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Next Bezalel made the Ark of acacia w
­ ood—­a sacred chest 45 inches long,
27 inches wide, and 27 inches high. He overlaid it inside and outside with
pure gold, and he ran a molding of gold all around it. He cast four gold
rings and attached them to its four feet, two rings on each side. Then he
made poles from acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. He inserted
the poles into the rings at the sides of the Ark to carry it.
Then he made the Ark’s c­ over—­the place of a­ tonement—­from pure
gold. It was 45 inches long and 27 inches wide. He made two cherubim
from hammered gold and placed them on the two ends of the atonement
cover. He molded the cherubim on each end of the atonement cover, making it all of one piece of gold. The cherubim faced each other and looked
down on the atonement cover. With their wings spread above it, they protected it.
Then Bezalel made the table of acacia wood, 36 inches long, 18 inches
wide, and 27 inches high. He overlaid it with pure gold and ran a gold
molding around the edge. He decorated it with a 3-­inch border all around,
and he ran a gold molding along the border. Then he cast four gold rings
for the table and attached them at the four corners next to the four legs.
The rings were attached near the border to hold the poles that were used
to carry the table. He made these poles from acacia wood and overlaid
them with gold. Then he made special containers of pure gold for the
­table—­bowls, ladles, jars, and ­pitchers—­to be used in pouring out liquid
offerings.
Then Bezalel made the lampstand of pure, hammered gold. He made the
entire lampstand and its decorations of one p­ iece—­the base, center stem,
lamp cups, buds, and petals. The lampstand had six branches going out
from the center stem, three on each side. Each of the six branches had
three lamp cups shaped like almond blossoms, complete with buds and
petals. The center stem of the lampstand was crafted with four lamp cups
shaped like almond blossoms, complete with buds and petals. There was
an almond bud beneath each pair of branches where the six branches extended from the center stem, all made of one piece. The almond buds and
branches were all of one piece with the center stem, and they were hammered from pure gold.
He also made seven lamps for the lampstand, lamp snuffers, and trays,
all of pure gold. The entire lampstand, along with its accessories, was made
from 75 pounds of pure gold.
Then Bezalel made the incense altar of acacia wood. It was 18 inches
square and 36 inches high, with horns at the corners carved from the same





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