Exodus 25-27; Psalm 90; Philippians 1
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The following text is from the English Standard Version.
The LORD said to Moses,
‘Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me.
And this is the contribution that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze,
blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, goats’ hair,
tanned rams’ skins, goatskins, acacia wood,
oil for the lamps, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense,
onyx stones, and stones for setting, for the ephod and for the breastpiece.
And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.
Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.
‘They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height.
You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside shall you overlay it, and you shall make on it a molding of gold around it.
You shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it.
You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.
And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark by them.
The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it.
And you shall put into the ark the testimony that I shall give you.
‘You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth.
And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat.
Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends.
The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be.
And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you.
There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.
‘You shall make a table of acacia wood. Two cubits shall be its length, a cubit its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height.
You shall overlay it with pure gold and make a molding of gold around it.
And you shall make a rim around it a handbreadth wide, and a molding of gold around the rim.
And you shall make for it four rings of gold, and fasten the rings to the four corners at its four legs.
Close to the frame the rings shall lie, as holders for the poles to carry the table.
You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, and the table shall be carried with these.
And you shall make its plates and dishes for incense, and its flagons and bowls with which to pour drink offerings; you shall make them of pure gold.
And you shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before me regularly.
‘You shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The lampstand shall be made of hammered work: its base, its stem, its cups, its calyxes, and its flowers shall be of one piece with it.
And there shall be six branches going out of its sides, three branches of the lampstand out of one side of it and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side of it;
three cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower, on one branch, and three cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower, on the other branch–so for the six branches going out of the lampstand.
And on the lampstand itself there shall be four cups made like almond blossoms, with their calyxes and flowers,
and a calyx of one piece with it under each pair of the six branches going out from the lampstand.
Their calyxes and their branches shall be of one piece with it, the whole of it a single piece of hammered work of pure gold.
You shall make seven lamps for it. And the lamps shall be set up so as to give light on the space in front of it.
Its tongs and their trays shall be of pure gold.
It shall be made, with all these utensils, out of a talent of pure gold.
And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.
‘Moreover, you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns; you shall make them with cherubim skillfully worked into them.
The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits; all the curtains shall be the same size.
Five curtains shall be coupled to one another, and the other five curtains shall be coupled to one another.
And you shall make loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain in the first set. Likewise you shall make loops on the edge of the outermost curtain in the second set.
Fifty loops you shall make on the one curtain, and fifty loops you shall make on the edge of the curtain that is in the second set; the loops shall be opposite one another.
And you shall make fifty clasps of gold, and couple the curtains one to the other with the clasps, so that the tabernacle may be a single whole.
‘You shall also make curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the tabernacle; eleven curtains shall you make.
The length of each curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits. The eleven curtains shall be the same size.
You shall couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and the sixth curtain you shall double over at the front of the tent.
You shall make fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in one set, and fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in the second set.
‘You shall make fifty clasps of bronze, and put the clasps into the loops, and couple the tent together that it may be a single whole.
And the part that remains of the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remains, shall hang over the back of the tabernacle.
And the extra that remains in the length of the curtains, the cubit on the one side, and the cubit on the other side, shall hang over the sides of the tabernacle, on this side and that side, to cover it.
And you shall make for the tent a covering of tanned rams’ skins and a covering of goatskins on top.
‘You shall make upright frames for the tabernacle of acacia wood.
Ten cubits shall be the length of a frame, and a cubit and a half the breadth of each frame.
There shall be two tenons in each frame, for fitting together. So shall you do for all the frames of the tabernacle.
You shall make the frames for the tabernacle: twenty frames for the south side;
and forty bases of silver you shall make under the twenty frames, two bases under one frame for its two tenons, and two bases under the next frame for its two tenons;
and for the second side of the tabernacle, on the north side twenty frames,
and their forty bases of silver, two bases under one frame, and two bases under the next frame.
And for the rear of the tabernacle westward you shall make six frames.
And you shall make two frames for corners of the tabernacle in the rear;
they shall be separate beneath, but joined at the top, at the first ring. Thus shall it be with both of them; they shall form the two corners.
And there shall be eight frames, with their bases of silver, sixteen bases; two bases under one frame, and two bases under another frame.
‘You shall make bars of acacia wood, five for the frames of the one side of the tabernacle,
and five bars for the frames of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the frames of the side of the tabernacle at the rear westward.
The middle bar, halfway up the frames, shall run from end to end.
You shall overlay the frames with gold and shall make their rings of gold for holders for the bars, and you shall overlay the bars with gold.
Then you shall erect the tabernacle according to the plan for it that you were shown on the mountain.
‘And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. It shall be made with cherubim skillfully worked into it.
And you shall hang it on four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, with hooks of gold, on four bases of silver.
And you shall hang the veil from the clasps, and bring the ark of the testimony in there within the veil. And the veil shall separate for you the Holy Place from the Most Holy.
You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the Most Holy Place.
And you shall set the table outside the veil, and the lampstand on the south side of the tabernacle opposite the table, and you shall put the table on the north side.
‘You shall make a screen for the entrance of the tent, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework.
And you shall make for the screen five pillars of acacia, and overlay them with gold. Their hooks shall be of gold, and you shall cast five bases of bronze for them.
‘You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits broad. The altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits.
And you shall make horns for it on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze.
You shall make pots for it to receive its ashes, and shovels and basins and forks and fire pans. You shall make all its utensils of bronze.
You shall also make for it a grating, a network of bronze, and on the net you shall make four bronze rings at its four corners.
And you shall set it under the ledge of the altar so that the net extends halfway down the altar.
And you shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze.
And the poles shall be put through the rings, so that the poles are on the two sides of the altar when it is carried.
You shall make it hollow, with boards. As it has been shown you on the mountain, so shall it be made.
‘You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side.
Its twenty pillars and their twenty bases shall be of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver.
And likewise for its length on the north side there shall be hangings a hundred cubits long, its pillars twenty and their bases twenty, of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver.
And for the breadth of the court on the west side there shall be hangings for fifty cubits, with ten pillars and ten bases.
The breadth of the court on the front to the east shall be fifty cubits.
The hangings for the one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and three bases.
On the other side the hangings shall be fifteen cubits, with their three pillars and three bases.
For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework. It shall have four pillars and with them four bases.
All the pillars around the court shall be filleted with silver. Their hooks shall be of silver, and their bases of bronze.
The length of the court shall be a hundred cubits, the breadth fifty, and the height five cubits, with hangings of fine twined linen and bases of bronze.
All the utensils of the tabernacle for every use, and all its pegs and all the pegs of the court, shall be of bronze.
‘You shall command the people of Israel that they bring to you pure beaten olive oil for the light, that a lamp may regularly be set up to burn.
In the tent of meeting, outside the veil that is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening to morning before the LORD. It shall be a statute forever to be observed throughout their generations by the people of Israel.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You return man to dust and say, ”Return, O children of man!”
For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.
You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed.
You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,
so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.
And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.
The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.
The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,
for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,
as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,
so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.
For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,
engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.