39 1Vestments. Using the blue, purple, and scarlet fabrics, they made the woven vestments for ministering in the Sanctuary. Also they made the sacred vestments for Aaron, as God had commanded Moses. 2Ephod. They made the Ephod using gold and blue, purple, and scarlet fabrics and finely twisted linen. 3They hammered out gold leaf and sliced it into threads that were then worked into designs in the blue, purple, and scarlet fabric and fine linen. 4They made shoulder pieces fastened at the two ends. 5The decorated band was made of the same material—gold, blue, purple, and scarlet material, and of fine twisted linen—and of one piece with it, just as God had commanded Moses. 6They mounted the onyx stones in a setting of filigreed gold and engraved the names of the sons of Israel on them, 7then fastened them on the shoulder pieces of the Ephod as memorial stones for the Israelites, just as God had commanded Moses. 8Breastpiece. They made a Breastpiece designed like the Ephod from gold, blue, purple, and scarlet material, and fine twisted linen. 9Doubled, the Breastpiece was nine inches square. 10They mounted four rows of precious gemstones on it. First row: carnelian, topaz, emerald. 11Second row: ruby, sapphire, crystal. 12Third row: jacinth, agate, amethyst. 13Fourth row: beryl, onyx, jasper. The stones were mounted in a gold filigree. 14The twelve stones corresponded to the names of the sons of Israel, twelve names engraved as on a seal, one for each of the twelve tribes. 15They made braided chains of pure gold for the Breastpiece, like cords. 16They made two settings of gold filigree and two rings of gold, put the two rings at the two ends of the Breastpiece, 17and fastened the two ends of the cords to the two rings at the end of the Breastpiece. 18Then they fastened the cords to the settings of filigree, attaching them to the shoulder pieces of the Ephod in front. 19Then they made two rings of gold and fastened them to the two ends of the Breastpiece on its inside edge facing the Ephod. 20They made two more rings of gold and fastened them in the front of the Ephod to the lower part of the two shoulder pieces, near the seam above the decorated band of the Ephod. 21The Breastpiece was fastened by running a cord of blue through its rings to the rings of the Ephod so that it rested secure on the decorated band of the Ephod and wouldn’t come loose, just as God had commanded Moses. 22Robe. They made the robe for the Ephod entirely of blue. 23The opening of the robe at the center was like a collar, the edge hemmed so that it wouldn’t tear. 24On the hem of the robe they made pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet material and fine twisted linen. 25They also made bells of pure gold and alternated the bells and pomegranates26—a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate—all around the hem of the robe that was worn for ministering, just as God had commanded Moses. 27They also made the tunics of fine linen, the work of a weaver, for Aaron and his sons, 28the turban of fine linen, the linen hats, the linen underwear made of fine twisted linen, 29and sashes of fine twisted linen, blue, purple, and scarlet material and embroidered, just as God had commanded Moses. 30They made the plate, the sacred crown, of pure gold and engraved on it as on a seal: “Holy to God.” 31They attached a blue cord to it and fastened it to the turban, just as God had commanded Moses. 32That completed the work of The Dwelling, the Tent of Meeting. The People of Israel did what God had commanded Moses. They did it all. 33They presented The Dwelling to Moses, the Tent and all its furnishings: fastening hooks frames crossbars posts bases 34tenting of tanned ram skins tenting of dolphin skins veil of the screen 35Chest of The Testimony with its poles and Atonement–Cover 36Table with its utensils and the Bread of the Presence 37Lampstand of pure gold and its lamps all fitted out and all its utensils and the oil for the light 38Gold Altar anointing oil fragrant incense screen for the entrance to the Tent 39Bronze Altar with its bronze grate its poles and all its utensils Washbasin and its base 40hangings for the Courtyard its posts and bases screen for the gate of the Courtyard its cords and its pegs utensils for ministry in The Dwelling, the Tent of Meeting 41woven vestments for ministering in the Sanctuary sacred vestments for Aaron the priest, and his sons when serving as priests 42The Israelites completed all the work, just as God had commanded. 43Moses saw that they had done all the work and done it exactly as God had commanded. Moses blessed them.
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