Exodus 35:4-29

Materials for the tabernacle

4 Moses said to all the Israelites, ‘This is what the Lord has commanded: 5 Take an offering to give to the Lord from the things that you have. Everyone who wants to give something may choose to give these things:

  • gold, silver, bronze;
  • 6 blue, purple and red material;
  • good linen, goats' hair;
  • 7 red leather from sheep's skins and other kinds of good leather;
  • acacia wood;
  • 8 olive oil for the lamps;
  • spices to make the special oil and the sweet incense;
  • 9 onyx stones and other jewels to fix on the ephod and on the breastpiece.
  • 10 Every clever person who has special skills must come to help. They must make all these things that the Lord has commanded:

  • 11 the tabernacle, with the tent and the other material that covers it;
  • the rings, boards, sticks, poles and bases that are part of the tabernacle;
  • 12 the Covenant Box, with its poles, its special lid and the curtain that hides it;
  • 13 the special table with its poles and all its dishes;
  • the special bread that you will put on the table for the Lord;
  • 14 the lampstand that will give light and its tools;
  • the lamps and the oil for the lamps;
  • 15 the altar for incense and its poles;
  • the special oil and the sweet incense;
  • the curtain for the entrance of the tabernacle;
  • 16 the altar for burnt offerings and its bronze net;
  • the poles for this altar and all its tools;
  • the large bowl for water and its base;
  • 17 the curtains for the yard, its poles and their bases;
  • the curtain for the entrance of the yard;
  • 18 pegs to fix the tent to the ground;
  • pegs and ropes to hold the curtain around the yard;
  • 19 the special clothes for Aaron and his sons to wear when they serve the Lord as priests in the Holy Place.’
  • 20 After Moses had said this, all the Israelites went away. 21 Everyone who decided to offer a gift to the Lord brought the things that they wanted to give. They brought the things to make the Tent of Meeting and the things to use in it. They also brought materials to make the priests' special clothes. 22 Both men and women brought beautiful things because they wanted to do that. They brought gold things and jewels that they had worn. They included rings, necklaces and other beautiful things. When they brought their gifts, they lifted them up as an offering of gold to the Lord.

    23 Everyone who had blue, purple or red material, or good linen, brought it. They also brought goats' hair, red leather from sheep's skins and other kinds of good leather. 24 Those who brought gifts of silver or bronze offered them to the Lord. Everyone who had acacia wood brought it to help with the Lord's work.

    25 All the women who knew how to make things used their hands to make material. They brought what they had made: blue, purple and red material and good linen. 26 Other clever women used goats' hair to make cloth. They did that because they wanted to help.

    27 The leaders of the Israelites brought onyx stones and other jewels to fix on the ephod and on the breastpiece. 28 They also brought spices and olive oil. These things were to burn in the lamps, and to make the special oil and the sweet incense.

    29 Many Israelites chose to offer gifts to the Lord. Men and women all brought the gifts that they had decided to bring. Moses had told them about the work that the Lord had commanded them to do. So they brought these things to help with the work.