Exodus 39 - 40

Making the Priestly Garments

1 From the o blue and purple and scarlet yarns they made p finely woven garments, 1 for ministering in the Holy Place. They made the holy garments for Aaron, q as the Lord had commanded Moses.

2 r He made the ephod of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen. 3 And they hammered out gold leaf, and he cut it into threads to work into the blue and purple and the scarlet yarns, and into the fine twined linen, in skilled design. 4 They made for the ephod attaching shoulder pieces, joined to it at its two edges. 5 And the skillfully woven band on it was of one piece with it and made like it, of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

6 They made the onyx stones, enclosed in settings of gold filigree, and engraved like the engravings of a signet, according to the names of the sons of Israel. 7 And he set them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod to be stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

8 s He made the breastpiece, in skilled work, in the style of the ephod, of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen. 9 It was square. They made the breastpiece doubled, a span 2 its length and a span its breadth when doubled. 10 And they set in it four rows of stones. A row of sardius, topaz, and carbuncle was the first row; 11 and the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond; 12 and the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 13 and the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They were enclosed in settings of gold filigree. 14 There were twelve stones with their names according to the names of the sons of Israel. They were like signets, each engraved with its name, for the twelve tribes. 15 And they made on the breastpiece twisted chains like cords, of pure gold. 16 And they made two settings of gold filigree and two gold rings, and put the two rings on the two edges of the breastpiece. 17 And they put the two cords of gold in the two rings at the edges of the breastpiece. 18 They attached the two ends of the two cords to the two settings of filigree. Thus they attached it in front to the shoulder pieces of the ephod. 19 Then they made two rings of gold, and put them at the two ends of the breastpiece, on its inside edge next to the ephod. 20 And they made two rings of gold, and attached them in front to the lower part of the two shoulder pieces of the ephod, at its seam above the skillfully woven band of the ephod. 21 And they bound the breastpiece by its rings to the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, so that it should lie on the skillfully woven band of the ephod, and that the breastpiece should not come loose from the ephod, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

22 t He also made the robe of the ephod woven all of blue, 23 and the opening of the robe in it was like the opening in a garment, with a binding around the opening, so that it might not tear. 24 On the hem of the robe they made pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. 25 They also made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates all around the hem of the robe, between the pomegranates - 26 a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate around the hem of the robe for ministering, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

27 u They also made the coats, woven of fine v linen, for Aaron and his sons, 28 and the v turban of fine linen, and the caps of fine linen, and the linen undergarments of fine twined linen, 29 and the sash of fine twined linen and of blue and purple and scarlet yarns, embroidered with needlework, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

30 w They made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote on it an inscription, like the engraving of a signet, "Holy to the Lord." 31 And they tied to it a cord of blue to fasten it on the turban above, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

32 Thus all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished, and the people of Israel did x according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses; so they did. 33 Then they brought the tabernacle to Moses, the tent and all its utensils, its hooks, its frames, its bars, its pillars, and its bases; 34 the covering of tanned rams' skins and goatskins, and the y veil of the screen; 35 the ark of the testimony with its poles and the mercy seat; 36 the table with all its utensils, and the bread of the Presence; 37 z the lampstand of pure gold and its lamps with the lamps set and all its utensils, and the oil for the light; 38 a the golden altar, the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and b the screen for the entrance of the tent; 39 the bronze altar, and its grating of bronze, its poles, and all its utensils; the basin and its stand; 40 c the hangings of the court, its pillars, and its bases, and the d screen for the gate of the court, its e cords, and its pegs; and all the utensils for the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of meeting; 41 the finely worked garments for ministering in the Holy Place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons for their service as priests. 42 f According to all that the Lord had commanded Moses, so the people of Israel had done all the work. 43 And Moses saw all the work, and behold, they had done it; as the Lord had commanded, so had they done it. Then Moses g blessed them.

Exodus 40

The Tabernacle Erected

1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "On the h first day of the first month you shall i erect the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. 3 And you shall put in it the ark of the testimony, and you shall j screen the ark with the veil. 4 And k you shall bring in the table and arrange it, and l you shall bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps. 5 m And you shall put the golden altar for incense before the ark of the testimony, and set up the screen for the door of the tabernacle. 6 n You shall set the altar of burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, 7 o and place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. 8 And you shall set up the court all around, and hang up the screen for the gate of the court.

