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them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, and be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death : there shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through ; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live : when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.

And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people ; and they washed their clothes. And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day.

And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire; and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount; and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses

And the Lord said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the Lord to gaze, and many of them perish. And let the priests also, which come near to the Lord, sanctify themselves, lest the Lord break forth upon them. And Moses said unto the Lord, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai : for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it. And the Lord said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the Lord, lest he break forth upon them. So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.

And God spake all these words, saying,

went up.

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth : thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them : for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain ; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God : in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day : wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Honour thy father and thy mother : that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not : for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with yon from heaven. Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

XXXVII.-THE TABERNACLE AND THE PRIESTHOOD.

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ND the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children

of Israel, that they bring me an offering of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, and rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood, oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod,* and in the breastplate. And let them make me a sanctuary ;

that I
may

dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

[And they were to make an ark of shittim wood, and overlay it with pure gold within and without. It was to have a ring of gold at each corner, and staves of shittim wood, overlaid with gold, to put into the rings to bear it with. And in the ark they were to put the testimony which God should give them.

And they were to make a mercy seat of pure gold, with two cherubims of gold, one on each end, with their faces looking one to another, and their wings stretched out over the mercy seat. And the mercy seat was to rest upon the ark. And God said,] There I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

* Ephod—a short robe worn by the priests.

[Also they were to make a table of shittim wood, and overlay it with pure gold. It was to have a crown of gold round about, and rings and staves to carry it, like the ark. And dishes, and spoons, and bowls of pure gold were to be made for it. And upon the table shewbread was to be set before God always.

And they were to make a candlestick of pure gold, with six branches coming out of the side of it, three on each side. It was to be made with knops and flowers on each branch. And its seven lamps were to be lighted. And its tongs and its snuffdishes were to be of pure gold. All these things were to be made after the pattern which was shewed to Moses in the mount.

And the tabernacle was to be made with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet. Each curtain was to be twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits broad. And they were to be fastened together with fifty fastenings of blue and gold. And over these there were to be laid eleven curtains of goats' hair, longer than the linen curtains, and with one more to double over in front. And over these there was to be a covering of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering above of badgers' skins. And the boards and bars for the tabernacle were to be made of shittim wood, overlaid with gold, with fastenings of silver. And its boards and its curtains were to be reared up according to the fashion which was shewed to Moses in the mount.

And they were to make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, adorned with cherubims, and hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold. And they were to bring the ark of the testimony within the vail, and the vail was to divide between the holy place and the most holy: and they were to put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place. But the table was to be without the vail, and the candlestick over against the table.

And the hanging for the door of the tent was to be of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework, and hung upon five pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold.

Also, they were to make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits square and three cubits high, with horns at the four corners.

It was to be overlaid with brass; its grate for burning the sacrifices, its pans, its shovels, basons, and fleshhooks were to be of brass. And it was to be borne on staves like the ark.

And the tabernacle was to have a court round about it one hundred cubits long and fifty cubits broad, enclosed by linen curtains, hung on pillars of brass. And the gate of the court was to be hung with blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework.

And Moses was to command the children of Israel to bring pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always. Aaron and his sons were to order it from evening to morning before the Lord. And God said unto Moses,] Take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons. And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty. And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle.

And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work. And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel: six of their names on one stone, and the other six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth. And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel : and Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord upon his two shoulders for a memorial. And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning

and thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones : the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle : this shall be the first row. And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a

work;

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