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Exodus Chapter 37

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Making the Aron of Elohim

37:1 And Bezalel made the ark [of] shittim wood: two cubits and a half [was] the length of it, and a cubit and a half the breadth of it, and a cubit and a half the height of it:

37:2 And he overlaid it with pure zahav within and without, and made a crown of zahav to it round about.

37:3 And he cast for it four rings of zahav, [to be set] by the four corners of it; even two rings upon the one side of it, and two rings upon the other side of it.

37:4 And he made staves [of] shittim wood, and overlaid them with zahav.

37:5 And he put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, to bear the ark.

37:6 And he made the kapporet [of] pure zahav: two cubits and a half [was] the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

37:7 And he made two keruv (cherubims) [of] zahav, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the kapporet (mercy seat);

37:8 One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the [other] end on that side: out of the kapporet made he the kerub (cherubims) on the two ends thereof.

37:9 And the keruv (cherubims) spread out [their] wings on high, [and] covered with their wings over the kapporet, with their faces one to another; [even] to the kapporetward were the faces of the keruv (cherubims).

37:10 And he made the table [of] shittim wood: two cubits [was] the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof:

37:11 And he overlaid it with pure zahav, and made thereunto a crown of zahav round about.

37:12 Also he made thereunto a border of an handbreadth round about; and made a crown of zahav for the border thereof round about.

37:13 And he cast for it four rings of zahav, and put the rings upon the four corners that [were] in the four feet thereof.

37:14 Over against the border were the rings, the places for the staves to bear the table.

37:15 And he made the staves [of] shittim wood, and overlaid them with zahav, to bear the table.

37:16 And he made the vessels which [were] upon the table, his dishes, and his spoons, and his bowls, and his covers to cover withal, [of] pure zahav.

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Making the Menorah

37:17 (RY:ii, LY:vi)

And he made the menorah [of] pure zahav: [of] beaten work made he the menorah; his shaft, and his branch, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, were of the same:

37:18 And six branches going out of the sides thereof; three branches of the menorah out of the one side thereof, and three branches of the menorah out of the other side thereof:

37:19 Three bowls made after the fashion of almonds in one branch, a knop and a flower; and three bowls made like almonds in another branch, a knop and a flower: so throughout the six branches going out of the menorah.

37:20 And in the menorah [were] four bowls made like almonds, his knops, and his flowers:

37:21 And a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches going out of it.

37:22 Their knops and their branches were of the same: all of it [was] one beaten work [of] pure zahav.

37:23 And he made his seven lamps, and his snuffers, and his snuffdishes, [of] pure zahav.

37:24 [Of] a talent of pure zahav made he it, and all the vessels thereof.

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Making the Mizbakh Ha Ketoret

37:25 And he made the incense mizbeach (altar) [of] shittim wood: the length of it [was] a cubit, and the breadth of it a cubit; [it was] foursquare; and two cubits [was] the height of it; the horns thereof were of the same.

37:26 And he overlaid it with pure zahav, [both] the top of it, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns of it: also he made unto it a crown of zahav round about.

37:27 And he made two rings of zahav for it under the crown thereof, by the two corners of it, upon the two sides thereof, to be places for the staves to bear it withal.

37:28 And he made the staves [of] shittim wood, and overlaid them with zahav.

37:29 And he made the kodesh anointing oil, and the pure incense of sweet spices, according to the work of the apothecary (mixed compound incense, perfume).


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Bezalel = “in the shadow (i.e. protection) of Elohim”

1) ben Uri and grandben Hur; a skilled Yehudahite artisan in all works of metal, wood, and stone and one of the architects of the tabernacle

2) an Israelite, one of the sons of Pahat-moav, in the time of Ezra who had taken a strange wife

shiṭṭiym שׁטּים  /  שׁטּה acacia tree, acacia wood