9 "Then you shall take the p anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it, and consecrate it and all its furniture, so that it may become holy. 10 You shall also anoint q the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and consecrate the altar, r so that the altar may become most holy. 11 You shall also anoint the basin and its stand, and consecrate it. 12 s Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the tent of meeting and shall wash them with water 13 and put on Aaron the holy garments. And you shall anoint him and consecrate him, that he may serve me as priest. 14 You shall bring his sons also and put coats on them, 15 t and anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may serve me as priests. And their anointing shall admit them to a u perpetual priesthood throughout their generations."

16 This Moses did; according to all that the Lord commanded him, so he did. 17 In the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, v the tabernacle was erected. 18 Moses erected the tabernacle. He laid its bases, and set up its frames, and put in its poles, and raised up its pillars. 19 And he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering of the tent over it, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 20 He w took the testimony and put it into the ark, and put the poles on the ark and set the mercy seat above on the ark. 21 And he brought the ark into the tabernacle and x set up the veil of the screen, and screened y the ark of the testimony, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 22 z He put the table in the tent of meeting, on the north side of the tabernacle, outside the veil, 23 and arranged the bread on it before the Lord, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 24 a He put the lampstand in the tent of meeting, opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle, 25 b and set up the lamps before the Lord, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 26 c He put the golden altar in the tent of meeting before the veil, 27 and burned fragrant incense on it, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 28 d He put in place the screen for the door of the tabernacle. 29 e And he set the altar of burnt offering at the entrance of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered on it the burnt offering and the f grain offering, as the Lord had commanded Moses. 30 g He set the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it for washing, 31 with which Moses and h Aaron and his sons i washed their hands and their feet. 32 When they went into the tent of meeting, and when they approached the altar, they washed, as the Lord commanded Moses. 33 j And he erected the court around the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the screen of the gate of the court. So k Moses finished the work.

The Glory of the Lord

34 Then l the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and m the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 Throughout all their journeys, n whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. 37 But o if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.

