The Altar of Whole–Burnt–Offering 38 1He made the Altar of Whole–Burnt–Offering from acacia wood. He made it seven and a half feet square and four and a half feet high. 2He made horns at each of the four corners. The horns were made of one piece with the Altar and covered with a veneer of bronze. 3He made from bronze all the utensils for the Altar: the buckets for removing the ashes, shovels, basins, forks, and fire pans. 4He made a grate of bronze mesh under the ledge halfway up the Altar. 5He cast four rings at each of the four corners of the bronze grating to hold the poles. 6He made the poles of acacia wood and covered them with a veneer of bronze. 7He inserted the poles through the rings on the two sides of the Altar for carrying it. The Altar was made out of boards; it was hollow. The Washbasin 8He made the Bronze Washbasin and its bronze stand from the mirrors of the women’s work group who were assigned to serve at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. The Courtyard 9And he made the Courtyard. On the south side the hangings for the Courtyard, woven from fine twisted linen, were 150 feet long, 10with their twenty posts and twenty bronze bases, and fastening hooks and bands of silver. 11The north side was exactly the same. 12The west end of the Courtyard had seventy–five feet of hangings with ten posts and bases, and fastening hooks and bands of silver. 13Across the seventy–five feet at the front, or east end, 14were twenty–two and a half feet of hangings, with their three posts and bases on one side 15and the same for the other side. 16All the hangings around the Courtyard were of fine twisted linen. 17The bases for the posts were bronze and the fastening hooks and bands on the posts were of silver. The posts of the Courtyard were both capped and banded with silver. 18The screen at the door of the Courtyard was embroidered in blue, purple, and scarlet fabric with fine twisted linen. It was thirty feet long and seven and a half feet high, matching the hangings of the Courtyard. 19There were four posts with bases of bronze and fastening hooks of silver; they were capped and banded in silver. 20 All the pegs for The Dwelling and the Courtyard were made of bronze. 21This is an inventory of The Dwelling that housed The Testimony drawn up by order of Moses for the work of the Levites under Ithamar, son of Aaron the priest. 22Bezalel, the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything that God had commanded Moses. 23Working with Bezalel was Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an artisan, designer, and embroiderer in blue, purple, and scarlet fabrics and fine linen. 24Gold. The total amount of gold used in construction of the Sanctuary, all of it contributed freely, weighed out at 1,900 pounds according to the Sanctuary standard. 25Silver. The silver from those in the community who were registered in the census came to 6,437 pounds according to the Sanctuary standard26—that amounted to a beka, or half–shekel, for every registered person aged twenty and over, a total of 603,550 men. 27They used the three and one–quarter tons of silver to cast the bases for the Sanctuary and for the hangings, one hundred bases at sixty–four pounds each. 28They used the remaining thirty–seven pounds to make the connecting hooks on the posts, and the caps and bands for the posts. 29Bronze. The bronze that was brought in weighed 4,522 pounds. 30It was used to make the door of the Tent of Meeting, the Bronze Altar with its bronze grating, all the utensils of the Altar, 31the bases around the Courtyard, the bases for the gate of the Courtyard, and all the pegs for The Dwelling and the Courtyard.
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