Laws About Altars
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: 'You have seen that I have talked with you i from heaven.
'You shall not make anything to be j with Me - gods of silver or gods of gold you shall not make for yourselves.
'An altar of k earth you shall make for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, l your sheep and your oxen. In every m place where I record My name I will come to you, and I will n bless you.
'And o if you make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stone; for if you p use your tool on it, you have profaned it.
'Nor shall you go up by steps to My altar, that your q nakedness may not be exposed on it.'
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire.
And you said: 'Surely the LORD our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that God speaks with man; yet he still lives.
For who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?
You came down also on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven, And gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments.
Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, "Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.
And Aaron said to them, "Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.
And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, "This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!
And you saw their abominations and their idols which were among them - wood and stone and silver and gold).
And if you make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stone; for if you use your tool on it, you have profaned it.
Exodus 27:1 - 8
You shall make an altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide - the altar shall be square - and its height shall be three cubits.
Then he sent young men of the children of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD.
Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When any one of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall bring your offering of the livestock - of the herd and of the flock.
But you shall seek the place where the LORD your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go.
But at the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide, there you shall sacrifice the Passover at twilight, at the going down of the sun, at the time you came out of Egypt.
You shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite who is within your gates, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are among you, at the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide.
1 Kings 9:3
And the LORD said to him: "I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
2 Chronicles 6:6
'Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.'
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
And there you shall build an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones; you shall not use an iron tool on them.
Now Joshua built an altar to the LORD God of Israel in Mount Ebal.
As Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the Book of the Law of Moses: "an altar of whole stones over which no man has wielded an iron tool." And they offered on it burnt offerings to the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.
And you shall make for them linen trousers to cover their nakedness; they shall reach from the waist to the thighs.
They shall be on Aaron and on his sons when they come into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister in the holy place, that they do not incur iniquity and die. It shall be a statute forever to him and his descendants after him.