Exodus 29:26 — 32:14
you must take the breast of the ram of installation, which is for Aaron, and
wave it to and fro as a wave offering before Jehovah, and it must become your
you must sanctify the breast of the wave offering and the leg of the sacred
portion that was waved and that was contributed from the ram of installation,
from what was for Aaron and from what was for his sons.
it must become Aaron’s and his sons’ by a regulation to time indefinite to be
performed by the sons of Israel, because it is a sacred portion; and it will
become a sacred portion to be rendered by the sons of Israel. From their
communion sacrifices it is their sacred portion for Jehovah.
29 “And the holy garments that are Aaron’s will serve for his sons after him to anoint them in them and to fill their hand with power in them. 30 Seven days the priest who succeeds him from among his sons and who comes into the tent of meeting to minister in the holy place will wear them.
31 “And you will take the ram of installation, and you must boil its flesh in a holy place. 32 And Aaron and his sons must eat the flesh of the ram and the bread that is in the basket at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 33 And they must eat the things with which atonement has been made to fill their hand with power, in order to sanctify them. But a stranger may not eat them, because they are something holy. 34 And if any of the flesh of the installation sacrifice and of the bread should be left over until the morning, then you must burn what is left over with fire. It must not be eaten, because it is something holy.
35 “And you must do this way to Aaron and his sons according to all that I have commanded you. You will take seven days to fill their hand with power. 36 And you will offer the bull of the sin offering daily for an atonement, and you must purify the altar from sin by your making atonement over it, and you must anoint it to sanctify it. 37 You will take seven days to make atonement over the altar, and you must sanctify it that it may indeed become a most holy altar. Anyone who touches the altar is to be holy.
38 “And this is what you will offer upon the altar: young rams each a year old, two a day constantly. 39 And you will offer the one young ram in the morning, and you will offer the other young ram between the two evenings. 40 And a tenth part of an ephah measure of fine flour moistened with the fourth of a hin of beaten oil, and a drink offering of the fourth of a hin of wine, will go for the first young ram. 41 And you will offer the second young ram between the two evenings. With a grain offering like that of the morning and with a drink offering like its, you will render it as a restful odor, an offering made by fire to Jehovah. 42 It is a constant burnt offering throughout YOUR generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before Jehovah, where I shall present myself to YOU people to speak to you there.
43 “And I will present myself there to the sons of Israel, and it will certainly be sanctified by my glory. 44 And I will sanctify the tent of meeting and the altar; and I shall sanctify Aaron and his sons for them to act as priests to me. 45 And I will tabernacle in the midst of the sons of Israel, and I will prove to be their God. 46 And they will certainly know that I am Jehovah their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I may tabernacle in the midst of them. I am Jehovah their God.
30 “And you must make an altar as a place for burning incense; out of acacia wood you will make it. 2 A cubit in length and a cubit in width, it should be foursquare, and its height two cubits. Its horns extend out of it. 3 And you must overlay it with pure gold, its top surface and its sides round about and its horns; and you must make a border of gold round about for it. 4 You will also make for it two rings of gold. Down below its border upon two of its sides you will make them, upon two opposite sides of it, as they must serve as supports for the poles with which to carry it. 5 And you must make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 6 And you must put it before the curtain that is near the ark of the testimony, before the cover that is over the Testimony, where I shall present myself to you.
7 “And Aaron must make perfumed incense smoke upon it. Morning by morning, when he dresses the lamps, he will make it smoke. 8 And when Aaron lights up the lamps between the two evenings, he will make it smoke. It is an incense constantly before Jehovah during YOUR generations. 9 YOU must not offer upon it illegitimate incense or a burnt offering or a grain offering; and YOU must not pour a drink offering upon it. 10 And Aaron must make atonement upon its horns once a year. With some of the blood of the sin offering of the atonement he will make atonement for it once a year during YOUR generations. It is most holy to Jehovah.”
11 And Jehovah went on to speak to Moses, saying: 12 “Whenever you take the sum of the sons of Israel as a census of them, then they must each give a ransom for his soul to Jehovah when taking a census of them, that there may come to be no plague upon them when taking a census of them. 13 This is what all those will give who pass over to those numbered: a half shekel by the shekel of the holy place. Twenty gerahs equal a shekel. A half shekel is the contribution to Jehovah. 14 Everyone passing over to those registered from twenty years old and upward will give Jehovah’s contribution. 15 The rich should not give more, and the lowly must not give less than the half shekel, in order to give Jehovah’s contribution so as to make atonement for YOUR souls. 16 And you must take the silver money of the atonement from the sons of Israel and give it in behalf of the service of the tent of meeting, that it may indeed serve as a memorial before Jehovah for the sons of Israel, to make atonement for YOUR souls.”
17 And Jehovah spoke further to Moses, saying: 18 “You must make a basin of copper and its stand of copper for washing, and you must put it between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water into it. 19 And Aaron and his sons must wash their hands and their feet at it. 20 When they go into the tent of meeting they will wash with water that they may not die, or when they go near the altar to minister in order to make an offering made by fire smoke to Jehovah. 21 And they must wash their hands and their feet that they may not die, and it must serve as a regulation to time indefinite for them, for him and his offspring throughout their generations.”
22 And Jehovah continued to speak to Moses, saying: 23 “As for you, take to yourself the choicest perfumes: myrrh in congealed drops five hundred units, and sweet cinnamon in half that amount, two hundred and fifty units, and sweet calamus two hundred and fifty units, 24 and cassia five hundred units by the shekel of the holy place, and olive oil a hin. 25 Then you must make out of it a holy anointing oil, an ointment, a mixture that is the work of an ointment maker. It is to be a holy anointing oil.
