SECTION XXII.

 

VAYAKEHEL.

 

XXXV. AND Mosheli assembled all the congrega­tion of the sons of Israel, and said to them, These are the things which the Lord hath commanded you to do. Six days thou shalt do work, but the seventh day (is) a holy rest, the Sabbath[1] before the Lord: every one who doeth work thereon shall be put to death. You may not kindle a fire in all your dwellings on the day of the Sabbath. And Mosheh spake to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, Take from you a separation (aphrashutha) before the Lord of every one whose heart may be willing; let him bring the separation before the Lord: gold, and silver, and brass, and hyacinth, and crimson, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goat’s hair, and ram’s skin dyed red, and purple skins, and sittin woods; and oil for the illuminator, and aromatics for the anointing oil, and for the sweet perfumes; and onyx stones and complete stones for insetting in the ephod and in the breastplate. And all the wisehearted among you shall come and make all that the Lord hath commanded: the tabernacle, its tent and its coverings, its hasps, its boards, its bars, its pillars, and its bases. The ark, and its staves, the mercy-seat, and the veil that shall be spread; the table, and its staves, and all its vessels; and the bread of the Presence, and the candelabrum for light, and its vessels, and its lamps, and the oil for illumination. And the altar of sweet incense, and its staves, and the oil of anointing, and the incense of perfumes, and the curtain of the door of the tabernacle. The altar of burntoffering, and its brasen grate, its staves, and all its vessels; the laver and its base. The curtains of the court, and its pillars, and its bases, and the hanging of the gate of the court. The nails of the tabernacle, and the nails of the court and their cordings. The vestments of ministration for ministering in the sanctuary, the holy vestments of Aharon the priest, and the vestments of his sons for ministration.

 

And all the congregation of the sons of Israel went forth from before Mosheh. And they came, every man who was led by his heart, and every one whose spirit was ample, and brought their separation before the Lord, for the work of the tabernacle of ordinance, and for all its service, and for the holy vestments. And they came, the men with the women, every one who was willing of heart, and brought chains, and bracelets, and rings, and bands, all of gold. And every man who uplifted an offering of gold before the Lord, and every man with whom was found hyacinth, or purple, or crimson, or fine linen, or goats’ skins, or rams’ skins dyed red, or purpled skins, brought. Every one who would offer silver or brass, brought the separation before the Lord; and every one with whom was found woods of sittin for any work of the service, brought. And every woman wise in heart spun with her hands, and brought what was spun, the hyacinth, the purple, the crimson, and the fine linen. And all the women with whom was willingness of heart with wisdom spun goat’s hair. And the princes brought onyx stones and complete stones for the insetting of the ephod and the breastplate; and the perfume, and oil for the light and for the oil of anointing, and incense of perfumes. Every man and woman whose heart led them to bring for all the work which the Lord had commanded to make by Mosheh, did the children of Israel bring willingly before the Lord.

 

               And Mosheh said to the sons of Israel, See, the Lord hath ordained by mane Bezalel bar Uri bar Hur, of the tribe of Jehudah, and hath filled him with the spirit of prophecy[2] from before the Lord, with wisdom, with intelligence, and with knowledge, for all handicraft, and to teach the arts of working in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and the skilful work of precious stones for enchasing, and the workmanship of wood to work in all the work of the artificer. And be hath ingiven. in his heart to teach also Ahaliab bar Achisamak, of the tribe of Dan, and hath filled them with wisdom of heart to make all the work of the carpenter, and artificer, and embroiderer, in hyacinth, and in purple, and in scarlet, and in fine linen, and the weaver, of (such as) do any work, and who teach the arts.

