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Exodus 37

The Ark

1 Bezalel made the Ark out of acacia wood. It was one metre long, ¾ of a metre wide and ¾ of a metre high. 2 He covered it with gold, inside and outside, and then he built up the edges with gold. 3 He made four gold rings for it and he fastened them to its four feet. He fixed two rings on one side and two rings on the other side. 4 Then he made sticks out of acacia wood and he covered them with gold. 5 He pushed the sticks into the rings on the sides of the Ark, to carry it.

6 He made the special lid for the Ark out of gold. It was one metre long and ¾ of a metre wide. 7 Then he made two angels from gold that he had hit with a hammer. He made these at the two ends of the lid. 8 He made one angel on each end of the lid. The angels were part of the lid so it was one whole piece. 9 The angels' wings pointed to the sky and they made a shadow over the lid. Each angel's face looked toward the other angel, and toward the lid.

The table

10 They made the table out of acacia wood. It was one metre long, ½ metre wide and ¾ of a metre high. 11 They covered it with gold and they built up the edges with gold. 12 They also put an extra edge of gold round it, 7 centimetres wide. 13 Then they made four gold rings for the table. They fastened the rings to the four corners, one by each leg of the table. 14 They put the rings near to the extra edge of gold. These rings would hold the sticks to carry the table. 15 They made the sticks out of acacia wood and they covered them with gold. 16 Then they made gold things to use at the table. They made plates and spoons and dishes. And they made pots and jars to pour out gifts of drink.

The lampstand

17 The workers made the lampstand out of gold. They used a hammer to make it the right shape. They made its cups like open flowers and like flowers that are not yet open. The whole lampstand was one piece. 18 They made six branches on the lampstand, three branches on each side of it. 19 They put three cups like flowers on each of the six branches of the lampstand.

20 On the lampstand itself, they put four cups like almond flowers. Some of the flowers were open but some were not yet open. 21 They put one flower, not yet open, under the first pair of branches. They put a second flower, not yet open, under the second pair of branches. They put a third flower, not yet open, under the third pair of branches. There were six branches on the lampstand. 22 They made the flowers and the branches from the same piece of gold as the lampstand. And they used a hammer to make the gold into the right shape.

23 They made the seven lamps out of gold. They also made small tools out of gold to clean the lamps. 24 They made the lampstand and all its tools from 34 kilos of gold.

The altar for incense

25 They made the altar for incense from acacia wood. It was square, ½ a metre long, ½ a metre wide and one metre high. Its horns were part of it, one whole piece. 26 They covered every part of the altar with gold. Then they made a gold edge round it. 27 They made two gold rings for the altar, below the edge, on opposite sides. They would hold the sticks, to carry the altar. 28 They made the sticks out of acacia wood and they covered them with gold.

29 They also made the special oil that makes things holy and the incense with a lovely smell. This was the work of a wise chemist.