36 1“Bezalel and Oholiab, along with everyone whom God has given the skill and know–how for making everything involved in the worship of the Sanctuary as commanded by God, are to start to work.” 2Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab along with all whom God had gifted with the ability to work skillfully with their hands. The men were eager to get started and engage in the work. 3They took from Moses all the offerings that the Israelites had brought for the work of constructing the Sanctuary. The people kept on bringing in their freewill offerings, morning after morning. 4All the artisans who were at work making everything involved in constructing the Sanctuary came, one after another, 5to Moses, saying, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing this work that God has commanded us to do!” 6So Moses sent out orders through the camp: “Men! Women! No more offerings for the building of the Sanctuary!” The people were ordered to stop bringing offerings! 7There was plenty of material for all the work to be done. Enough and more than enough. The Tapestries 8Then all the skilled artisans on The Dwelling made ten tapestries of fine twisted linen and blue, purple, and scarlet fabric with an angel–cherubim design worked into the material. 9Each panel of tapestry was forty–six feet long and six feet wide. 10Five of the panels were joined together, and then the other five. 11Loops of blue were made along the edge of the outside panel of the first set, and the same on the outside panel of the second set. 12They made fifty loops on each panel, with the loops opposite each other. 13Then they made fifty gold clasps and joined the tapestries together so that The Dwelling was one whole. 14Next they made tapestries of woven goat hair for a tent that would cover The Dwelling. They made eleven panels of these tapestries. 15The length of each panel was forty–five feet long and six feet wide. 16They joined five of the panels together, and then the other six, 17by making fifty loops along the edge of the end panel and fifty loops along the edge of the joining panel, 18then making fifty clasps of bronze, connecting the clasps to the loops, bringing the tent together. 19They finished it off by covering the tapestries with tanned rams’ skins dyed red, and covered that with dolphin skins. The Framing 20They framed The Dwelling with vertical planks of acacia wood, 21each section of frame fifteen feet long and two and a quarter feet wide, 22with two pegs for securing them. They made all the frames identical: 23twenty frames for the south side, 24with forty silver sockets to receive the two tenons from each of the twenty frames; 252625-26they repeated that construction on the north side of The Dwelling. 27For the rear of The Dwelling facing west, they made six frames, 28with two additional frames for the rear corners. 29Both of the two corner frames were double in thickness from top to bottom and fit into a single ring30—eight frames altogether with sixteen sockets of silver, two under each frame. 31They made crossbars of acacia wood, five for the frames on one side of The Dwelling, 32five for the other side, and five for the back side facing west. 33The center crossbar ran from end to end halfway up the frames. 34They covered the frames with a veneer of gold, made gold rings to hold the crossbars, and covered the crossbars with a veneer of gold. 35They made the curtain of blue, purple, and scarlet material and fine twisted linen. They wove a design of angel–cherubim into it. 36They made four posts of acacia wood, covered them with a veneer of gold, and cast four silver bases for them. 37They made a screen for the door of the tent, woven from blue, purple, and scarlet material and fine twisted linen with embroidery. 38They framed the weaving with five poles of acacia wood covered with a veneer of gold, and made gold hooks to hang the weaving and five bronze bases for the poles.
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