The Bible in Its Traditions

Exodus 27:1–21

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And thou shalt make the altar of acacia-wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be four-square; and the height thereof shall be three cubits.

“You shall also make an altar of setim wood, which will have five cubits in length, and the same in width, that is, four equal sides, and three cubits in height.

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And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof; the horns thereof shall be of one piece with it; and thou shalt overlay it with brass.

Now there shall be horns at the four corners of it, and you shall cover it with brass.

And you shall make the horns of it on the four corners thereof; its horns shall be of the same; and you shall overlay it with brass.

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And thou shalt make its pots to take away its ashes, and its shovels, and its basins, and its flesh-hooks, and its fire-pans; all the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass.

And you shall make, for its uses, pans to receive the ashes, and tongs as well as small hooks, and receptacles for fire. You shall fabricate all of its vessels from brass,

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And thou shalt make for it a grating of network of brass; and upon the net shalt thou make four brazen rings in the four corners thereof.

along with a grating of brass in the manner of a net. At its four corners there shall be four rings of brass,

You shall make for it a grating of network of brass; and upon the grating you shall make four rings of brass at its four corners.

And thou shalt put it under the ledge round the altar beneath, that the net may reach halfway up the altar.

which you shall place under the base of the altar. And the grating will extend even to the middle of the altar.

And you shall put it under the ledge of the altar, that the grate may reach to the midst of the altar.

And thou shalt make staves for the altar, staves of acacia-wood, and overlay them with brass.

You shall also make, for the altar, two bars of setim wood, which you shall cover with layers of brass.

And you shall make poles for the altar, poles of shittim wood, and overlay them with brass.

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And the staves thereof shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two sides of the altar, in bearing it.

And thou shalt put the staves into the rings; and let the staves be on the sides of the altar to carry it.

And you shall lead them through the rings, and they will be on both sides of the altar to carry it.

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Hollow with planks shalt thou make it; as it hath been shown thee in the mount, so shall they make it.

You shall not make it solid, but empty and hollow at the interior, just as it was shown to you on the mountain.

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And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side.

You shall also make the atrium of the tabernacle, at the southern part of which, opposite the meridian, there shall be hangings of fine twisted linen: one side extending for one hundred cubits in length.

And you shall make the court of the tabernacle; on the south side, there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side;

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10  And the pillars thereof shall be twenty, and their sockets twenty, of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver.

10  And their pillars twenty, and twenty brazen sockets for them, and their rings and their clasps of silver.

10  And you shall make twenty columns with the same number of bases of brass, the heads of which, with their engravings, shall be made of silver.

11  And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings a hundred cubits long, and the pillars thereof twenty, and their sockets twenty, of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.

11  Thus shall there be to the side toward the north curtains of a hundred cubits in length; and their pillars twenty, and their sockets twenty of brass, and the rings and the clasps of the pillars, and their sockets overlaid with silver.

11  In like manner also, throughout the length of the north side, there shall be hangings of one hundred cubits, and twenty columns, and the same number of bases of brass, and their heads with their engravings of silver.

12  And for the breadth of the court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits: their pillars ten, and their sockets ten.

12  And in the breadth of the tabernacle toward the west curtains of fifty cubits, their pillars ten and their sockets ten.

12  Yet truly, along the width of the atrium that looks out toward the west, there shall be hangings of fifty cubits, and ten columns, and the same number of bases.

13  And the breadth of the court on the east side eastward shall be fifty cubits.

13  And in the breadth of the tabernacle toward the south, curtains of fifty cubits; their pillars ten, and their sockets ten.

13  Likewise, along the width of the atrium that looks out toward the east, there shall be fifty cubits,

14  The hangings for the one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.

14  And the height of the curtains shall be of fifty cubits for the one side of the gate; their pillars three, and their sockets three.

14  along which there shall be assigned hangings of fifteen cubits for one side, and three columns, and the same number of bases.

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15  And for the other side shall be hangings of fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three.

15  And, along the other side, there shall be hangings occupying fifteen cubits, with three columns and the same number of bases.

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16  And for the gate of the court shall be a screen of twenty cubits, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, the work of the weaver in colours: their pillars four, and their sockets four.

16  And a veil for the door of the court, the height of it of twenty cubits of blue linen, and of purple, and spun scarlet, and of fine linen spun with the art of the embroiderer; their pillars four, and their sockets four.

16  Yet truly, at the entrance of the atrium, there shall be made a hanging of twenty cubits, of hyacinth and purple, and twice-dyed scarlet, and fine twisted linen, wrought with embroidery. It shall have four columns, with the same number of bases.

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17  All the pillars of the court round about shall be filleted with silver; their hooks of silver, and their sockets of brass.

17  All the columns surrounding the atrium shall be clothed with layers of silver, with silver heads, and with bases of brass.

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18  The length of the court shall be a hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty every where, and the height five cubits, of fine twined linen, and their sockets of brass.

18  And the length of the court shall be a hundred cubits on each side, and the breadth fifty on each side, and the height five cubits of fine linen spun, and their sockets of brass.

18  In length, the atrium shall occupy one hundred cubits, in width, fifty; the height shall be of five cubits. And it shall be made of fine twisted linen, and it shall have bases of brass.

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19  All the instruments of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass.

19  And all the furniture and all the instruments and the pins of the court shall be of brass.

19  All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass. And you make coverings of blue and purple and crimson twined, to cover in them holines.

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20  And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause a lamp to burn continually.

20  Instruct the sons of Israel so that they may bring you the purest oil of the olive trees, crushed with a pestle, so that a lamp may always burn

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21  In the tent of meeting, without the veil which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall set it in order, to burn from evening to morning before YHWH; it shall be a statute for ever throughout their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.

21  in the tabernacle of the testimony, without the veil that is before the ark of the covenant, shall Aaron and his sons burn it from evening until morning, before the Lord: it is a perpetual ordinance throughout your generations of the children of Israel.