Contemporary English Version
Curtains and Coverings for the Sacred Tent
The Lord said to Moses:
1The top of the sacred tent must be made from ten pieces of the finest linen, woven with blue, purple, and red wool and embroidered with figures of winged creatures. 2Make each piece twelve meters long and two meters wide 3and sew them together into two panels with five sections each. 4-6Put 50 loops of blue cloth along one of the wider sides of each panel, then fasten the two panels at the loops with 50 gold hooks.
7-8As the material for protecting the tent, use goat hair to weave eleven sections of cloth 13 meters by 2 meters each. 9Sew five of the sections together to make one panel. Then sew the other six together to make a second panel, and fold the sixth section double over the front of the tent. 10Put 50 loops along one of the wider sides of each panel 11and fasten the two panels at the loops with 50 bronze hooks. 12-13The panel of goat hair will be a meter longer than the tent itself, so fold 50 centimeters of the material behind the tent and on each side as a protective covering. 14Make two more coverings—one with tanned ram skins and the other with fine leather.
The Framework for the Sacred Tent
The Lord said:
15Build a framework of acacia wood for the walls of the sacred tent. 16Make each frame 4 meters high and 66 centimeters wide 17with two wooden pegs near the bottom. 18-21Place two silver stands under each frame with sockets for the pegs, so the frames can be joined together. Put 20 of these frames along the south side and 20 more along the north. 22For the back wall along the west side use six frames 23-24with two more at the southwest and northwest corners. Make certain that these corner frames are joined from top to bottom. 25Altogether, this back wall will have eight frames with two silver stands under each one.
26-27Make five crossbars for each of the wooden frames, 28with the center crossbar running the full length of the wall. 29Cover the frames and the crossbars with gold and attach gold rings to the frames to run the crossbars through. 30Then set up the tent in the way I showed you on the mountain.
The Curtain inside the Sacred Tent
The Lord said:
31-33 Make a curtain to separate the holy place from the most holy place. Use fine linen woven with blue, purple, and red wool, and embroidered with figures of winged creatures. Cover four acacia wood posts with gold and set them each on a silver stand. Then fasten gold hooks to the posts and hang the curtain there.
34Inside the most holy place, put the sacred chest that has the place of mercy on its lid.+ 35Outside the most holy place, as you face the curtain, put the table for the sacred bread on the right side and the gold lampstand on the left.
36For the entrance to the tent, use a piece of fine linen woven with blue, purple, and red wool and embroidered with fancy needlework. 37Cover five acacia wood posts with gold and set them each on a bronze stand. Then put gold hooks on the posts and hang the curtain there.
Contemporary English Version, Second Edition (CEV®)
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