Exodus 27

Exodus 27

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1 "Using acacia wood, make a square altar 7 feet wide, 7 feet long, and 4 feet high.*1

2 Make a horn at each of the four corners of the altar so the horns and altar are all one piece. Overlay the altar and its horns with bronze.

3 The ash buckets, shovels, basins, meat hooks, and firepans will all be made of bronze.

4 Make a bronze grating, with a metal ring at each corner.

5 Fit the grating halfway down into the firebox, resting it on the ledge built there.

6 For moving the altar, make poles from acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze.

7 To carry it, put the poles into the rings at two sides of the altar.

8 The altar must be hollow, made from planks. Be careful to build it just as you were shown on the mountain.

9 "Then make a courtyard for the Tabernacle, enclosed with curtains made from fine linen. On the south side the curtains will stretch for 150 feet.

10 They will be held up by twenty bronze posts that fit into twenty bronze bases. The curtains will be held up with silver hooks attached to the silver rods that are attached to the posts.

11 It will be the same on the north side of the courtyard--150 feet of curtains held up by twenty posts fitted into bronze bases, with silver hooks and rods.

12 The curtains on the west end of the courtyard will be 75 feet long, supported by ten posts set into ten bases.

13 The east end will also be 75 feet long.

14 The courtyard entrance will be on the east end, flanked by two curtains. The curtain on the right side will be 22 feet long, supported by three posts set into three bases.

15 The curtain on the left side will also be 22 feet long, supported by three posts set into three bases.

16 "For the entrance to the courtyard, make a curtain that is 30 feet long. Fashion it from fine linen, and decorate it with beautiful embroidery in blue, purple, and scarlet yarn. It will be attached to four posts that fit into four bases.

17 All the posts around the courtyard must be connected by silver rods, using silver hooks. The posts are to be set in solid bronze bases.

18 So the entire courtyard will be 150 feet long and 75 feet wide, with curtain walls 7 feet high, made from fine linen. The bases supporting its walls will be made of bronze.

19 "All the articles used in the work of the Tabernacle, including all the tent pegs used to support the Tabernacle and the courtyard curtains, must be made of bronze.

20 "Tell the people of Israel to bring you pure olive oil for the lampstand, so it can be kept burning continually.

21 The lampstand will be placed outside the inner curtain of the Most Holy Place in the Tabernacle.* Aaron and his sons will keep the lamps burning in the LORD's presence day and night. This is a permanent law for the people of Israel, and it must be kept by all future generations.2

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1: Hebrew 5 cubits [2.3 meters] wide, 5 cubits long, and 3 cubits [1.4 meters] high. In this chapter, the distance measures are calculated from the Hebrew cubit at a ratio of 18 inches or 45 centimeters per cubit.

2: Hebrew in the Tent of Meeting, outside of the inner curtain, in front of the Testimony.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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