Exodus 28-29 New Revised Standard Version

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The Garments for the Priests

28 1  Then bring near to you your brother Aaron, and his sons with him, from among the Israelites, to serve me as priests-Aaron and Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 2  You shall make sacred vestments for the glorious adornment of your brother Aaron. 3  And you shall speak to all who have ability, whom I have endowed with skill, that they make Aaron's vestments to consecrate him for my priesthood. 4  These are the vestments that they shall make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a checkered tunic, a turban, and a sash. When they make these sacred vestments for your brother Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests, 5  they shall use gold, blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine linen.

6  They shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen, skillfully worked. 7  It shall have two shoulder-pieces attached to its two edges, so that it may be joined together. 8  The decorated band on it shall be of the same workmanship and materials, of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen. 9  You shall take two onyx stones, and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel, 10  six of their names on the one stone, and the names of the remaining six on the other stone, in the order of their birth. 11  As a gem-cutter engraves signets, so you shall engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel; you shall mount them in settings of gold filigree. 12  You shall set the two stones on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod, as stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel; and Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord on his two shoulders for remembrance. 13  You shall make settings of gold filigree, 14  and two chains of pure gold, twisted like cords; and you shall attach the corded chains to the settings.

15  You shall make a breastpiece of judgment, in skilled work; you shall make it in the style of the ephod; of gold, of blue and purple and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen you shall make it. 16  It shall be square and doubled, a span in length and a span in width. 17  You shall set in it four rows of stones. A row of carnelian, chrysolite, and emerald shall be the first row; 18  and the second row a turquoise, a sapphire and a moonstone; 19  and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 20  and the fourth row a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper; they shall be set in gold filigree. 21  There shall be twelve stones with names corresponding to the names of the sons of Israel; they shall be like signets, each engraved with its name, for the twelve tribes. 22  You shall make for the breastpiece chains of pure gold, twisted like cords; 23  and you shall make for the breastpiece two rings of gold, and put the two rings on the two edges of the breastpiece. 24  You shall put the two cords of gold in the two rings at the edges of the breastpiece; 25  the two ends of the two cords you shall attach to the two settings, and so attach it in front to the shoulder-pieces of the ephod. 26  You shall make two rings of gold, and put them at the two ends of the breastpiece, on its inside edge next to the ephod. 27  You shall make two rings of gold, and attach them in front to the lower part of the two shoulder-pieces of the ephod, at its joining above the decorated band of the ephod. 28  The breastpiece shall be bound by its rings to the rings of the ephod with a blue cord, so that it may lie on the decorated band of the ephod, and so that the breastpiece shall not come loose from the ephod. 29  So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment on his heart when he goes into the holy place, for a continual remembrance before the Lord. 30  In the breastpiece of judgment you shall put the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be on Aaron's heart when he goes in before the Lord; thus Aaron shall bear the judgment of the Israelites on his heart before the Lord continually.

31  You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue. 32  It shall have an opening for the head in the middle of it, with a woven binding around the opening, like the opening in a coat of mail, so that it may not be torn. 33  On its lower hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, all around the lower hem, with bells of gold between them all around- 34  a golden bell and a pomegranate alternating all around the lower hem of the robe. 35  Aaron shall wear it when he ministers, and its sound shall be heard when he goes into the holy place before the Lord, and when he comes out, so that he may not die. 36  You shall make a rosette of pure gold, and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet, "Holy to the Lord." 37  You shall fasten it on the turban with a blue cord; it shall be on the front of the turban. 38  It shall be on Aaron's forehead, and Aaron shall take on himself any guilt incurred in the holy offering that the Israelites consecrate as their sacred donations; it shall always be on his forehead, in order that they may find favor before the Lord. 39  You shall make the checkered tunic of fine linen, and you shall make a turban of fine linen, and you shall make a sash embroidered with needlework.

40  For Aaron's sons you shall make tunics and sashes and headdresses; you shall make them for their glorious adornment. 41  You shall put them on your brother Aaron, and on his sons with him, and shall anoint them and ordain them and consecrate them, so that they may serve me as priests. 42  You shall make for them linen undergarments to cover their naked flesh; they shall reach from the hips to the thighs; 43  Aaron and his sons shall wear them when they go into the tent of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister in the holy place; or they will bring guilt on themselves and die. This shall be a perpetual ordinance for him and for his descendants after him.

