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Exodus 26

1 - "Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains; of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, with cherubim. The work of the skillful workman you shall make them.

2 - The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits: all the curtains shall have one measure.

3 - Five curtains shall be coupled together to one another; and the other five curtains shall be coupled to one another.

4 - You shall make loops of blue on the edge of the one curtain from the edge in the coupling; and likewise you shall make in the edge of the curtain that is outermost in the second coupling.

5 - You shall make fifty loops in the one curtain, and you shall make fifty loops in the edge of the curtain that is in the second coupling. The loops shall be opposite to one another.

6 - You shall make fifty clasps of gold, and couple the curtains to one another with the clasps: and the tabernacle shall be a unit.

7 - "You shall make curtains of goats' hair for a covering over the tabernacle. You shall make them eleven curtains.

8 - The length of each curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits: the eleven curtains shall have one measure.

9 - You shall couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and shall double over the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tent.

10 - You shall make fifty loops on the edge of the one curtain that is outermost in the coupling, and fifty loops on the edge of the curtain which is outermost in the second coupling.

11 - You shall make fifty clasps of brass, and put the clasps into the loops, and couple the tent together, that it may be one.

12 - The overhanging part that remains of the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remains, shall hang over the back of the tabernacle.

13 - The cubit on the one side, and the cubit on the other side, of that which remains in the length of the curtains of the tent, shall hang over the sides of the tabernacle on this side and on that side, to cover it.

14 - You shall make a covering for the tent of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering of sea cow hides above.

15 - "You shall make the boards for the tabernacle of acacia wood, standing up.

16 - Ten cubits shall be the length of a board, and one and a half cubits the width of each board.

17 - There shall be two tenons in each board, joined to one another: thus you shall make for all the boards of the tabernacle.

18 - You shall make the boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards for the south side southward.

19 - You shall make forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board for its two tenons, and two sockets under another board for its two tenons.

20 - For the second side of the tabernacle, on the north side, twenty boards,

21 - and their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.

22 - For the far part of the tabernacle westward you shall make six boards.

23 - You shall make two boards for the corners of the tabernacle in the far part.

24 - They shall be double beneath, and in the same way they shall be whole to its top to one ring: thus shall it be for them both; they shall be for the two corners.

25 - There shall be eight boards, and their sockets of silver, sixteen sockets; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.

26 - "You shall make bars of acacia wood: five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle,

27 - and five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the side of the tabernacle, for the far part westward.

28 - The middle bar in the middle of the boards shall pass through from end to end.

29 - You shall overlay the boards with gold, and make their rings of gold for places for the bars: and you shall overlay the bars with gold.

30 - You shall set up the tabernacle according to the way that it was shown to you on the mountain.

31 - "You shall make a veil of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cherubim. The work of the skillful workman shall it be made.

32 - You shall hang it on four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold; their hooks shall be of gold, on four sockets of silver.

33 - You shall hang up the veil under the clasps, and shall bring the ark of the testimony in there within the veil: and the veil shall separate the holy place from the most holy for you.

34 - You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.

35 - You shall set the table outside the veil, and the lamp stand over against the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south: and you shall put the table on the north side.

36 - "You shall make a screen for the door of the Tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, the work of the embroiderer.

37 - 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 sockets of brass for them.

Exodus 26 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: Moses here receives instructions, I. Concerning the inner curtains of the tent or tabernacle, and the coupling of those curtains (v. 1-6). II. Concerning the outer curtains which were of goats' hair, to strengthen the former (v. 7-13). III. Concerning the case or cover which was to secure it from the weather (v. 14). IV. Concerning the boards which were to be reared up to support the curtains, with their bars and sockets (v. 15-30). V. The partition between the holy place and the most holy (v. 31-35). VI. The veil for the door (v. 36, v. 37). These particulars, thus largely recorded, seem of little use to us now; yet, having been of great use to Moses and Israel, and God having thought fit to preserve down to us the remembrance of them, we ought not to overlook them. Even the antiquity renders this account venerable.

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The curtains of the tabernacle. (1-6)
The curtains of goats' hair. (7-14)
The boards, sockets, and bars. (15-30)
The veil of the holy of holies, and for the entrance. (31-37)
 

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