Exodus 40

First Day of First Month 

The Lord (to Moses): On the first day of the first month you shall:

  • Set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.  
  • Put the ark of the testimony in it and cover the ark with the veil.  
  • Bring in the table and set in order the things that are to be set in order on it.  
  • Bring in the candlestick and light the lamps of it.  
  • Set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the testimony and put the hanging of the door to the tabernacle.  
  • Set the altar of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.  
  • Set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and shalt put water in it.  
  • Set up the court round about and hang up the hanging at the court gate.  
  • Take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is in it, and hallow it and all the vessels of it: and it shall be holy.  
  • Anoint the altar of the burnt offering and all his vessels, and sanctify the altar: and it shall be an altar most holy.  
  • Anoint the laver and his foot, and sanctify it.  
  • Bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash them with water.  
  • Put the holy garments on Aaron and anoint him and sanctify him; that he may minister to me in the priest’s office.  
  • Bring his sons and clothe them with coats. 
  • Anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may minister to me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.  

Moses did according to all that the Lord commanded him.

In the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, Moses… followed the Lord’s instructions.

…So Moses finished the work.

Because Moses followed God’s instructions, something spectacular happened.

Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

When the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys. But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.

For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

Remember Passover began on the fourteenth day of the first month. The tabernacle would be ready for the sacrifices.

Exodus 39

All the Work was Done


Bezaleel and Aholiab made the holy garments for Aaron; as the Lord commanded Moses in Exodus 28. 

He made the ephod… as God instructed in Exodus 28:5-8.

They worked onyx stones enclosed in settings of gold, engraven with the names of the children of Israel. And he put them on the shoulders of the ephod, that they should be stones for a memorial to the children of Israel; as the Lord commanded Moses in Exodus 28:9-14.

They made the breastplate of the ephod… as God instructed in Exodus 28:15-30

And he made the robe of the ephod… as God instructed in Exodus 28:31-35.

And they made coats of fine linen of woven work for Aaron, and for his sons, And a mitre of fine linen, and goodly bonnets of fine linen, and linen breeches of fine twined linen, And a girdle of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, of needlework; as the Lord commanded Moses in Exodus 28:39-43.

And they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote upon it a writing, like to the engravings of a signet, Holiness to the Lord. And they tied unto it a lace of blue, to fasten it on high upon the mitre; as the Lord commanded Moses in Exodus 28:36-38.

Thus was all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation finished: and the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses.

And they brought the tabernacle to Moses, the tent, and all his furniture, his clasps, his boards, his bars, and his pillars, and his sockets, And the covering of rams’ skins dyed red, and the covering of badgers’ skins, and the veil of the covering,

The ark of the testimony, and the staves of it, and the mercy seat,

The table, and all the vessels of it, and the shewbread,

The pure candlestick, with the lamps of it, even with the lamps to be set in order, and all the vessels of it, and the oil for light,

And the golden altar,

and the anointing oil,

and the sweet incense,

and the hanging for the tabernacle door

The brasen altar, and his grate of brass, his staves, and all his vessels, the laver and his foot,

The hangings of the court, his pillars, and his sockets, and the hanging for the court gate, his cords, and his pins, and all the vessels of the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of the congregation,

The clothes of service to do service in the holy place, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and his sons’ garments, to minister in the priest’s office.

According to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work.

And Moses looked on all the work, and they had done it as the Lord had commanded, and Moses blessed them.

Exodus 38

Bezaleel and Aholiab made the altar of burnt offering… as God instructed in Exodus 27:1-8. 

And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass (as God instructed in Exodus 30:17-19), from the looking-glasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.  

And he made the court… as God instructed in Exodus 27:9-15. 

And the hanging for the gate of the court… as God instructed in Exodus 27:16-19 

This is the sum of the tabernacle, even of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest.  

And Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the Lord commanded Moses. And with him was Aholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver, and a cunning workman, and an embroiderer in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen.  

All the gold that was offered for the work of the holy place was 2,200 lbs. 

The silver offered was 7,550 lbs.

The brass of the offering was 5,300 lbs.  

Exodus 37

Bezaleel and Aholiab made the ark… as God instructed in Exodus 25:10-16. 

And he made the mercy seat… as God instructed in Exodus 25:17-22. 

And he made the table… as God instructed in Exodus 25:31-39. 

And he made the incense altar… as God instructed in Exodus 30:1-10. 

And he made the holy anointing oil as God instructed in Exodus 30:22-33, and the pure incense of sweet spices as God instructed in Exodus 30:34-38. 

Exodus 36

More Than Enough 

Then Bezaleel and Aholiab worked according to all that the Lord had commanded. And every wise-hearted man, in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, worked according to all that the Lord had commanded.

And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work.

And they received from Moses all the offering, which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, with which to make it.

And the people brought free offerings to Moses every morning. And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came from his work which they made;

Bezaleel and Aholiab (to Moses): The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the Lord commanded to make.

And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp.

Moses: Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary.

So the people were restrained from bringing. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.

And every wise hearted man among them that wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work made he them.

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God gave instructions for the tabernacle in Exodus 26, in the rest of Exodus 36 the instructions are repeated as the people made the tabernacle exactly as God had instructed.

Exodus 35

The Lord has spoken to Moses of the Sabbath and the offerings for the tabernacle. Now Moses is telling those things to the children of Israel.  

Sabbath

And Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together.

Moses (Moses is repeating what the Lord told him in Exodus 31:12-17): These are the words which the Lord has commanded, that you should do them. Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord: whoever does work in it shall be put to death. You shall not kindle a fire in your habitations on the sabbath day.

