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25 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying 2 “Tell the sons of Israel to take a contribution for me; from every man whose heart moves him to generosity you shall take my contribution. 3 And this is the contribution you are to take from them: gold and silver and bronze 4 and violet and purple and scarlet and lawn and goats’ hair 5 and red morocco and sea-cow skins and acacia wood, 6 oil for the light, spices for the oil for anointing and for the aromatic incense, 7* beryls and stones for setting for the ephod and the pectoral. 8 And have them make me a sanctuary, and I will take up my abode among them. 9 Just as I show you the design of the tabernacle and of all its furnishings, so you shall make it. 10 “And they shall make an ark of acacia wood forty-five inches in length and twenty-seven inches in breadth and twenty-seven inches in depth. 11 And you shall gild it with pure gold, gild it inside and outside, and make a gold molding around it, 12 and cast four gold rings and put them on its four legs, two rings on one side and two on the other. 13 And you shall make poles of acacia wood and gild them, 14 and insert the poles in the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark by. 15 The poles shall be in the rings of the ark, they shall never be taken off from it. 16 And you shall put in the ark the Lessons I will give to you. 17 And you shall make a mercy-seat of pure gold forty-five inches in length and twenty-seven inches in breadth; 18 and you shall make two golden cherubs, make them of chased work, at the two ends of the mercy-seat, 19 and make one cherub at this end and one cherub at that end; you shall make the cherubs in one piece with the mercy-seat, at its two ends. 20 And the cherubs shall be stretching out their wings above, overarching the mercy-seat with their wings, their faces toward each other: the cherubs’ faces shall be toward the mercy-seat. 21 And you shall put the mercy-seat on top of the ark, and into the ark you shall put the Lessons I will give to you. 22 And I will be there to meet you, and will speak to you off the mercy-seat, from between the two cherubs on the Ark of the Lessons, telling you everything that I command you for the sons of Israel. 23 “And you shall make a table of acacia wood three feet in length and eighteen inches in breadth and twenty-seven inches in height, 24 and gild it with pure gold, and make a gold molding around it. 25 And you shall make a three-inch border around it, and make a gold molding around its border, 26 and make four gold rings for it and put the rings on the four broadsides of its four legs: 27 the rings shall be close by the border, for eyes for the poles for carrying the table. 28 And you shall make the poles of acacia wood, and gild them, and the table shall be carried by them. 29 And you shall make its plates and its pans and its flagons and its chalices that libations are to be poured with, make them of pure gold. 30 And you shall put showbread on the table before me regularly. 31 “And you shall make a lampstand of pure gold: the lampstand shall be made of chased work; its base and its stem, its bowls, its bulbs, and its petals, shall be in one piece. 32* And there shall be six stems coming out of its sides, three lampstand-stems on one side and three lampstand-stems on the other; three almond-flower bowls on one stem, bulbs and petals, 33 and three almond-flower bowls on one stem, bulbs and petals, so for the six stems that come out of the lampstand; 34 and on the lampstand four almond-flower bowls, its bulbs and its petals; 35* and a bulb under the two stems, in one piece with it, and a bulb under the two stems, in one piece with it, and a bulb under the two stems, in one piece with it, for the six stems that come out of the lampstand. 36 Their bulbs and their stems shall be in one piece with it, all a single piece of chased work of pure gold. 37* And you shall make its lamps, seven of them, and set up its lamps and have it throw the light to its front side; 38 and its pincers and its firepans, pure gold. 39* You shall make it, with all these furnishings, of a hundredweight of pure gold. 40 And see that you make them by the design you are shown on the mountain.