Exodus 33-35 New Revised Standard Version

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The LORD's Presence Promised

33 1  The Lord said to Moses, "Go, leave this place, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, and go to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, "To your descendants I will give it.' 2  I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 3  Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, or I would consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people." 4  When the people heard these harsh words, they mourned, and no one put on ornaments. 5  For the Lord had said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, "You are a stiff-necked people; if for a single moment I should go up among you, I would consume you. So now take off your ornaments, and I will decide what to do to you.' " 6  Therefore the Israelites stripped themselves of their ornaments, from Mount Horeb onward.

7  Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp; he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp. 8  Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise and stand, each of them, at the entrance of their tents and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. 9  When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses. 10  When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise and bow down, all of them, at the entrance of their tent. 11  Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then he would return to the camp; but his young assistant, Joshua son of Nun, would not leave the tent.

12  Moses said to the Lord, "See, you have said to me, "Bring up this people'; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, "I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.' 13  Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people." 14  He said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." 15  And he said to him, "If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. 16  For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth." 17  The Lord said to Moses, "I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name." 18  Moses said, "Show me your glory, I pray." 19  And he said, "I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, "The Lord'; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20  But," he said, "you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live." 21  And the Lord continued, "See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; 22  and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; 23  then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen."

The Second Tables of Stone

34 1  The Lord said to Moses, "Cut two tablets of stone like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets, which you broke. 2  Be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai and present yourself there to me, on the top of the mountain. 3  No one shall come up with you, and do not let anyone be seen throughout all the mountain; and do not let flocks or herds graze in front of that mountain." 4  So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the former ones; and he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tablets of stone.

5  The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name, "The Lord." 6  The Lord passed before him, and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7  keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, yet by no means clearing the guilty, but visiting the iniquity of the parents upon the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation." 8  And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. 9  He said, "If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance."

10  He said: I hereby make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform marvels, such as have not been performed in all the earth or in any nation; and all the people among whom you live shall see the work of the Lord; for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.

Israel Warned of the Idolatry of Canaan

11  Observe what I command you today. See, I will drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 12  Take care not to make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you are going, or it will become a snare among you. 13  You shall tear down their altars, break their pillars, and cut down their sacred poles 14  (for you shall worship no other god, because the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God). 15  You shall not make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to their gods, someone among them will invite you, and you will eat of the sacrifice. 16  And you will take wives from among their daughters for your sons, and their daughters who prostitute themselves to their gods will make your sons also prostitute themselves to their gods. 17  You shall not make cast idols.

The Three Appointed Feasts

18  You shall keep the festival of unleavened bread. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib; for in the month of Abib you came out from Egypt. 19  All that first opens the womb is mine, all your male livestock, the firstborn of cow and sheep. 20  The firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. No one shall appear before me empty-handed. 21  Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even in plowing time and in harvest time you shall rest. 22  You shall observe the festival of weeks, the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the festival of ingathering at the turn of the year. 23  Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel. 24  For I will cast out nations before you, and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land when you go up to appear before the Lord your God three times in the year. 25  You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven, and the sacrifice of the festival of the passover shall not be left until the morning. 26  The best of the first fruits of your ground you shall bring to the house of the Lord your God. You shall not boil a kid in its mother's milk.

Moses and the Tables of the Law

27  The Lord said to Moses: Write these words; in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.

28  He was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. 29  Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30  When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. 31  But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. 32  Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. 33  When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; 34  but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35  the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

Regulations for the Sabbath

35 1  Moses assembled all the congregation of the Israelites and said to them: These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do: 2  Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy sabbath of solemn rest to the Lord; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. 3  You shall kindle no fire in all your dwellings on the sabbath day.

Israel to Bring an Offering

4  Moses said to all the congregation of the Israelites: This is the thing that the Lord has commanded: 5  Take from among you an offering to the Lord; let whoever is of a generous heart bring the Lord's offering: gold, silver, and bronze; 6  blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine linen; goats' hair, 7  tanned rams' skins, and fine leather; acacia wood, 8  oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 9  and onyx stones and gems to be set in the ephod and the breastpiece.

The Tabernacle Articles

10  All who are skillful among you shall come and make all that the Lord has commanded: the tabernacle, 11  its tent and its covering, its clasps and its frames, its bars, its pillars, and its bases; 12  the ark with its poles, the mercy seat, and the curtain for the screen; 13  the table with its poles and all its utensils, and the bread of the Presence; 14  the lampstand also for the light, with its utensils and its lamps, and the oil for the light; 15  and the altar of incense, with its poles, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and the screen for the entrance, the entrance of the tabernacle; 16  the altar of burnt offering, with its grating of bronze, its poles, and all its utensils, the basin with its stand; 17  the hangings of the court, its pillars and its bases, and the screen for the gate of the court; 18  the pegs of the tabernacle and the pegs of the court, and their cords; 19  the finely worked vestments for ministering in the holy place, the holy vestments for the priest Aaron, and the vestments of his sons, for their service as priests.

The People Bring the Offering

20  Then all the congregation of the Israelites withdrew from the presence of Moses. 21  And they came, everyone whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and brought the Lord's offering to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the sacred vestments. 22  So they came, both men and women; all who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and pendants, all sorts of gold objects, everyone bringing an offering of gold to the Lord. 23  And everyone who possessed blue or purple or crimson yarn or fine linen or goats' hair or tanned rams' skins or fine leather, brought them. 24  Everyone who could make an offering of silver or bronze brought it as the Lord's offering; and everyone who possessed acacia wood of any use in the work, brought it. 25  All the skillful women spun with their hands, and brought what they had spun in blue and purple and crimson yarns and fine linen; 26  all the women whose hearts moved them to use their skill spun the goats' hair. 27  And the leaders brought onyx stones and gems to be set in the ephod and the breastpiece, 28  and spices and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense. 29  All the Israelite men and women whose hearts made them willing to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done, brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord.

The Call of Bezaleel and Aholiab

30  Then Moses said to the Israelites: See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31  he has filled him with divine spirit, with skill, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, 32  to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 33  in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind of craft. 34  And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35  He has filled them with skill to do every kind of work done by an artisan or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and in fine linen, or by a weaver-by any sort of artisan or skilled designer.

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