ImmerseBeginnings NLT - Page 135



25:8-34
E x od u s
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“Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among
them. You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according
to the pattern I will show you.
“Have the people make an Ark of acacia w
­ ood—­a sacred chest 45 inches
long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches high. Overlay it inside and outside
with pure gold, and run a molding of gold all around it. Cast four gold
rings and attach them to its four feet, two rings on each side. Make poles
from acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. Insert the poles into the
rings at the sides of the Ark to carry it. These carrying poles must stay inside the rings; never remove them. When the Ark is finished, place inside
it the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, which I will
give to you.
“Then make the Ark’s ­cover—­the place of a­ tonement—­from pure gold.
It must be 45 inches long and 27 inches wide. Then make two cherubim
from hammered gold, and place them on the two ends of the atonement
cover. Mold the cherubim on each end of the atonement cover, making
it all of one piece of gold. The cherubim will face each other and look
down on the atonement cover. With their wings spread above it, they will
protect it. Place inside the Ark the stone tablets inscribed with the terms
of the covenant, which I will give to you. Then put the atonement cover
on top of the Ark. I will meet with you there and talk to you from above
the atonement cover between the gold cherubim that hover over the Ark
of the Covenant. From there I will give you my commands for the people
of Israel.
“Then make a table of acacia wood, 36 inches long, 18 inches wide, and
27 inches high. Overlay it with pure gold and run a gold molding around
the edge. Decorate it with a 3-­inch border all around, and run a gold molding along the border. Make four gold rings for the table and attach them
at the four corners next to the four legs. Attach the rings near the border
to hold the poles that are used to carry the table. Make these poles from
acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. Make special containers of pure
gold for the t­ able—­bowls, ladles, pitchers, and j­ ars—­to be used in pouring
out liquid offerings. Place the Bread of the Presence on the table to remain
before me at all times.
“Make a lampstand of pure, hammered gold. Make the entire lampstand
and its decorations of one ­piece—­the base, center stem, lamp cups, buds,
and petals. Make it with six branches going out from the center stem,
three on each side. Each of the six branches will have three lamp cups
shaped like almond blossoms, complete with buds and petals. Craft the





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