  1. Cross References
    Exodus 35:23
    And every one who possessed blue or purple or scarlet yarns or fine linen or goats' hair or tanned rams' skins or goatskins brought them.
    Exodus 35:25
    And every skillful woman spun with her hands, and they all brought what they had spun in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen.
  2. Cross References
    Exodus 39:41
    The finely worked garments for ministering in the Holy Place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons for their service as priests.
    Exodus 31:10
    And the finely worked garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests.
    Exodus 35:19
    The finely worked garments for ministering in the Holy Place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests.
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 28:2 - 4
    And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.
  4. Cross References
    Exodus 39:2 - 7
    He made the ephod of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen.
    Exodus 28:6 - 12
    And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and of fine twined linen, skillfully worked.
  5. Cross References
    Exodus 39:8 - 21
    He made the breastpiece, in skilled work, in the style of the ephod, of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen.
    Exodus 28:15 - 28
    You shall make a breastpiece of judgment, in skilled work. In the style of the ephod you shall make it - of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen shall you make it.
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 39:22 - 26
    He also made the robe of the ephod woven all of blue.
    Exodus 28:31 - 34
    You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue.
  7. Cross References
    Exodus 28:39 - 40
    You shall weave the coat in checker work of fine linen, and you shall make a turban of fine linen, and you shall make a sash embroidered with needlework.
    Exodus 28:42
    You shall make for them linen undergarments to cover their naked flesh. They shall reach from the hips to the thighs.
  8. Cross References
    Ezekiel 44:18
    They shall have linen turbans on their heads, and linen undergarments around their waists. They shall not bind themselves with anything that causes sweat.
  9. Cross References
    Exodus 39:27
    They also made the coats, woven of fine linen, for Aaron and his sons.
  10. Cross References
    Exodus 28:36 - 37
    "You shall make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet, 'Holy to the Lord.'
    Exodus 29:6
    And you shall set the turban on his head and put the holy crown on the turban.
  11. Cross References
    Exodus 39:42 - 43
    According to all that the Lord had commanded Moses, so the people of Israel had done all the work.
    Exodus 25:40
    And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.
  12. Cross References
    Exodus 35:12
    The ark with its poles, the mercy seat, and the veil of the screen.
  13. Cross References
    Exodus 25:31
    You shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The lampstand shall be made of hammered work: its base, its stem, its cups, its calyxes, and its flowers shall be of one piece with it.
  14. Cross References
    Exodus 30:3
    You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and around its sides and its horns. And you shall make a molding of gold around it.
    Exodus 37:26
    He overlaid it with pure gold, its top and around its sides and its horns. And he made a molding of gold around it.
    Exodus 40:5
    And you shall put the golden altar for incense before the ark of the testimony, and set up the screen for the door of the tabernacle.
    Exodus 40:26
    He put the golden altar in the tent of meeting before the veil.
  15. Cross References
    Exodus 26:36
    You shall make a screen for the entrance of the tent, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework.
    Exodus 36:37
    He also made a screen for the entrance of the tent, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework.
  16. Cross References
    Exodus 27:9 - 15
    You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side.
    Exodus 38:9 - 17
    And he made the court. For the south side the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, a hundred cubits.
  17. Cross References
    Exodus 27:16
    For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework. It shall have four pillars and with them four bases.
    Exodus 38:18
    And the screen for the gate of the court was embroidered with needlework in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. It was twenty cubits long and five cubits high in its breadth, corresponding to the hangings of the court.
  18. Cross References
    Exodus 35:18
    The pegs of the tabernacle and the pegs of the court, and their cords.
  19. Cross References
    Exodus 35:10
    Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the Lord has commanded:
  20. Cross References
    Leviticus 9:22 - 23
    Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the peopl...
    Joshua 22:6
    So Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and ...
    2 Samuel 6:18
    And when David had finished offering the burnt ...
    1 Kings 8:14
    Then the king turned around and blessed all the...
    2 Chronicles 6:3
    Then the king turned around and blessed all the...
    2 Chronicles 30:27
    Then the priests and the Levites arose and bles...
    Numbers 6:23 - 27
    Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you s...
  21. Cross References
    Exodus 12:2
    This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.
    Exodus 13:4
    Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out.
  22. Cross References
    Exodus 40:17
    In the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was erected.
    Exodus 26:30
    Then you shall erect the tabernacle according to the plan for it that you were shown on the mountain.
  23. Cross References
    Exodus 40:21
    And he brought the ark into the tabernacle and set up the veil of the screen, and screened the ark of the testimony, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
    Exodus 35:12
    The ark with its poles, the mercy seat, and the veil of the screen.
  24. Cross References
    Exodus 40:22
    He put the table in the tent of meeting, on the north side of the tabernacle, outside the veil.
    Exodus 26:35
    And you shall set the table outside the veil, and the lampstand on the south side of the tabernacle opposite the table, and you shall put the table on the north side.
  25. Cross References
    Exodus 40:24 - 25
    He put the lampstand in the tent of meeting, opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle.
  26. Cross References
    Exodus 40:26
    He put the golden altar in the tent of meeting before the veil.
    Exodus 39:38
    The golden altar, the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and the screen for the entrance of the tent.
  27. Cross References
    Exodus 40:29
