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36 “So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person will do the work the Lord has commanded. The Lord gave these people the wisdom and understanding to do all the skilled work needed to build the Holy Tent.”

Then Moses called Bezalel, Oholiab and all the other skilled people to whom the Lord had given skills. And they came because they wanted to help with the work. They received from Moses everything the people of Israel had brought as gifts to build the Holy Tent. The people continued to bring gifts each morning because they wanted to. So all the skilled workers left the work they were doing on the Holy Tent. And they went to speak to Moses. They said, “The people are bringing more than we need to do the work the Lord commanded.”

Then Moses sent this command throughout the camp: “No man or woman should make anything else as a gift for the Holy Tent.” So the people were kept from giving more. What they had was already more than enough to do all the work.

The Holy Tent

Then the skilled workers made the Holy Tent. They made the ten pieces of blue, purple and red cloth. And they sewed designs of creatures with wings on the pieces. Each piece was the same size. It was 42 feet long and 6 feet wide. 10 Five of the pieces were fastened together to make one set. The other five were fastened together to make another set. 11 Then they made loops of blue cloth along the edge of the end piece on the first set of five. They did the same thing with the other set of five. 12 There were 50 loops on one piece and 50 loops on the other piece. The loops were opposite each other. 13 Then they made 50 gold hooks to join the two pieces together. So the Holy Tent was joined together as one piece.

14 Then the workers made another tent of 11 pieces of cloth made of goat hair. This was to put over the Holy Tent. 15 All 11 pieces were the same size. They were 45 feet long and 6 feet wide. 16 The workers sewed five pieces together into one set. Then they sewed six together into another set. 17 They made 50 loops along the edge of the outside piece of one set. And they made 50 loops along the edge of the outside piece of the other set. 18 Then they made 50 bronze rings to join the two sets of cloth together and make the tent one piece. 19 Then they made two more coverings for the outer tent. One covering was made of male sheep skin colored red. The other covering was made of fine leather.

20 Then they made upright frames of acacia wood. 21 Each board was 15 feet tall and 27 inches wide. 22 There were two pegs side by side on each frame. Every frame of the Holy Tent was made this same way. 23 They made 20 frames for the south side of the Tent. 24 Then they made 40 silver bases that went under the 20 frames. There were two bases for every frame—one for each peg of each board. 25 They also made 20 frames for the north side of the Holy Tent. 26 They made 40 silver bases—2 to go under each frame. 27 They made 6 frames for the rear or west end of the Holy Tent 28 and 2 frames for the corners at the rear of the Holy Tent. 29 These 2 frames were joined together from the bottom to the top with a metal ring. They did this for each of these corners. 30 So there were 8 frames and 16 silver bases—2 bases under each frame.

31 Then they made crossbars of acacia wood to connect the upright frames of the Holy Tent. Five crossbars held the frames together on one side of the Tent. 32 Five crossbars held the frames together on the other side. And five crossbars held the frames together on the west end, at the rear of the Tent. 33 They made the crossbar run along the entire length of each side and rear of the Tent. It was set halfway up the frames. 34 They made gold rings on the sides of the frames. They passed the crossbars through the rings. They covered the frames and the crossbars with gold.

35 Then they made the curtain with blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen. A skilled craftsman sewed designs of creatures with wings on it. 36 They made four posts of acacia wood and covered them with gold. Then they made gold hooks for the posts. And they made four silver bases in which to set the posts. 37 Then they made a curtain for the entrance to the Tent. They used blue, purple and red thread, and fine linen. A person who sewed well sewed designs on it. 38 Then they made five posts and hooks for it. They covered the tops of the posts and their bands with gold. And they made five bronze bases for the posts.

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