Amplified Bible

Exodus 37

Construction Continues

1Bezalel made the ark [of the covenant] of acacia wood—it was two and a half cubits long, and one and a half cubits wide, and one and a half cubits high. And he overlaid it with pure gold inside and out, and made a molding (border) of gold to go all around [the top of it]. He cast four rings of gold for it on its four feet, two rings on one side and two rings on the other side. He made carrying poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. He put the carrying poles through the rings at the sides of the ark, to carry it. Bezalel made the mercy seat of pure gold; it was two and a half cubits long, and one and a half cubits wide. He made two cherubim of hammered gold; he made them at the two ends of the mercy seat, one cherub at one end and one cherub at the other end; he made the cherubim [of one piece] with the mercy seat at the two ends. The cherubim spread out their wings upward, covering and protecting the mercy seat with their wings, with their faces toward each other; the faces of the cherubim were [looking downward] toward the mercy seat.

10 Bezalel made the table [for the bread] of acacia wood; it was two cubits long, a cubit wide, and one and a half cubits high. 11 He overlaid it with pure gold, and made a border of gold for it all around [its top]. 12 He made a rim for it [just under the top] a hand width wide all around, and a border of gold around its rim. 13 He cast four rings of gold for it and fastened the rings to the four corners that were at its four legs. 14 Close by the rim were the rings, the holders for the poles [to pass through] to carry the table. 15 Bezalel made the carrying poles of acacia wood to carry the table and overlaid them with gold. 16 He made the utensils which were to be on the table, its dishes and its pans [for bread], its bowls and its jars for pouring drink offerings, of pure gold.

17 Then he made the lampstand (menorah) of pure gold. He made the lampstand of hammered work, its base and its [center] shaft; its cups, its [a]calyxes, and its flowers were all of one piece with it. 18 There were six branches coming out of the sides of the lampstand, three branches from one side of the center shaft and three branches from the other side of it; 19 three cups shaped like almond blossoms, a calyx and a flower in one branch, and three cups shaped like almond blossoms, a calyx and a flower in the opposite branch—so for the six branches coming out of the center shaft of the lampstand. 20 On the center shaft of the lampstand there were four cups shaped like almond blossoms, with calyxes and flowers [one at the top]; 21 and a calyx was under the first pair of branches coming out of it, and a calyx under the second pair of branches, coming out of it, and a calyx under the third pair of branches coming out of it, for the six branches coming out of the lampstand. 22 Their calyxes and their branches were of one piece with it; all of it was a single hammered work of pure gold. 23 He made its seven lamps with its snuffers and its trays of pure gold. 24 He made the lampstand and all its utensils from a talent of pure gold.

25 Then Bezalel made the incense altar of acacia wood; its top was a cubit square and it was two cubits high; the horns were of one piece with it. 26 He overlaid it with pure gold, its top, its sides all around and its horns; he also made a rim of gold around it. 27 He made two rings of gold for it under its rim, on its two opposite sides, as holders for the poles [to pass through] to carry it. 28 He made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. 29 He also made the holy anointing oil and the pure, fragrant incense of spices, the work of a perfumer.

  1. Exodus 37:17 The leaf-like outer part of the flower.