36 5 The great readiness of the people. 8 The curtains made. 19 The coverings. 20 The boards.  31 The bars, 35 and the veil.

Then wrought Bezalel, and Aholiab, and all [a]cunning men, to whom the Lord gave wisdom, and understanding, to know how to work all manner work for the service of the [b]Sanctuary, according to all that the Lord had commanded.

For Moses had called Bezalel, and Aholiab, and all the wise-hearted men, in whose hearts the Lord had given wisdom, even as many as their hearts encouraged to come unto that work to work it.

And they received of Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the Sanctuary, to make it: also [c]they brought still unto him free gifts every morning.

So all the wise men, that wrought all the holy work, came every man from his work which they wrought,

And spake to Moses, saying, The people bring too [d]much, and more than enough for the use of the work, which the Lord hath commanded to be made.

Then Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the host, saying, Let neither man nor woman prepare any more work for the oblations of the Sanctuary. So the people were stayed from offering.

For the stuff they had, was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.

(A)All the cunning men therefore among the workmen, made for the Tabernacle ten curtains of fine twined linen, and of blue silk, and purple, and scarlet: [e]Cherubims of broidered work made they upon them.

The length of one curtain was twenty and eight cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and the curtains were all of one size.

10 And he coupled five curtains together, and another five coupled he together.

11 And he made strings of blue silk by the edge of one curtain, in the selvedge of the coupling: likewise he made on the side of the other curtain in the selvedge in the second coupling.

12 (B)Fifty strings made he in the one curtain, and fifty strings made he in the edge of the other curtain, which was in the second coupling: the strings were set one against another.

13 After, he made fifty [f]taches of gold, and coupled the curtains one to another with the taches: so was it one Tabernacle.

14 ¶ Also he made curtains of goats’ hair for the [g]covering upon the Tabernacle: he made them to the number of eleven curtains.

15 The length of one curtain had thirty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: the eleven curtains were of one size.

16 And he coupled five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves.

17 Also he made fifty strings upon the edge of one curtain in the selvedge in the coupling, and fifty strings made he upon the edge of the other curtain in the second coupling.

18 He made also fifty taches of brass to couple the covering that it might be one.

19 And he made a [h]covering upon the pavilion of rams’ skins dyed red, and a covering of badgers’ skins above.

20 ¶ Likewise he made the boards for the Tabernacle, of Shittim wood to [i]stand up.

21 The length of a board was ten cubits, and the breadth of one board was a cubit and an half.

22 One board had two tenons, set in order as the feet of a ladder, one against another: thus made he for all the boards of the Tabernacle.

23 So he made twenty boards for the South side of the Tabernacle, even full South.

24 And forty sockets of silver made he under the twenty boards, two sockets under one board for his two tenons, and two sockets under another board for his two tenons.

25 Also for the other side of the Tabernacle toward the North, he made twenty boards.

26 And their forty sockets of silver, two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.

27 Likewise toward [j]the West side of the Tabernacle he made six boards.

28 And two boards made he in the corners of the Tabernacle for either side,

29 And they were (C)joined beneath, and likewise were made sure above with a ring: thus he did to both in both corners.

30 So there were eight boards, and their sixteen sockets of silver, under every board two sockets.

31 ¶ After, he made (D)bars of Shittim wood, five for the boards in the one side of the Tabernacle,

32 And five bars for the boards in the other side of the Tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the Tabernacle on the side toward the West.

33 And he made the middle bar to shoot through the boards, from the one end to the other.

34 He overlaid also the boards with gold, and made their rings of gold for places for the bars, and covered the bars with gold.

35 ¶ Moreover he made a [k]veil of blue silk and purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen: with Cherubims of broidered work made he it:

36 And made thereunto four pillars of Shittim, and overlaid them with gold: whose [l]hooks were also of gold, and he cast for them four sockets of silver.

37 And he made an [m]hanging for the Tabernacle door, of blue silk, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, and needle work,

38 And the five pillars of it with their hooks, and overlaid their chapiters, and their [n]fillets with gold, but their five sockets were of brass.


