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Exodus 31

1 - The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

2 - "Behold, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:

3 - and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all kinds of workmanship,

4 - to devise skillful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

5 - and in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to work in all kinds of workmanship.

6 - Behold, I myself have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the heart of all who are wise-hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded you:

7 - the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the testimony, the mercy seat that is on it, all the furniture of the Tent,

8 - the table and its vessels, the pure lamp stand with all its vessels, the altar of incense,

9 - the altar of burnt offering with all its vessels, the basin and its base,

10 - the finely worked garments-the holy garments for Aaron the priest-the garments of his sons to minister in the priest's office,

11 - the anointing oil, and the incense of sweet spices for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded you they shall do."

12 - The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

13 - "Speak also to the children of Israel, saying, 'Most certainly you shall keep my Sabbaths: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.

14 - You shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

15 - Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to The LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall surely be put to death.

16 - Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.

17 - It is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.'"

18 - He gave to Moses, when he finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, stone tablets, written with God's finger.

Exodus 31 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: God is here drawing towards a conclusion of what he had to say to Moses upon the mount, where he had now been with him forty days and forty nights; and yet no more is recorded of what was said to him in all that time than what we have read in the six chapters foregoing. In this, I. He appoints what workmen should be employed in the building and furnishing of the tabernacle (v. 1-11). II. He repeats the law of the sabbath, and the religious observance of it (v. 12-17). III. He delivers to him the two tables of the testimony at parting (v. 18).

Outline
Bezaleel and Aholiab are appointed and qualified for the work of the tabernacle. (1-11)
The observance of the sabbath. (12-17)
Moses receives the tables of the law. (18)
 

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