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curtains together with the clasps. In this way, the Tabernacle was made of
one continuous piece.
He made eleven curtains of g­ oat-­hair cloth to serve as a tent covering for the Tabernacle. These eleven curtains were all exactly the same
­size—45 feet long and 6 feet wide. Bezalel joined five of these curtains
together to make one long curtain, and the other six were joined to make a
second long curtain. He made fifty loops for the edge of each large curtain.
He also made fifty bronze clasps to fasten the long curtains together. In
this way, the tent covering was made of one continuous piece. He completed the tent covering with a layer of tanned ram skins and a layer of fine
goatskin leather.
For the framework of the Tabernacle, Bezalel constructed frames of
acacia wood. Each frame was 15 feet high and 27 inches wide, with two
pegs under each frame. All the frames were identical. He made twenty of
these frames to support the curtains on the south side of the Tabernacle.
He also made forty silver b­ ases—­two bases under each frame, with the
pegs fitting securely into the bases. For the north side of the Tabernacle,
he made another twenty frames, with their forty silver bases, two bases
under each frame. He made six frames for the r­ ear—­the west side of the
­Tabernacle—­along with two additional frames to reinforce the rear corners of the Tabernacle. These corner frames were matched at the bottom
and firmly attached at the top with a single ring, forming a single corner
unit. Both of these corner units were made the same way. So there were
eight frames at the rear of the Tabernacle, set in sixteen silver ­bases—­two
bases under each frame.
Then he made crossbars of acacia wood to link the frames, five crossbars
for the north side of the Tabernacle and five for the south side. He also
made five crossbars for the rear of the Tabernacle, which faced west. He
made the middle crossbar to attach halfway up the frames; it ran all the
way from one end of the Tabernacle to the other. He overlaid the frames
with gold and made gold rings to hold the crossbars. Then he overlaid the
crossbars with gold as well.
For the inside of the Tabernacle, Bezalel made a special curtain of finely
woven linen. He decorated it with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and with
skillfully embroidered cherubim. For the curtain, he made four posts of
acacia wood and four gold hooks. He overlaid the posts with gold and set
them in four silver bases.
Then he made another curtain for the entrance to the sacred tent. He
made it of finely woven linen and embroidered it with exquisite designs
using blue, purple, and scarlet thread. This curtain was hung on gold hooks
attached to five posts. The posts with their decorated tops and hooks were
overlaid with gold, and the five bases were cast from bronze.

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