  1. Exodus 36:1 Hebrew, wise in heart.
  2. Exodus 36:1 By the Sanctuary he meaneth all the Tabernacle.
  3. Exodus 36:3 Meaning, the Israelites.
  4. Exodus 36:5 A rare example and notable to see the people so ready to serve God with their goods.
  5. Exodus 36:8 Which were little pictures with wings in the form of children.
  6. Exodus 36:13 Or, hooks.
  7. Exodus 36:14 Or, pavilion.
  8. Exodus 36:19 These two were about the covering of goats’ hair.
  9. Exodus 36:20 And to bear up the curtains of the Tabernacle.
  10. Exodus 36:27 Or, toward the Sea, which was the Sea called Mediterranean, Westward from Jerusalem.
  11. Exodus 36:35 Which was between the Sanctuary and the Holiest of all.
  12. Exodus 36:36 Or, heads.
  13. Exodus 36:37 Which was between the court and the Sanctuary.
  14. Exodus 36:38 Or, graven borders.

36 So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person(A) to whom the Lord has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary(B) are to do the work just as the Lord has commanded.”

Then Moses summoned Bezalel(C) and Oholiab(D) and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing(E) to come and do the work. They received from Moses all the offerings(F) the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning. So all the skilled workers who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left what they were doing and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough(G) for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done.”

Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more(H) than enough to do all the work.

The Tabernacle(I)

All those who were skilled among the workers made the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim woven into them by expert hands. All the curtains were the same size—twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide.[a] 10 They joined five of the curtains together and did the same with the other five. 11 Then they made loops of blue material along the edge of the end curtain in one set, and the same was done with the end curtain in the other set. 12 They also made fifty loops on one curtain and fifty loops on the end curtain of the other set, with the loops opposite each other. 13 Then they made fifty gold clasps and used them to fasten the two sets of curtains together so that the tabernacle was a unit.(J)

14 They made curtains of goat hair for the tent over the tabernacle—eleven altogether. 15 All eleven curtains were the same size—thirty cubits long and four cubits wide.[b] 16 They joined five of the curtains into one set and the other six into another set. 17 Then they made fifty loops along the edge of the end curtain in one set and also along the edge of the end curtain in the other set. 18 They made fifty bronze clasps to fasten the tent together as a unit.(K) 19 Then they made for the tent a covering of ram skins dyed red, and over that a covering of the other durable leather.[c]

20 They made upright frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle. 21 Each frame was ten cubits long and a cubit and a half wide,[d] 22 with two projections set parallel to each other. They made all the frames of the tabernacle in this way. 23 They made twenty frames for the south side of the tabernacle 24 and made forty silver bases to go under them—two bases for each frame, one under each projection. 25 For the other side, the north side of the tabernacle, they made twenty frames 26 and forty silver bases—two under each frame. 27 They made six frames for the far end, that is, the west end of the tabernacle, 28 and two frames were made for the corners of the tabernacle at the far end. 29 At these two corners the frames were double from the bottom all the way to the top and fitted into a single ring; both were made alike. 30 So there were eight frames and sixteen silver bases—two under each frame.

31 They also made crossbars of acacia wood: five for the frames on one side of the tabernacle, 32 five for those on the other side, and five for the frames on the west, at the far end of the tabernacle. 33 They made the center crossbar so that it extended from end to end at the middle of the frames. 34 They overlaid the frames with gold and made gold rings to hold the crossbars. They also overlaid the crossbars with gold.

35 They made the curtain(L) of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker. 36 They made four posts of acacia wood for it and overlaid them with gold. They made gold hooks for them and cast their four silver bases. 37 For the entrance to the tent they made a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer;(M) 38 and they made five posts with hooks for them. They overlaid the tops of the posts and their bands with gold and made their five bases of bronze.


  1. Exodus 36:9 That is, about 42 feet long and 6 feet wide or about 13 meters long and 1.8 meters wide
  2. Exodus 36:15 That is, about 45 feet long and 6 feet wide or about 14 meters long and 1.8 meters wide
  3. Exodus 36:19 Possibly the hides of large aquatic mammals (see 35:7)
  4. Exodus 36:21 That is, about 15 feet long and 2 1/4 feet wide or about 4.5 meters long and 68 centimeters wide

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