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Exodus 31

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Bezaleel and Aholiab are appointed and qualified for the work of the tabernacle.

31:1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

31:2 "Behold, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:

31:3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

31:4 to devise skillful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

31:5 and in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to work in all manner of workmanship.

31:6 I, behold, I 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:

31:7 the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the testimony, the mercy seat that is on it, all the furniture of the Tent,

31:8 the table and its vessels, the pure lampstand with all its vessels, the altar of incense,

31:9 the altar of burnt offering with all its vessels, the basin and its base,

31:10 the finely worked garments — the holy garments for Aaron the priest — the garments of his sons to minister in the priest’s office,

31:11 the anointing oil, and the incense of sweet spices for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded you they shall do.”

The observation of the sabbath is again commanded.

31:12 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

31:13 "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 Yahweh who sanctifies you.

31:14 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.

31:15 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to Yahweh. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall surely be put to death.

31:16 Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.

31:17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever;

for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth,

and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.’”

Moses receives the two tables.

31:18 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.

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