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IMMERSE

BEGINNINGS
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great skill and care, he worked it into the fine linen with the blue, purple,
and scarlet thread.
The ephod consisted of two pieces, front and back, joined at the shoulders with two ­shoulder-­pieces. The decorative sash was made of the
same materials: finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue,
purple, and scarlet thread, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. They
mounted the two onyx stones in settings of gold filigree. The stones were
engraved with the names of the tribes of Israel, just as a seal is engraved. He
fastened these stones on the s­ houlder-­pieces of the ephod as a reminder
that the priest represents the people of Israel. All this was done just as the
Lord had commanded Moses.
Bezalel made the chestpiece with great skill and care. He made it to match
the ephod, using finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue,
purple, and scarlet thread. He made the chestpiece of a single piece of
cloth folded to form a pouch nine inches square. They mounted four rows
of gemstones on it. The first row contained a red carnelian, a ­pale-­green
peridot, and an emerald. The second row contained a turquoise, a blue
lapis lazuli, and a white moonstone. The third row contained an orange
jacinth, an agate, and a purple amethyst. The fourth row contained a ­blue-
­green beryl, an onyx, and a green jasper. All these stones were set in gold
filigree. Each stone represented one of the twelve sons of Israel, and the
name of that tribe was engraved on it like a seal.
To attach the chestpiece to the ephod, they made braided cords of pure
gold thread. They also made two settings of gold filigree and two gold
rings and attached them to the top corners of the chestpiece. They tied
the two gold cords to the rings on the chestpiece. They tied the other
ends of the cords to the gold settings on the ­shoulder-­pieces of the ephod.
Then they made two more gold rings and attached them to the inside
edges of the chestpiece next to the ephod. Then they made two more gold
rings and attached them to the front of the ephod, below the s­ houlder-
­pieces, just above the knot where the decorative sash was fastened to the
ephod. They attached the bottom rings of the chestpiece to the rings on
the ephod with blue cords. In this way, the chestpiece was held securely
to the ephod above the decorative sash. All this was done just as the Lord
had commanded Moses.
Bezalel made the robe that is worn with the ephod from a single piece
of blue woven cloth, with an opening for Aaron’s head in the middle of
it. The opening was reinforced with a woven collar so it would not tear.
They made pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and attached
them to the hem of the robe. They also made bells of pure gold and placed





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