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31:8–32:4
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the Ark’s ­cover—­the place of atonement;
all the furnishings of the Tabernacle;
the table and its utensils;
the pure gold lampstand with all its accessories;
the incense altar;
the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils;
the washbasin with its stand;
the beautifully stitched ­garments—­the sacred garments for Aaron
the priest, and the garments for his sons to wear as they minister as
priests;
the anointing oil;
the fragrant incense for the Holy Place.
The craftsmen must make everything as I have commanded you.”
The Lord then gave these instructions to Moses: “Tell the people of
­Israel: ‘Be careful to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the
covenant between me and you from generation to generation. It is given
so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy. You must keep
the Sabbath day, for it is a holy day for you. Anyone who desecrates it must
be put to death; anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the
community. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the
seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated
to the Lord. Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death. The
people of Israel must keep the Sabbath day by observing it from generation
to generation. This is a covenant obligation for all time. It is a permanent
sign of my covenant with the people of Israel. For in six days the Lord
made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day he stopped working and
was refreshed.’”
When the Lord finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave
him the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, written
by the finger of God.
When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down
the mountain, they gathered around Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make
us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.”
So Aaron said, “Take the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons
and daughters, and bring them to me.”
All the people took the gold rings from their ears and brought them to
Aaron. Then Aaron took the gold, melted it down, and molded it into the





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