Exodus 28

1˻The Lord said to Moses,˼ “Tell your brother Aaron and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, to come to you from the people of Israel. These men will serve me as priests. 2“Make special clothes for your brother Aaron. These clothes will give him honor and respect. 3There are skilled men among the people who can make these clothes. I have given these men special wisdom. Tell those men to make the clothes for Aaron. These clothes will show that he serves me in a special way. Then he can serve me as a priest. 4These are the clothes the men should make: the Judgment Pouch, the Ephod, a blue robe, a white woven robe, a turban and a sash ˻(belt)˼. The men must make these special clothes for your brother Aaron and his sons. Then Aaron and his sons can serve me as priests. 5Tell the men to use gold threads, fine linen, and blue, purple and red yarn. 6“Use gold threads, fine linen, and blue, purple, and red yarn to make the Ephod. This must be the work of a very skilled person. 7At each shoulder of the Ephod there should be a shoulder piece. These shoulder pieces should be tied to the two corners of the Ephod. 8“The men will very carefully weave a sash ˻(belt)˼ for the Ephod. This sash must be made the same way as the Ephod—use gold threads, fine linen, and blue, purple, and red yarn. 9“Take two onyx stones. Write the names of the twelve sons of Israel ˻(Jacob)˼ on these jewels. 10Write six names on one jewel and six names on the other jewel. Write the names in order, from the oldest son to the youngest. 11Cut the names of the sons of Israel on these stones. Do this the way a worker makes a seal. Put the jewels in gold settings. 12Then put these two jewels on the shoulder pieces of the Ephod. Aaron will wear this special coat when he stands before the Lord. And the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel will be on the Ephod. These jewels will cause God to remember the people of Israel. 13Use fine gold to hold the stones on the Ephod. 14Twist chains of pure gold together like a rope. Make two of these gold chains and fasten them to the gold settings. 15“Make the Judgment Pouch for the high priest. Skilled workers should make this pouch like they made the Ephod. They must use gold threads, fine linen, and blue, purple, and red yarn. 16The Judgment Pouch should be folded double to make a square ˻pocket˼. It should be 1 span long and 1 span wide. 17Put four rows of beautiful jewels on the Judgment Pouch. The first row of jewels should have a ruby, a topaz, and a beryl. 18The second row should have a turquoise, a sapphire, and an emerald. 19The third row should have a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst. 20The fourth row should have a chrysolite, an onyx, and a jasper. Set all these jewels in gold. 21There will be twelve jewels on the Judgment Pouch—one jewel for each of the sons of Israel ˻(Jacob)˼. Write the name of one of the sons of Israel on each of the stones. Cut these names into each stone like a worker makes a seal. 22“Make chains of pure gold for Judgment Pouch. These chains must be braided like a rope. 23Make two gold rings and put them on two corners of the Judgment Pouch. 24Put the two golden chains through the two rings at the corners of the Judgment Pouch. 25Fasten the other ends of the gold chains to the two settings. This will fasten them to the two shoulder pieces of the Ephod on the front. 26Make two more gold rings and put them on the other two corners of the Judgment Pouch. This will be on the inside edge of the Judgment Pouch next to the Ephod. 27Make two more gold rings and put them on the bottom of the shoulder pieces on the front of the Ephod. Put the gold rings above the sash ˻(belt)˼ of the Ephod. 28Use blue ribbon to tie the rings of the Judgment Pouch to the rings of the Ephod. In this way the Judgment Pouch will rest close to the sash and will be held against the Ephod. 29“When Aaron enters the Holy Place, he must wear the Judgment Pouch. In this way he will wear the names of the twelve sons of Israel over his heart. And the Lord will always be reminded of them. 30Put the Urim and Thummim inside the Judgment Pouch. They will be over Aaron’s heart when he goes before the Lord. So Aaron will always carry with him a way of judging the people of Israel when he is before the Lord. 31“Make a blue robe for the Ephod. 32Make a hole in the center for the head. And sew a piece of cloth around the edge of this hole. This cloth will ˻be like a collar that˼ keeps the hole from tearing. 33Use blue, purple, and red yarn to make cloth pomegranates. Hang these pomegranates around the bottom edge of the robe. And hang gold bells between the pomegranates. 34So around the bottom edge of the robe there should be bells and pomegranates. There should be a bell between each pomegranate. 35Aaron will wear this robe when he serves as a priest. The bells will ring as Aaron goes into the Holy Place to stand before the Lord. And the bells will ring as he leaves the Holy Place. This way Aaron will not die. 36“Make a strip of pure gold and carve words into the gold the way people make a seal. Write these words: holy to the lord. 37Fasten the gold strip to a blue ribbon. Tie the blue ribbon around the turban. The gold strip should be on the front of the turban. 38Aaron will wear this on his head. In this way he will remove the guilt if anything is wrong with the gifts of the people of Israel. These are the gifts the people give to the Lord. Aaron will always wear this on his head so that the Lord will accept the gifts of the people. 39“Use fine linen to make the white woven robe. And use fine linen to make the turban. The sash ˻(belt)˼ should have designs sewn into it. 40Also make coats, belts, and turbans for Aaron’s sons. This will give them honor and respect. 41Put the clothes on your brother Aaron and his sons. Then pour the special oil on them to make them priests. This will make them holy, and they will serve me as priests. 42“Use linen to make underclothes for the priests. These underclothes will cover them from the waist to the thighs. 43Aaron and his sons must wear these clothes anytime they enter the Meeting Tent. They must wear these clothes when they come near to the altar to serve as priests in the Holy Place. If they don’t wear these clothes, then they will be guilty of wrong, and they will have to die. All this should be a law that continues forever for Aaron and all his family after him.”

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