1 Then Jehovah spoke to Moses. He said:
2 »Tell the Israelites to choose something to give me as a special contribution. You must accept whatever contribution each person freely gives.
3 »This is the type of contribution you will accept from them: gold, silver, and bronze,
4 violet, purple, and bright red yarns, fine linen, goats hair,
5 rams skins dyed red, fine leather, acacia wood,
6 olive oil for the lamps, spices balsam oil for the anointing oil and for the sweet-smelling incense,
7 onyx stones, and other precious stones to be set in the chief priests ephod and his breastplate.
8 »Have them make a holy place sanctuary for me, and I will live among them.
9 »Make the tent and all its furnishings exactly like the plans I show you.
10 »Make a Box out of acacia wood, forty-five inches long, twenty-seven inches wide, and twenty-seven inches high.
11 »Cover it with pure gold inside and out and put a gold border all around it.
12 »Make four carrying rings of gold for it and attach them to its four legs, with two rings on each side.
13 »Make two poles of acacia wood. Cover them with gold.
14 »Put them through the rings. Poles can be used to carry the chest.
15 »Do not ever remove the poles from the rings.
16 »I will give you the Ten Commandments written on two flat tablets. Put them inside the chest.
17 »Cover the lid of the chest mercy seat with pure gold.
18 »Hammer out two winged cherubs of pure gold and fasten them to the lid at the ends of the chest.
19 »Make one cherub at one end and one cherub at the other end. You shall make the cherubim of one piece with the chest at its two ends.
20 »The cherubim shall have their wings spread upward, covering the chest with their wings and facing one another. The faces of the cherubim are to be turned toward the chest.
21 »After you put into the ark the words of my covenant that I will give you, place the throne of mercy on top.
22 »I will be above the throne of mercy between the angels whenever I meet with you. I will give you all my commandments for the Israelites.
23 »Make a table of acacia wood thirty-six inches long, eighteen inches wide, and twenty-seven inches high.
24 »Cover it with pure gold. Put a gold molding around it.
25 »Make a rim three inches wide around it. Put a gold molding around the rim.
26 »Make four gold rings for it. Fasten them to the four corners where the four legs are.
27 »The rings are to be close to the rim. They are to hold the poles for carrying the table.
28 »Make the poles out of acacia wood. Cover them with gold and use them to carry the table.
29 »The plates and dishes for the table should be out of pure gold. Also make pitchers and bowls to be used for pouring wine offerings.
30 »The table should be placed in front of the Covenant Box. There is always to be the sacred bread offered to me for the table.
31 »Make lamp stand of pure gold. Make its base and its shaft of hammered gold. Its decorative flowers, including buds and petals, are to form one piece with it.
32 »Six branches shall extend from its sides, three from each side.
33 »Three cups shall be shaped like almond blossoms in the one branch, a bulb and a flower, and three cups shaped like almond blossoms in the other branch. This should go on for six branches going out from the lamp stand.
34 »Four cups shaped like almond blossoms, its bulbs and its flowers should be in the lamp stand.
35 »A bulb shall be under each of the six pair of branches coming out of the lamp stand.
36 »Their bulbs and their branches shall be of one piece. All of it must be one piece of hammered work of pure gold.
37 »Then make a total of seven lamps. Mount the lamps so that they shed light on the space in front of it.
38 »Its snuffers and fire holders trays must be of pure gold.
39 »It shall be made from seventy-five pounds of pure gold, with all these utensils.
40 »See that you make them like the pattern for them that were shown to you on the mountain.