Offerings for the Tabernacle

This is the thing which the Lord commanded, saying, (Moses is repeating what the Lord told him in Exodus 25:1-9) Take an offering for the Lord from among you. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring an offering of the Lord;

gold, and silver, and brass,

blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen,

goats’ hair, And rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins,

acacia wood,

oil for the light,

spices for anointing oil, and for the sweet incense,

onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the breastplate.

Moses (continued): And every wise hearted among you shall come, and make all that the Lord has commanded;

The tabernacle, his tent, and his covering, his taches, and his boards, his bars, his pillars, and his sockets, (Exodus 26)

The ark, and the staves for it, with the mercy seat, and the veil of the covering, (Exodus 25:10-22)

The table, and his staves, and all his vessels, and the showbread, (Exodus 25:23-30)

The candlestick also for the light, and his furniture, and his lamps, with the oil for the light, (25:31-40)

And the incense altar, and his staves, (Exodus 30:1-10)

and the anointing oil, (Exodus 30:22-33)

and the sweet incense, (Exodus 30:34-38)

and the hanging for the door at the entering in of the tabernacle, (Exodus 26:36)

The altar of burnt offering, with his brasen grate, his staves, and all his vessels, the laver and his foot, (Exodus 27:1-8)

The hangings of the court, his pillars, and their sockets, and the hanging for the door of the court, The pins of the tabernacle, and the pins of the court, and their cords, (Exodus 27:9-19)

The cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office. (Exodus 28)

And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses.

And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.

And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered an offering of gold to the Lord.

And every man, with whom was found blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair, and red skins of rams, and badgers’ skins, brought them.

Every one that did offer an offering of silver and brass brought the Lord’s offering:

and every man, with whom was found acacia wood for any work of the service, brought it.

And all the women that were wise hearted spun with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen. And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats’ hair.

And the rulers brought onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate;

And spice, and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense.

The children of Israel brought a willing offering to the Lord, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the Lord had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses.

Moses (to the children of Israel): (Moses is repeating what the Lord told him in Exodus 31:1-6) See, the Lord has called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; And he has filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship; And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work. And the Lord has put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. The Lord has filled them with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.

Exodus 34

Moses Makes New Tablets 

The Covenant Renewed 

Three Mandatory Feasts 

The Shining Face of Moses 



Moses Makes New Tablets 

The Lord (to Moses): Hew two tablets of stone like the first: and I will write on these tablets the words that were in the first tablets, which you broke. And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me in the top of the mountain. And no man shall come up with you, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mountain; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mountain.

Moses hewed two tablets of stone like the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up to mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tablets of stone.

The Covenant Renewed

And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the children’s children, to the third and to the fourth generation. And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

Moses: If I have found grace in your sight, O Lord, let my Lord go among us; for it is a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.

The Lord: I make a covenant: before all your people I will do marvels, such as have never been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which you live shall see the work of the Lord: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with you. Observe that which I command you this day: I will drive out the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite from before you. Take heed, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you go lest it be a snare in the middle of you: But you shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: For you shall not worship other gods: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice to their gods, and one call you, and you eat of his sacrifice; And you take of their daughters to your sons, and their daughters go whoring after their gods, and make your sons go whoring after their gods. You shall make no molten gods.

Three Mandatory Feasts

The Lord: You shall keep the feast of unleavened bread. You shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib you came out from Egypt.

All that open the matrix is mine; and every firstling among your cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male. But the firstling of an donkey you shall redeem with a lamb: and if you do not redeem him, then you shall break his neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.

You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest: in earing time and in harvest you shall rest.

And you shall observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.

Three times in the year, your men children shall all appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel. For I will cast out the nations before you, and enlarge your borders: neither shall any man desire your land, when you shall go up to appear before the Lord your God three times in the year. You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left until the morning. The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring to the house of the Lord your God. You shall not boil a baby goat in his mother’s milk. Write these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.

The Shining Face of Moses

Moses was there on Mount Sinai with the Lord for forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

When Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tablets of testimony in his hand, when he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

When Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come near him.

Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned to him: and Moses talked with them. And afterward all the children of Israel came near: and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him in mount Sinai.

And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. But when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he took the veil off, until he came out. And he came out, and spoke to the children of Israel that which he was commanded. And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with the Lord.

Exodus 33

The Lord (to Moses): Depart, and go from here, you and the people which you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, To your seed I will give it: And I will send an angel before you; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite: To a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the middle of you; for you are a stiff-necked people: lest I consume you in the way. And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man put on his ornaments. For the Lord had said to Moses, Say to the children of Israel, You are a stiff-necked people: I will come up into the middle of you in a moment, and consume you: therefore now put off your ornaments from you, that I may know what to do to you.

And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.

And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it outside the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one who sought the Lord went out to the tabernacle of the congregation, which was outside the camp. When Moses went out to the tabernacle, all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle. As Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.

And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, did not departed out of the tabernacle.

Moses (to the Lord): See, you said to me, Bring up this people: and you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, I know you by name, and you have also found grace in my sight. If I have found grace in your sight, show me now your way, that I may know you, that I may find grace in your sight: and consider that this nation is your people.

The Lord: My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.

Moses: If your presence does not go with me, do not carry us up here. For wherein shall it be known here that I and your people have found grace in your sight? is it not in that you go with us? so shall we be separated, I and your people, from all the people that are on the face of the earth.

The Lord: I will do this thing also that you have spoken: for you have found grace in my sight, and I know you by name.

Moses: I beseech you, show me your glory.

The Lord: I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. You can not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. There is a place by me, and you shall stand on a rock: And while my glory passes by, that I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and will cover you with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

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