God’s Provision of the Skilled Workers
1The Lord also spoke to Moses:
2“Look, I have appointed by name Bezalel31:2 Ex 35:30; 36:1; 1Ch 2:20 son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.
3I have filled him with God’s Spirit, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in every craft31:3 Ex 35:31; 1Kg 7:14
4to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze,
5to cut gemstones for mounting, and to carve wood for work in every craft.
6I have also selected Oholiab31:6 LXX, Syr read Eliab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be with him. I have put wisdom in the heart of every skilled artisan31:6 Lit everyone wise of heart in order to make all that I have commanded you:
7the tent of meeting, the ark of the testimony, the mercy seat that is on top of it, and all the other furnishings of the tent31:7 Ex 36:8–38; 37:1–6 —
8the table with its utensils, the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, the altar of incense,
9the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, the basin with its stand —
10the specially woven31:10 Hb obscure garments, both the holy garments for the priest Aaron and the garments for his sons to serve as priests,
Observing the Sabbath
12The Lord said to Moses,
13“Tell the Israelites: You must observe my Sabbaths, for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, so that you will know that I am the Lord who consecrates you.31:13 Lv 19:3,30; Ezk 20:12,20
14Observe the Sabbath, for it is holy to you. Whoever profanes it must be put to death. If anyone does work on it, that person must be cut off from his people.31:14 Nm 15:35
15Work may be done for six days, but on the seventh day there must be a Sabbath of complete rest,31:15 Gn 2:2; Ex 16:23; 20:9 holy to the Lord. Anyone who does work on the Sabbath day must be put to death.
16The Israelites must observe the Sabbath, celebrating it throughout their generations as a permanent covenant.
17It is a sign forever between me and the Israelites, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, but on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.”
The Two Stone Tablets
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