Exodus 37

The Covenant Box

1 Bezalel used acacia wood to make the Covenant Box. It was one metre long, 75 centimetres wide and 75 centimetres high. 2 He covered it with gold, inside and outside. He built up the edges of the box with gold. 3 He made four gold rings for it and he fixed them to its four feet. He fixed two rings on one side and two rings on the other side. 4 He used acacia wood to make two poles. He also covered them with gold. 5 He pushed the poles through the rings on the sides of the Covenant Box, to carry it.

37:1Bezalel was the leader of the work but he did not do everything himself. He could teach other people to do it. See Exodus 35:34.

6 He used pure gold to make the special lid for the Covenant Box. It was one metre long and 75 centimetres wide. 7 He used gold to make images of two cherubs. He used a hammer to make them the right shape. He made them to stand at the two ends of the lid. 8 One cherub stood at one end of the lid and one cherub stood at the other end. He made the two cherubs and the lid from one piece of gold. 9 The cherubs looked at each other and they watched over the lid. Their wings touched each other over the top of the lid.

The special table

10 Bezalel used acacia wood to make the special table. It was one metre long, 50 centimetres wide and 75 centimetres high. 11 He covered the wood with gold. He built up the edges of the table with gold. 12 He fixed an extra piece of wood around its edge. It was 7 centimetres wide. He built up the edges of this piece with gold. 13 He made four gold rings for the table. He fixed them to the four corners, one beside each leg of the table. 14 The rings were near to the extra piece of wood. They would hold the poles to carry the table. 15 He used acacia wood to make the poles and he covered them with gold. They would use the poles to carry the table. 16 He used pure gold to make the things that would be on the table. He made plates, big spoons, jars and bowls. They would use those things to pour out drink offerings.

The lampstand

17 Bezalel used one piece of pure gold to make the lampstand. He used a hammer to make it the right shape. He used the gold to make its base, its middle pole and the cups to hold the oil. The cups were like open flowers and closed flowers. 18 There were six branches on the lampstand, three branches on each side of the middle pole. 19 Three cups in the shape of almond flowers and their leaves were on each branch. Each of the six branches of the lampstand had three cups like that.

20 On the lampstand itself there were four cups in the shape of almond flowers and their leaves. 21 There was one closed flower under the first pair of branches. There was a second closed flower under the second pair of branches. There was a third closed flower under the third pair of branches. So there were three closed flowers for the six branches. 22 He made the flowers and the branches from the same piece of pure gold as the lampstand. He used a hammer to make the gold into the right shape.

23 He used pure gold to make seven lamps for the lampstand, as well as the small tools and dishes to take care of the lamps. 24 He used 34 kilograms of pure gold to make the lampstand and all its tools.

The altar for incense

25 Bezalel used acacia wood to make the altar for incense. It was square, 45 centimetres long, 45 centimetres wide and 90 centimetres high. The altar's horns were part of it, made from one piece of wood. 26 He covered all of the altar with gold: its top, its sides and the horns. He built up an edge of gold around the four sides. 27 He made two gold rings for the altar. He fixed them below the gold edge, on two opposite sides. They would hold the poles to carry the altar. 28 He used acacia wood to make the poles and he covered them with gold.

29 He also made the special oil that would make things holy. He also made the incense with a sweet small, like perfume.