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piece of wood as the altar itself. He overlaid the top, sides, and horns of
the altar with pure gold, and he ran a gold molding around the entire altar.
He made two gold rings and attached them on opposite sides of the altar
below the gold molding to hold the carrying poles. He made the poles of
acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.
Then he made the sacred anointing oil and the fragrant incense, using
the techniques of a skilled incense maker.
Next Bezalel used acacia wood to construct the square altar of burnt offering. It was 71/2 feet wide, 71/2 feet long, and 41/2 feet high. He made horns
for each of its four corners so that the horns and altar were all one piece.
He overlaid the altar with bronze. Then he made all the altar utensils of
bronze—the ash buckets, shovels, basins, meat forks, and firepans. Next
he made a bronze grating and installed it halfway down the side of the
altar, under the ledge. He cast four rings and attached them to the corners
of the bronze grating to hold the carrying poles. He made the poles from
acacia wood and overlaid them with bronze. He inserted the poles through
the rings on the sides of the altar. The altar was hollow and was made from
Bezalel made the bronze washbasin and its bronze stand from bronze mirrors donated by the women who served at the entrance of the Tabernacle.
Then Bezalel made the courtyard, which was enclosed with curtains made
of finely woven linen. On the south side the curtains were 150 feet long.
They were held up by twenty posts set securely in twenty bronze bases.
He hung the curtains with silver hooks and rings. He made a similar set of
curtains for the north side—150 feet of curtains held up by twenty posts
set securely in bronze bases. He hung the curtains with silver hooks and
rings. The curtains on the west end of the courtyard were 75 feet long,
hung with silver hooks and rings and supported by ten posts set into ten
bases. The east end, the front, was also 75 feet long.
The courtyard entrance was on the east end, flanked by two curtains.
The curtain on the right side was 221/2 feet long and was supported by
three posts set into three bases. The curtain on the left side was also
221/2 feet long and was supported by three posts set into three bases. All
the curtains used in the courtyard were made of finely woven linen. Each
post had a bronze base, and all the hooks and rings were silver. The tops of
the posts of the courtyard were overlaid with silver, and the rings to hold
up the curtains were made of silver.
He made the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard of finely woven
linen, and he decorated it with beautiful embroidery in blue, purple, and