1Bezalel and Oholiab must do the work just as the LORD has commanded. So must every skilled worker to whom the LORD has given skill and ability. They know how to do all the work for every purpose connected with the sacred tent. And that includes setting it up.’2Then Moses sent for Bezalel and Oholiab. He sent for every skilled worker to whom the LORD had given ability and who wanted to come and do the work.3They received from Moses all the offerings the people of Israel had brought. They had brought the offerings for all the work for every purpose connected with the holy tent. That included setting it up. The people kept bringing the offerings they chose to give. They brought them morning after morning.4So all the skilled workers working on the holy tent stopped what they were doing.5They said to Moses, ‘The LORD commanded us to do the work. And the people are bringing more than enough for us to do it.’6Then Moses gave an order. A message was sent through the whole camp. It said, ‘No man or woman should make anything else and offer it for the holy tent.’ And so the people were kept from bringing more offerings.7There was already more than enough to do all the work.
The holy tent
8All the skilled workers made the holy tent. They made ten curtains out of finely twisted linen. They made them with blue, purple and bright red yarn. A skilled worker sewed cherubim into the pattern.9All the curtains were the same size. They were 14 metres long and 2 metres wide.10The workers joined five of the curtains together. They did the same thing with the other five.11Then they made loops out of blue strips of cloth along the edge of the end curtain in one set. They did the same thing with the end curtain in the other set.12They also made 50 loops on the end curtain of the one set. They did the same thing on the end curtain of the other set. They put the loops opposite each other.13Then they made 50 gold hooks. They used them to join the two sets of curtains together so that the holy tent was all one piece.14The workers made a total of 11 curtains out of goat hair to put over the holy tent.15All 11 curtains were the same size. They were 15 metres long and 2 metres wide.16The workers joined five of the curtains together into one set. They did the same thing with the other six.17Then they made 50 loops along the edge of the end curtain in the one set. They did the same thing with the other set.18They made 50 bronze hooks. They used them to join the tent together all in one piece.19They made a covering for the tent. They made it out of ram skins dyed red. Over that, they put a covering of another kind of strong leather.20The workers made frames out of acacia wood for the holy tent.21Each frame was about 5 metres long and 75 centimetres wide.22The workers added two small wooden pins to each frame. The pins stuck out so that they were even with each other. The workers made all the frames of the holy tent in the same way.23The workers made 20 frames for the south side of the holy tent.24And they made 40 silver bases to go under them. They made two bases for each frame. They put one under each pin that stuck out.25For the north side of the holy tent they made 20 frames26and 40 silver bases. They put two bases under each frame.27The workers made six frames for the west end of the holy tent.28They made two frames for the corners of the holy tent at the far end.29At those two corners the frames were double from top to bottom. They were fitted into a single ring. The workers made both of them the same.30So there were eight frames and 16 silver bases. There were two bases under each frame.31The workers also made crossbars out of acacia wood. They made five for the frames on one side of the holy tent.32They made five for the frames on the other side. And they made five for the frames on the west, at the far end of the holy tent.33The centre crossbar reached from end to end at the middle of the frames.34The workers covered the frames with gold. They made gold rings to hold the crossbars. They also covered the crossbars with gold.35They made the curtain out of blue, purple and bright red yarn and finely twisted linen. A skilled worker sewed cherubim into the pattern.36The workers made four posts out of acacia wood for the curtain. They covered the posts with gold. They made gold hooks and four silver bases for the posts.37For the entrance to the tent the workers made a curtain. They made it out of blue, purple and bright red yarn and finely twisted linen. A person who sewed skilfully made it.38The workers made five posts with hooks for the curtains. They covered the tops of the posts and their bands with gold. And they made five bronze bases for them.
English Standard Version
1“Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whom the Lord has put skill and intelligence to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.” (Ex 28:3; Ex 31:6; Ex 35:10; Ex 35:25)2And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work. (Ex 25:2)3And they received from Moses all the contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, (Ex 35:24; Ex 35:29)4so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing,5and said to Moses, “The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.” (2Ch 31:10; 2Co 8:2)6So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, (Ex 36:3)7for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.8And all the craftsmen among the workmen made the tabernacle with ten curtains. They were made of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns, with cherubim skillfully worked. (Ex 26:1)9The length of each curtain was twenty-eight cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits. All the curtains were the same size.10He coupled five curtains to one another, and the other five curtains he coupled to one another.11He made loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain of the first set. Likewise he made them on the edge of the outermost curtain of the second set.12He made fifty loops on the one curtain, and he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was in the second set. The loops were opposite one another.13And he made fifty clasps of gold, and coupled the curtains one to the other with clasps. So the tabernacle was a single whole.14He also made curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the tabernacle. He made eleven curtains.15The length of each curtain was thirty cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits. The eleven curtains were the same size.16He coupled five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves.17And he made fifty loops on the edge of the outermost curtain of the one set, and fifty loops on the edge of the other connecting curtain.18And he made fifty clasps of bronze to couple the tent together that it might be a single whole.19And he made for the tent a covering of tanned rams’ skins and goatskins.20Then he made the upright frames for the tabernacle of acacia wood. (Ex 25:5; Ex 25:28; Ex 26:15; Ex 30:5)21Ten cubits was the length of a frame, and a cubit and a half the breadth of each frame.22Each frame had two tenons for fitting together. He did this for all the frames of the tabernacle.23The frames for the tabernacle he made thus: twenty frames for the south side.24And he made forty bases of silver under the twenty frames, two bases under one frame for its two tenons, and two bases under the next frame for its two tenons.25For the second side of the tabernacle, on the north side, he made twenty frames26and their forty bases of silver, two bases under one frame and two bases under the next frame.27For the rear of the tabernacle westward he made six frames.28He made two frames for corners of the tabernacle in the rear.29And they were separate beneath but joined at the top, at the first ring. He made two of them this way for the two corners.30There were eight frames with their bases of silver: sixteen bases, under every frame two bases.31He made bars of acacia wood, five for the frames of the one side of the tabernacle,32and five bars for the frames of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the frames of the tabernacle at the rear westward.33And he made the middle bar to run from end to end halfway up the frames.34And he overlaid the frames with gold, and made their rings of gold for holders for the bars, and overlaid the bars with gold.35He made the veil of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen; with cherubim skillfully worked into it he made it. (Ex 26:31)36And for it he made four pillars of acacia and overlaid them with gold. Their hooks were of gold, and he cast for them four bases of silver.37He also made a screen for the entrance of the tent, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework,38and its five pillars with their hooks. He overlaid their capitals, and their fillets were of gold, but their five bases were of bronze.