1. Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, one and a half cubits wide, one and a half cubits high.

2. He covered it, inside and out, with pure gold, and decorated it all around with a gold edge.

3. He cast four gold rings for the ark, attaching them to its four feet: two rings on one side and two rings on the other.

4. He also made poles of acacia wood covering them with gold;

5. and he passed the poles through the rings on the sides of the ark, for carrying it.

6. Also he made of pure gold the mercy Seat, two and a half cubits long, and one and a half cubits wide.

7. For the two ends of the mercy Seat he made two golden Cherubim of hammered gold,

8. the first Cherub for one end and the second for the other, and fastened them to the two ends of the mercy Seat so that they made one piece with it.

9. The Cherubim had their wings spread upward so that they overshadowed the mercy Seat. They faced one another.

10. He made the table of acacia wood, two cubits long, one cubit wide, and a half cubit high.

11. He covered it with pure gold, and decorated it all around with a gold edge.

12. He surrounded it with a frame three inches wide, and decorated this with a gold edge.

13. He cast four gold rings for it and fixed these at the four corners where the four legs were.

14. The rings lay close to the frame to hold the poles for carrying the table.

15. He made the poles of acacia wood and covered them with gold; these were for carrying the table.

16. He made furnishings of pure gold for the table: dishes, cups, jars and bowls to be used for the wine offerings.

17. He made the lampstand of pure gold, and made the lampstand, base and stem, of hammered gold. Its decorative flowers including buds and petals were of one piece with it.

18. Six branches extended from the sides of it, three from one side, three from the other.

19. The first branch carried three decorative flowers shaped like almond blossoms, each with its bud and petals; the second branch, too, carried three decorative flowers shaped like almond blossoms, each with its bud and petals, and similarly all six branches extending from the lampstand.

20. The lampstand itself carried four decorative flowers shaped like almond blossoms, each with its bud and petals:

21. one bud under the first two branches extending from the lampstand, one under the next pair, one under the last pair: for there were six branches extending from the lampstand.

22. The buds and the branches were of one piece with the lampstand, and the whole was made from a single piece of pure hammered gold.

23. Then he made the lamps for it, seven of them, with tongs and trays of pure gold.

24. He used seventy-five pounds of pure gold for making the lampstand and all its accessories.

25. He made the altar of incense out of acacia wood. It was one cubit long, and one cubit wide that is to say, square - and two cubits high; its horns were one piece with it.

26. The top of it, its surrounding sides, and its horns, he covered with pure gold, and decorated it all around with a gold edge.

27. He fixed two gold rings to it below the edge on its two opposite sides, to hold the poles used for carrying it.

28. These poles he made of acacia wood and covered them with gold.

29. He also made the sacred anointing oil and the pure, fragrant incense, blending it as perfumers do.



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