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Setting up the Tabernacle

1Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
  2“On the first day of the first month you are to raise up the tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting.
  3You are to put the ark of the testimony in it, and you are to screen the ark with the veil.
  4You are to bring in the table and set in order the things that are on it. You are to bring in the lampstand and light its lamps.
  5You are to set the golden altar for incense before the ark of the testimony and put the screen of the entrance to the tabernacle.
  6“You are to set the altar of burnt offering before the entrance of the tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting.
  7You are to set the basin between the Tent of Meeting and the altar and are to put water in it.
  8You are to set up the court around it and hang up the screen of the gate of the court.
 

9“You are to take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it, and are to make it holy, and all its furniture; and it will be holy.
  10You are to anoint the altar of burnt offering, with all its vessels, and sanctify the altar: and the altar will be most holy.
  11You are to anoint the basin and its base, and sanctify it.
 

12“You are to bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and are to wash them with water.
  13You are to put on Aaron the holy garments, and you are to anoint him and sanctify him, that he may minister to me in the priest’s office.
  14You are to bring his sons and put coats on them.
  15You are to anoint them as you anointed their father, that they may minister to me in the priest’s office. Their anointing will be to them for an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.”
 

16Moses did so. According to all that Yahweh commanded him, so he did.
  17It came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was raised up.
  18Moses raised up the tabernacle and laid its sockets, and set up its boards, and put in its bars and raised up its pillars.
  19He spread the covering over the tent and put the roof of the tabernacle above on it, as Yahweh commanded Moses.
 

20He took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the poles on the ark and put the mercy seat above on the ark.
  21He brought the ark into the tabernacle and set up the veil of the screen, and screened the ark of the testimony as Yahweh commanded Moses.
 

22He put the table in the Tent of Meeting, on the side of the tabernacle northward, outside of the veil.
  23He set the bread in order on it before Yahweh, as Yahweh commanded Moses.
  24He put the lampstand in the Tent of Meeting, opposite the table, on the side of the tabernacle southward.
  25He lit the lamps before Yahweh, as Yahweh commanded Moses.
 

26He put the golden altar in the Tent of Meeting before the veil,
  27and he turned incense of sweet spices into smoke-perfume on it, as Yahweh commanded Moses.
  28He put up the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle.
  29He set the altar of burnt offering at the entrance of the tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting, and offered on it the burnt offering and the grain offering, as Yahweh commanded Moses.
 

30He set the basin between the Tent of Meeting and the altar and put water in it with which to wash.
  31Moses, Aaron, and his sons washed their hands and their feet there.
  32When they went into the Tent of Meeting and when they came near to the altar, they washed, as Yahweh commanded Moses.
 

33He raised up the court around the tabernacle and the altar and set up the screen of the gate of the court. So Moses finished the work.
 

The Glory of Yahweh

34Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of Yahweh filled the tabernacle.
  35Moses wasn’t able to enter into the Tent of Meeting because the cloud stayed on it, and Yahweh’s glory filled the tabernacle.
 

36When the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward throughout all their journeys;
  37but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not travel until the day that it was taken up.
  38For the cloud of Yahweh was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.
 


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