 

XXXVI. And Bezalel and Ahaliab, with every man wise in heart, to whom the Lord had given wisdom and intelligence to know how to make each work for the service of the sanctuary, wrought (according) to all that the Lord had commanded. And Mosheh called Bezalel and Ahaliab, and every man wise in heart, to whose heart the Lord had given wisdom, every one whose heart was led to draw near and do the work itself. And they took from Mosheh all the separation which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary to make it. And they still brought to him votive offerings from morning to morning. And all the wise men who wrought all the work of the sanctuary came, each man from his work which they had wrought. And they spake with Mosheh, saying, The people abound in bringing more than is needed for the work which the Lord hath commanded to make. And Mosheh ordered, and they made publication in the camp, saying, Let no man or woman make any more work of the separation for the sanctuary: and the people ceased to bring. For what had been done was sufficient for all the work to be wrought, and more than enough. And all the wise‑hearted of them who did the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of fine linen, and hyacinth, and purple, and crimson, (with) forms of kerubin[3] the work of the embroiderer he made them. The length of one curtain twenty and eight cubits, and the breadth of the curtain four cubits; there was one measure for all the curtains. And he conjoined five curtains one with another, and five curtains conjoined he one with another. And he made loopings of hyacinth upon the border of one curtain at the edge of the place of conjunction; so made he upon the border of the other curtain at the edge of the second place of conjunction. Fifty loopings he made on one curtain, and fifty loopings he made on the border of the second curtain at the place of conjunction: the loopings were arranged the one to correspond with the other. And he made fifty taches of gold, and conjoined the curtains one with another by the taches, and the tabernacle became one.

 

And he made curtains of goat's hair to spread over the tabernacle: eleven curtains made he them. The length of one curtain thirty cubits, and four cubits the breadth of one curtain; one measure had the eleven curtains. And he conjoined five curtains together, and six curtains together. And he made fifty loops upon the border of the curtain on the side of the conjunction, and fifty loops made be upon the side of the second cur­tain at the place of conjuncture. Arid he made fifty taches of brass to conjoin the tabernacle, that it might be one. And be made the covering of the tabernacle of rams' skins reddened, and a covering of purple skins above. And he made the boards of the tabernacle of sittin wood,             standing. Ten cubits the length of a board, and a cubit and a half the breadth of one board. Two tenons for one board corresponding one with the other; so made he for all the boards of the tabernacle.

And be made the boards of the tabernacle twenty boards on the side towards the south. And forty sockets of silver made he under the twenty boards, two sockets under one board for its two tenons, and two sockets under one board for its two tenons. And for the second side of the tabernacle toward the north he made twenty boards, and their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under one board. And for the side of the tabernacle westward he made six boards; and two boards made he at the corners of the tabernacle at their extremities. And they were compacted in the lower part together, and compacted in their upper part by one ring; thus did he at both of the two corners. And there were eight boards, and their sockets of silver, sixteen sockets, two and two, under each board. And he made bars of sittin wood; five for the boards of one side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the second side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the extremity of the tabernacle, westward. And he made a middle bar to pass through, in the midst of the boards from end to end. And the boards he overlaid with gold, and their rings made he of gold (to be) places for the bars, and be covered the bars with gold.

 

And he made the VEIL of hyacinth, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen; of the work of the embroiderer he made it, with forms of kerubin. And he made for it four pillars of sittin, and covered (them) with gold, and their books of gold, and cast for them four sockets of silver. And he made a curtain for the door of the tabernacle, of hyacinth, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, the work of the embroiderer. And its five pillars and their hooks; and he overlaid their capitals, and covered them and their joining rods with gold, and their five bases (made he) of brass.

 

XXXVII. And Bezalel made the ARK of sittin woods two cubits and a half its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. And he covered it with pure gold within and without, and made for it a wreath of gold round about. And he cast for it four rings of gold upon its four corners, two rings on one of it, and two rings on the second side. And he made staves of sittin wood, and covered them with gold. And he introduced the staves into the rings on the sides of the ark, for carrying the ark.

 

And he made the MERCY SEAT of pure gold; two cubits and a half its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. And he made two kerubim, of beaten gold he made them, at the two sides of the mercy seat. One keruba on this side, and one keruba on that side of the mercy seat; he made the kerubaia from its two sides. And the kerubaia spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings; and their faces were one towards the other, over against the mercy seat were the faces of the kerubaia.

