Exodus 27

1˻The Lord said to Moses,˼ “Use acacia wood and build an altar. The altar should be square. It must be 5 cubits long, 5 cubits wide, and 3 cubits high. 2Make a horn for each of the four corners of the altar. Join each horn to its corner so that everything is one piece. Then cover the altar with bronze. 3“Use bronze to make all the tools and dishes that will be used on the altar. Make pots, shovels, bowls, forks, and pans. These will be used for cleaning ashes from the altar. 4Make a grating for the altar. This grating will be shaped like a net. And make a bronze ring at each of the four corners of the grating. 5Put the grating under the ledge at the bottom of the altar. The grating will go halfway up into the altar from below. 6“Use acacia wood to make poles for the altar, and cover them with bronze. 7Put the poles through the rings on both sides of the altar. Use these poles for carrying the altar. 8Make the altar like an empty box with the sides made from boards. Make the altar just like I showed you on the mountain. 9“Make a courtyard for the Holy Tent. The south side should have a wall of curtains 100 cubits long. These curtains must be made from fine linen. 10Use 20 posts and 20 bronze bases under the posts. The hooks for the posts and the curtain rods should be made from silver. 11The north side must also have a wall of curtains 100 cubits long. It must have 20 posts, and 20 bronze bases. The hooks for the posts and the curtain rods must be made from silver. 12“On the west side of the courtyard there must be a wall of curtains 50 cubits long. There must be ten posts and ten bases. 13The east side of the courtyard must also be 50 cubits long. 14˻This east side is the entrance to the courtyard.˼ One side of the entrance must have curtains 15 cubits long. There must be three posts and three bases on this side. 15The other side must also have curtains 15 cubits long. There must be three posts and three bases on that side. 16Make a curtain 20 cubits long to cover the entrance to the courtyard. Make that curtain from fine linen and blue, purple, and red yarn. Weave designs into that curtain. There must be four posts and four bases for that curtain. 17All the posts around the courtyard must be joined with silver ˻curtain rods˼. The hooks on the posts must be made from silver, and the bases for the posts must be bronze. 18The courtyard should be 100 cubits long and 50 cubits wide. The wall of curtains around the courtyard should be 5 cubits high. The curtains must be made from fine linen. The bases under the posts must be bronze. 19All the tools, tent pegs, and other things used in the Holy Tent must be made from bronze. And all the pegs ˻for the curtains around the courtyard˼ must be made from bronze. 20“Command the people of Israel to bring the best olive oil. Use this oil for the lamp that must be lit each evening. 21Aaron and his sons will have the job of caring for the lamp. They will go into ˻the first room of˼ the Meeting Tent. This is outside ˻the room with˼ the Agreement that is behind the curtain ˻that separates the two rooms˼. In this place they will make sure the lamp continues burning before the Lord from evening till morning. The people of Israel and their descendants must obey this law forever.”

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