The Altar of Incense 30 1“Make an Altar for burning incense. Construct it from acacia wood, 2one and one–half feet square and three feet high with its horns of one piece with it. 3Cover it with a veneer of pure gold, its top, sides, and horns, and make a gold molding around it 4with two rings of gold beneath the molding. Place the rings on the two opposing sides to serve as holders for poles by which it will be carried. 5Make the poles of acacia wood and cover them with a veneer of gold. 6“Place the Altar in front of the curtain that hides the Chest of The Testimony, in front of the Atonement–Cover that is over The Testimony where I will meet you. 7Aaron will burn fragrant incense on it every morning when he polishes the lamps, 8and again in the evening as he prepares the lamps for lighting, so that there will always be incense burning before God, generation after generation. 9But don’t burn on this Altar any unholy incense or Whole–Burnt–Offering or Grain–Offering. And don’t pour out Drink–Offerings on it. 10Once a year Aaron is to purify the Altar horns. Using the blood of the Absolution–Offering of atonement, he is to make this atonement every year down through the generations. It is most holy to God.   The Atonement–Tax   11God spoke to Moses: 12“When you take a head count of the Israelites to keep track of them, all must pay an atonement–tax to God for their life at the time of being registered so that nothing bad will happen because of the registration. 13Everyone who gets counted is to give a half–shekel (using the standard Sanctuary shekel of a fifth of an ounce to the shekel)—a half–shekel offering to God. 14Everyone counted, age twenty and up, is to make the offering to God. 15The rich are not to pay more nor the poor less than the half–shekel offering to God, the atonement–tax for your lives. 16Take the atonement–tax money from the Israelites and put it to the maintenance of the Tent of Meeting. It will be a memorial fund for the Israelites in honor of God, making atonement for your lives.”   The Washbasin   17God spoke to Moses:18“Make a bronze Washbasin; make it with a bronze base. Place it between the Tent of Meeting and the Altar. Put water in it. 19Aaron and his sons will wash their hands and feet in it. 20When they enter the Tent of Meeting or approach the Altar to serve there or offer gift offerings to God, they are to wash so they will not die. 21They are to wash their hands and their feet so they will not die. This is the rule forever, for Aaron and his sons down through the generations.”   Holy Anointing Oil   22God spoke to Moses: 23“Take the best spices: twelve and a half pounds of liquid myrrh; half that much, six and a quarter pounds, of fragrant cinnamon; six and a quarter pounds of fragrant cane; 24twelve and a half pounds of cassia—using the standard Sanctuary weight for all of them—and a gallon of olive oil. 25Make these into a holy anointing oil, a perfumer’s skillful blend. 26“Use it to anoint the Tent of Meeting, the Chest of The Testimony, 27the Table and all its utensils, the Lampstand and its utensils, the Altar of Incense, 28the Altar of Whole–Burnt–Offerings and all its utensils, and the Washbasin and its base. 29Consecrate them so they’ll be soaked in holiness, so that anyone who so much as touches them will become holy. 30“Then anoint Aaron and his sons. Consecrate them as priests to me. 31Tell the Israelites, ‘This will be my holy anointing oil throughout your generations.’ 32Don’t pour it on ordinary men. Don’t copy this mixture to use for yourselves. It’s holy; keep it holy. 33Whoever mixes up anything like it, or puts it on an ordinary person, will be expelled.”   Holy Incense   34God spoke to Moses: “Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha, galbanum—and add pure frankincense. Mix the spices in equal proportions 35to make an aromatic incense, the art of a perfumer, salted and pure—holy. 36Now crush some of it into powder and place some of it before The Testimony in the Tent of Meeting where I will meet with you; it will be for you the holiest of holy places. 37When you make this incense, you are not to copy the mixture for your own use. It’s holy to God; keep it that way. 38Whoever copies it for personal use will be excommunicated.”
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