Exodus - Chapter 31 | Good News Translation

  • 1. The LORD said to Moses,
  • 2. "I have chosen Bezalel, the son of Uri and grandson of Hur, from the tribe of Judah,
  • 3. and I have filled him with my power. I have given him understanding, skill, and ability for every kind of artistic work---
  • 4. for planning skillful designs and working them in gold, silver, and bronze;
  • 5. for cutting jewels to be set; for carving wood; and for every other kind of artistic work.
  • 6. I have also selected Oholiab son of Ahisamach, from the tribe of Dan, to work with him. I have also given great ability to all the other skilled workers, so that they can make everything I have commanded to be made:
  • 7. the Tent of my presence, the Covenant Box and its lid, all the furnishings of the Tent,
  • 8. the table and its equipment, the lampstand of pure gold and all its equipment, the altar for burning incense,
  • 9. the altar for burnt offerings and all its equipment, the washbasin and its base,
  • 10. the magnificent priestly garments for Aaron and his sons to use when they serve as priests,
  • 11. the anointing oil, and the sweet-smelling incense for the Holy Place. In making all these things, they are to do exactly as I have commanded you."
  • 12. The LORD commanded Moses
  • 13. to tell the people of Israel, "Keep the Sabbath, my day of rest, because it is a sign between you and me for all time to come, to show that I, the LORD, have made you my own people.
  • 14. You must keep the day of rest, because it is sacred. Whoever does not keep it, but works on that day, is to be put to death.
  • 15. You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a solemn day of rest dedicated to me. Whoever does any work on that day is to be put to death.
  • 16. The people of Israel are to keep this day as a sign of the covenant.
  • 17. It is a permanent sign between the people of Israel and me, because I, the LORD, made heaven and earth in six days, and on the seventh day I stopped working and rested."
  • 18. When God had finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two stone tablets on which God himself had written the commandments.