The Chest 37 1Bezalel made the Chest using acacia wood: He made it three and three–quarters feet long and two and a quarter feet wide and deep. 2He covered it inside and out with a veneer of pure gold and made a molding of gold all around it. 3He cast four gold rings and attached them to its four feet, two rings on one side and two rings on the other. 4He made poles from acacia wood, covered them with a veneer of gold, 5and inserted the poles for carrying the Chest into the rings on the sides. 6Next he made a lid of pure gold for the Chest, an Atonement–Cover, three and three–quarters feet long and two and a quarter feet wide. 7He sculpted two winged angel–cherubim out of hammered gold for the ends of the Atonement–Cover, 8one angel at one end, one angel at the other. He made them of one piece with the Atonement–Cover. 9The angels had outstretched wings and appeared to hover over the Atonement–Cover, facing one another but looking down on the Atonement–Cover. The Table 10He made the Table from acacia wood. He made it three feet long, one and a half feet wide and two and a quarter feet high. 11He covered it with a veneer of pure gold and made a molding of gold all around it. 12He made a border a handbreadth wide all around it and a rim of gold for the border. 13He cast four rings of gold for it and attached the rings to the four legs 14parallel to the tabletop. They will serve as holders for the poles used to carry the Table. 15He made the poles of acacia wood and covered them with a veneer of gold. They will be used to carry the Table. 16Out of pure gold he made the utensils for the Table: its plates, bowls, jars, and jugs used for pouring. The Lampstand 17He made a Lampstand of pure hammered gold, making its stem and branches, cups, calyxes, and petals all of one piece. 18It had six branches, three from one side and three from the other; 19three cups shaped like almond blossoms with calyxes and petals on one branch, three on the next, and so on—the same for all six branches. 20On the main stem of the Lampstand, there were four cups shaped like almonds, with calyxes and petals, 21a calyx extending from under each pair of the six branches. 22The entire Lampstand with its calyxes and stems was fashioned from one piece of hammered pure gold. 23He made seven of these lamps with their candle snuffers, all out of pure gold. 24He used a seventy–five–pound brick of pure gold to make the Lampstand and its accessories. The Altar of Incense 25He made an Altar for burning incense from acacia wood. He made it a foot and a half square and three feet high, with its horns of one piece with it. 26He covered it with a veneer of pure gold, its top, sides, and horns, and made a gold molding around it 27with two rings of gold beneath the molding. He placed the rings on the two opposing sides to serve as holders for poles by which it will be carried. 28He made the poles of acacia wood and covered them with a veneer of gold. 29He also prepared with the art of a perfumer the holy anointing oil and the pure aromatic incense.
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