Exodus 27

The altar on which to burn animals as gifts

1 Make an altar out of acacia wood. It must be 1¼ metres high and the top must be square, 2¼ metres long and wide. 2 Make four horns, one at each corner. The horns and the altar must be one piece of work. Then cover it all with bronze. 3 Make all the tools for the altar out of bronze. Make pots to remove the ashes. Make spades, dishes and forks for the meat. Make buckets out of metal to carry the fire. 4 Make a square net of bronze with a ring of bronze at each corner. 5 Fix this net under the altar, between the top of the altar and the ground. 6 Make sticks out of acacia wood for the altar, then cover them with bronze. 7 You must put the sticks into the rings when you carry the altar. There will be a stick on two sides of the altar. 8 Make the altar out of boards. You must make it like the thing that the Lord showed you on the mountain.

The yard

9 Make a yard for the tabernacle. The south side must be 46 metres long. It must have curtains of special white material. 10 Make 20 sticks for the curtains and 20 pieces of bronze with holes in them. The sticks will stand in these. Make small pieces of silver and rings of material on the sticks, to fasten the curtains. 11 The north side of the yard must also be 46 metres long. It must also have curtains, sticks, silver pieces and rings of material.

12 The west end of the yard must be 23 metres wide. Make curtains for it and 10 sticks to stand on 10 pieces of bronze. 13 The east end of the yard looks towards the sunrise. It must also be 23 metres wide. 14 Make curtains 7 metres long on one side of the open space where you go in. Make three sticks that stand on three pieces of bronze, for the curtains. 15 Make the same things for the other side.

16 Make a curtain, 9 metres long, for the open space where you go into the yard. Make it out of blue, purple and red material together with special white material. Choose a clever worker to make the curtain. Make four sticks that stand on four pieces of bronze for the curtain. 17 Make small pieces of silver to fix the curtains on all the sticks round the yard. Every stick must stand in a small piece of bronze. 18 The yard must be 46 metres long and 23 metres wide. Make the curtains out of good linen, 2¼ metres long and with pieces of bronze to stand on. 19 Make everything of bronze that you will use in the tabernacle. This includes the small sharp sticks that fix the tent and the yard to the ground.

Olive oil for the lampstand

20 Command the Israelites to bring you clean oil from fresh olives. This oil is to burn in the lamps. They must always give light. 21 Aaron and his sons must keep a light in the lamps from evening until morning. Put these lights in the Tent of Meeting. They are for the Lord to see. Put them outside the curtain that hangs in front of the Covenant Box. You must make this a rule for the Israelites. It is a rule also for those who are not yet born.