The Setting Up of the Tabernacle
40 1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses , saying , 2 " On the first day of the first month you shall set up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting . 3 " You shall place the ark of the testimony there , and you shall screen the ark with the veil . 4 "You shall bring in the table and arrange what belongs on it; and you shall bring in the lampstand and mount its lamps . 5 "Moreover, you shall set the gold altar of incense before the ark of the testimony , and set up the veil for the doorway to the tabernacle . 6 "You shall set the altar of burnt offering in front of the doorway of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting . 7 "You shall set the laver between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it. 8 "You shall set up the court all around and hang up the veil for the gateway of the court . 9 "Then you shall take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it, and shall consecrate it and all its furnishings ; and it shall be holy . 10 "You shall anoint the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils , and consecrate the altar , and the altar shall be most holy . 11 "You shall anoint the laver and its stand , and consecrate it. 12 "Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the doorway of the tent of meeting and wash them with water . 13 " You shall put the holy garments on Aaron and anoint him and consecrate him, that he may minister as a priest to Me. 14 "You shall bring his sons and put tunics on them; 15 and you shall anoint them even as you have anointed their father , that they may minister as priests to Me; and their anointing will qualify them for a perpetual priesthood throughout their generations ."
16 Thus Moses did ; according to all that the Lord had commanded him, so he did . 17 Now in the first month of the second year , on the first day of the month , the tabernacle was erected . 18 Moses erected the tabernacle and laid its sockets , and set up its boards , and inserted its bars and erected its pillars . 19 He spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering of the tent on top of it, just as the Lord had commanded Moses . 20 Then he took the testimony and put it into the ark , and attached the poles to the ark , and put the mercy seat on top of the ark . 21 He brought the ark into the tabernacle , and set up a veil for the screen , and screened off the ark of the testimony , just as the Lord had commanded Moses . 22 Then he put the table in the tent of meeting on the north side of the tabernacle , outside e the veil . 23 He set the arrangement of bread in order on it before the Lord , just as the Lord had commanded Moses . 24 Then he placed the lampstand in the tent of meeting , opposite the table , on the south side of the tabernacle . 25 He lighted the lamps before the Lord , just as the Lord had commanded Moses . 26 Then he placed the gold altar in the tent of meeting in front of the veil ; 27 and he burned fragrant incense on it, just as the Lord had commanded Moses . 28 Then he set up the veil for the doorway of the tabernacle . 29 He set the altar of burnt offering before the doorway of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting , and offered on it the burnt offering and the meal offering , just as the Lord had commanded Moses . 30 He placed the laver between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing . 31 From it Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet . 32 When they entered the tent of meeting , and when they approached the altar , they washed , just as the Lord had commanded Moses . 33 He erected the court all around the tabernacle and the altar , and hung up the veil for the gateway of the court . Thus Moses finished the work .
The Cloud over the Tabernacle
34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting , and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle . 35 Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle . 36 Throughout all their journeys whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle , the sons of Israel would set out; 37 but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up. 38 For throughout all their journeys , the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day , and there was fire in it by night , in the sight of all the house of Israel .