The Altar for Offering Sacrifices 38 1Bezalel built an altar of acacia wood for offering sacrifices. It was seven and a half feet square and four and a half feet high 2with each of its four corners sticking up like the horn of a bull, and it was completely covered with bronze. 3The equipment for the altar was also made of bronze—the pans for the hot ashes, the shovels, the bowls, the meat forks, and the fire pans. 4About halfway up the altar he built a ledge around it and covered the bottom half of the altar with a decorative bronze grating. 5Then he attached a bronze ring beneath the ledge at the four corners to put the poles through. 6He covered two acacia wood poles with bronze and 7put them through the rings for carrying the altar, which was shaped like an open box. The Large Bronze Bowl 8 Bezalel made a large bowl and a stand out of bronze from the mirrors of the women who helped at the entrance to the sacred tent. The Courtyard around the Sacred Tent 910111213141516179-17Around the sacred tent Bezalel built a courtyard 150 feet long on the south and north and 75 feet wide on the east and west. He used 20 bronze posts on bronze stands for the south and north and 10 for the west. Then he hung a curtain of fine linen on the posts along each of these three sides by using silver hooks and rods. He placed three bronze posts on each side of the entrance at the east and hung a curtain seven and a half yards wide on each set of posts. 181918-19For the entrance to the courtyard, Bezalel made a curtain ten yards long, which he hung on four bronze posts that were set on bronze stands. This curtain was two and a half yards high, the same height as the one for the rest of the courtyard, and was made of fine linen embroidered and woven with blue, purple, and red wool. He hung the curtain on the four posts, using silver hooks and rods. 20The pegs for the tent and for the curtain around the tent were made of bronze. The Sacred Tent 21222321-23Bezalel had worked closely with Oholiab,[X] who was an expert at designing and engraving, and at embroidering blue, purple, and red wool. The two of them completed the work that the LORD had commanded to be done. Moses put Aaron's son Ithamar in charge of the Levites who kept record of the metals used for the sacred tent. 24According to the official weights, the amount of gold given was 2,209 pounds, 25 and the silver that was collected when the people were counted[Y] came to 7,550 pounds. 26 Everyone who was counted paid the required amount, and there was a total of 603,550 men who were 20 years old or older. 27Seventy-five pounds of the silver were used to make each of the 100 stands for the sacred tent and the curtain. 28The remaining 50 pounds of silver were used for the hooks and rods and for covering the tops of the posts. 29Five thousand three hundred pounds of bronze were given. 30And it was used to make the stands for the entrance to the tent, the altar and its grating, the equipment for the altar, 31the stands for the posts that surrounded the courtyard, including those at the entrance to the courtyard, and the pegs for the tent and the courtyard.
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