Exodus 35

Rules about the Sabbath

1 Moses brought all the Israelites together. Then he said to them, ‘These are the Lord's commands to you. 2 You must work for six days but the seventh day will be your holy day. It will be a day of rest to the Lord. Anyone who works on that day must die. 3 Do not light a fire in any of your homes on the Sabbath day.’

Materials for the tabernacle

4 Moses said to all the Israelites, ‘This is what the Lord has commanded: 5 Take a gift for the Lord from the things that you have. Everyone who wants to give can bring a gift of gold, silver and bronze. 6 They can also bring blue, purple and red material, and special white cloth. 7 They can bring goats' hair, red sheep skins, badger skins and acacia wood. 8 They can bring olive oil for the light, many different spices, 9 onyx stones and other valuable stones. And you will put these stones on the ephod and on the breastpiece.

10 Every wise person among you must make all the things that the Lord has commanded. 11 Make the tabernacle, with its tent that covers it. Make all the different parts for it, as I have described them to you. 12 Make the Covenant Box, with its sticks, its special lid and the curtain that hangs in front of it.

13 Make the table with its sticks and all its dishes. Make the special bread that you will put on the table. 14 Make the lampstand that will give light, with the lamps and the oil. 15 Make the altar for incense with its sticks, the special oil and the incense that has a sweet smell. Make the curtain for the door of the tabernacle. 16 Make the altar where you will burn animals as gifts to God. Make all the different tools for the altar, as I have described them to you. Make the very large dish for water and its base. 17 Make the curtains for the yard and for the door of the yard. Make the sticks for the curtains and the bases. 18 Make the small, sharp sticks and the strong material that fixes the tents to the ground.

19 Make the special clothes for Aaron and for his sons to wear. They are priests and they will work for God. This is why they must wear special clothes.’

20 Then all the Israelites went away. 21 Many of them really wanted to give a gift to the Lord. So they each brought something to offer for the Tent of Meeting. They also brought materials for the special clothes. 22 Both men and women brought beautiful things of gold that they had worn on their bodies. They all brought their gold things as a special gift of love to the Lord. 23 Everyone who had blue, purple or red material brought it. Also, they brought special white cloth. People who had goats' hair, red sheep skins and badger skins brought them. 24 Those who brought gifts of silver or bronze offered them to the Lord. Everyone who had acacia wood brought it for the Tent of Meeting.

25 Every wise woman worked with her hands. She brought what she had made, blue, purple and red material or special white cloth. 26 Many wise women began to work. They made the goats' hair into cloth. 27 The leaders of the Israelites brought valuable stones to fix on the ephod and on the breastpiece. 28 They also brought spices and olive oil. These things were for the light, for the special oil and for the incense with a lovely smell. 29 Many Israelite men and women wanted to offer gifts. They were happy to bring these gifts to the Lord. Moses needed these gifts to make everything for the Lord. That was because the Lord had commanded the Israelites to make all these things.

Bezalel and Oholiab

30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, ‘Look! The Lord has chosen Bezalel, who is the son of Uri, and the grandson of Hur. He belongs to the big family of Judah. 31 The Lord has filled him with the Spirit of God and has made him very wise. He knows how to make many different things. 32 He can make beautiful things out of gold, silver and bronze. 33 He can cut and fix valuable stones. He can make things from wood. And everything that he makes is beautiful.

34 Bezalel and Oholiab are both wise men who can teach other people. Oholiab is the son of Ahisamach, from the big family of Dan. And God has made them both wise teachers. 35 The Lord has given them very wise minds that are full of good ideas. They draw plans of beautiful things, and then they make them. They use many different materials to make lovely things. And they are both masters at their work.’