(from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford)
The Offering for the Tabernacle
25.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses, saying, 2. “Speak to the children of Israel, that they will bring Me an offering: you will take My offering from every man who gives it willingly with his heart. 3. And this is the offering which you will take from them; gold, silver, bronze, 4. blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats’ hair, 5. rams’ skins dyed red, badgers’ skins, acacia wood, 6. oil for the light, spices for anointing oil and for incense of spices, 7. onyx stones and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate. 8. And they will make a Sanctuary for Me, and and I shall dwell in their midst. 9. According to all that I show you, the pattern of the Tabernacle, and the pattern of all its instruments, even so will you make it.”
The Ark of the Covenant
25:10. “And they will make an Ark of acacia: two cubits and a half will be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 11. And you will overlay it with pure gold, you will overlay it within and without, and will make upon it a crown of gold all around. 12. And you will cast four rings of gold for it and put them in its four feet, and two rings will be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it. 13. And you will make poles of acacia and overlay them with gold. 14. And you will put the poles into the rings by the sides of the Ark, so the Ark can be borne with them. 15. The poles will be in the rings of the Ark, they will not be taken from it. 16. And you will put the Testimony, which I shall give you, into the Ark. 17. And you will make a cover of pure gold: two cubits and a half will be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. 18. And you will make two cherubim of gold; you will make them of beaten work, on the two ends of the cover. 19. And make one cherub on the one end and the other cherub on the other end of the cover; you will make the cherubim on the two ends of it. 20. And the cherubim will stretch forth their wings on high, covering the Ark cover with their wings, and their faces one to another; the faces of the cherubim will be toward the cover. 21. And you will put the cover above on the Ark, and in the Ark you will put the Testimony that I shall give you. 22. And there I shall meet with you and I shall speak with you from above the cover, from between the two cherubim which are upon the Ark of the Testimony, of all things which I shall give you in commandment for the children of Israel.”
25:23. “You will also make a table of acacia: two cubits will be its length, a cubit its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 24. And you will overlay it with pure gold and make a crown of gold all around it. 25. And you will make a border for it of a handbreadth all around it, and you will make a golden crown for its border all around. 26. And you will make for it four rings of gold and put the rings in the four corners that are on its four feet. 27. The rings will be over against the border for places for the poles to bear the table. 28. And you will make the poles of acacia and overlay them with gold, so the table can be borne with them. 29. And you will make its dishes, spoons, bowls, and purifying vessels, to pour out their contents: you will make them of pure gold. 30. And you will set showbread upon the table before Me always.
25:31. “And you will make a pure gold menorah: of beaten work will the menorah be made: its shaft, its branches, its bowls, its knobs, and its flowers will be of the same. 32. And six branches will come out of its sides, three branches of the menorah out of the one side and three branches of the menorah out of the other side: 33. three bowls made like almonds, with a knob and a flower in one branch and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knob and a flower; so for the six branches that come out of the menorah. 34.And in the menorah will be four bowls made like almonds, with their knobs and their flowers. 35. And there will be a knob under two branches of the same, and a knob under two branches of the same, and a knob under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the menorah. 36. Their knobs and their branches will be of the same: all will be one beaten work of pure gold. 37. And you will make its seven lamps, and they will light its lamps, so they can give light over against it. 38. And its tongs and snuff dishes will be of pure gold. 39. He will make it ofa talent of pure gold, with all these vessels. 40. And see that you make them after their pattern, which was shown to you on the mountain.” (Heb. 8:5)
26.1. “Moreover you will make for the Tabernacle ten curtains of fine woven linen, blue, purple, and scarlet, you will make them with cherubim, with skillful work. 2. The length of one curtain will be twenty-eight cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits, and each one of the curtains will have one measure. 3. The five curtains will be coupled together to one another, and five other curtains will be coupled to one another. 4. And you will make loops of blue upon the edge of the one curtain from the selvage in the coupling, and likewise you will make in the uttermost edge of another curtain, in the coupling of the second. 5. You will make fifty loops in the one curtain, and you will make fifty loops in the edge of the curtain that is in the coupling of the second so the loops can take hold one of another. 6. And you will make fifty hooks of gold and couple the curtains together with the hooks, and it will be one Tabernacle.
26:7. “And you will make curtains of goats’ hair for a covering of the Tabernacle, you will make eleven curtains. 8. The length of one curtain will be thirty cubits and the breadth of one curtain four cubits, and the eleven curtains will be of one measure. 9. And you will couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and will double the sixth curtain in the forefront of the Tabernacle. 10. And you will make fifty loops on the edge of the one curtain outermost in the coupling, and fifty loops in the edge of the curtain which joins the second. 11. And you will make fifty hooks of bronze and put the hooks into the loops and join the tent together, so it will be one. 12. And the remnant that remains of the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remains will hang over the back side of the Tabernacle. 13. And a cubit on the one side and a cubit on the other side of that which remains in the length of the curtains of the tent, it will hang over the sides of the Tabernacle on this side and on that side to cover it.