The Consecration of Aaron and His Sons

29 1  Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them, so that they may serve me as priests. Take one young bull and two rams without blemish, 2  and unleavened bread, unleavened cakes mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers spread with oil. You shall make them of choice wheat flour. 3  You shall put them in one basket and bring them in the basket, and bring the bull and the two rams. 4  You shall bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the tent of meeting, and wash them with water. 5  Then you shall take the vestments, and put on Aaron the tunic and the robe of the ephod, and the ephod, and the breastpiece, and gird him with the decorated band of the ephod; 6  and you shall set the turban on his head, and put the holy diadem on the turban. 7  You shall take the anointing oil, and pour it on his head and anoint him. 8  Then you shall bring his sons, and put tunics on them, 9  and you shall gird them with sashes and tie headdresses on them; and the priesthood shall be theirs by a perpetual ordinance. You shall then ordain Aaron and his sons. 10  You shall bring the bull in front of the tent of meeting. Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the bull, 11  and you shall slaughter the bull before the Lord, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, 12  and shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and all the rest of the blood you shall pour out at the base of the altar. 13  You shall take all the fat that covers the entrails, and the appendage of the liver, and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them, and turn them into smoke on the altar. 14  But the flesh of the bull, and its skin, and its dung, you shall burn with fire outside the camp; it is a sin offering. 15  Then you shall take one of the rams, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the ram, 16  and you shall slaughter the ram, and shall take its blood and dash it against all sides of the altar. 17  Then you shall cut the ram into its parts, and wash its entrails and its legs, and put them with its parts and its head, 18  and turn the whole ram into smoke on the altar; it is a burnt offering to the Lord; it is a pleasing odor, an offering by fire to the Lord. 19  You shall take the other ram; and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the ram, 20  and you shall slaughter the ram, and take some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron's right ear and on the lobes of the right ears of his sons, and on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet, and dash the rest of the blood against all sides of the altar. 21  Then you shall take some of the blood that is on the altar, and some of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron and his vestments and on his sons and his sons' vestments with him; then he and his vestments shall be holy, as well as his sons and his sons' vestments. 22  You shall also take the fat of the ram, the fat tail, the fat that covers the entrails, the appendage of the liver, the two kidneys with the fat that is on them, and the right thigh (for it is a ram of ordination), 23  and one loaf of bread, one cake of bread made with oil, and one wafer, out of the basket of unleavened bread that is before the Lord; 24  and you shall place all these on the palms of Aaron and on the palms of his sons, and raise them as an elevation offering before the Lord. 25  Then you shall take them from their hands, and turn them into smoke on the altar on top of the burnt offering of pleasing odor before the Lord; it is an offering by fire to the Lord. 26  You shall take the breast of the ram of Aaron's ordination and raise it as an elevation offering before the Lord; and it shall be your portion. 27  You shall consecrate the breast that was raised as an elevation offering and the thigh that was raised as an elevation offering from the ram of ordination, from that which belonged to Aaron and his sons. 28  These things shall be a perpetual ordinance for Aaron and his sons from the Israelites, for this is an offering; and it shall be an offering by the Israelites from their sacrifice of offerings of well-being, their offering to the Lord. 29  The sacred vestments of Aaron shall be passed on to his sons after him; they shall be anointed in them and ordained in them. 30  The son who is priest in his place shall wear them seven days, when he comes into the tent of meeting to minister in the holy place. 31  You shall take the ram of ordination, and boil its flesh in a holy place; 32  and Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram and the bread that is in the basket, at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 33  They themselves shall eat the food by which atonement is made, to ordain and consecrate them, but no one else shall eat of them, because they are holy. 34  If any of the flesh for the ordination, or of the bread, remains until the morning, then you shall burn the remainder with fire; it shall not be eaten, because it is holy. 35  Thus you shall do to Aaron and to his sons, just as I have commanded you; through seven days you shall ordain them. 36  Also every day you shall offer a bull as a sin offering for atonement. Also you shall offer a sin offering for the altar, when you make atonement for it, and shall anoint it, to consecrate it. 37  Seven days you shall make atonement for the altar, and consecrate it, and the altar shall be most holy; whatever touches the altar shall become holy.

The Daily Offerings

38  Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two lambs a year old regularly each day. 39  One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer in the evening; 40  and with the first lamb one-tenth of a measure of choice flour mixed with one-fourth of a hin of beaten oil, and one-fourth of a hin of wine for a drink offering. 41  And the other lamb you shall offer in the evening, and shall offer with it a grain offering and its drink offering, as in the morning, for a pleasing odor, an offering by fire to the Lord. 42  It shall be a regular burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. 43  I will meet with the Israelites there, and it shall be sanctified by my glory; 44  I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar; Aaron also and his sons I will consecrate, to serve me as priests. 45  I will dwell among the Israelites, and I will be their God. 46  And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them; I am the Lord their God.

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