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Exodus 38 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Building the Altar of Burnt Offering
(Exo 27:1–8 )
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:1 - Next Bezalel[fn] used acacia wood to construct the square altar of burnt offering. It was 7½ feet wide, 7½ feet long, and 4½ feet high.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:2 - He made horns for each of its four corners so that the horns and altar were all one piece. He overlaid the altar with bronze.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:3 - Then he made all the altar utensils of bronze—the ash buckets, shovels, basins, meat forks, and firepans.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:4 - Next he made a bronze grating and installed it halfway down the side of the altar, under the ledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:5 - He cast four rings and attached them to the corners of the bronze grating to hold the carrying poles.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:6 - He made the poles from acacia wood and overlaid them with bronze.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:7 - He inserted the poles through the rings on the sides of the altar. The altar was hollow and was made from planks.
Building the Washbasin
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:8 - Bezalel made the bronze washbasin and its bronze stand from bronze mirrors donated by the women who served at the entrance of the Tabernacle.[fn]
Building the Courtyard
(Exo 27:9–19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:9 - Then Bezalel made the courtyard, which was enclosed with curtains made of finely woven linen. On the south side the curtains were 150 feet long.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:10 - They were held up by twenty posts set securely in twenty bronze bases. He hung the curtains with silver hooks and rings.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:11 - He made a similar set of curtains for the north side—150 feet of curtains held up by twenty posts set securely in bronze bases. He hung the curtains with silver hooks and rings.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:12 - The curtains on the west end of the courtyard were 75 feet long,[fn] hung with silver hooks and rings and supported by ten posts set into ten bases.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:13 - The east end, the front, was also 75 feet long.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:14 - The courtyard entrance was on the east end, flanked by two curtains. The curtain on the right side was 22½ feet long[fn] and was supported by three posts set into three bases.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:15 - The curtain on the left side was also 22½ feet long and was supported by three posts set into three bases.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:16 - All the curtains used in the courtyard were made of finely woven linen.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:17 - Each post had a bronze base, and all the hooks and rings were silver. The tops of the posts of the courtyard were overlaid with silver, and the rings to hold up the curtains were made of silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:18 - He made the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard of finely woven linen, and he decorated it with beautiful embroidery in blue, purple, and scarlet thread. It was 30 feet long, and its height was 7½ feet,[fn] just like the curtains of the courtyard walls.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:19 - It was supported by four posts, each set securely in its own bronze base. The tops of the posts were overlaid with silver, and the hooks and rings were also made of silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:20 - All the tent pegs used in the Tabernacle and courtyard were made of bronze.
Inventory of Materials
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:21 - This is an inventory of the materials used in building the Tabernacle of the Covenant.[fn] The Levites compiled the figures, as Moses directed, and Ithamar son of Aaron the priest served as recorder.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:22 - Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:23 - He was assisted by Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, a craftsman expert at engraving, designing, and embroidering with blue, purple, and scarlet thread on fine linen cloth.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:24 - The people brought special offerings of gold totaling 2,193 pounds,[fn] as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel. This gold was used throughout the Tabernacle.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:25 - The whole community of Israel gave 7,545 pounds[fn] of silver, as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:26 - This silver came from the tax collected from each man registered in the census. (The tax is one beka, which is half a shekel,[fn] based on the sanctuary shekel.) The tax was collected from 603,550 men who had reached their twentieth birthday.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:27 - The hundred bases for the frames of the sanctuary walls and for the posts supporting the inner curtain required 7,500 pounds of silver, about 75 pounds for each base.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:28 - The remaining 45 pounds[fn] of silver was used to make the hooks and rings and to overlay the tops of the posts.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:29 - The people also brought as special offerings 5,310 pounds[fn] of bronze,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:30 - which was used for casting the bases for the posts at the entrance to the Tabernacle, and for the bronze altar with its bronze grating and all the altar utensils.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 38:31 - Bronze was also used to make the bases for the posts that supported the curtains around the courtyard, the bases for the curtain at the entrance of the courtyard, and all the tent pegs for the Tabernacle and the courtyard.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew he; also in 38:8, 9.
Hebrew 5 cubits [2.3 meters] wide, 5 cubits long, a square, and 3 cubits [1.4 meters] high.
Hebrew Tent of Meeting; also in 38:30.
Hebrew 100 cubits [46 meters]; also in 38:11.
Hebrew 50 cubits [23 meters]; also in 38:13.
Hebrew 15 cubits [6.9 meters]; also in 38:15.
Hebrew 20 cubits [9.2 meters] long and 5 cubits [2.3 meters] high.
Hebrew the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle of the Testimony.
Hebrew 29 talents and 730 shekels [994 kilograms]. Each shekel weighed about 0.4 ounces.
Hebrew 100 talents and 1,775 shekels [3,420 kilograms].
Or 0.2 ounces, or 6 grams.
Hebrew 100 talents [3,400 kilograms] of silver, 1 talent [34 kilograms] for each base.
Hebrew 1,775 shekels [20.2 kilograms].
Hebrew 70 talents and 2,400 shekels [2,407 kilograms].

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