26:14. “And you will make a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red, and a covering of badgers’ skins above. 15. And you will make boards for the Tabernacle of acacia standing up. 16. Ten cubits will be the length of a board, and a cubit and a half will be the width of one board. 17. There will be two pegs in one board, set in order one against another: thus will you make for all the boards of the Tabernacle. 18. And you will make the boards for the Tabernacle, twenty boards on the south side southward. 19. And you will make forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards, two sockets under one board for its two pegs and two sockets under another board for its two pegs. 20. And for the second side of the Tabernacle on the north side there will be twenty boards. 21. And their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board and two sockets under another board. 22. And for the sides of the Tabernacle westward you will make six boards. 23. And you will make two boards for the corners of the Tabernacle in the two sides. 24. And they will be joined together beneath, and they will be joined together above its head one ring: thus will it be for them both; they will be for the two corners. 25. And there will be eight boards and their sockets of silver, sixteen sockets; two sockets under one board and two sockets under another board.
26:26. “And you will make bars of acacia; five for the boards of the one side of the Tabernacle, 27. and five bars for the boards of the other side of the Tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the side of the Tabernacle, for the two sides westward. 28. And the middle bar in the midst of the boards will reach from end to end. 29. And you will overlay the boards with gold and make their rings of gold for places for the bars, and you will overlay the bars with gold. 30. And you will raise the Tabernacle according to the fashion of it that was shown to you on the mountain.
26:31. “And you will make a veil of blue, purple, and scarlet, fine woven linen of skillful work. It will be made with cherubim. 32. And you will hang it upon four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold: their hooks will be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver. 33. And you will hang up the veil under the hooks, so you can bring the Ark of the Testimony in there within the veil, and the veil will divide between the Holy Place and the Most Holy. 34. And you will put the cover on the Ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy Place. 35. And you will set the table outside the veil and the menorah opposite the table on the side of the Tabernacle toward the south, and you will put the table on the north side. 36. And you will make a hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, purple, and scarlet, fine woven linen, wrought with needlework. 37. And you will make for the hanging five pillars of acacia, and overlay them with gold. Their hooks will be of gold and you will cast five sockets of bronze for them.”
27.1. “And you will make an altar of acacia, five cubits long and five cubits broad; the altar will be four-square and its height will be three cubits. 2. And you will make its horns upon its four corners: its horns will be of the same, and you will overlay it with bronze. 3. And you will make its pots to receive its ashes, its shovels, its basins, its flesh-hooks, and its fire-pans. All its vessels you will make of bronze. 4. And you will make for it a grate of network of bronze and upon the net you will make four bronze rings in the four corners. 5. And you will put it under the rim of the altar beneath, so the net will be even to the middle of the altar. 6. And you will make poles for the altar, poles of acacia and overlay them with bronze. 7. And the poles will be put into the rings, and the poles will be on the two sides of the altar, to carry it. 8. Hollow with boards will you make it, as it was shown you on the mountain, so will they make it.”
27:9. “And you will make the court of the Tabernacle, for the south side southward there will be hangings for the court of fine woven linen of a hundred cubits long for one side. 10. And its twenty pillars and their twenty sockets will be of bronze. The hooks of its pillars and their rods will be of silver. 11. And likewise for the north side in length there will be hangings of a hundred cubits long, and its twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of bronze, the hooks of the pillars and their silver bands. 12. And for the width of the court on the west side will be hangings of fifty cubits, their pillars ten and their sockets ten. 13. And the width of the court on the east side eastward will be fifty cubits. 14. The hangings of one side of the gate will be fifteen cubits, their pillars three and their sockets three. 15. And the second panel will be fifteen, their pillars three, and their sockets three. 16. And there will be a hanging of twenty cubits, of blue, purple, and scarlet for the gate of the court, and fine woven linen, wrought with needlework. There will be four pillars and four sockets. 17. And the pillars around the court will be banded with silver, their hooks will be silver and their sockets bronze. 18. The length of the court will be a hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty by fifty and the height five cubits of fine woven linen and their bronze sockets. 19. All the vessels of the Tabernacle in all the service of it and the pegs of the court will be of bronze.”
Next week’s Torah readings: T’tsaveh
I was wondering why the tablets were placed in the ark never to be seen again, or I at least Don’t recall any scripture stating it was opened again for any reason, and also the manorrah fashioned after a almond tree and they put olive oil in it why not almond oil, and Arron’s rod budded and produced almonds
Thank you for writing. The tablets are referred to as the Testimony, even giving that name to the Ark. The copies that were to be read were were on a scroll written by Moses.
The LORD* spoke all these words, The entire Torah, not just the Ten Statements. Forty days were not needed for writing just the Ten Statements, but the LORD* wrote the instructions on the tablets, Deut. 9:10, front and back. What Moses wrote was placed beside the Ark, Deut. 31:26. So, the tablets did not need to be read frequently as Moses scroll was used.