    And he set the altar of burnt offering at the entrance of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered on it the burnt offering and the grain offering, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
  28. Cross References
    Exodus 40:30
    He set the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it for washing.
    Exodus 30:18
    You shall also make a basin of bronze, with its stand of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it.
  29. Cross References
    Exodus 30:26
    With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony.
  30. Cross References
    Exodus 30:28
    And the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils and the basin and its stand.
  31. Cross References
    Exodus 29:37
    Seven days you shall make atonement for the altar and consecrate it, and the altar shall be most holy. Whatever touches the altar shall become holy.
  32. Cross References
    Leviticus 8:1 - 13
    The Lord spoke to Moses, saying.
  33. Cross References
    Exodus 28:41
    And you shall put them on Aaron your brother, and on his sons with him, and shall anoint them and ordain them and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests.
    Exodus 29:7
    You shall take the anointing oil and pour it on his head and anoint him.
  34. Cross References
    Numbers 25:13
    And it shall be to him and to his descendants after him the covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the people of Israel.'
  35. Cross References
    Exodus 40:2
    On the first day of the first month you shall erect the tabernacle of the tent of meeting.
    Numbers 7:1
    On the day when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle and had anointed and consecrated it with all its furnishings and had anointed and consecrated the altar with all its utensils.
  36. Cross References
    Exodus 25:16
    And you shall put into the ark the testimony that I shall give you.
    Exodus 16:34
    As the Lord commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the testimony to be kept.
  37. Cross References
    Exodus 40:3
    And you shall put in it the ark of the testimony, and you shall screen the ark with the veil.
    Exodus 35:12
    The ark with its poles, the mercy seat, and the veil of the screen.
  38. Cross References
    Exodus 40:3
    And you shall put in it the ark of the testimony, and you shall screen the ark with the veil.
    Exodus 40:20
    He took the testimony and put it into the ark, and put the poles on the ark and set the mercy seat above on the ark.
  39. Cross References
    Exodus 40:4
    And you shall bring in the table and arrange it, and you shall bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps.
    Exodus 26:35
    And you shall set the table outside the veil, and the lampstand on the south side of the tabernacle opposite the table, and you shall put the table on the north side.
  40. Cross References
    Exodus 26:35
    And you shall set the table outside the veil, and the lampstand on the south side of the tabernacle opposite the table, and you shall put the table on the north side.
  41. Cross References
    Exodus 40:4
    And you shall bring in the table and arrange it, and you shall bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps.
    Exodus 25:37
    You shall make seven lamps for it. And the lamps shall be set up so as to give light on the space in front of it.
  42. Cross References
    Exodus 40:5
    And you shall put the golden altar for incense before the ark of the testimony, and set up the screen for the door of the tabernacle.
    Exodus 30:6 - 7
    And you shall put it in front of the veil that is above the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is above the testimony, where I will meet with you.
  43. Cross References
    Exodus 40:5
    And you shall put the golden altar for incense before the ark of the testimony, and set up the screen for the door of the tabernacle.
    Exodus 26:36
    You shall make a screen for the entrance of the tent, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework.
  44. Cross References
    Exodus 40:6
    You shall set the altar of burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting.
  45. Cross References
    Exodus 29:41
    The other lamb you shall offer at twilight, and shall offer with it a grain offering and its drink offering, as in the morning, for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the Lord.
    Exodus 30:9
    You shall not offer unauthorized incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering, and you shall not pour a drink offering on it.
  46. Cross References
    Exodus 40:7
    And place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it.
  47. Cross References
    Exodus 30:19 - 20
    With which Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet.
  48. Cross References
    Exodus 30:21
    They shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they may not die. It shall be a statute forever to them, even to him and to his offspring throughout their generations.
  49. Cross References
    Exodus 40:8
    And you shall set up the court all around, and hang up the screen for the gate of the court.
    Exodus 27:9
    You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side.
    Exodus 27:16
    For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework. It shall have four pillars and with them four bases.
  50. Cross References
    Hebrews 3:2
    Who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house.
    Hebrews 3:5
    Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later.
  51. Cross References
    Exodus 13:21
    And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
  52. Cross References
    Exodus 29:43
    There I will meet with the people of Israel, an...
    Leviticus 16:2
    And the Lord said to Moses, "Tell Aaron your br...
    Numbers 9:15
    On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the ...
    1 Kings 8:10 - 11
    And when the priests came out of the Holy Place...
    2 Chronicles 5:13 - 14
    And it was the duty of the trumpeters and singe...
    2 Chronicles 7:2
    And the priests could not enter the house of th...
    Isaiah 6:4
    And the foundations of the thresholds shook at ...
    Haggai 2:7
    And I will shake all nations, so that the treas...
    Haggai 2:9
    The latter glory of this house shall be greater...
    Revelation 15:8
    And the sanctuary was filled with smoke from th...
  53. Cross References
    Numbers 9:17
    And whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped.
    Numbers 10:11
    In the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth day of the month, the cloud lifted from over the tabernacle of the testimony.
    Nehemiah 9:19
    You in your great mercies did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud to lead them in the way did not depart from them by day, nor the pillar of fire by night to light for them the way by which they should go.
  54. Cross References
    Numbers 9:19 - 22
    Even when the cloud continued over the tabernacle many days, the people of Israel kept the charge of the Lord and did not set out.
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