 

And he made the TABLE of sittin woods; two cubits its length, and a cubit its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. And he covered it with pure gold, and made for it a golden crown round about, and made for it a rim[4] its height a span, round about; and he made a crown of gold for its rim round about. And he cast for it four golden rings, and set the rings upon the four corners of its four feet. Over against the rim were the rings to be the place of the staves for carrying the table. And he made the vessels which were to be upon the table; its dishes, and its vases, and its measures, and the cups with which (the libations) are outpoured, of pure gold.

 

And he made the CANDELABRUM of pure gold, beaten made he the candelabrum, its rest, its shaft, its cups, its apples,[5] and its lilies were of the same. And six branchlets proceeded from its sides; three branchlets of the candelabrum on one side, and three branchlets of the candelabrum on the second side. Three cups figurated on one branchlet, an apple, and a lily: so the six branchlets which proceeded from the candelabrum. And on the candelabrum four cups figurated, its apples and its lilies. An apple under two branchlets of the same, and an apple under two branchlets of the same, and an apple under two branchlets of the same, for the six branchlets that proceeded from it. Their apples and their branches were of the same, all of one beaten work of pure gold. And he made its seven lamps, and its snuffers, and its receivers of pure gold ; of a talent of pure gold made he, it, and all its vessels.

 

And he made the ALTAR OF SWEET INCENSE of sittin wood ; its length a cubit, and a cubit its breadth, foursquare., and two cubits the height of it; of the same were its horns. And he overlaid it with pure gold, its top and its sides round about, and its horns: and he made for it a golden crown round about. And two rings of gold made he for it under its crown, upon its two sides, the place for the staves by which to carry it. And he made the staves of sittin wood, and overlaid them with gold. And he made the oil for holy anointment, and the pure sweet incense, the work of the perfumer.

 

XXXVIII. And be made the ALTAR OF BURNT OFFERING of sittin wood; five cubits its length, and five cubits its breadth, four‑square, and three cubits its height. And he made its horns upon its four corners, of the same were its horns, and he coated it with brass. And he made all the vessels of the altar, the caldrons, and the cleaners., and the basins, and the fleshhooks, and the receivers; all its vessels made he of brass. And he made for the altar a brasen grate of network, under its border beneath, (reaching) unto its middle. And he cast four rings for the four corners of the brasen grate, the place for the staves. And he made the staves of sittin wood, and overlaid them with brass. And he put the staves into the rings upon the sides of the altar by which to carry it; hollow with boards he made it.

 

And be made the LAVER of brass, and its base of brass, of the mirrors of the women who come to pray at the door of the tabernacle of ordinance. And he made the court, the southern side of which was of hangings for the court, of fine linen twined, of a hundred cubits; their pillars twenty, and their sockets twenty, of brass; the hooks, pillars, and their uniting rods of silver. And for the northern side (hangings) of a hundred cubits, their pillars twenty, and their sockets twenty, of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their uniting rods of silver. And for the western side, curtains, fifty cubits; their pillars ten, and their sockets ten; the hooks of the pillars and their uniting rods of silver. And on the eastern side, eastward, fifty cubits. The hangings fifteen cubits on (one) side (of the gate), their pillars three, and their bases three. And on the second side of the gate of the court, here and there, hangings, fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their bases three. All the hangings of the court round about were of fine linen twined. And the bases of the pillars were of brass, the hooks, pillars, and their uniting rods of silver, and the overlaying of their heads was of silver, and there were uniting rods of silver for all the pillars of the court. And the veil for the gate of the court was the work of the embroiderer, hyacinth, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen; and twenty cubits was its length, and the height, in the breadth five cubits, according (to the height of) the curtains of the court. And their pillars four, and their bases four, of brass, and their hooks silver, and the overlaying of their head and their uniting rods, silver. And all the pins of the tabernacle, and of the court round about, were of brass.

 



[1] Shabbatha

[2] Some copies omit “of prophecy.”

[3] Sam. Vers., “pictures of kerubin.”

[4] Sam. Vers., “a wreath.”

[5] Or, “sphericles.”