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Exodus 28 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Garments for the Priesthood
How the Priests Were Dressed
(Ex. 39:1–7 )
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:1 - “Now take Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister to Me as priest, Aaron and Aaron’s sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:2 - “And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:3 - “So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments, to consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:4 - “And these are the garments which they shall make: a breastplate, an ephod,[fn] a robe, a skillfully woven tunic, a turban, and a sash. So they shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons, that he may minister to Me as priest.
The Ephod
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:5 - “They shall take the gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and the fine linen,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:6 - “and they shall make the ephod of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, artistically worked.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:7 - “It shall have two shoulder straps joined at its two edges, and so it shall be joined together.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:8 - “And the intricately woven band of the ephod, which is on it, shall be of the same workmanship, made of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:9 - “Then you shall take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel:
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:10 - “six of their names on one stone and six names on the other stone, in order of their birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:11 - “With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, you shall engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel. You shall set them in settings of gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:12 - “And you shall put the two stones on the shoulders of the ephod as memorial stones for the sons of Israel. So Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD on his two shoulders as a memorial.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:13 - “You shall also make settings of gold,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:14 - “and you shall make two chains of pure gold like braided cords, and fasten the braided chains to the settings.
The Breastplate
(Ex. 39:8–21 )
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:15 - “You shall make the breastplate of judgment. Artistically woven according to the workmanship of the ephod you shall make it: of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, you shall make it.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:16 - “It shall be doubled into a square: a span shall be its length, and a span shall be its width.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:17 - “And you shall put settings of stones in it, four rows of stones: The first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and an emerald; this shall be the first row;
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:18 - “the second row shall be a turquoise, a sapphire, and a diamond;
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:19 - “the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:20 - “and the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They shall be set in gold settings.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:21 - “And the stones shall have the names of the sons of Israel, twelve according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, each one with its own name; they shall be according to the twelve tribes.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:22 - “You shall make chains for the breastplate at the end, like braided cords of pure gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:23 - “And you shall make two rings of gold for the breastplate, and put the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:24 - “Then you shall put the two braided chains of gold in the two rings which are on the ends of the breastplate;
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:25 - “and the other two ends of the two braided chains you shall fasten to the two settings, and put them on the shoulder straps of the ephod in the front.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:26 - “You shall make two rings of gold, and put them on the two ends of the breastplate, on the edge of it, which is on the inner side of the ephod.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:27 - “And two other rings of gold you shall make, and put them on the two shoulder straps, underneath the ephod toward its front, right at the seam above the intricately woven band of the ephod.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:28 - “They shall bind the breastplate by means of its rings to the rings of the ephod, using a blue cord, so that it is above the intricately woven band of the ephod, and so that the breastplate does not come loose from the ephod.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:29 - “So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel on the breastplate of judgment over his heart, when he goes into the holy place, as a memorial before the LORD continually.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:30 - “And you shall put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim,[fn] and they shall be over Aaron’s heart when he goes in before the LORD. So Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel over his heart before the LORD continually.
Other Priestly Garments
(Ex. 39:22–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:31 - “You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:32 - “There shall be an opening for his head in the middle of it; it shall have a woven binding all around its opening, like the opening in a coat of mail, so that it does not tear.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:33 - “And upon its hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet, all around its hem, and bells of gold between them all around:
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:34 - “a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe all around.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:35 - “And it shall be upon Aaron when he ministers, and its sound will be heard when he goes into the holy place before the LORD and when he comes out, that he may not die.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:36 - “You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet:


Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:37 - “And you shall put it on a blue cord, that it may be on the turban; it shall be on the front of the turban.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:38 - “So it shall be on Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things which the children of Israel hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall always be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:39 - “You shall skillfully weave the tunic of fine linen thread, you shall make the turban of fine linen, and you shall make the sash of woven work.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:40 - “For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics, and you shall make sashes for them. And you shall make hats for them, for glory and beauty.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:41 - “So you shall put them on Aaron your brother and on his sons with him. You shall anoint them, consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister to Me as priests.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:42 - “And you shall make for them linen trousers to cover their nakedness; they shall reach from the waist to the thighs.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 28:43 - “They shall be on Aaron and on his sons when they come into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister in the holy place, that they do not incur iniquity and die. It shall be a statute forever to him and his descendants after him.
NKJV Footnotes
That is, an ornamented vest
Literally the Lights and the Perfections (compare Leviticus 8:8)

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