The sacred chest
1Bezalel built a chest of acacia wood one hundred and ten centimetres long, sixty-six centimetres wide, and sixty-six centimetres high. 2He covered it inside and out with pure gold and put a gold edging around the top. 3He made four gold rings and fastened one of them to each of the four legs of the chest. 4Then he made two poles of acacia wood, covered them with gold, 5and put them through the rings, so the chest could be carried by the poles.
6The entire lid of the chest, which was also covered with pure gold, was the place of mercy.37.6 place of mercy: See the note at 26.34. 7-9On each of the two ends of the chest he made a winged creature of hammered gold. They faced each other, and their wings covered the place of mercy.
The table for the sacred bread
10Bezalel built a table of acacia wood eighty-eight centimetres long, forty-four centimetres wide, and sixty-six centimetres high. 11-12He covered it with pure gold and put a gold edging around it with a border seventy-five millimetres wide.37.11-12 a gold edging…wide: Or “a gold edging around it seventy-five millimetres wide.” 13He made four gold rings and attached one to each of the legs 14near the edging. The poles for carrying the table were placed through these rings 15and were made of acacia wood covered with gold. 16Everything that was to be set on the table was made of pure gold—the bowls, plates, jars, and cups for wine offerings.
17Bezalel made a lampstand of pure gold. The whole lampstand, including its decorative flowers, was made from a single piece of hammered gold, 18with three branches on each of its two sides. 19There were three decorative almond blossoms on each branch 20and four on the stem. 21There was also a blossom where each pair of branches came out from the stem. 22The lampstand, including its branches and decorative flowers, was made from a single piece of hammered pure gold. 23-24The lamp and its equipment, including the tongs and trays, were made of about thirty-five kilogrammes of pure gold.
The altar for burning incense
25For burning incense, Bezalel made an altar of acacia wood. It was forty-five centimetres square and ninety centimetres high with each of its four corners sticking up like the horn of a bull. 26He covered it with pure gold and put a gold edging around it. 27Then below the edging on opposite sides he attached two gold rings through which he put the poles for carrying the altar. 28These poles were also made of acacia wood and covered with gold.
The oil for dedication and the incense
29Bezalel mixed the oil for dedication and the sweet-smelling spices for the incense.37.29: Ex 30.22-38.
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