. 6Also, he made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with bronze. 7Then he inserted the poles into the rings on the sides of the altar in order to carry it with them. He constructed the altar with boards so that it was hollow.

Making the Bronze Basin

8He made the bronze basin and its stand from the bronze mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.f

Making the Courtyard

9Theng he made the courtyard. The hangings on the south side of the courtyard were of finely spun linen, 150 feet in length,h 10including their 20 posts and 20 bronze bases. The hooks and bandsi of the posts were silver. 11The hangings on the north side were also 150 feet in length,j including their 20 posts and 20 bronze bases. The hooks and bandsk of the posts were silver. 12The hangings on the west side were 75 feet in length,l including their 10 posts and 10 bases. The hooks and bands of the posts were silver. 13The hangings on the east toward the sunrise were also 75 feet in length.m 14The hangings on one side of the gate were 22 1/2 feet,n including their three posts and three bases. 15It was the same for the other side. The hangings were 22 1/2 feet,o including their three posts and three bases on both sides of the courtyard gate. 16All the hangings around the courtyard were of finely spun linen. 17The bases for the posts were bronze; the hooks and bandsp of the posts were silver; and the plating for the tops of the posts was silver. All the posts of the courtyard were banded with silver.

18The screen for the gate of the courtyard was embroidered with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and finely spun linen. It was 30 feetq long, and like the hangings of the courtyard, 7 1/2 feetr high.s 19It had four posts, including their four bronze bases. Their hooks were silver, and the bandst as well as the plating of their tops were silver. 20All the tent pegs for the tabernacle and for the surrounding courtyard were bronze.

Inventory of Materials

21This is the inventory for the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the testimony,u that was recorded at Moses’ command. It was the work of the Levites under the direction ofv Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.w 22Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything that the LORD commanded Moses. 23With him was Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, a gem cutter, a designer, and an embroiderer with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and fine linen.

24All the gold of the presentation offering that was used for the project in all the work on the sanctuary, was 2,193 pounds,x according to the sanctuary shekel.y 25The silver from those of the community who were registered was 7,544 pounds,z according to the sanctuary shekel — 262/5 of an ounceaa per man, that is, half a shekel according to the sanctuary shekel, from everyone 20 years old or more who had crossed over to the registered group, 603,550 men. 27There were 7,500 poundsab of silver used to cast the bases of the sanctuary and the bases of the veil — 100 bases from 7,500 pounds,ac 75 poundsad for each base.ae 28With the remaining 44 poundsaf he made the hooks for the posts, overlaid their tops, and supplied bandsag for them.

29The bronze of the presentation offering totaled 5,310 pounds.ah 30He made with it the bases for the entrance to the tent of meeting, the bronze altar and its bronze grate, all the utensils for the altar, 31the bases for the surrounding courtyard, the bases for the gate of the courtyard, all the tent pegs for the tabernacle, and all the tent pegs for the surrounding courtyard.

a. 38:1-7 Ex 27:1-8
b. 38:1 Lit five cubits its length and five cubits its width
c. 38:1 Lit three cubits
d. 38:2 Lit piece with it
e. 38:4 Or rim
f. 38:8 Ex 30:18; 1Sm 2:22
g. 38:9-20 Ex 27:9-19
h. 38:9 Lit 100 cubits
i. 38:10 Or connecting rods
j. 38:11 Lit 100 cubits
k. 38:11 Or connecting rods
l. 38:12 Lit 50 cubits
m. 38:13 Lit 50 cubits
n. 38:14 Lit 15 cubits
o. 38:15 Lit 15 cubits
p. 38:17 Or connecting rods
q. 38:18 Lit 20 cubits
r. 38:18 Lit five cubits
s. 38:18 Lit high in width
t. 38:19 Or connecting rods
u. 38:21 Nm 1:50,53; 9:15; 10:11; 17:7-8; 2Ch 24:6; Ac 7:44
v. 38:21 Lit Levites by the hand of
w. 38:21 Nm 4:28,33
x. 38:24 Lit 29 talents and 730 shekels
y. 38:24 Ex 30:13; Lv 27:25; Nm 3:47; 18:16
z. 38:25 Lit 100 talents and 1,775 shekels
aa. 38:26 Lit a beka
ab. 38:27 Lit 100 talents
ac. 38:27 Lit 100 talents
ad. 38:27 Lit one talent
ae. 38:26-27 Ex 26:19,21,25,32; 30:13; Nm 1:46
af. 38:28 Lit 1,775 (shekels)
ag. 38:28 Or connecting rods
ah. 38:29 Lit 70 talents and 2,400 shekels
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