26 “And you must anoint with it the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony, 27 and the table and all its utensils and the lampstand and its utensils and the altar of incense, 28 and the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils and the basin and its stand. 29 And you must sanctify them that they may indeed become most holy. Anyone touching them is to be holy. 30 And you will anoint Aaron and his sons, and you must sanctify them for acting as priests to me.
31 “And you will speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘This is to continue as a holy anointing oil to me during YOUR generations. 32 It is not to be rubbed in the flesh of mankind, and with its composition YOU must not make any like it. It is something holy. It is to continue as something holy for YOU. 33 Anyone who makes an ointment like it and who puts some of it upon a stranger must be cut off from his people.’”
34 And Jehovah went on to say to Moses: “Take to yourself perfumes: stacte drops and onycha and perfumed galbanum and pure frankincense. There should be the same portion of each. 35 And you must make it into an incense, a spice mixture, the work of an ointment maker, salted, pure, something holy. 36 And you must pound some of it into fine powder and put some of it before the Testimony in the tent of meeting, where I shall present myself to you. It should be most holy to YOU people. 37 And the incense that you will make with this composition, YOU must not make for yourselves. For you it is to continue as something holy to Jehovah. 38 Whoever makes any like it to enjoy its smell must be cut off from his people.”
31 And Jehovah continued to speak to Moses, saying: 2 “See, I do call by name Bezalel the son of Uri the son of Hur of the tribe of Judah. 3 And I shall fill him with the spirit of God in wisdom and in understanding and in knowledge and in every kind of craftsmanship, 4 for designing devices, for working in gold and silver and copper, 5 and in working of stones to set them and in working of wood to make products of every kind. 6 As for me, look! I do put with him Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan, and in the heart of everyone wise of heart I do put wisdom, that they may indeed make everything I have commanded you: 7 the tent of meeting and the Ark for the testimony and the cover that is upon it, and all the utensils of the tent, 8 and the table and its utensils, and the lampstand of pure gold and all its utensils, and the altar of incense, 9 and the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, 10 and the garments of knitted work and the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons for acting as priests; 11 and the anointing oil and the perfumed incense for the sanctuary. According to everything I have commanded you they will do.”
12 And Jehovah said further to Moses: 13 “As for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘Especially my sabbaths YOU are to keep, for it is a sign between me and YOU during YOUR generations that YOU may know that I Jehovah am sanctifying YOU. 14 And YOU must keep the sabbath, for it is something holy to YOU. A profaner of it will positively be put to death. In case there is anyone doing work on it, then that soul must be cut off from the midst of his people. 15 Six days may work be done, but on the seventh day is a sabbath of complete rest. It is something holy to Jehovah. Anyone doing work on the sabbath day will positively be put to death. 16 And the sons of Israel must keep the sabbath, so as to carry out the sabbath during their generations. It is a covenant to time indefinite. 17 Between me and the sons of Israel it is a sign to time indefinite, because in six days Jehovah made the heavens and the earth and on the seventh day he rested and proceeded to refresh himself.’”
18 Now as soon as he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai he proceeded to give Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone written on by God’s finger.
32 Meanwhile the people got to see that Moses was taking a long time about coming down from the mountain. So the people congregated themselves about Aaron and said to him: “Get up, make for us a god who will go ahead of us, because as regards this Moses, the man who led us up out of the land of Egypt, we certainly do not know what has happened to him.” 2 At this Aaron said to them: “Tear off the gold earrings that are in the ears of YOUR wives, of YOUR sons and of YOUR daughters and bring them to me.” 3 And all the people began tearing off the gold earrings that were in their ears and bringing them to Aaron. 4 Then he took [the gold] from their hands, and he formed it with a graving tool and proceeded to make it into a molten statue of a calf. And they began to say: “This is your God, O Israel, who led you up out of the land of Egypt.”
5 When Aaron got to see this, he went to building an altar before it. Finally Aaron called out and said: “There is a festival to Jehovah tomorrow.” 6 So on the next day they were early in rising, and they began offering up burnt offerings and presenting communion sacrifices. After that the people sat down to eat and drink. Then they got up to have a good time.
7 Jehovah now said to Moses: “Go, descend, because your people whom you led up out of the land of Egypt have acted ruinously. 8 They have turned aside in a hurry from the way I have commanded them to go. They have made a molten statue of a calf for themselves and keep bowing down to it and sacrificing to it and saying, ‘This is your God, O Israel, who led you up out of the land of Egypt.’” 9 And Jehovah went on to say to Moses: “I have looked at this people and here it is a stiff-necked people. 10 So now let me be, that my anger may blaze against them and I may exterminate them, and let me make you into a great nation.”
11 And Moses proceeded to soften the face of Jehovah his God and to say: “Why, O Jehovah, should your anger blaze against your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a strong hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent he brought them out in order to kill them among the mountains and to exterminate them from the surface of the ground’? Turn from your burning anger and feel regret over the evil against your people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac and Israel your servants, to whom you swore by yourself, in that you said to them, ‘I shall multiply YOUR seed like the stars of the heavens, and all this land that I have designated I shall give to YOUR seed, that they may indeed take possession of it to time indefinite.’”
14 And Jehovah began to feel regret over the evil that he had spoken of doing to his people.