The Bible in Its Traditions

Exodus 27:1–8

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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.